Vulns & Alerts


Data Breaches Persist In Health Care

June 24, 2010 Added by:Robert Siciliano

In September 2009, the Obama administration’s Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act went into effect, requiring hospitals and other health care organization to beef up client data protections. Despite this, a recent study found that health care data is still hemorrhaging from peer to peer networks.

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Data Breaches Up in 2010

June 22, 2010 Added by:Jack Anderson

A data breach is painful for everyone, with the exception of the thief. The bad publicity, cost of notification, cost of internal and external audits, not to mention the loss to the person whose data is breached is enormous.

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Responding to a Compromised System Alert

June 19, 2010 Added by:Brent Huston

I interact with a lot of people and organizations that have compromised machines. Often, my email or phone call is the first they have heard of the problem. Should you ever get a call like this from me or someone else, here are a few tips that you might find helpful for proceeding.

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Woman Killed By Oxygen Software Failure In Ambulance

June 15, 2010 Added by:shawn merdinger

Earlier this month, several reports about the death of Janice Hall, a Red Wing, Minnesota woman came to light.  Specifically, she died in an ambulance as a result of a software failure in the oxygen delivery system caused the system to abruptly shutdown.  Apparently, the ambulance EMTs did not notice that the oxygen system had quit for a number of minutes, and thus Janice Hall unfor...

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Security Vulnerabilities

June 14, 2010 Added by:Mark Gardner

Over the past few days, security vulnerabilities have gained prominent attention on two of the biggest companies in the USA, if not the world. One was with AT & T and the other with Microsoft. In the case of the AT & T the vulnerability was exposed following a disclosure by a “hacking group” named as Goatse Security.  This disclosure led to exposing of approximately 1...

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Stolen Gaming Credentials can cost Big Bucks!

June 08, 2010 Added by:Ron Lepofsky

Here’s a glaring example of how recreational online gaming of any sort can lead to unintentional expense and headache. On May 27, Angela Moscaritolo at SC Magazine wrote an article about Symantec having discovered a database server hosting the stolen credentials of 44 million accounts belonging to at least 18 gaming websites.  

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Even “Her Majesty, The Queen” could do with Information Rights Management

May 26, 2010 Added by:Peter Abatan

Over the weekend in the UK it was revealed that the Queen’s address to parliament was leaked through unknown sources. Labour former Cabinet Office minister Tom Watson in his criticism of the leak said “The leaking of the Queen’s Speech is a huge embarrassment for Parliament and the Palace”. What we don’t know is if the document leaked was paper based or electroni...

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How to deal with failure to keep the bad guys out.

May 26, 2010 Added by:Eli Talmor

More money is now being made from cybercrime than the billions that come from drug trafficking, AT&T's Chief Security Officer Edward Amoroso has told a US Senate Commerce Committee. Some $1 trillion annually is being siphoned off by cyber criminals according to the security chief.

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The Scary Truth about Copiers

May 25, 2010 Added by:dgonzalez

IT professional or not, surely you have come across copiers. You know the ones most organizations have now a days. Those multi-function devices that print, scan, copy, fax, email, staple, punch holes and make egg omelets…ok maybe no omelets, but you get the point. They are feature rich and each one of those features come with a price. While you don’t necessari...

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Bad Password Management Will Stop You in Your Tracks

May 13, 2010 Added by:Daniel Kennedy

Refusing to maintain and follow a good termination checklist that walks through what access rights to decommission when someone leaves your company can put the brakes on your customers’ good will. Texas Auto Center in Austin Texas demonstrated the headaches that ensue when in February they left more than 80 customers who financed cars unable to get to school, work, and stuck with c...

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ISAlliance on Finance Sector Cybersecurity

May 11, 2010 Added by:Marjorie Morgan

The lack of software quality or assurance in the products we use within our tech infrastructure. There are simply too many vulnerabilities out there to exploit; this is the underlying heart to most of the problems we face. It allows hackers, criminals or nation states to attack the confidentiality of our information or even the integrity of our information.

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The Need to Develop Security Guidelines For Medical Devices

May 10, 2010 Added by:shawn merdinger

In the April 2010 issue of New England Journal of Medicine, William Maisel and Tadayoshi Kohno state that “medical-device manufacturers have a legal responsibility to be vigilant and responsive to security threats, although their specific responsibilities have not been well delineated.”

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The cyber-gangsters' "weapons" and the state of Internet security

May 10, 2010 Added by:Roman Zeltser

Writing an article about Chinese hackers (all 3 parts were published here - please use the search to find them) I had to explain why it's difficult to fight against them due to a wide range of tools, methods and existing vulnerability of operating systems and applications in addition to the specific political conditions in China. Since this material turned to more than 15-page informati...

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Seven Scary Cyber Scenarios

May 09, 2010 Added by:Richard Stiennon

Scenario planning is an important tool in the realm of cyber security.  Stakeholder teams are assembled to create plausible scenarios of possible future threats. Repercussions are predicted to help quantify risk and justify mitigating investments in technology and changes to policy and operations.

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Should we be afraid of Chinese hackers? ...Or lost cyber war (Part III)

May 04, 2010 Added by:Roman Zeltser

In addition to the full access to Windows OS that proved to be vulnerable to endless exploits, China chooses FreeBSD as basis for secure OS. The Washington Times recently reported that "China has developed more secure operating software for its tens of millions of computers and is already installing it on government and military systems, hoping to make Beijing's networks impenetrable to U.S. ...

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Would you like to meet an Identity Thief?

May 03, 2010 Added by:Bruno Pavlicek

Much has been written on the topic of Identity Theft. But what do we really know about the identity thieves themselves. Who are they? How do they operate? What motivates them? To begin with, one needs to appreciate that America is plagued with an endless epidemic of identity theft.

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