Internet Security

3 in 4 online banking sites have widespread security flaws

Washington, July 23: A large percentage of online banking sites have at least one design flaw, which in turn, can make customers vulnerable to cyber thieves when it comes to their money or even identity, finds a new study led by an Indian-origin researcher.

Atul Prakash, a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and doctoral students Laura Falk and Kevin Borders examined the Web sites of 214 financial institutions in 2006 and found that 75 percent of them had security flaws.

According to the study’s researchers the design flaws aren''t bugs that can be fixed with a patch, in fact, they stem from the flow and the layout of these Web sites.

Online scams soliciting relief donations for China, Myanmar

Singapore - InternetCyber swindlers posing as victims in disaster- hit China and Myanmar are targeting citizens of Singapore and elsewhere with email scams and phony websites soliciting donations, news reports said Tuesday.

The frauds have prompted widespread alerts from sources including information technology firms in Singapore about the attempts to capitalize on the earthquake and cyclone, which have claimed at least 150,000 lives.

Experts told The Straits Times that the perpetrators are hoping to tap into the generosity of Singaporeans by posing as victims and charities.

Indian-origin researcher suggests how to reduce computer fraud

Cyber CrimeWashington, May 24: An Indian-origin computer scientist at Southern Utah University in Cedar City recommends educating business managers about computer fraud so as to reduce its incidences.

Shalini Kesar says that managers should be apprised of security issues, and that junior staff should have a hint that their boss knows what exactly digital fraud is.

In a report published in the International Journal of Business Information Systems from Inderscience Publishers, she described digital fraud as one of the growing problems for businesses these days.

NATO online - worms, wars and ethical hackers

Mons, Cyber CafeBelgium - For a room capable of jumping to action stations at the touch of a button, NATO's top cyber-defence centre has remarkably comfortable seats.

In a windowless room behind heavy steel doors, Star Trek-style swivel chairs face batteries of computers. Behind them, a wall-to- wall array of flat screens shows complex technical charts and an enormous world map studded with flashing icons.

Next to it, a screen shows the time in locations around the world.

Cyber security experts meet in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur  -Cyber security experts meet in Kuala Lumpur More than 100 government officials and cyber security experts from around the world gathered Tuesday in Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur for a summit aimed at discussing policies to ensure tighter security on the internet.

"Just as there are malicious individuals bent on causing harm to societies and nations in the real world, governments around the world must prepare to deal with similar threats in cyberspace," said Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Internet users not up-to-date with security skills: Survey

Internet SecurityMelbourne, May 19 : Majority of online users are not equipped with latest internet security skills, thus making one in five home computers infected by malicious software, according to a first time survey of ordinary users' online behaviour.

The survey, conducted by Australia's national computer emergency response team, AusCERT on 1001 respondents, has disclosed that there are many misunderstandings about internet safety and a lack of security skills that can lead to major security threats to home computers.

Net telephony latest target for hackers

Net telephony latest target for hackersLondon, May 15 : Leakage of credit card and bank account details on the internet has been a regular scenario, but the latest entrant in this virtual world of identity frauds involves hackers tapping into voice-over IP telephony accounts.

Newport Networks, one of the major VoIP equipment makers has highlighted this new type of breaching of privacy on the Internet. In fact hackers are making big-bucks by selling the usernames and passwords from voice-over IP (VoIP) phone accounts for more than stolen credit cards.

With this information anybody can use the telephone service for free.

High street chains next target for cyber terrorism

Cyber TerrorismLondon, Apr 28: The next target for hackers could be high-street chains like Tesco and Marks & Spencer, warned the infamous "Hackers Panel" at the InfoSecurity Europe conference in London.

According to this panel of the world's elite hackers, cyber-criminals could make use of same hacking-techniques, which brought down Estonia's government and some firms last year.

The ‘Hackers Panel’ consists of penetration testers and also those "white hat" hackers, who aid the organisations in developing a flawless digital security system by searching for glitches in their defences.

The computer helper: Understanding IP addresses

ComputerWashington - In today's world of networked computers, IP addresses are everywhere. That's because every computer that's connected to a network has one. You may even have been asked what yours is. Few people, though, know what an IP address is - or what it's used for. Read on for answers to common questions about IP addresses.

Q: What is an IP address?

Online payments: balancing security and convenience

Hanover - Online PaymentAs online shopping grows in popularity, online shoppers simply have to ensure their virtual shopping experience includes a secure payment system.

Shoppers have plenty to chose from and they all have pros and cons. Choices need to be made between security, convenience and speed.

"Convenience is the natural enemy of security," says Alex Kossel, who works for the Hanover-based magazine c't.

New technology to analyze e-mail activities may prevent terrorist attacks

Washington, Feb 20: e-mailThe development of a new technology, would use data mining techniques to scour email, which could help to prevent serious security breaches, sabotage, and even terrorist activities.

Developed by Gilbert Peterson and colleagues at the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright Patterson AFB, in Ohio, this technology would be able to help any organization sniff out insider threats by analyzing email activity or find individuals among potentially tens of thousands of employees with latent interests in sensitive topics.

Chinese authorities warn of Valentine's Day virus

Chinese authorities warn of Valentine's Day virusNew Delhi, Feb 11: Anti-virus authorities in China have warned computer users to beware of Valentine's Day computer viruses.

Valentine's Day computer viruses, especially "Vbs_Valentin. A", spread chiefly through e-mails or online chat systems; Xinhua quoted China National Computer Virus Emergency Response Center experts, as saying.

According to experts, other viruses like "Worm-blebla. B" and "VBS-ILoveyou" are also likely to attack computers if users open e-mails or attachments disguised with Valentine blessings for February 14.

China removes 200 m harmful pieces of online information

Illegal PublicationsNew Delhi, Feb. 8: China removed over 200 million items of harmful online information last year, according to the National Office for Cleaning Up Pornography and Fighting Illegal Publications.

According to a Xinhua report, the office's local branches also cracked down on over 4,000 pornographic messages and 150 kinds of pornographic publications, cell phone novels and Internet games.

Last year, China confiscated about 149 million pornographic, pirated and unauthorized publications.

Your Valentine’s Day emails might actually be a deadly virus

Sydney, Feb 8: Your Valentine’s Day emails might actually be a deadly virusAs Valentine week kicks off, online security experts have warned lovers, who are on a lookout for the perfect gift, against dodgy Valentine's Day emails.

An online security company MessageLabs, has warned computer users against clicking on unknown links wooing them to buy an ideal gift for their loved ones.

Facebook and Skype is a problem for Brit spies

London, Feb. 5: The intelligence network in Britain is reportedly finding it hard to keep pace with fast-moving internet technology.

According to a report, spooks working at Britain’s GCHQ spy base are having problems using social networking websites like Facebook and new internet phone systems such as Skype.

The report, by MPs and peers forming the Intelligence and Security Committee, will be embarrassing for Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, who recently pledged to make the web a “no-go area” for terrorists.

The Sun quotes the report as saying: “One of the greatest challenges for GCHQ is to maintain its intercept capability in the face of rapidly evolving communications technology.” (ANI)

Soon, cyber technology to detect online fraudsters

Cyber SecurityWashington, January 8: Shopping or carrying out other transactions online may soon be a safer affair, for Iowa State University researchers are developing a cyber technology to track fraudsters.

Yong Guan, Iowa State University's Litton Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, says that his team has already developed a technology that may help online advertising companies like Google and Yahoo reduce “click fraud”—falsely increasing hits to ads posted on Web sites that results in higher costs for pay-per-click advertising.

Australia set to impose Internet censorship to protect kids

Melbourne, Dec 22: Australia set to impose Internet censorship to protect kidsThe Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) will introduce new restrictions on online chatrooms, websites and mobile phone content within a month, in a bid to prevent kids from watching unsuitable material.

The new laws will be in effect from Jan 20 and they would impose tougher rules for companies that sell entertainment-related content on subscription Internet sites and mobile phones.

World, including India faces 'cyber cold war' threat

London, Nov.30: Cyber AttackIt is not only Britain that is facing a major cyber attack threat from over 120 countries, but also nations like India, the United States and Germany.

According to a report in The Australian, the "cyber cold war" is threatening to become one of the biggest security threats in the next decade.

Quoting from an annual report prepared by McAfee, The Australian further goes on to say that cyber crime is now a global issue, as it has “evolved significantly and is no longer just a threat to industry and individuals but increasingly to national security."

Software to analyse employees’ e-mails on the anvil

Washington, November 29: Cyber CrimeUniversity of California, Irvine (UCI) researchers are developing software to deal with cybercrime, one of the biggest causes of damage to a business.

The software will allow companies to flag up employees who are potential saboteurs, industrial spies or data thieves. It might also flag up whistle-blowers.

The move follows recent findings that at least one-third of cybercrimes affecting businesses are committed by insiders.

Internet users give up privacy to trustworthy recipients

Washington, Nov 23: Internet UserInternet users reveal more personal information online if they believe that they can trust the organisation that requests the information, says a new research.

The project, ‘Privacy and Self-Disclosure Online’, led by Dr Adam Joinson, found that people who had previously demonstrated a high level of caution regarding online privacy would accept losses to their privacy if they trusted the recipient of their personal information.

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