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Some Data Protection Miscreants Never Learn

11/15/2007
We know the gory details about TJX Cos. and its mind-boggling data breach. But a hard-hitting new report on the worst data offenders from Byte & Switch shows that in some cases these organizations still haven't cleaned up their security act. Following their own high-profile breaches, the goings-on at Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and Iron Mountain are shocking indeed.

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Personal Data Protection Legislation: Readers Have Their Say

10/17/2007
Reader comments on my post about the California governor's veto of a bill that would increase the state's data protection standards included some points warranting further discussion and some intriguing ideas. A related poll shows readers share my skepticism about businesses' will and capacity to fix the data loss problem.

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Data Protection: It Doesn't Get Any Better Than This

9/13/2006
Corporate America's efforts at data protection--in particular, protecting sensitive personal information about customers--have in many cases failed miserably. There's a long and dubious list of data breaches, losses, thefts, and mishandlings from the past 20 months, with the total number of records containing sensitive personal information involved in security breaches now topping 93 million. Time and again, we've taken to task

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7 Lessons From IT Security Trial

6/30/2006
Over the last several weeks, InformationWeek has been covering the trial of a former UBS PaineWebber systems administrator, Roger Duronio, who's accused of writing and setting off a highly destructive logic bomb at his former employer as revenge for not receiving the maximum yearly bonus. The government prosecution contends that Duronio was not only looking to wreak havoc, but also to profit by purchasing securities whose valu

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Higher Education: 15 Books to Help Cybersecurity Pros Be Better
Curtis Franklin Jr., Senior Editor at Dark Reading,  12/12/2018
Bug Hunting Paves Path to Infosec Careers
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  12/12/2018
'PowerSnitch' Hacks Androids via Power Banks
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark Reading,  12/8/2018
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CVE-2018-20127
PUBLISHED: 2018-12-13
An issue was discovered in zzzphp cms 1.5.8. del_file in /admin/save.php allows remote attackers to delete arbitrary files via a mixed-case extension and an extra '.' character, because (for example) "php" is blocked but path=F:/1.phP. succeeds.
CVE-2018-20128
PUBLISHED: 2018-12-13
An issue was discovered in UsualToolCMS v8.0. cmsadmin\a_sqlback.php allows remote attackers to delete arbitrary files via a backname[] directory-traversal pathname followed by a crafted substring.
CVE-2018-20129
PUBLISHED: 2018-12-13
An issue was discovered in DedeCMS V5.7 SP2. uploads/include/dialog/select_images_post.php allows remote attackers to upload and execute arbitrary PHP code via a double extension and a modified ".php" substring, in conjunction with the image/jpeg content type, as demonstrated by the filena...
CVE-2018-6706
PUBLISHED: 2018-12-12
Insecure handling of temporary files in non-Windows McAfee Agent 5.0.0 through 5.0.6, 5.5.0, and 5.5.1 allows an Unprivileged User to introduce custom paths during agent installation in Linux via unspecified vectors.
CVE-2018-6705
PUBLISHED: 2018-12-12
Privilege escalation vulnerability in McAfee Agent (MA) for Linux 5.0.0 through 5.0.6, 5.5.0, and 5.5.1 allows local users to perform arbitrary command execution via specific conditions.