Stories by Paul Roberts

Companies lining up to root out rootkits

Stealthy, remote system access programs called "rootkits" could fuel the next big wave of malicious code, and are already beginning to influence the design of new Internet worms and viruses, according to security experts. Now security software compan...

New IM worms target MSN users

Antivirus companies are warning users of Microsoft's popular MSN Messenger application about a host of new worms that spread using instant messages (IMs) over that network.

RealNetworks patches security holes

RealNetworks has warned customers about a security vulnerability in its RealPlayer and RealOne Player software that could allow an attacker to run malicious code on a machine using a vulnerable version of the popular media player programs.

Hilton may be victim of T-Mobile Web holes

Hotel heiress Paris Hilton's mobile phone account and those of other T-Mobile customers may have fallen victim to hackers who took advantage of a gaping hole in the company's Web site to steal information, according to security experts and those fami...

FBI says Taiwanese man stole chip designs

U.S. authorities arrested a 35-year-old California man and charged him with illegally sending proprietary data from his employer, a Fremont, California, company that makes semiconductors, to a competitor in Taiwan, according to a statement from the U...

New Bagle variant combines spam, Trojans

Antivirus software companies are warning their customers about the appearance of at least one new version of the Bagle worm that doesn't try to spread, but installs malicious remote monitoring software on systems it infects.

Arrest, but no relief from IM spam

A New York man was arrested last week and charged with sending out unsolicited instant messages, marking the first known case of criminal action being taken against someone accused of sending "spim," or instant message (IM) spam.

Hackers post Paris Hilton's address book online

Hackers penetrated the crystalline ranks of Hollywood celebrity Saturday, posting the mobile phone address book of hotel heiress and celebrity Paris Hilton on a Web page and passing the phone numbers and e-mail addresses of some of Tinsel Town's hott...

Microsoft on 'rootkits': Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Microsoft security researchers are warning about a new generation of powerful system monitoring programs, or "rootkits," that are almost impossible to detect using current security products and that could pose a serious risk to corporations and indiv...

Microsoft, eBay, Visa form Phish Report Network

To make it easier to identify and react to new scam Web sites, Microsoft, eBay and Visa International are launching a program to share information about online identity theft scams known as "phishing attacks," they said Monday.

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