Banking - Computer Programmers Arrested

Saturday, 14 November 2009 16:44 Written by
Banking - Computer Programmers Arrested

Two computer programmers designed codes to alter thousands of trade blotters and records for swindler Bernard Madoff and took hush money to help keep the massive fraud going, U.S. authorities said. The FBI arrested Jerome O'Hara, 46, and George Perez, 43, at their homes on Friday morning.

China Boosts Cyberspace Capability

Friday, 13 November 2009 14:32 Written by
China Boosts Cyberspace Capability

China is significantly boosting its capabilities in cyberspace as a way to gather intelligence and, in the event of war, hit the U.S. government in a weak spot, U.S. officials and experts say.

Outgunned and outspent in terms of traditional military hardware, China apparently hopes that by concentrating on holes in the U.S. security architecture, its communications and spy satellites and its vast computer networks, it will collect intelligence that could help it counter the imbalance.

BP Fined $87 Million

Monday, 02 November 2009 02:56 Written by
BP Fined $87 Million

BP (Beyond Petroleum laf!) has been fined a record $87m (£53m) for failing to correct safety hazards at its Texas City refinery in the U.S. The $87m fine is the largest in OSHA’s history. An explosion in 2005 at the Texas plant killed 15 people and injured 180 more. The safety violations found "could lead to another catastrophe", US Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said.

Call For National Standards To Report Data Breaches

Saturday, 31 October 2009 18:02 Written by
Call For National Standards To Report Data Breaches

The Homeland Security Department should establish a national standard to encourage companies and individuals to report data breaches to federal authorities, helping them gauge the intensity of cyberattacks and investigate cybercrime, security professionals said on October 28. Federal agencies are required to report data breaches to the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team, which is part of DHS. Reporting requirements for companies, however, vary by state.

Antibiotiotics Becoming Ineffective

Tuesday, 14 April 2009 15:37 Written by
Antibiotiotics Becoming Ineffective

The growing ineffectiveness of a popular and widely requested antibiotic has Chattanooga doctors emphasizing the importance of responsible antibiotic use. Chattanooga physicians say between one-half and two-thirds of the most-common bacteria — streptococcus pneumoniae — is showing resistance to azithromycin, the generic name for the antibiotic Zithromax. The antibiotic often is dispensed in a packet called the “Z-pak.”

Bill Would Grant President Unprecedented Cyber-Security Powers

The Cybersecurity Act of 2009 introduced in the Senate would allow the President to shut down private Internet networks. The legislation also calls for the government to have the authority to demand security data from private networks without regard to any provision of law, regulation, rule, or policy restricting such access.

Adobe Reader, IE 7 Holes Under Attack

Tuesday, 31 March 2009 20:02 Written by
Adobe Reader, IE 7 Holes Under Attack

A zero-day flaw, a security hole with no fix available before attacks could be launched, exists in Adobe Reader and Acrobat, and can be exploited by a poisoned PDF file in an attempt to take over a vulnerable computer. As Symantec reported in February, crooks have hit the flaw with small-scale attacks that e-mail PDF attachments to specific targets. Adobe says a patch should be ready shortly for version 9 of both programs, with fixes for earlier versions to follow.

Conficker’s Tell-Tale Heart Uncovered

Tuesday, 31 March 2009 19:53 Written by
Conficker’s Tell-Tale Heart Uncovered

Security experts have made a breakthrough in their five-month battle against the Conficker worm, with the discovery that the malware leaves a fingerprint on infected machines which is easy to detect using a variety of off-the-shelf network scanners. The finding means that, for the first time, administrators around the world have easy-to-use tools to positively identify machines on their networks that are contaminated by the worm.

NORAD Move Raises Security Concerns

Monday, 30 March 2009 15:19 Written by
NORAD Move Raises Security Concerns

[Before I even get started with this post, I'm going to editorialize with a sub-title:  What Happened to Cheyenne Mountain? There is just somthing that strikes me as disturbing when I think about it.]

North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), the high-tech facility responsible for monitoring the skies over North America, faces continuing security problems at its new location inside an office building on an air base in Colorado Springs.

psyb0t Worm Targets Linux Routers

Friday, 27 March 2009 19:19 Written by
psyb0t Worm Targets Linux Routers

Users of Linux-based routers are being warned of a new worm in the wild which attempts to take control and add their device to a growing botnet. As reported over on vnunet.com on March 25, the ‘psyb0t’ worm was first spotted by security research group DroneBL recently, but may have been spreading since the start of the year.

Designed to brute-force the password of routers running Linux compiled for the RISC-based MIPS chip, including ones running custom OpenWRT and DD-WRT firmwares, the worm takes control of poorly secured devices and joins a botnet which the DroneBL group estimates may have grown to as large as 100,000 compromised devices so far.

Source of Food: Unknown!

Friday, 27 March 2009 18:59 Written by
Source of Food: Unknown!

Government investigators testing the nation’s food tracing system were able to follow only five out of 40 foods all the way through the supply chain, according to a report released. 

An investigation by the Health and Human Services inspector general’s office found that the records many companies keep are not detailed enough. And one-quarter of the company managers were totally unaware of record keeping requirements. The inspector general recommended that the FDA consider seeking stronger legal powers to improve the tracing of food.

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