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Content tagged with Vulnerabilities / Threats posted in February 2009
Few Oracle Customers Have Official Database Patching Policies
News  |  2/27/2009  | 
Joint survey by the Independent Oracle User Group and Oracle finds database patching practices weak
Microsoft Warns Of Zero-Day Excel Exploit
News  |  2/24/2009  | 
The vulnerability in Excel could allow an attacker to execute malicious code, if a user opens a specially crafted Excel file.
Top 20 Cybersecurity Defenses Proposed
News  |  2/23/2009  | 
The government-private organization guidelines are expected to become baseline best practices for computer security.
Adobe Warns Of Critical Vulnerability In Acrobat, Reader
News  |  2/20/2009  | 
Users are advised to disable JavaScript until Adobe releases a patch, which may not occur for more than two weeks.
New XSS Attack Builds An Anonymous Network
News  |  2/20/2009  | 
Black Hat DC researchers demonstrate new cross-site scripting browser hack that lets attackers retrieve data without a trace
'Sexy View' Malware Targets Symbian
News  |  2/20/2009  | 
The worm targets Symbian OS S60 3rd Edition handsets, and it can send a user's contacts, phone number, and other sensitive information to a remote server.
Romanian Hacker Cracks Symantec, International Herald Tribune
Quick Hits  |  2/19/2009  | 
Unu claims SQL injection flaws in sites operated by Symantec, New York Times
Black Hat: Google Gears Offline Data Vulnerable
News  |  2/19/2009  | 
Google defends its product after a demonstration of a Web service-based attack using a cross-site scripting vulnerability.
Black Hat: Security Pro Shows How To Bypass SSL
News  |  2/19/2009  | 
Moxie Marlinspike captured 16 credit card numbers, seven PayPal logins, and 300 other miscellaneous secure login sessions in only 24 hours.
Kaminsky Calls For DNSSEC Adoption
News  |  2/19/2009  | 
Researcher who discovered big DNS vulnerability gets behind DNSSEC, points out steps needed to implement it
Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 Vulnerability Being Exploited
News  |  2/18/2009  | 
Cyber criminals are using a malicious Microsoft Word file distributed through spam to attack an exploit Microsoft patched last week.
Cisco Adds Security Apps To Home Wireless Routers
News  |  2/17/2009  | 
The hardware includes an antivirus application and can provide reports on user control violations.
Three Arrested For Using Stolen Heartland Credit Card Numbers
News  |  2/17/2009  | 
Heartland Payment Systems, which handles about 100 million payment transactions per month, reported in January that its network was compromised by malware in 2008.
Tech Insight: How Attackers Use Your Metadata Against You
News  |  2/13/2009  | 
Using easily accessible data about your files, bad guys can wreak havoc on your sensitive information
Android Security Vulnerability Exposed
News  |  2/13/2009  | 
The bug lies in the media server of the browser, and it could potentially enable hackers to gain control of the audio and video function of an Android handset like the T-Mobile/HTC G1.
Microsoft 'Posse' Puts $250,000 Bounty On Conficker Authors
Quick Hits  |  2/13/2009  | 
Creators of Conficker/Downadup worm now carry a price on their heads
Microsoft Offers $250,000 Bounty For Worm Authors
News  |  2/12/2009  | 
The company has formed a cybersecurity posse with technology companies, academic organizations, and Internet infrastructure firms to dismantle the Conficker/Downadup worm's infrastructure.
Researchers Hack Faces In Biometric Facial Authentication Systems
News  |  2/12/2009  | 
Vietnamese researchers have cracked facial recognition technology in Lenovo, Asus, and Toshiba laptops; demonstration planned for Black Hat DC next week
New Vulnerability Found In BlackBerry's Web Application Loader
News  |  2/11/2009  | 
Flaw could allow attackers to gain control of the device, researchers warn
FAA Computers Hacked, Employee Data At Risk
News  |  2/11/2009  | 
Two of the 48 files on the compromised server held the personal information of more than 45,000 individuals, the agency said.
Identity Thieves Face Pay Cut
News  |  2/11/2009  | 
While the number of fraud incidents is rising, criminals are earning less for each crime they commit.
Windows Worm Didn't Ground French Planes, Official Claims
News  |  2/9/2009  | 
The planes had been grounded following a Conflicker worm infection that had spread last month throughout the French nonsecured internal naval network called Intramar.
The Top 10 Internet Registrars Hosting Spammers, Illicit Sites
News  |  2/5/2009  | 
New Knujon report identifies registrars hosting 83 percent of spamming and badware Websites worldwide
Cybercriminals Try Phishing With Fliers
News  |  2/4/2009  | 
The link advertised leads to malicious hacking script that attempts to establish a connection to a Web site that Symantec said has been associated with malware.
Human Error Cited As Greatest Security Risk
News  |  2/4/2009  | 
Data breaches caused by human error last year accounted for 35.2% of incidents with reported causes.
Windows Security Improved By Denial Of Administrative Rights
News  |  2/3/2009  | 
Configuring users to operate without administrative rights mitigates 92% of "critical" Microsoft vulnerabilities and 69% of last year's published vulnerabilities, according to a report.
Twitter Clickjacking Hack Released
News  |  2/3/2009  | 
A new proof-of-concept attack gains control of Twitter's "What are you doing?" update function
Report: Yanking Admin Rights Alleviates Threats In 92% Of Critical Microsoft Vulnerabilities
Quick Hits  |  2/3/2009  | 
Most 2008 Microsoft vulnerability bulletins say lower system privileges help protect users against new exploits and zero-day attacks, BeyondTrust report says
Data Loss Costing Companies $6.6 Million Per Breach
News  |  2/2/2009  | 
Customers, it seems, lose faith in organizations that can't keep data safe and take their business elsewhere, a Ponemon Institute survey found.
Glitch Causes Google To Issue False Malware Warnings
Quick Hits  |  2/2/2009  | 
Programming error renders search engine inoperative for 40 minutes
Google Typo Causes Malware Warning Misfire
News  |  2/1/2009  | 
Millions of confused Google users encountered a warning page Saturday morning.


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