Federal and state authorities are investigating whether hackers gained access to Social Security and credit card numbers of 31,000 University of Georgia students and applicants, officials said Thursday.
So far, there has been no sign the hackers used any of the information, school spokesman Tom Jackson said.
The university set up a Web site, however, advising anyone who applied for admission since August 2002 to advise credit reporting agencies and credit card companies that their numbers may have been compromised.
The mass media has had a lot of fun with wireless security: war driving, virus insertion and bandwidth stealing have all had their day in the sun. Public hot spots are more vulnerable to attack than private networks, where individual users can have their hardware authenticated as permanent network members. This means when you log onto a hot spot, there is a possibility that it has been compromised. It's not unknown for people to mount man-in-the-middle attacks, where they set up a bogus hot spot that overlaps with the provider's legitimate one, and then intercept logins.
For the fourth time, the SANS Institute has teamed up with the FBI to publish an annual compilation of the top 20 Internet security vulnerabilities. What makes this list particularly important is its focus on vulnerabilities that are actively being exploited rather than on theoretical or potential threats. In most cases, these vulnerabilities are being targeted because administrators failed to properly lock down their systems or install widely available patches.
HIGHLY CRITICAL errors in popular firewall software from Check Point need filling quick, according to a security bulletin from Secunia.
The alert service said there are hotfixes available for Check Point's FireWall-1 NG with AI, and the Achilles' Hell is in the implementation of the H.323 protocol.
Check Point has acknowledged the problems, said Secunia, which can cause denial of service attacks or system access from default port 1720/tcp.
Striding through San Francisco's busy financial district after dusk, 20-year-old Jake Appelbaum is an odd sight. His left hand is clutching the handle of a two-foot-long fiberglass pole wrapped in a metal spiral, which he holds high like a lance. The device is a directional antenna: a thin cable hangs between it and what looks like a handheld TV in Appelbaum's other hand.