In the past decade, hackers have shifted their focus from network to applications, particularly Web application. Of all the 479 security vulnerabilities reported in the first-half of 2004 in The State of Information Security Worldwide Study by CIO magazine and PricewaterhouseCoopers, 39 percent were associated with Web application technology.
The threat of new instant messaging security attacks to enterprises has rocketed 2,700% in the second quarter of the year, according to instant messaging security researcher IMlogic.
During the second quarter IMlogic issued 15 priority IM security alerts to enterprises and says it tracked more than 540 new IM security threats in the wild.
IMlogic said corporate environments were being increasingly targeted and that businesses had to prepare for and defend against such threats.
Michigan State University has told more than 27,000 students that their Social Security numbers could have been compromised by a hacker who broke into a computer server.
The school informed students Tuesday of a security breach on the College of Education's server, The State News reported.
The server held information such as students' names, addresses, courses and identification numbers.
When the breach was discovered in April, the server was taken off-line and an investigation began. The college no longer maintains student Social Security numbers on its server.
A 25-year-old train driver for East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) has been fired for using a mobile phone for e-mail while driving a train on the JR Sotobo Line in Chiba Prefecture, the railway operator said Wednesday.
According to the company, a passenger in the front car spotted the driver using a mobile phone just before the train reached Torami Station in the town of Ichinomiya in early May. His dismissal was dated June 7, JR East said.
JR East instructs its staff to turn off their mobile phones while working.
Microsoft's UK web site was defaced late on Tuesday night with a message in support of Venezuelan hacker Rafa.
Defacement archive Zone-H reports that well-known defacer Apocalypse hacked into Microsoft's UK web site (microsoft.co.uk) and uploaded a picture with the message "FREE RAFA - HACK IS NOT A CRIME" (recorded in an archive here).