Future players of the eagerly anticipated Half Life 2, due out later this year, could be at risk after its entire source code was stolen
Digital thieves have compromised Valve Software's Internet security to steal the complete source code for Half Life 2, raising the spectre that online players of the coming game may be vulnerable to attack.
P2P service Earthstation 5 has updated its software after reports that older versions could give hackers access to users' PCs
Earthstation 5 has released a new edition of its file-swapping software, responding to reports that running older versions could let hackers delete critical files on a users' computer.
The concerns were raised in a security bulletin posted to security lists last week by a programmer with the pseudonym Random Nut, who previously exposed a flaw in the Kazaa file-swapping software.
Attackers are targeting the newest security vulnerabilities, giving businesses less time to patch and protect their systems, according to a report released last week by Symantec Corp. The security vendor's twice-annual Internet Security Threat Report, which compiles data from customers as well as from more than 20,000 sensors embedded in its global DeepSight Threat analysis system, paints an ugly picture. "This has a very fundamental impact on enterprises," says Vincent Weafer, senior director of Symantec's security response center, "and puts the spotlight on patch-management issues."
West African fraudsters, long known worldwide for mass-mailings that lure the gullible with get-rich-quick schemes, now appear to be rolling out updated tactics: tapping email networks and posing as big London banks.
Britain's National Criminal Intelligence Service said on Friday it was investigating a new technique by swindlers who send emails under the name of a top executive of a major company from an authentic-looking email address.
By the age of 20, Benjamin Breuninger's life was a mess. Estranged from his mother and stepfather, a dropout with no job and months behind on his rent, he often went a day or more without eating.
Online, he had a different life. There, he was Konceptor, a skilled hacker who broke into computer networks, defaced Web sites and strutted in online newsgroups such as alt.2600, where he closed his frequent postings with this warning: "The Keystroke is mightier than the Pen. And this is My GAME."