Top computer security experts told a congressional committee today that the U.S. isn't producing the talent or the funding needed to confront the information warfare threats the country now faces. "Our research base in computer security and network security is miniscule," William Wulf, president of the Washington-based National Academy of Engineering and a computer security expert, told the House Science Committee. "I think we desperately need to do something," he said.
Adobe has launched French, German and Spanish language versions of its controversial eBook Reader for the European market, and claims to have toughened up security to deal with security holes that previously embarrassed the company in a landmark legal case.
The eBook Reader, which is available as a free download, encodes text in a protected format similar to Adobe’s well-established PDF technology, allowing copyright-protected electronic books to be distributed over the Internet.
Russian corporate computer networks are hacked into twice as often as in Western Europe, while e-crime thrives on careless computer users, according to Ernst & Young research. Sixty-five percent of those surveyed by Ernst & Young encountered problems with computer security sometime in the past year.
Companies most often suffered from computer viruses, network crashes and unauthorized access from inside the company.
A hacker claiming to be a member of vigilante hacker group YIHAT (Young Intelligent Hackers Against Terrorism) defaced 13 websites on Monday night, but his actions were condemned by the group's leader, Kim 'Kimble' Schmitz. The internet entrepreneur and convicted hacker said that defacements were against the policies of the group. "We don't want anybody to deface websites.
Say the word ``hacker,'' and most people still think of an antisocial teenage boy running amok in government computer systems, concocting nasty viruses and defacing Web sites. But during the past few years, as computers have become commonplace in conventional homes and businesses, hackers have undergone a remarkable transformation. Not only have hackers become friendlier and more law-abiding, they are also more frequently female.