The decision of whether to implement an intrusion-detection system (IDS) is a complicated one. Unfortunately, IDS has a well-deserved reputation for requiring a lot of "care and feeding" and commercial systems can be very expensive. However, there is an enterprise-grade open source IDS called Snort that may tip the scales over to a "can't lose" position.
Microsoft has had to halt its Gatekeeper Test online security competition because the system being used was flawed, allowing entrants to manipulate their scores.
People looking for information on the School Department's Web site may have found the page less helpful than usual this week; a Brazilian hacker group recently defaced the department's homepage, replacing the school district information with a page of its own.
If you've used a credit card to buy a ticket to the MSU Wharton center lately, you may want to check your statement. That's because last month the Wharton Center had a security breach.
Tech officials discovered an intrusion in the server, used to store patron information. They can't say if the hacking was aimed at getting credit information.
There is no evidence that credit card information was accessed or copied, but names, addresses, credit card numbers and expiration dates of about 40,000, dating back to September of 2003, are in that system.
Software developers have figured out how to extract files from the Universal Media Discs used in Sony Corp.'s (6758.T: Quote, Profile, Research) new PlayStation Portable handheld video game device, though there is no way to play the games extracted from those discs.
Some details of the exploit were posted Wednesday night on the Web site PS2nfo.com, along with lists showing all the files pulled off the game discs for "Ridge Racers," "Wipeout Pure" and "Vampire Chronicles."