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Tue
10
May
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Security Experts Stunned as Google Chrome Hacked

A French security firm says it now knows how to hack its way into Google's Chrome browser. If the claim turns out to be true, it would represent a surprising weakness for a web browser considered by some to be the safest available. The hack report ... comes from France's Vupen, which says it was able to sidestep Chrome's defenses -- including the highly reputable sandbox design -- as well as Windows 7's built-in anti-exploit infrastructure. Report Stuns Security Experts The exploit is "one of the most sophisticated codes we have seen and created so far, as it bypasses all security features ... (view more)

Thu
07
Apr
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Mcafee: Only 1/3 Of Companies Admit Data Breach

A leading security firm says targeting personal data is becoming less of a priority for online criminals. Instead, there's now a greater effort to unlawfully access corporate data, including trade secrets. Word of this new trend comes to us courtesy ... of a McAfee report based on a survey of around 1,000 IT managers in seven countries. Only 1/3 Of Companies Publicly Admit Data Breach Perhaps the most dramatic finding was that previous estimates of data breaches may have been much lower than was reality, as just 30 per cent of companies questioned said they always make breaches public. Around 60 ... (view more)

Wed
06
Apr
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Web Attacks Way Up, Says Symantec Report

According to a new report from security firm Symantec, the volume and complexity of web-based hacker attacks continues to grow. Symantec says the total daily number of online attacks actually jumped an incredible 93 per cent from 2009 to 2010. Also ... rising to concerning levels was the number of attacks launched upon mobile platforms. Symantec's findings come to us courtesy of the company's "Internet Security Threat Report," which was released on Tuesday. The findings were certainly eye-catching, including one report which suggests that hacking results in an average of 262,767 exploited ... (view more)

Tue
25
Jan
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Cyber War Apocalypse Highly Unlikely, Study Says

An international report says that the term "cyber war" overstates the genuine security risks that national governments face in the online age. It goes on to note that officials need to plan for accidental incidents as well as attacks. The report, ... from the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, says that comparing online attacks to an armed military conflict exaggerates the potential effects. It also argues that a financial crisis or a health pandemic would also be much more serious than cyber attacks. The key finding of the report is that most forms of attack against ... (view more)

Mon
03
Jan
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McAfee Security Releases 2011 Threat Predictions Report

Security company McAfee Labs recently released their 2011 Threat Predictions report, where they foresee cyber criminals turning their attention to three specific attack vectors in the coming year. An attack vector is "a path or means by which a ... hacker (or cracker) can gain access to a computer or network server in order to deliver a payload or malicious outcome. Attack vectors enable hackers to exploit system vulnerabilities, including the human element." (Source: techtarget.com ) Most specifically, Google TV, the Apple iPhone, and Foursquare: a location-based social networking ... (view more)

Wed
01
Dec
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Swap Windows for Google OS? Not Likely, say Critics

There are plenty of rumors about the final release date for Google's Chrome operating system (OS), but that hasn't stopped the search giant from touting its wide-ranging applications. In a recent report, a Google executive boasts that most ... businesses could easily switch out Windows in favor of Chrome OS once the final version is released to the public. Chrome OS Stripped Down, Simplified Google's upcoming Chrome operating system is designed to be a stripped-down and simplified operating system that competes directly with Microsoft's Windows and Apple's Leopard. Few industry insiders have a ... (view more)

Thu
14
Oct
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Windows Botnet Infections On the Rise, says Microsoft

According to a recent report from Microsoft, the Redmond-based software company removed 6.5 million botnets from Windows machines during the first period of 2010 -- which is more than double the number eliminated by the firm over the same period in ... 2009. Botnets Used to Spam, Spread Malware, Steal Secrets In simple terms, a botnet (or "robot network") is a group of infected PCs that are under control of a few (or 1) individual. Typically, a PC becomes infected by visiting a malicious website, or by opening a malicious file or email. Once a computer is infected with botnet malware, ... (view more)

Thu
23
Sep
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Facebook Denies Phone Rumor, But Talk Continues

Social networking giant Facebook has flatly denied a report that it is working on its own cell phone. But not everyone believes the rumors are false. Facebook Phone Story Leak by TechCrunch The first report came this past Sunday when TechCrunch ... founder and writer Michael Arrington claimed that Facebook was working on a program by which it would write the phone's operating system and software, while partnering with a manufacturer to physically build the handset. According to Arrington, two senior Facebook staff members have been working on the project. One helped create the Mozilla Firefox ... (view more)

Wed
23
Jun
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Facebook 2009 Revenue Tops $800 Million: Report

According to a recent report, it appears Facebook had a very, very good year in 2009. It seems the social networking site saw revenue climb $100 million over its revenue plateau for 2008, reaching a figure listed at $800 million. Reuters cites ... unnamed sources in its report. These same sources also note Facebook net profits in the tens of millions of dollars, although more specific figures have not been made available. Facebook CEO: Little Motivation to Go Public Because it's a private company, Facebook doesn't reveal specific revenue figures. Pressure to sell Facebook shares publically hasn't ... (view more)

Wed
02
Jun
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Google Phasing Out Windows, Citing Security Concerns

A recent report says that Google, which is working hard to complete its upcoming Chrome operating system (OS), has started phasing out its own internal use of the Microsoft Windows. The report on Google's OS use emerged Tuesday when the Financial ... Times said search engine leader Google had decided to cut back its employment of Windows, citing for reasons of security concerns. (Source: computerworld.com ) Google Testing Chrome OS Internally It's likely the move to phase out Windows is primarily the result of Google's continuing work on its own operating system, Chrome OS. Google is currently " ... (view more)

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