Cyber Security Institute

Friday, May 28, 2004

Deloitte security survey has some puzzling figures

A research brief, about a global security survey measuring the state of IT security at leading financial institutions, claims that 83 percent of the top 100 companies worldwide have experienced some compromise of their systems in 2003.  However, the conclusion, drawn by consulting company Deloitte Touche Tohmatu, is puzzling as the survey itself (which can be downloaded from the company’s website) says that only 31 of the top 100 global financial services institutions ranked by 2002 assets were involved in the survey.

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Financial Firms in Hackers’ Crosshairs

IT security attacks on some of the world’s leading financial institutions more than doubled from last year, according to a new survey from Deloite & Touche.

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Thursday, May 27, 2004

Linux Servers Up, Unix Down: Survey

Linux servers are on the rise again thanks in part to low-end (under $5,000) x86-based servers, according to a new survey by market research firm Gartner.

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Wednesday, May 26, 2004

First known 64-bit virus threat found

Security technology company Symantec reported that it has analyzed what it believes to be the first known threat to 64-bit Windows systems, a virus labeled W64.Rugrat.3344.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Two thirds of emails now spam: official

More than two thirds (67.6 per cent) of the 840m emails scanned by filtering firm MessageLabs last month was identified as spam.

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Antispam framework scores Microsoft endorsement

An ongoing effort to consolidate antispam authentication schemes took a big step forward with the merging of Sender Policy Framework and Microsoft’s Caller ID for E-mail.

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Monday, May 24, 2004

Ballmer Beats Security Drum

Microsoft’s all-out “securing the enterprise” message took center stage on the opening day of TechEd with a string of security assurances from chief executive Steve Ballmer and confirmation that ISA Server 2004 will be generally available between July and September this year.

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Microsoft to show off ID federation

Microsoft will display on Tuesday software that lets customers sign in to a Web site and then take their identity with them as they browse the Web to other federated sites, a representative said.

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Sunday, May 23, 2004

For liability purposes, the courts have declared terrorism to be a predictable security threat

For liability purposes, the courts have declared terrorism to be a predictable security threat.

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Friday, May 21, 2004

Brightmail finds sanctuary with Symantec

Never afraid to dip into its monster cash pile when an opportunity presents itself, Symantec is going to buy Brightmail, one of the leading anti-spam vendors, for $370m in cash.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Hackers penetrate global finance firms

Hackers have succeeded in compromising networks within most multinational financial institutions during the last year, a survey claims.

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Plug and Play port scan reveals new worms

Investigations into recent increases in port 5000 scans have revealed the existence of two new worms: Bobax and Kibuv.

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Thursday, May 13, 2004

A third of UK corporates open to hackers

A third of UK companies and public sector organisations are ‘wide open’ to hackers because they are ignoring basic security flaws, industry experts have warned.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Lottery scams new flavour of the month

Lottery scam emails are increasing at an alarming rate, according to Fraudwatch International, the Australian website that protects consumers from identify theft.

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Monday, May 10, 2004

Sasser shows there must be a better way

If the Sasser worm’s any indication, security experts said, malicious code writers will continue to find speedier ways to exploit weaknesses.

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Thursday, May 06, 2004

Regulator says U.S. nearing Basel bank rules deal

U.S. bank regulators will make proposals at meetings with international counterparts next week aimed at wrapping up an agreement on the Basel Capital Accord by the end of June, said Senior Deputy Comptroller of the Currency Douglas Roeder.

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Tuesday, May 04, 2004

Enhanced Wi-Fi security, quality on tap for 2004

The Wi-Fi Alliance will certify products for the new 802.11i and 802.11e standards by September, said Frank Hanzlik, managing director of the Wi-Fi Alliance.

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Saturday, May 01, 2004

Microsoft Confirms Windows XP SP2 Delayed Until 3Q

Microsoft confirmed on Thursday that its much-anticipated Windows XP Service Pack 2 has been delayed for release until late this summer.

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