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 George V. Hulme

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An award winning writer and journalist, for more than 20 years George Hulme has written about business, technology, and IT security topics. He currently freelances for a wide range of publications, and is security blogger at InformationWeek.com.
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posted in January 2009

Fannie Mae Logic Bomb Makes Case For Strong IDM

1/29/2009
The indictment of an IT contractor working at Fannie Mae, who schemed to destroy the data on 4,000 servers, confirms what we know: bad economic times and layoffs are perilous, and identity and access management has never been more important.

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The Death Of PCI DSS? Don't Be Silly

1/27/2009
Yes, in the past year two big retailers, who were apparently compliant to the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, were breached. Does that mean PCI DSS has grown increasingly irrelevant? That's absurd.

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Software Piracy Places Everyone At Risk

1/27/2009
On Monday, the United States claimed victory in a World Trade Organization case against China for that country's alleged lax stance toward software piracy. What's that have to do with IT security? Plenty, as the recent Downadup outbreak, as well as a number of new Trojans to hit the Mac OS X platform, highlight.

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Heartland Payment Systems' Big Breach & Lame PR Tactic

1/21/2009
A recent breach at Princeton, N.J.-based payment processor Heartland Payment Systems, by some accounts, may have totaled tens of millions of individual credit and debit card transactions. And what does the company do? It pulls a cheap PR tactic by announcing the breach on inauguration day.

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U.S. To Sharpen Cyber-Weaponry

1/20/2009
Last month, the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency warned that the United States is losing the battle to protect cyberspace. This is an arms race we can't afford to lose.

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Botnets: A Look Ahead

1/19/2009
While the infamous Storm botnet ran its course, and at least one hoster that was accused of hosting a good number of botnet command and control servers was shut down, don't expect spam or the botnet threat to disappear anytime soon.

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Downadup Worm Growth Explodes

1/17/2009
Finnish security firm F-Secure calculates more than 6 million newly infected systems with the Downadup worm in the past few days. This makes Downadup one of the most virulent infections we have witnessed in quite some time.

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Futility Of Microsoft's Exploitability Index

1/13/2009
As far as Microsoft patch Tuesdays are concerned, 2009 treads in like a lamb, with the software maker issuing only one security bulletin in its MS09-001 January patch rollout. Yet, even as MS09-001 is rated as "critical" for popular versions of its operating system -- the company's Exploitability Index hails: "Functioning exploit code unlikely." What's with the mixed signals?

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The List Developers Need To Know

1/12/2009
There seems an almost endless number of mistakes that can be made to make applications susceptible to attack. Fortunately, the list of programming mistakes that really matter in today's risk environment is relatively small. Here's that list.

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The Twitter Hack: One Thing You Need To Do

1/6/2009
As many of you know, the week has been off to a bad start for the Twitter microblogging site. While there's no absolute way to protect yourself when a vendor's security system fails, there is one crucial step you can take to limit your exposure.

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VeriSign Announced It Has Transitioned To Stronger Crypto

1/4/2009
Last week the IT security community lit up with the news that a team of researchers demonstrated how they could force digital certificates -- those digitally signed files that make it possible for software to vouch for its publisher -- and Web sites to safely identify themselves.

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Are Web Site Defacements Really Cyber War?

1/3/2009
Almost every time there's a physical conflict, online "attacks" follow. And the recent spate of Palestinian Web site defacements are no exception. This sort of reaction on the Internet is certainly not new. In fact, we can only expect them to escalate.

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