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Fast exploits of flaws test Microsoft's patching policy

The growing number of zero-day exploits seeking to take advantage of unpatched security flaws in Microsoft's products is exposing some of the limitations of the company's monthly software update schedule, IT managers and analysts said last week.

Arrests made in debit card fraud case

The U.S. Secret Service Wednesday confirmed that it has made several arrests in connection with a recent wave of debit card fraud that forced several banks and credit unions to reissue millions of cards over the past few months.

Researchers develop new digital rights technology

Researchers at the University of Maryland's A. James Clark School of Engineering have developed a new digital rights management technology that they said will help organizations better protect multimedia content from unauthorized copying and distribu...

Researchers: Security 'holiday is over' for Mac users

The flurry of security issues involving Apple's Mac OS X over the past week once again hammers home the fact that no technology platform is invulnerable to attacks, whatever the perception might otherwise be, security analysts said.

Retailers under pressure to tighten security

Privacy concerns and proposed laws governing the use of sensitive personal information are making it more important for retailers to be able to demonstrate due diligence when it comes to information security practices, according to IT managers at the...

Analysts: Skype could pose security problems

The growing popularity of Skype Technologies' free Internet telephony software could soon pose the same kind of security challenges for companies that other peer-to-peer (P2P) software technologies have created in recent years, according to security ...

Novell server hacked

A company server that some workers at Novell apparently used for gaming purposes was hacked into and then used to scan for vulnerable ports on potentially millions of computers worldwide, according to an Internet security consultant.

Zotob arrests point to cybercrime nexus

The expanding investigation into this month's Zotob worm outbreak is uncovering evidence of the growing nexus between worm writers and gangs looking to profit from cybercrime, according to security experts.

Worm wave highlights need for speedier defenses

The speed at which hackers were able to take advantage of newly disclosed software flaws makes its vital for companies to look beyond patching to broader and more holistic measures for controlling vulnerabilities, security experts said.

Study: Insider revenge often behind cyberattacks

Companies hoping to mitigate their exposure to insider attacks need to ensure they have good password, account and configuration management practices, as well as the right processes in place for disabling network access when employees are terminated.

Microsoft buys tools for fighting spyware

Microsoft's announcement last week that it has purchased a small vendor of antispyware tools serves to highlight the growing seriousness of the spyware problem for users, according to security analysts.

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