• Advanced software identifies complex cyber network attacks

    By their very nature networks are highly interdependent and each machine’s overall susceptibility to attack depends on the vulnerabilities of the other machines in the network; new software allows IT managers to address this problem

  • More than 4 million credit, debit cards exposed in security breach

    Supermarket chain Hannaford Bros., with 270 stores nationwide, says that a security breach in its system exposed 4.2 million credit and debit cards; 1,800 cases of fraudulent use already detected

  • Serious RFID vulnerability discovered

    A group of a Dutch university’s digital security researchers discovers a major security flaw in a popular RFID tag; discovery can have serious commercial and national security implications; as important as the discovery itself was how the researchers handled the situation

  • MI5 seeks powers to trawl records in new terror hunt

    As part of the Brown government’s new counterterrorism strategy, which places emphasis on thwarting a cyber-attack on the United Kingdom, MI5 seeks total access to commuters’ travel records to help them meet the threat

  • Age-old communication problem solved using quantum entanglement

    One of the major problems in communication is known as the Byzantine agreement: Messages between three different parties are subject to faulty information; researchers succeeded in overcoming the qutrit difficulties by setting up a system that creates four-qubit entangled states

  • Economic barriers to better IT security

    In the real world, investment in risk avoidance may not be profitable; establishing economic incentives for IT suppliers to produce more secure products is a major problem because software publishers are not held liable for the shortcomings of their products; a new paper examines this conundrum

  • U.S. officials: "Cyber Warfare Is Already Here"

    U.S. officials say China, Russia, and possibly other nation-states are capable of collecting or exploiting data held on U.S. information systems; Director of National Intelligence says especially worrisome is the ability of other countries to destroy data in the system: “And the destroying data could be something like money supply, electric power distribution, transportation sequencing and that sort of thing”

  • New consortium to develop safety critical software

    High Integrity and Safety Critical Software (HI&SCS) is “the critical enabling technology” (U.K. Ministry of Defense’s words) for modern defense platforms, network enabled capability, and complex infrastructure; York University to lead a industry-academia consortium to develop such software; consortium will emulate the U.S. Software Engineering Institute

  • Breakthrough: Transcribing entanglement into and out of quantum memory

    Caltech researchers demonstrate for the first time an important capability required for the control of quantum information and quantum networks: Coherent conversion of photonic entanglement into and out of separated quantum memories

  • U.S., U.K. military secrets e-mailed to factory hand

    English factory hand bought a domain name which resembled the domain name of neighboring RAF base; for the last few years he has been receiving thousands of classified and highly sensitive e-mails from the U.S. Air Force — including the flight plan of Air Force One during President Bush’s visit to the U.K.; efforts to have the RAF or USAF address the problem failed; domain finally shut down last week

  • U.K. government lost more than 1,000 laptops in recent years

    The worries about how the U.K. government protects sensitive data continue: A report to parliament admits that the government has lost or had stolen more than 1,000 laptops in recent years

  • iRobot brings robotic WLAN to urban battlefield

    Everything you want a robot to be: Portable, small, inexpensive, intelligent, and robust; iRobot will develop robots to serve as relay node for urban battle-field WLAN

  • Banking security measures can tackle terrorism and terrorist financing

    Mobile phones can be part of the banks’ security to prevent terrorist financing through fraud, but it can also be a direct tool in the pursuit of homeland security

  • More than $3 billion lost in 2007 in phishing attacks

    New survey shows the 3.6 million U.S. adults lost an average $886 each to phishing schemes, totaling in $3.2 billion loss; the good news: More victims were able to recover some of their losses relative to previous years; phishing and malware attacks will continue to increase through 2009 because it is still a lucrative business for the perpetrators

  • How to protect corporate secrets from outsiders -- and insiders

    A secret can be lost in the blink of an eye, but getting information back under wraps can take forever; John Edwards offers a few useful tips on how corporations can become more secure