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In the UK, the Home Office has warned about a spate of attacks in recent months involving e-mail Trojans. "We have never seen anything like this in terms of the industrial scale of this series of attacks," said Roger Cumming (pictured), director of NISCC, the organisation charged with protecting the UK's critical infrastructure from electronic threats. "This is not a few hackers sitting in their bedrooms trying to steal bank account details from individuals. This is aimed at organisations, targeted at gaining information and is extremely well organised and well structured," said Cumming. It's the first time the NISCC has ever made such an announcement. The attacks have been ongoing for several months, and derive mostly from Asia, Cumming said. Hundreds of UK government departments have been especially subjected to attack, he added. "The general threat from electroni... (more)

Bulletproofing the WebSocket Wire Protocol

Web Security Journal: There's been a flurry of discussion this week among Internet and Web standards heavy-hitters around WebSocket, the new communications protocol supported in Chrome 4 and Safari 5. What was the main issue? Is there some kind of fundamental security vulnerability with the WebSocket (WS) protocol? John Fallows: When surfing the Web, our browsers may communicate with Web servers via HTTP proxies that deliver many benefits, such as providing previously cached Web content more efficiently than repeatedly contacting the target server. These proxies may be either ex... (more)

SYS-CON Media Named Among 500 Fastest Growing Technology Companies in North America by Deloitte & Touche

Montvale, NJ, October 9, 2002 - SYS-CON Media, headquartered in Montvale, New Jersey, has been named as an entrepreneurial growth leader by Inc magazine, which today released its 2002 Inc 500 ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The ranking will appear in the magazine's special Inc 500 issue, which hits newsstands October 15. SYS-CON Media achieved a record 752% growth in the past five years. Founded in 1994 by Fuat Kircaali with an initial loan of just $1,200 borrowed on his personal credit cards, SYS-CON is today the world's leading magazine publisher serv... (more)

IIS Vulnerability Update: Symantec Has (Maybe) Snagged Offending Code

On April 22 Microsoft became aware of code available on the Internet that seeks to exploit vulnerabilities already addressed as part of its April 13 security updates, code that attempts to use the IIS PCT/SSL vulnerability on servers running Internet Information Services with the Secure Socket Layer authentication enabled.  The vulnerability was addressed by bulletin MS04-011 (www.windowsupdate.com) and Microsoft urged all customers to immediately install the MS4-011 update as well as the other critical updates provided on April 13.  In addition, Microsoft published a knowledge b... (more)

It's Here! Windows XP Service Pack 2 Released Yesterday to Computer Makers

"With the proliferation of viruses and other broad threats on business and consumer desktops, I can think of no higher priority than trying to ensure the security of personal computers," said Rob Enderle, principal analyst for the Enderle Group, yesterday as Microsoft released Windows XP Service Pack 2. "Whether the customer is a large enterprise, a small business or an individual," Enderle continued, "Windows XP Service Pack 2 is critical because it addresses today's exposures in a comprehensive fashion. For anyone currently using Windows XP, my advice is to apply it at your earli... (more)