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Content posted in February 2007
Vigilante Hacker -- Hero Or Menace? Your Call…
Commentary  |  2/26/2007  | 
The jury's out on a controversial hack job. Oh, one man is already going to jail in this tale. The question is whether the hacker who helped put the bad guy away was the hero of the story or just another bad guy. What's your take on this one?
Making Up For A Data Breach
Commentary  |  2/22/2007  | 
Do companies really care about the security of their customers' data? Quite frankly, not as much as they should, based on what's in the news.
Would You Use A Virus Writer's Antivirus Patch?
Commentary  |  2/16/2007  | 
The Chinese hacker who was recently arrested for writing and selling the Fujacks worm could be writing code to run on your corporate network. Now what do you think of that?
New Drive-By Attack Taking Over Home Routers
Commentary  |  2/15/2007  | 
Researchers at Symantec are warning users that if they haven't changed the default password on their home wireless router, they should finally just DO IT. Symantec's Zulfikar Ramzan issued a warning Thursday that hackers are lacing phony Web sites with malicious code that actually will log into and mess with your home broadband router. He's coined a term for it: Drive-By Pharming.
Visa Summit To Explore Payment Security
Commentary  |  2/14/2007  | 
I guess I am not the only one who sees the loss of consumer trust as a major byproduct of the hemorrhaging of personal data through hacks, scams and lost or stolen equipment. Visa is concerned enough about it to co-host a security summit with Harvard Business School Publishing on the issue of "Maintaining Trust in Payments."
Visual C++ Flaw Leads To Y3K -- Seriously
Commentary  |  2/14/2007  | 
Think the software industry learned its lesson with the whole Y2K debacle? Of course not. The Department of Homeland Security issued a warning this week that there's a flaw in Microsoft's Visual C++ programming environment that could actually cause programs written with it to crash when we pass the Year 3000. Of course, unless today's programs are around in another 993 years, it won't be a drastic issue.
Security Podcast: Microsoft Patch Tuesday, Internet Root Server Attack, And More
Commentary  |  2/12/2007  | 
Listen to the latest InformationWeek Podcast, with your host Mitch Wagner and security reporter Sharon Gaudin, where we'll talk about Microsoft patch Tuesday, the attack on the Internet's root servers, along with
Combating The Black Market In Personal Data
Commentary  |  2/9/2007  | 
Be afraid, be very afraid - but read today's cover story on the hacker economy anyway. It will both fascinate and scare the pants off you at the same time, as it details how our personal identities and financial histories are harvested, dissected in online chop shops and sold in multi-pack bundles to anyone willing to fork over a small investment in cash in return for making a big score in hours or days. (If you read nothing else, che
Buy This Shampoo Or You'll Never See Your Data Again
Commentary  |  2/8/2007  | 
While researching the hacker economy for Monday's InformationWeek lead feature story, I came across a lot of clever and devious tricks that cybercriminals use to lie, cheat, and steal their way through life. But none was as bizarre as a cyberransom scam I came across in my reporting. If you haven't had your daily dose of weird today, keep reading.
A Walk Through Cybercrime's Underworld
Commentary  |  2/2/2007  | 
What's a piece of data worth? It's not too hard to find out. Just go to one of the dozens of online marketplaces where stolen credit card numbers, PINs, and Social Security numbers can be purchased--individually or in bundles--starting at just a few dollars. A few dollars is all that's needed to ruin someone's credit rating, drive up their debt, and make them question whether to trust you with their information next time.
It's Smackdown Time On Data Breaches
Commentary  |  2/2/2007  | 
Is the tide beginning to turn on data security breaches? If so, IT can expect to be at the forefront of catching the brunt of any backlash, at least internally, if not externally.
How We Could Protect Pre-Teens Online
Commentary  |  2/2/2007  | 
Are you familiar with COPPA, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act? It's a worthy bill, aimed at preventing the online collection of personal information from children under 13 years of age. What most people don't know is, it's turned out to be rather cumbersome for companies to comply with. The result has been that there are few social networking sites which provide a safe place from pre-teens to hang out and chat.


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