Nearly nine out of 10 U.S. businesses suffered from a computer virus, spyware or other online attack in 2004 or 2005 despite widespread use of security software, according to an FBI survey released on Thursday.
Those attacks inflicted average damages of $24,000 on businesses and other institutions even as antivirus software security tools have become standard, the survey found.
Though 98 percent of respondents said they used antivirus software, nearly 84 percent said they had suffered a virus attack in the 12-month period covered by the survey.
As part of its quarterly patch cycle, Oracle released on Tuesday fixes for a long list of security vulnerabilities in many of its products.
The "Critical Patch Update" delivers remedies for 37 flaws related to Oracle's Database products, 17 related to Application Server, 20 to the Collaboration Suite, 27 to E-Business Suite and Applications, one to PeopleSoft's Enterprise Portal and one in JD Edwards software.
The Financial Times reports that the FBI is investigating the hijacking of milliondollarhomepage.com – the website that earned $1m for its creator Alex Tew by hosting micro-advertisements – by hackers who demanded a ransom to restore the site Tew is reported to have been sent a demand for $50,000 by email by a hacker, believed to be Russian, and when he refused to pay, the website crashed.
The transcript of the email, which was exclusively made available to the Financial Times, said in very poor English: “Hello u website is under us atack to stop the ddos send us 50000$.
By now many of you have heard that Symantec released a security advisory last Tuesday that reported its use of rootkit-like cloaking technology in its SystemWorks product. The Symantec use of rootkit-like cloaking raises the question of what exactly defines a “rootkit” and whether or not there is ever a justifiable reason to use cloaking. I’ll first describe Symantec’s cloaking and then I’ll move on to trying to answer these two questions.
The wildly successful pixel-powered Million Dollar Home Page is coming under intense DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack.