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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 November 2008

London Hospitals Still Sick From Virus Breach

11/19/2008
I was reading Graham Cluley's blog at Sophos earlier this week about a virus infection (the computer kind) at a number of U.K.-based hospitals. I pretty much passed over this story until I learned just how badly the hospitals were prepared for this.

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Thompson Era At Symantec Drawing To A Close

11/18/2008
Yesterday, the news broke that decade-long Symantec veteran John Thompson would be retiring. Symantec's board of directors appointed Enrique T. Salem, currently chief operating officer at the company, to be president and chief executive officer effective April 4, 2009.

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Palin E-Mail Hacker Trial Delayed

11/16/2008
The trial of David "Popcorn" Kernell, the 20-something student who has been accused of hacking then vice president-hopeful Sarah Palin's Yahoo e-mail account, has been postponed.

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Pssst. What's Your Password?

11/14/2008
Your company invests heavily in provisioning and identity management software. Password are to be changed every 90 days or so. The goal is to make sure accounts are secure and users are accountable for their actions. Problem is: Everyone is sharing passwords.

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Visa To Test New Credit Card Security Tactic

11/12/2008
Credit cards were never designed for online purchases. They were designed more than 50 years ago for face-to-face purchases, yet credit card companies and online merchants continue to try to re-tool credit cards as viable for online payments.

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Apple iLife Gets Security Fix

11/10/2008
Apple today announced a serious security fix for iLife 8.0, Aperture 2, and Max OS 10.4.9 through 10.4.11. Each of the security flaws, if left unpatched, could lead to "arbitrary code execution," which means attackers could run code of their choice on your system.

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The Worst Way To Learn Of A Data Breach

11/7/2008
While there's no welcomed way to learn that your customer data has been compromised, perhaps the worst way is to learn via an extortion letter. Pay up, or we'll expose millions of patient records, threatens a letter to Express Scripts.

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Adobe Patches PDF Flaw

11/4/2008
Security firm Core Security Technologies is warning users that Adobe Reader versions 8.1.2 and earlier are vulnerable to specially crafted PDF files that could be used gain access to authorized systems. You might want to check which version of Adobe Reader you're using.

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Windows Update To Get An Update

11/3/2008
According to the Microsoft Update blog, a substantial update to the Windows Update agent is on the way. The company says this update should increase the speed with which it will scan your system, as well as the number of patches it can download.

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