A company developing security technology for electronic voting suffered an embarrassing hacker break-in that executives think was tied to the rancorous debate over the safety of casting ballots online.
VoteHere Inc. of Bellevue, Washington, confirmed Monday that U.S. authorities are investigating a break-in of its computers months ago, when someone roamed its internal computer network. The intruder accessed internal documents and may have copied sensitive software blueprints that the company planned eventually to disclose publicly.
A recent disclosure by Diebold that its automated teller machines operated by two financial services customers were struck by the W32/Nachi worm has heightened concern of even wider disruptions from virus and worm outbreaks, and highlights a growing security concern about vulnerability of cash machines running Windows XP and interacting with other Windows systems.
Millions of Internet Explorer users have been warned of a security vulnerability within the browser that poses a "significant risk".
According to analysts from the X-Force division of security firm ISS, the flaw can allow website addresses or URLs to display incorrectly in the browser's navigation bar, thereby allowing scams that trick users into trusting a bogus website.
The flaw, which ISS says is trivial to exploit, may be triggered when individuals navigate to URLs from within emails or hostile web pages.
It seems 2003 was a productive year for phishers, online auction scammers and Nigerians professing a deep sense of purpose and utmost sincerity, judging from the latest stats from the Internet Fraud Complaint Center.
The center reports receiving over 120,000 online fraud complaints through its website this year -- an increase of 60% over the 75,000 complaints counted in 2002.
While the number of virus attacks decreased in the last year, the scale and the impact they have had on the Internet have increased significantly, says security software developer, Kaspersky Labs.
To date in 2003, there have been nine major virus outbreaks and 26 less significant ones, which is lower than 2002's figure of 12 major outbreaks and 34 minor incidents.