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Two security flaws have been discovered with the popular VoIP service Skype, which is being acquired by eBay.Skype says that the vulnerabilities can potentially lead to DoS attacks as well as system access by hackers. The company has released patches to correct these flaws. John Leyden with Channel Register describes the nature of the flaws:
Many DNS servers are wrongly configured or running out-of-date software, leaving them vulnerable to malicious attacks, according to a survey published on Monday.
The Measurement Factory, an Internet performance firm, warned that Internet Systems Consortium's BIND software, which performs the domain name resolution function, is out-of-date on a fifth of DNS servers -- which underpin the Internet by translating domain names into IP addresses.
An arm of the U.S. Army's homeland security office uses data-mining software to fight cybercrime.
"We have huge databases with records from electric, water and other utilities that we're analyzing for signs of cyberattacks," said Major Jeffrey T. Newhard, director of the Army's Homeland Infrastructure Security Threats Office.
The Army aims to help utility operators upgrade their computer security to thwart hackers bent on shutting down the utilities or degrading their ability to perform, said Newhard.
Commercial Bank of Dubai (CBD) is ditching its web site provider following concerns about security for the site.
The bank’s move follows a hacking attack last month that saw the web site defaced after a hacker gained entry to the site’s administration system.
Exploit code was published Friday for a Windows flaw similar to the vulnerability that led to the Zotob worm that wreaked havoc in August.
The code takes advantage of a bug related to plug-and-play technology in Windows 2000 and Windows XP. Microsoft provided a patch for the flaw on Oct. 11 in security bulletin MS05-047, along with fixes for 13 other Windows flaws. The software maker rated the issue "important."