Security

ID theft, vulnerabilities, privacy issues, etc

Houston hospital says patient records compromised

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Officials at a Houston hospital said a stolen computer may contain medical records and Social Security numbers of hundreds of its patients. Christus St. Joseph Hospital has sent letters to about 16,000 patients, informing them of the possible security breach.

Insecurities over Indian outsourcing

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A case of bank fraud involving an India-based outsourcer has rekindled a debate about using overseas contractors for tasks involving sensitive data.

Latest Secunia Security Advisories

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  • Gentoo update for kdewebdev, kdelibs, and realplayer/helixplayer

  • Red Hat update for kernel

  • FreeBSD update for cvs

Web server attacks 'growing fast'

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More than 2,500 web servers every day are being hacked, reveals a report. Numbers grew by 36% during 2004 when almost 400,000 incidents were recorded.

Privacy watchdog warns job seekers to beware

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Security

Would-be workers need to be more cautious with resume services and posting their personal information online. Online fraudsters and scammers are waiting.

Other Security Advisories

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  • Slackware update for gaim, cvs, python & mozilla

  • Gentoo update for openmosixview

  • xine-lib RTSP and MMS Streams Buffer Overflow Vulnerabilities

  • Debian update for junkbuster

KDE Kommander Arbitrary Code Execution Vulnerability

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Security

Eckhart Wörner has reported a vulnerability in KDE, which can be exploited by malicious people to compromise a user's system.

U.S. gets new cyberterrorism security center

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A new private-sector cyberterrorism security center that aims to watch over much of the nation's critical business infrastructure with its own real-time cyberthreat-detection network opened here today at the University of Pennsylvania.

Secunia Advisories

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  • Realplayer/RealOne RAM File Processing Buffer Overflow Vulnerability
  • Mandrake updates for xli and cvs
  • Redhat updates for Firefox and Realplayer
  • Fedora updates for Helixplayer and cvs

Army of zombies invades China

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Security
Web

China's rapid Internet growth has brought with it a somewhat disturbing side effect: multiplying zombies up to no good.

Ameritrade loses 200,000 client files

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Leading online discount broker Ameritrade Holding Corp. said Tuesday it has informed about 200,000 current and former customers that a backup computer tape containing their personal information has been lost.

Open-Source CVS Project Plugs Security Leaks

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Security

Security researchers on Tuesday issued a warning for multiple vulnerabilities in the open-source CVS, a popular program that allows developers to keep track of different development versions of source code.

IRS security flaws expose taxpayer data to snooping

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Security flaws in computer systems used by the Internal Revenue Service expose millions of taxpayers to potential identity theft or illegal police snooping, according to a congressional report released today.

Teenagers struggle with privacy, security issues

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A panel of teenagers speaking at the Computers, Freedom and Privacy Conference told attendees on Friday that they are far more in tune with technology than their parents and have come to understand the issues of security and privacy on the Internet largely without any guidance from educators or their parents.

Web shops face tighter security

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Web shops are being forced to improve the way they handle customer data.

AOL Monitor Accused of Luring 15-Year-Old

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An Internet chat room monitor hired to keep children safe from sexual predators seduced a California girl online and was about to meet her for sex when he was found out by a co-worker, a lawsuit charges.

Battle Against Spam Shifts to Containment

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There's a new strategy in the spam battle: Call it containment. Filters for blocking junk e-mail from inboxes have improved to the point that doing much more will needlessly kill legitimate e-mail, said Carl Hutzler, America Online Inc.'s anti-spam coordinator. So e-mail gatekeepers are shifting gears. Now they're getting more aggressive at keeping spam from leaving their systems in the first place.

Today's Security Advisories

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Security
  • Fedora update for openoffice

  • Gentoo update for rsnapshot, junkbuster

  • Mandrake update for gaim

  • Debian update for mysql

Some MasterCard holders exposed to data theft

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Global bank HSBC Holdings is notifying at least 180,000 people who used MasterCard credit cards to make purchases at Polo Ralph Lauren that criminals may have obtained access to their credit card information, and that they should replace their cards, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

Bogus blogs snare fresh victims

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Cyber criminals are starting to use fake blogs to snare new victims. The bogus web journals are being used as traps that infect visitor's machines with keylogging software or viruses.

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