• Spam, Q4 Email Threat Trends of 2007

    A steep rise in attacks using social networking techniques which target user psychology and behavior patterns; spammers launched attacks by predicting user behavior patterns, such as looking for easy cash and discounted gifts during the holiday season, and preying on consumer trust to generate interest in cheap pharmaceutical products and stocks

  • Emphasis shifts to analytical tools rather than building sturdier walls

    The $169 million PayPal paid for Israeli on-line security specialist Fraud Sciences is part of a larger trend in security: “Security is less a matter of keeping everyone outside the outer wall and more one of detecting them sneaking through the premises,” as one analyst put it

  • U.K. Ministry of Defense selects BAE for SSEI

    The Software Systems Engineering Initiative (SSEI) aims to reduce the cost and speed up production of the software; the government has identified such software as “the critical enabling technology” for modern platforms; BAE’s Military Air Solutions will lead a consortium to manage the project

  • Marks & Spencer loses personal information on 26,000 staff

    A laptop belonging to Marks and Spencer was stolen in May 2007, joining a lengthening list of personal data breaches in the United kingdom; Information Commissioner’s Office takes action against company

  • NSA, other spy agencies enlisted in effort to address cyber vulnerability

    Prepare for another heated NSA-domestic spying debate: The Bush administration issues secret directive on 8 January — informally known as the “cyber initiative” — expanding the intelligence community’s role in monitoring Internet traffic; the goal is to protect against a rising number of attacks on federal agencies’ computer systems

  • Estonian student convicted for 2007 attack against Estonian Web sites

    A 20-year-old Estonian student has been fined $1,642 for launching a cyber attack which crippled the Web sites of banks, schools, and government agencies

  • OMB wants privacy review details in FISMA reports

    U.S. government agencies will have to provide more details about the privacy reviews they conduct as part of annual reporting in compliance with FISMA

  • SPARQL is a new, format-independent query technology

    Many successful query languages exist, including standards such as SQL and XQuery, but they were primarily designed for queries limited to a single product, format, type of information, or local data store; SPARQL is the key standard for opening up data on the Semantic Web, and the goal of the Semantic Web is to enable people to share, merge, and reuse data globally

  • Swiss move on quantum cryptography

    Ensuring effective data security is the next challenge for global data networks; quantum cryptography offers such effective security; the Swiss national election in October 2007 provided first real-life test of the technology, and Swiss now move to implement it in security-sensitive sectors of the economy

  • Reviewing -- and fixing -- Open Source code security holes

    Popular open source projects such as Samba, the PHP, Perl, Tcl dynamic languages, and Amanda were found to have dozens or hundreds of security exposures; some are quicker than others in fixing the problem

  • A new Wi-Fi security worry: Sidejacking

    Two hackers’ tools — Ferret and Hamster — “sidejack” machines using Wi-Fi and accesses their Web accounts; Hamster hacks the cookies and URL trail left behind by a Wi-Fi user, and the attacker then can pose as the victim and read, send, and receive e-mail on his or her behalf

  • U.S. forces in Europe pay more attention to cybersecurity

    Greater reliance on cyberspace by the U.S. military offers many benefits, but also introduces many vulnerabilities; the 5th Signal Command creates cyber cells to monitor and improve cyber security

  • Cisco release global security report

    Security threats and attacks have become more global and sophisticated; as the adoption of more and more IP-connected devices, applications, and communication methods increases, the opportunity emerges for a greater number of attacks

  • 700 MHz auction attracts 96 bidders

    By February 2009, TV broadcasters will have to vacate the 700 MHz so they can offer digital-only TV, as mandated by Congress; FCC will hold an auction for the coveted vacated spectrum, and 96 bidders — the usual suspects, but also Paul Allen, Chevron, and others — have been accepted (there were also 170 incomplete applications)

  • Phishing attacks escalated in 2007

    Gartner survey finds that $3.2 billion was lost due to phishing attacks in 2007; 3.6 million Americans lost money in phishing attacks in the twelve months ending in August 2007, compared with the 2.3 million who did so the year before