Stories by Dan Verton

Google stumbles with new desktop tool

Google wants to help you effectively access the piles of information you store in the documents, e-mail messages, Web pages, and contact lists stuffed on your PC. And who better to help you than the most popular search engine on the Net, right? Not s...

Secret Service busts online organized crime ring

In what it called an "Information Age undercover investigation," the U.S. Secret Service Thursday announced that it has arrested 28 people from eight U.S. states and six countries allegedly involved in a global organized cybercrime ring.

First 9/11 virus emerges

Antivirus researchers late Wednesday discovered what is being described as the first of potentially many "9/11" anniversary viruses spreading on the Internet.

Blaster worm linked to severity of US blackouts

The W32.Blaster worm may have contributed to the cascading effect of the Aug. 14 blackout, government and industry experts revealed this week. On the day of the blackout, Blaster degraded the performance of several communications lines linking key d...

US Navy's Intranet crippled by worm outbreak

The U.S. Navy confirmed Tuesday that its multibillion-dollar Navy/Marine Corps Intranet (N/MCI) has been taken off-line by what could be a combined onslaught of the Blaster worm variant and Sobig.F Internet worms, which are spreading fast.

EU cybercop: Europe battles insiders-turned-hackers

The security adviser for the European Electronic Crimes Task Force (EECTF) in Milan, Italy, warned this week that Europe is dealing with a growing problem that has already had ramifications for governments and businesses around the world: insiders wh...

Columbia, other shuttles have history of tech glitches

Columbia and other space shuttles have a history of computer glitches that have been linked to control systems, including left-wing steering controls, but NASA officials say it is too early to determine whether those glitches could have played any ro...

War with Iraq will mean virus outbreak, hacker says

A Malaysian virus writer who is sympathetic to the cause of the al-Qaeda terrorist group and Iraq and who has been connected to at least five other malicious code outbreaks is threatening to release a megavirus if the U.S. launches a military attack ...

Navy searching for hundreds of missing computers

At least 595 laptops and desktops belonging to the US Navy's Pacific Command in Hawaii have been potentially lost or compromised, according to an internal report that detailed the service's inability to account for hundreds of computers, some of whic...

Technology aids hunt for terrorists

Analysts and field operatives from the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the National Security Agency (NSA) have stepped up offensive operations against terrorists around the world using sophisticated text and audio search and analysis techn...

Report warns of al-Qaeda's potential cybercapabilities

An obscure report issued Dec. 21 by the Canadian Office of Critical Infrastructure Protection and Emergency Services raises the specter of a possible future cyberattack by agents or sympathizers of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda terrorist organization.

Attacks, new XP renewing biometrics interest

Microsoft Corp.'s new Windows XP operating system includes several security feature enhancements. But one of the most significant changes, coming amid a push for increased security, could mean the beginning of widespread use of biometric technology, ...

EBay users hit by alleged fraud ring

More than half a dozen eBay Inc. users last week alerted the online auction company to an identity theft and a series of fraudulent auctions allegedly stemming from Ukraine. However, the victims of the scam are accusing eBay of being slow to respond ...

US ATTACK: US infrastructure shaken by terrorist attack

Unprecedented, coordinated terrorist attacks against U.S. economic and military centers of power have immobilized the nation's air traffic and disrupted telecommunications and transportation infrastructure, emergency services and government operation...

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