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ID Theft Bill Widens Encryption Rules

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Last week, Reps. Joe Barton, R-Texas, and John Dingell, D-Mich., the chairman and ranking minority member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, respectively, floated a draft bill requiring businesses engaged in interstate commerce to encrypt sensitive personal data.

Trojan horses gallop into networks

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An outbreak of Trojan horse programs is hitting networks around the world, an e-mail security company has warned.

On-the-run spammer caught and canned

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One of the world's most prolific spammers was arrested as he stepped off a plane in the US after a combined effort from the FBI and Spamhaus.

Zlib Security Flaw Exposes Swath of Programs

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A serious security flaw has been identified in Zlib, a widely used data compression library. Fixes have begun to appear, but a large number of programs could be affected. Symantec Corp. reports that AIX, Debian, FreeBSD, Gentoo, SuSE, Red Hat, Ubuntu and many other operating systems are affected.

UPDATE: Linux vendors pump out highly critical patch.

Fear of spyware changing online habits

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Internet users worried about spyware and adware are shunning specific Web sites, avoiding file-sharing networks, even switching browsers.

Debian struggling with security

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Linux distributor is falling behind rivals in releasing security updates, due to server configuration problems and manpower shortages

China joins global effort to can spam

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The Beijing government has joined the effort to fight spam by adopting the London Action Plan on International Spam Enforcement Collaboration, it emerged yesterday.

C3 Show Sees Search for Simple Security

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The C3 Expo offers products, services and seminars galore addressing the increasingly vast area of computer security. But what do IT managers and business users need most?

E-mail today is 69 percent spam

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Bickering among software companies over who should set e-mail standards has allowed the amount of worldwide spam to jump to 69 percent.

Don't Let Data Theft Happen to You

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ABOUT two weeks ago, I was alarmed by a phone message from my bank alerting me to some "unusual activity" on my debit card. Unusual wasn't the word. Someone had gone on a shopping spree. Between bouts of tears and frantic phone calls to my bank, I became obsessed with what I might have done to prevent this.

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Google Chrome 60 Released

DRM-Carrying Flash's Death in the News

  • Google: HTML is Faster, Safer, and More Power Efficient Than Adobe's Flash
    After Adobe's big announcement this morning that they plan to end support for Flash in late 2020, Google Chrome's Anthony Laforge published a blog article asking Flash developers to start transitioning to HTML. For a long time, Google shipped its Chrome web browser built-in with Flash support, but it now looks like Chrome will slowly start blocking Flash content, require explicit permission from users, until upstream support is terminated three years from now, at the end of 2020. Google, like anyone else on this planet, believe HTML is faster, safer, and more power efficient than Flash, without a doubt.
  • Adobe Flash will die by 2020, Adobe and browser makers say
     

    For many, though, Flash was simply seen at least as a nuisance, and at worst a serious security risk.   

     

    Flash-based exploits have circulated for years, in a game of cat-and-mouse between hackers and Adobe itself. Apple's Steve Jobs famously banned Flash from the iPhone, claiming that Flash hurt battery life and also was a security risk. [...]

  • Adobe Flash is dead (well, nearly)
     

    Tech firms have long been hammering nail's into its coffin, too, and back in 2010, Steve Jobs famously penned a letter that called for the demise of Adobe Flash in favour of a shift to open web standards.

  • The end of Flash

FreeBSD 11.1 Released

  • FreeBSD 11.1 Operating System Debuts to Support 2nd Generation Microsoft Hyper-V
    The FreeBSD Project announced today the release and immediate availability of the first incremental update to the FreeBSD 11 operating system series, FreeBSD 11.1. It's been more than nine months since FreeBSD 11 was released as the latest and most advanced version of the widely-used and most popular BSD operating system on the market, and now, FreeBSD 11.1 is here with a bunch of new features across multiple components, as well as all the latest security and bug fixes.
  • FreeBSD 11.1 Debuts With LLVM/Clang 4, ZFS Improvements
    FreeBSD 11.1 is now available as the first point release to FreeBSD 11.
  • FreeBSD 11.1-RELEASE Announcement
    The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the availability of FreeBSD 11.1-RELEASE. This is the second release of the stable/11 branch.