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  • News: Microsoft Ruins Perfect Record with Out-Of-Band Patch

    It was so close. Microsoft made it 363 days in 2011 without releasing an update outside of the monthly Patch Tuesday cycle. It was also 48 hours away from finishing 2011 in double-digits for security bulletins. But, on December 29, Microsoft pushed out an out-of-band patch -- MS11-100.

  • News: Two new tools exploit router security setup problem

    Researchers have released two tools that can take advantage of a weakness in a system designed to let people easily secure their wireless routers.

  • News: Websites, apps vulnerable to low-bandwidth, bot-free takedown, say researchers

    Hackers armed with a single machine and a minimal broadband connection can cripple Web servers, researchers said Wednesday. Microsoft today shipped an emergency update to fix the flaw.

  • Opinion: Stratfor Offers ID Protection for Victims of Anonymous Hack

    Stratfor, the global security intelligence firm that was hacked over the holiday weekend by Anonymous, is offering victims of the breach a year's worth of identity and fraud protection services for free.

  • News: Flaw in web app frameworks pushes Microsoft to patch ASP.net promptly

    Many web app frameworks are vulnerable to a denial-of-service attack targeting the way they handle hash tables, researchers revealed Wednesday, prompting Microsoft to announce an "out-of-band" patch for its ASP.NET platform just hours later.

  • News: Wi-Fi Protected Setup flaws make wireless network brute-force attacks feasible

    Design flaws in the Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) wireless standard can make it easier for attackers to obtain access codes for secured wireless networks by brute force.

  • News: 2011 Was a 'Muddled' Year for Hacktivists

    "Hacktivists" were in the spotlight more than ever this year, but internal squabbling muddled their messages.

  • News: A glance back at 2011

    2011 could be described as “The Year of …” many things. The tablet market heated up beyond the Apple iPad. 4G wireless took off with the emergence of big-time LTE networks. Governments and hackers screamed for attention by taking down networks, while IPv6 generated interest for giving the Internet a way to carry on.

  • Opinion: Hide and Secure Data With Folder Lock

    Folder Lock 7 is a jack-of-all-trades for file encryption and data security. Not only does it encrypt and hide volumes and folders with an on-the-fly 256-bit algorithm, it also protects USB drives and creates wallets to list and store important information such as bank accounts, online passwords, and such. The program goes even further with a secure erase (shred) function, data lockers (think Windows Briefcase), and the ability to run stealthily--that is, without any sign that it's operating.

  • News: Anonymous Hacks SpecialForces.com, Posts Passwords and Credit Card Data

    Members of the hacker collective Anonymous claim they have stolen about 14,000 user passwords and 8,000 credit card numbers from SpecialForces.com, a military and law enforcement equipment retailer. The data breach occurred several months ago, according to Anonymous, but the group only now decided to post the data online. The purloined password list had reportedly been posted online several weeks ago as well.

  • Opinion: Dazzlepod Offers Stratfor Customers a Way to Check on Anonymous Hack

    Dazzlepod, a Web development company, has launched a website that allows customers of the global intelligence firm Stratfor to determine whether their e-mail addresses have been compromised in a data breach by the hacker collective Anonymous.

  • How-Tos: Play Hard, Stay Safe

    You might think that you don't have to worry about security while playing games--after all, that activity is about as far from online banking as you can get--but as the PlayStation Network data breach last spring and the more recent hack into the servers of the Steam gaming platform both show, you are vulnerable, even when you're at play.

  • News: Report: Phishing attack targets Apple customers

    A "vast phishing attack" that attempts to capture the credit card information of Apple customers was launched on Christmas day, according to a report from Mac security-software company Intego.

  • News: Confidential Client List Safe from Anonymous, Says Hacker Target

    The damage from a weekend data breach at a think tank on international security issues appears to have been inflated by the assault's perpetrators, the hacker collective known as Anonymous.

  • Opinion: FTC Fishes for Info on Facial Recognition

    A federal agency charged with protecting consumer rights is gathering information on the new uses of facial recognition in contexts such as social networks, digital signs and mobile apps, and it's asking the public for help.

  • News: 2012 will see a rise in cyber-espionage attacks and sophisticated malware, experts say

    The security industry expects the number of cyber-espionage attacks to increase in 2012 and the malware used for this purpose to become increasingly sophisticated.

  • News: Season's Greetings from PC Advisor

    We would like to wish all our readers a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.

  • News: Naval researchers pioneer TCP-based spam detection

    A group of researchers from the U.S. Naval Academy has developed a technique for analyzing email traffic in real-time to identify spam messages as they come across the wire, simply using information from the TCP (Transmission Control Protocol) packets that carry the messages.

  • News: Biggest Windows 8 news for week ending Dec. 23

    The big news this week regarding Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 software was that it features picture passwords, something that drew widespread attention but also some skepticism. Otherwise it was a week of rumors about what other features Microsoft's next big software release might contain and devices that might be coming out specifically to support it.

  • News: Hackers abuse PHP setting to inject malicious code into websites

    Attackers have begun to abuse a special PHP configuration directive in order to insert malicious code into websites hosted on dedicated and virtual private servers (VPS) that have been compromised.



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