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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 October 2008

SocNets May Boost Insecurity

10/28/2008
A new survey of IT managers shows that heavy use of social networks, such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and instant messaging may be strongly correlated to a higher number of security incidents.

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Microsoft Issues Emergency Advisory

10/27/2008
Just last week we warned admins and end users alike that they'd better apply the patch released last week in security update MS08-067. Today, Microsoft warned users that exploits that target the vulnerability are circulating in the wild. Hate to say it: Told You So.

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Microsoft's Emergency Patch

10/23/2008
I've received a number of e-mails, and held a few conversations, today with admins upset with Microsoft's atypical out-of-cycle patch. Newsflash: This was the right thing for the company to do.

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SensorNets To Help Curb Retail Theft

10/20/2008
One of the biggest wastes retailers must endure is inventory items that mysteriously disappear. Goods all too commonly vanish from the warehouses where they're stored, during their shipment, and from within the store itself. The German Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS has some ideas on how tech can be used to slow the shrinkage.

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Cell Phone New Cybercrime Frontline

10/15/2008
Whether it's your iPhone, Windows Mobile device, Android, or BlackBerry -- you're probably using your smartphone more like a computer more and more. That's great, but the more your phone acts like a PC -- the more likely all of the problems associated with PCs will follow, researchers said today. Should you care?

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Microsoft Readies For Likelihood Of Attacks

10/13/2008
We provided you the heads up about the Microsoft "Exploitability Index" a couple of months ago when the software company announced the new index, designed to predict the likelihood its security vulnerabilities would be attacked. It's an interesting idea, but will it have much value for practitioners?

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World Bank (Allegedly) Hacked

10/11/2008
It seems, based on a FoxNews.com report that broke Friday that the World Bank Group suffered a series of cyberattacks during the past few months. The claims of the level of access gained by the attackers are troubling -- but the real extent of the breach remains in dispute, and unknown.

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