It's not easy to define, but most people know it when parasitic programs suck up resources on their computer and clog their browsers with pop-up ads. A coalition of consumer groups, ISPs and software companies announced on Tuesday that it has finally come up with a mutually agreeable definition for the internet plague.
McAfee reported this week that the number of systems infected with malicious software that allows the PC to be used for unauthorized purposes jumped by 303 percent during the second quarter of 2005 from the previous quarter.
Notorious hacker magazine Phrack is to close its doors after almost 20 years serving the darker side of the internet and communications community. Its intentions weren't pure but they were at least visible...
Cellular phone service has been shut off in four busy New York commuter tunnels since last week's deadly blasts in London, officials said on Monday.
Charles Clarke wants email and phone records kept for up to three years to aid police investigations, but critics have claimed the scheme is expensive and unwieldy. EU members have opposed them, fearing they would erode civil liberties.
A group of leading technology companies that includes Microsoft Corp., IBM, Yahoo Inc. and Cisco Systems Inc. has submitted a new e-mail authentication standard to the Internet Engineering Task Force for consideration.
As database companies restrict access to Social Security numbers private investigators find it tougher to track down witnesses and missing persons
MessageLabs have detected a Trojan posing as a movie clip of yesterday's terrorist attack in London.
Officials of the University of Southern California said they will contact everyone who used the school's online application system in the past eight years to warn them that a hacker may have been able to read their files.
A privacy rights advocacy group has asked the Federal Trade Commission to examine whether websites advertising investigative services capable of digging up personal information such as phone call records are violating federal laws.
What we need right now is someone in power who can put the burden for this problem right where it belongs: on the financial and other institutions who collect this data. Let's face it: by the time even the most vigilant consumer discovers his information has been used fraudulently, it's already too late. "When people ask me what can the average person do to stop identity theft, I say, 'nothing.' "
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.
An outbreak of Trojan horse programs is hitting networks around the world, an e-mail security company has warned.
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.
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.
Internet users worried about spyware and adware are shunning specific Web sites, avoiding file-sharing networks, even switching browsers.
Linux distributor is falling behind rivals in releasing security updates, due to server configuration problems and manpower shortages
The Beijing government has joined the effort to fight spam by adopting the London Action Plan on International Spam Enforcement Collaboration, it emerged yesterday.
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?
Bickering among software companies over who should set e-mail standards has allowed the amount of worldwide spam to jump to 69 percent.