In the battle against online scams, consumers have a responsibility to use the tools provided by technology vendors to protect their personal data, privacy executives from EBay, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, and Truste said this week.
Phishing schemes are prevalent and EBay users are regularly targeted. Phishing scams typically use spam e-mail messages to drive people towards Web pages that look like legitimate e-commerce sites, but in fact steal sensitive information such as user names, passwords, and credit card numbers.
The FBI said Friday it has shut down an e-mail system that it uses to communicate with the public because of a possible security breach.
The bureau is investigating whether someone hacked into the www.fbi.gov e-mail system, which is run by a private company, officials said.
"We use these accounts to communicate with you folks, view Internet sites, and conduct other non-sensitive bureau business such as sending out press releases," Special Agent Steve Lazarus, the FBI's media coordinator in Atlanta, said in an e-mail describing the problem.
A Houston High School student faces a fine possible $2,000 fine or 180 days' jail after admitting rigging a keystoke logger to a teacher's PC and using it to download exams, Houston's Local 2 reports. Fort Bend School District School spokeswoman Mary Ann Simpson said: "Sometime in mid-December, we got a tip that this student was selling test exams that had apparently come from a teacher's computer, so that's when the investigation began." Said probe ended with the unnamed 16-year-old having his collar felt by the police.
The Jabber Software Foundation (JSF) - the open source instant messaging organisation - has advised developers to check their code, after discovering that a hack attack against its website was more serious than first suspected.
An audit conducted on JSF's web servers after an intrusion two weeks ago revealed a root kit on a machine hosting both the jabber.org website and the JabberStudio service. Subsequent investigations revealed the machine (hades.jabber.org) had been compromised for more than a year. The affected machine has been rebuilt and fully locked down.
A vulnerability in radio-frequency ID chips Latest News about Chip could put millions of users of wireless Latest News about wireless car key tags or speed pass payment devices at risk, according to a recent study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University and RSA Laboratories.
Using a relatively simple electronic device, criminals could wirelessly probe a car key tag or payment tag and then use the information obtained from the probe to crack the cryptographic key on the tag, Ari Juels, principal research scientist at RSA, explained.