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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 2010

Phishing Attacks Steadily Rise

1/28/2010
A report this week shows the number of phishing attacks continue to climb, year over year. Ditto for the number of Web servers dishing out malware. And the country that hosts the most phishing sites? That one just may surprise you.

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Cost of Data Breaches Continue Their Rise

1/25/2010
Businesses that suffered a data breach in 2009 paid a higher price for the incident than any previous year, according to a study released today. Also, the average cost for a data breach reached an eye-opening $6.75 million.

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Privacy Network Tor Suffers Breach

1/22/2010
The virtual network, Tor, designed to provide private and secure Web browsing to people around the world had a number of servers hacked recently. The Tor anonymous network is helpful to those living in nations that oppress free speech, such as China and Iran, and need unfettered access to information.

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How Many (Sub) Zero-Day Attacks?

1/17/2010
We now know that one of the vectors used in the series of attacks against U.S. businesses was a zero-day vulnerability in Internet Explorer. Apparently, the way most of the world learned of this particular flaw was when it was actually used in these attacks. That's some powerful form of "disclosure," but how common is it?

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Nothing New In Aurora Hack

1/16/2010
Attackers targeting victims through phishing e-mails that lure users to maliciously crafted Web sites is nothing new. But it does highlight the sophistication of the modern attacker.

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Big Patch Day

1/12/2010
Microsoft is releasing only one security update today. Security teams hoping for a break today: forget it. Adobe is expected to release a patch of its own, and Oracle is releasing two dozen of its own software updates.

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Attaining Security In The Name Of Compliance?

1/11/2010
Security managers have to fight for - and justify - every nickel in their budget coffers. Unfortunately, many security managers have a tough time winning the funds they feel are necessary to reduce business risk. And many end up relying on instilling the fear of bad regulatory audit findings and fines to win funds. While often a successful tactic, does wielding the compliance hammer-of-fear pose risks of its own to an IT security program?

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Panda Security: Malware Tops 25 Million In 2009

1/6/2010
As I read PandaLab's Annual Malware Report, just published yesterday, the headline number of 25 million new malware samples struck me in this way: So What. And it leaves one wondering why some security vendors choose to focus so heavily on Fear, Uncertainly, and Doubt (FUD). Most of that "new" malware crud doesn't get anywhere.

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Significant Worm and Virus Attacks of The Decade

1/2/2010
We certainly thought viruses and digital exploits were a nuisance throughout the 1990s. But there was nothing like the Morris worm that played havoc on Internet users on November 2, 1988. That all changed in the spring of 2000, and what a can of worms the oughts turned out to be. And how quaint the malware of the 1990s looks in comparison.

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