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By force of numbers alone, this year is going to be remembered for a long time as the moment when it became stunningly obvious that customer data is anything but secure. This raises the question: just how much of an effect on customer trust have these security breaches had?
The deal struck Wednesday by Yahoo and Microsoft to make their instant messaging (IM) networks work together in 2006 may sound great at first glance, but security experts say that the merger will make IM an even bigger target for hackers and hucksters.
"Ninety-eight percent of the stories about Yahoo and Microsoft will be about the benefits of interoperability, how the deal will eliminate the traditional hurdles in IM," said Jon Sakoda, the chief technology officer for IMlogic, an Internet security firm that specializes in defending against IM and file-sharing threats.
An exploit was released Wednesday for the most dangerous of the 14 vulnerabilities that Microsoft unveiled a day earlier.
The exploit is against the MSDTC vulnerability within Windows, which was patched Tuesday by Microsoft and outlined in its MS05-051 security bulletin.
OpenSSL.org Project on Tuesday released a software update to fix a flaw in all previously released versions of OpenSSL—up to versions 0.9.7h and 0.9.8a—that could allow hackers to compromise ostensibly secure Web servers.
The vulnerability could allow a hacker to force an OpenSSL-enabled site to use the outdated—and potentially insecure—SSL version 2.0 protocol.
A number of secure Web sites allow visitors to connect using earlier versions of SSL (Secure Sockets Layer), an option which can be enabled by OpenSSL's SSL_OP_ALL setting.
Two groups of hackers have caused concerns about Internet security after they managed to hack into websites hosted by South African government departments.
A South American hacker group, referring to themselves as the Beyond Hackers Team, managed to bring down 20 government websites on Sunday night.
The hacked sites included those of the department of justice and constitutional development, the department of arts, culture and technology, the films and publication board, the main government information portal and government's open source website.