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  • News: Gartner predictions for 2012: More cloud, consumerization, loss of IT control

    IT budgets and responsibilities are moving out of the control of IT departments and into the hands of others, thanks to trends such as consumerization and cloud computing, Gartner says in its vision for 2012 and the coming years.

  • News: Security roundup for week ending Dec. 2: Carrier IQ stink, SCADA troubles

    If a cyberattack from a hostile foreign source ever hit a public electric or water utility, affecting its industrial control systems, causing America's critical infrastructures to fail, would we understand that had even happened? We have more doubts than ever, after every twist and turn in the saga that began with the Nov. 10th "Public Water District Cyber Intrusion" report from the Illinois Statewide Terrorism & Intelligence Center (STIC) that set off a media firestorm after the report was leaked to the media. The Illinois STIC report said a cyberattack from Russia had hit an Illinois water facility, causing a water pump to fail. The Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) and the FBI, in tandem with the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT), has since concluded that Illinois STIC report was in error http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/120111-scada-faq-253663.html?hpg1=bn. It may have been—it would not be surprising if reasonable doubts remain--but this episode of intelligence failures and slow response times has laid bare how poorly prepared America is, as Network World Editor in Chief John Dix summarizes in his editorial, "The Water Pump Alarm" http://www.networkworld.com/columnists/2011/120111-editorial.html. This fiasco related to the Curran-Gardner Townships Public Water District in Springfield, Illinois , which offers a rare glimpse into how the secretive intelligence-gathering "Fusion Centers" promoted by DHS really operate—raises the question whether America's critical-infrastructure response system even works at all—or is need of critical re-thinking http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/120111-scada-253659.html?hpg1=bn.

  • News: Royal Mail server migration knocks out key postage websites all week

    A migration of online data to new servers at Royal Mail has knocked out a series of its most important postage websites for consumers and businesses, including a Price Finder page, for nearly all of this week.

  • News: Carrier IQ's own marketing claims undercut its defense

    An increasingly besieged Carrier IQ (CIQ) yesterday insisted that its software is designed only to help wireless carriers diagnose operational problems on networks and mobile devices. But its own marketing material for one of the products raises doubts about that claim.

  • News: Committee approves cybersharing bill despite privacy concerns

    The U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee has approved a recently introduced bill that would allow greater cyberthreat information sharing between U.S. intelligence agencies and private companies even though privacy advocates say it would allow those agencies to spy on U.S. residents.

  • News: Carrier IQ, HTC Sued in Wiretap Claim

    A lawsuit was filed today in a federal district in Missouri against the maker of a controversial smartphone program and handset manufacturer HTC, claiming the companies have unlawfully intercepted private electronic communications from private mobile phones, handsets, and smartphones.

  • News: Carrier IQ Test: Android App Detects Controversial Software

    A free app to detect Carrier IQ, a controversial piece of software installed on smartphones without their owners' knowledge, was made available at the Android Market Friday.

  • News: Data Protection Convention undergoes a rewrite

    A 30-year old international treaty covering data protection is undergoing a partial rewrite to reflect new concerns in the age of the Internet.

  • News: Google Safe Browsing alerts network admins about malware distribution domains

    Google has extended its Safe Browsing alerts for network administrators to include domains that host malware or exploits in addition to compromised websites and phishing pages.

  • News: How to turn off Carrier IQ on your iPhone

    To provide specific steps for how to turn off Carrier IQ, a new ninth paragraph has been added to the Computerworld (US) story, "How to turn off Carrier IQ on your iPhone," which posted to the wire Thursday. The new paragraph reads:

  • News: Carrier IQ again asserts no user data is logged or sent

    A new statement from Carrier IQ reiterates the company's insistence that it doesn't log or send personal data or information to carriers.

  • News: Cornell Prof: Carrier IQ affair 'my worst nightmare'

    A Cornell University professor is calling the controversial Carrier IQ smartphone software revelations a privacy disaster.

  • News: Skype flaw reveals users' location, file-downloading habits

    Researchers have found a flaw in Skype, the popular Voice-over-Internet-Protocol service which allows users to make video phone calls and internet chat with their computers. The vulnerability can expose your location, identity and the content you're downloading. Microsoft, which owns Skype, says they are working on the problem.

  • News: Do You Speak Securitese? Five Security Terms You Should Know

    Like many other topics we cover here at PCWorld, security has a language of its own. Listening to a group of security experts carry on a conversation, for instance, can be a frustrating experience for mere mortals. And sometimes, technical jargon seeps into everyday security news.

  • News: Apple ID phishing scam warning

    A phishing scam targeting iTunes customers is circulating via email, security experts have warned.

  • News: Carrier IQ, Mobile Services Grilled over Spyware Charges

    Carrier IQ, the mobile diagnostic company recently accused of installing rootkits on more than 140 million devices worldwide, says it's using its software for good, not evil. But some critics suggest CIQ's software may violate federal wiretap laws, a charge CIQ vehemently denies.

  • News: Yahoo Messenger flaw enables spamming through other people's status messages

    The fourth paragraph of the story, "Yahoo Messenger flaw enables spamming through other people's status messages," contained a quote in which a source incorrectly described how a Yahoo Messenger flaw is exploited. When contacted for clarification, the source corrected the comment, which has also been corrected in the story, so that paragraph now reads:

  • News: Yahoo Messenger flaw enables spamming through other people's status messages

    An unpatched Yahoo Messenger vulnerability that allows attackers to change people's status messages and possibly perform other unauthorized actions can be exploited to spam malicious links to a large number of users.

  • News: European distrust of US data security creates market for local cloud service

    Concern over the laxity of United States data protection laws has created a new market for Europe-based cloud computing services.

  • News: Online shoppers should be wary of emails offering brand names at knock-down prices

    Hoax emails that offer designer or brand-name goods at knock-down prices are this year's biggest danger when it comes to shopping for Christmas gifts online, says G Data.



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