A tiny but motivated band of "hacktivists" are supplanting professional criminals as the biggest single data breach threat, an analysis of security issues reveals.
Cyber criminals must work harder to find and exploit new vulnerabilities, with better security during software development plus architectural improvements such as application sandboxing and swifter patching.
The Duqu Trojan, which some believe is a relative of the Stuxnet worm used to attack Iran, was partly programmed in Object-Oriented C (OOC).
The steady rollout of SSL for the world's most popular websites continues with the news Google's global search domains will be encrypted.
The extent of ransomware's success can only be gauged by the growing volume of attacks, which implies a worthwhile success rate.
For perspective, Facebook managed almost seven hours per user in the same month, a gulf in use far more dramatic than mere subscriber numbers alone.
An Australian man who tried to register a porn domain using the name of Virgin CEO Richard Branson has been ordered to hand over the URL.
Increasingly, virus-writers are aiming at Mac users, such as the Flashback Java Trojan variant hitting systems running OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.
Portions of the YouPorn database featuring user e-mail addresses and passwords have appeared online, many of them using recognizable first and last names.
Researchers at Stanford University have discovered a way to break state-of-the-security video Captchas.
A security firm spots an online "factory outlet" selling stolen social network log-ins obtained while hacking for bank credentials.
Large numbers of data breaches are being initiated by targeted malware that antivirus software simply can't detect, according to an analysis.
It's still not clear exactly what was compromised when Internet giant VeriSign suffered a series of data breaches in 2010.
The initiative is really an attempt to impose a single set of policies on the sometimes arbitrary way that way companies separate the good e-mail from the bad.
Articles by John E Dunn