As more and more attacks are being carried out over the HTTP layer there is a growing need to push the envelope and bring Web security to new levels. Most existing tools work on the TCP/IP level, failing to use the specifics of the HTTP protocol in their operation. The need for increased security has lead to the creation of application gateways, tools that are essentially reverse proxies with the added capability of protocol analysis. Many commercial solutions are available.
Over the past few months, a number of publicized security issues have highlighted the fragility of today's systems and our dependence on them.
There has also been a lot of finger-pointing at Microsoft, and many are questioning whether the company can ever resolve the security problems that seem to plague many of its products.
A 19-year-old computer hacker who allegedly hijacked the brokerage account of an unsuspecting investor to make unauthorized trades was charged Thursday with criminal and civil fraud, officials said.
It was nearly 70 degrees below zero outside, but the e-mail on a computer at the South Pole Research Center sent a different kind of chill through the scientists inside.
"I've hacked into the server. Pay me off or I'll sell the station's data to another country and tell the world how vulnerable you are," the message warned.
Proving it was no hoax, the message included scientific data showing the extortionist had roamed freely around the server, which controlled the 50 researchers' life-support systems.
Former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani's consulting firm and accounting firm Ernst & Young joined forces yesterday to help companies guard against computer hackers.
They unveiled their so-called Advance Security Centres in Ernst & Young's offices in New York's Times Square and in Houston, where staff members with military and corporate security backgrounds will toil away on computers to protect clients.