Ellen MessmerSenior Editor, Network World, Network World

Ellen Messmer is a senior editor at Network World. She covers news and technology trends related to information security.

Anonymous in London 11_5_2012

Anonymous apparently goes on a hacking spree

Hackers apparently linked to the hactivist group Anonymous Monday kept up a hacking spree to dump data they said they stole from Symantec, VMware, PayPal, Hyundai, and the U.S. Department of Energy and Transportation, among others.

Hollywood studios pushing for secure, next-generation "digital home library"

Home entertainment today is often provided through a clutter of TVs, tablets, and computers, along with TV specialty boxes for yet more streaming video or music services. But some Hollywood studios are hoping to find better ways to deliver paid content to consumers directly to hard drives and flash storage, according to Cryptography Research, which is working on a futuristic project to do that.

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Windows 8 brings malware improvements, says researcher

Anti-malware protection and other security features are getting a lot of attention for the new OS.

Cost of cyber attacks $8.9 million, up 6%

According to a survey of 56 corporate and governmental organizations conducted by the Ponemon Institute, the average amount they paid for all the costs associated with cybera ttacks was $8.9 million during the past year. That's up 6% from the previous year's study.

Sophos antivirus snafu lingers on

The chaos caused to Sophos customers by a bad antivirus software update just keeps reverberating into its second week, with Sophos today providing more information on fixing the problem for both enterprise users and those with stand-alone computers.

Pilot projects win $10 million in government grants to help 'get rid of passwords'

A federal initiative called the "National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace" has been encouraging the high-tech industry to work with government to find alternatives to simple passwords in order to foster more secure online transactions. The NSTIC program has been promising to fund $10 million in government grants for pilot projects to showcase innovative approaches, and today the winners were finally announced.

Republican National Convention: High-tech Meets Republican Leadership

Coordinated under an effort called "Innovation Nation," the high-tech industry's trade associations, along with companies such as Microsoft and Facebook, organized a reception for the House Republican Whip team.

Phishing Attack Targets Users With Fake BlackBerry ID Email

An attached file is loaded up with malware to take over the victim's computer should he or she open it.

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Want Security and Privacy? Turn Off Your Mobile Devices' GPS

Security experts are making the strong argument to turn off mobile devices' GPS functions unless really needed.

BYOD Plan: Transportation Firm Goes Down HTML5 Road

Ericom's gateway provides managed HTML5 streaming to devices.

Pirated Mobile Apps Get Hacked, Cracked, and Smacked

As much as 90% of the top 100 paid Android and iOS apps are ending up criminalized in hackers' hands, an Arxan study claims.

Shamoon Malware Threatens to Wipe Your Drive

The malicious code -- also called Disttrack -- may be part of a directed attack at energy companies, but could take down other systems in its wake.

Symantec Says It Has Plugged Hole in Norton Online Backup

Symantec today said it has plugged a hole in its Norton Online Backup service that inadvertently allowed some users to view and access data of other Norton Online backup customers.

New NIST Encryption Guidelines May Force Federal Agencies to Replace Old Websites

NIST's updated Transport Layer Security standard requires number of security changes.

Cybersecurity Call From Energy Department Involves Power Companies

In exchange for information about sensitive information, such as identifying network vulnerabilities or attacks, the government will share this benchmarking data that's given to it anonymously with any other utility that participates in the information-sharing.