CodeRed, Nimda and Blaster. These high-profile worms, which exploited flaws in Microsofts Windows operating system and other applications, made Microsoft the butt of security jokes and forced the company to reexamine its approach to developing secure software.
Nearly 2,500 people who were students in Purdue's College of Science in February 2000 are being warned that their personal information may have been accessed recently in a possible computer security breach.
University officials discovered the possible breach during a routine security check this month of an administrative computer in the Department of Chemistry. The incident involved a file, dated Feb. 4, 2000, that contained personal identifying information, including Social Security numbers, names, school, classification, major and e-mail addresses for 2,482 students.
Industry trends are forcing security in the data center to be re-thought. In particular, the trend towards consolidation results in increasingly centralised data storage which in turn creates new security vulnerabilities.
It is commonly understood that the majority of security breaches originate from an internal rather than an external source. According to the FBI and the Computer Security Institute, 50-80% of all attacks happen from inside company firewalls. Of those companies surveyed, 73% of them reported that theyd experienced some form of internal security breach over the past year.
BANKS are reporting an "explosion" in online banking fraud as an unholy alliance of organised criminal gangs, hackers and virus writers join forces to raid our bank accounts.
Up to 150 million spoof e-mails are being sent each month to banking customers, many of them carrying viruses, according to the Association for Payment Clearing Services (Apacs). This reflects a nearly nine-fold increase on scam attacks in 2005.
As an online marketer my computers security is always in the back of my mind. My computer is the heart of my business, so keeping it safe should be prioty number one. Although sometimes it does slip to priority number two, which could as a result have a devastating effect on both myself and my customers. So this is a gentle reminder to be really aware of your online security. Ask yourself the question, Do you have a firewall? Do you have antivirus? Do you have antispyware software? You have...fantastic. You haven't got all three protectors then start too panic just a little. However there is an easy solution.