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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 February 2009

Apple Drops Major Security Patch

2/12/2009
Apple today released a bevy of patches that, by my quick count, fix about 55 bugs in its flagship OS X operating system as well as Java. Fortunately, through Software Update, the patch updates for Java for Mac OS X 19.5 Update 3, and Security UPdate 2009-001, which total 47 MB, went smoothly for this user.

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Metasploit To (Almost) Go SaaS

2/9/2009
The Metasploit hacking tool is going the direction of many other IT security tools: it's going to be delivered, in part, as a service. But will corporate security managers upload critical data to a third party to test to see if it can be cracked?

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Startup May Just Digitize Your Wallet

2/8/2009
I despise having to carry paper. You also can add credit and ATM cards, driver's licenses, insurance cards -- all of this stuff we need to carry every day to that list, too. While we worry about hackers cracking retailers' Web sites and getting our credit card or financial information -- a lost wallet or purse can easily end up being a much bigger nightmare. A startup from Bend, Ore., believes it may have a solution.

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Cisco Warns Of Significant Wireless Vulnerability

2/5/2009
Cisco today warned its customers of vulnerabilities in its Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers, Cisco Catalyst 6500 Wireless Services Modules, and Cisco Catalyst 3750 Integrated Wireless LAN Controllers gear. The four vulnerabilities, which are not related to one another, could enable attackers to escalate privileges on some equipment or launch sustained denial-of-service attacks.

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Targeted Attacks Keep Rolling

2/4/2009
There's a stealthy Trojan, named Bankpatch.com, that is circulating in Denmark. Unlike most Trojans, which aim to grab information from wherever they can, this one is targeting specific banks.

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Cost Of Data Breaches Keeps Going Up

2/2/2009
The costs associated with a data breach involving consumer records have been steadily rising, according to the Ponemon Institute's fourth annual study, Cost Of A Data Breach. The survey took a close look at 43 organizations that reported a breach in 2008 -- ranging from the loss of 4,200 records to more than 113,000.

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Video: Super Bowl Security

2/1/2009
There will be about 250,000 people in Tampa, Fla., for the Super Bowl today. And while the FBI has reported that there are no credible terror threats for the game, one bet you're guaranteed to win today is that security will be tight.

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