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Security Deals on Software Deal of the Day

Digital River Software Deal of the Day is offering HUGE discounts on some security products for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Buy one Norton 360 and get on FREE! Recieve $ 20.00 Off of Bit Defender Total Security 2009. These are great deals.

Have a Safe Thanksgiving

Have a secure and Happy Thanksgiving!

Security Tech Incubator

The University of Texas at San Antonio launched a new incubator that will help commercialize security technologies.

The Institute for Cyber Securitys (ICS) new incubator will provide start-ups access to seed capital, business advise, and office space and infrastructure on the campus. It is getting $5.5 million in funding from the state of Texas.

The first two start-ups being incubated are Denim Labs, which developed technology that protects PHP-based Web sites against certain types of intrusions, and SafeMashups, which enables Web mashup applications to authenticate with each other before exchanging data.

Joe Lieberman Retains Post

Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman will remain as chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, after Democrats voted overwhelmingly to let him to stay despite his support for Republican presidential candidate John McCain.

Netwitness Security Software

NetWitness, a vendor of networking threat-analysis software, is offering a free version of its NetWitness Investigator package by download, the company said Monday.

NetWitness Investigator is different from most other network-scanning software in that it uses forensic tools to examine applications and changes on content on the network, as well as attacks coming from outside the network, said Amit Yoran, NetWitness chairman and CEO. The software package gives users detailed analyses of malicious activity on their networks, he said.

NetWitness Investigator is designed to address gaps in other cybersecurity products, he said. It can help users identify cybersecurity problems, insider attacks and sophisticated outsider attacks, and it can help with IT audits and antifraud investigations, the company said.

Inauguration Security

Law enforcement officials bracing for the largest crowds in inaugural history are preparing far-reaching security – thousands of video cameras, sharpshooters, air patrols – to safeguard President-elect Obamas swearing-in. People attending the ceremony and parade Jan. 20 can expect to be searched by machines, security personnel or both.

Phony Security Software

Microsoft said that the anti-malware tool it pushes to Windows users as part of Patch Tuesday removed fake security software from nearly a million PCs during nine days this month.

Internet Addiction

Internet addiction is on the rise in the world's largest Net market, and now Chinese doctors have officially defined it as an ailment.

Users who spend six hours or more per day online, and exhibit at least one symptom including difficulty sleeping or concentrating, yearning to be online, irritation, and mental or physical distress are classified as meeting the definition of addiction.

Being hooked on the Internet has been considered a problem in Chinese society as early as 2005, when the first clinic dedicated to Internet addiction opened in Beijing. It began accepting patients who exhibited dependency symptoms for those of substance abuse.

ISP Cut Off

A U.S. Internet service provider suspected of aiding cybercriminals in online scams and hosting child pornography was at least partially cut off from the Internet on last week.

The ISP, McColo, had been under the watchful eye of computer security analysts for years. It is one of a handful of so-called bulletproof hosting providers that provide safe haven online for cybercriminals selling Viagra and fake security software.

UK Identities Sold

Internet fraudsters sell complete financial identities for just £80, according to an online safety group.

The details packaged and sold online include names, addresses, passport numbers and confidential financial data such as credit card numbers.

Spam Drops 75 Percent

Global spam levels have dropped by as much as 75 percent following the shutdown of a US web host that provided the backbone for most of the worlds spam.
The bust has sent spammers scrambling and, although it occurred on last week in the US, spam volumes remain down, security companies say.

Economy Hurts Security

Intelligence officials are warning that the deepening global financial crisis could weaken fragile governments in the world's most dangerous areas and undermine the ability of the United States and its allies to respond to a new wave of security threats.

U.S. government officials and private analysts say the economic turmoil has heightened the short-term risk of a terrorist attack, as radical groups probe for weakening border protections and new gaps in defenses. A protracted financial crisis could threaten the survival of friendly regimes from Pakistan to the Middle East while forcing Western nations to cut spending on defense, intelligence and foreign aid, the sources said.

Dramatic Security Increase Around Obama

The dramatic security increase around Obama since the election has made a sizable impact in the Loop, where the president-elect is running his transition office at the Kluczynski Federal Building, straining an already-stretched Chicago police force and city budget.

The Chicago Police Department Union that represents police officers, has been told that in addition to the dozens of officers detailed to the perimeter near the Obama home, about 60 officers are being temporarily assigned to protect the transition headquarters.

Google Flu Tracking Impinges on Privacy

Googles recent announcement that it may have found a way to predict U.S. flu trends has led to the inevitable expressions of concern from some privacy groups.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center and Patient Privacy Rights sent a letter this week to Google CEO Eric Schmidt saying if the records are disclosed and linked to a particular user, there could be adverse consequences for education, employment, insurance, and even travel. It asks for more disclosure about how Google Flu Trends protects privacy.

Personal Use Causes Security Breaches

IT professionals surveyed worldwide said they think their own employees pose a more serious security threat than outsiders, and often it is because of personal use of corporate assets, according to the third and final report based on a 2008 survey commissioned by Cisco Systems and released Wednesday.

China Targetted

Chinese computer users have become chief targets for online criminals, according to a security report released by Microsoft.

Googles Power

Perhaps the biggest threat to Googles increasing dominance of Internet search and advertising is the rising fear, justified or not, that Googles broadening reach is giving it unchecked power.

This scrutiny goes deeper than the skeptical eye that lawmakers and the Justice Department have given to Googles proposed ad partnership with Yahoo Inc. Many objections to that deal are financial, and surround whether Google and Yahoo could unfairly drive up online ad prices.

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Technology in Politics

Can, and will, the next generation of politicians exploit the communication mediums available to them? Will the new communication mediums have the power to influence public opinion? Will politicians be the victims of technology, or will they use it to their benefit? Will one party benefit from the use of the technology more than another? All reasonable questions, considering the role technology plays in todays society.

Technology is Influencing Politics

Cracked McEliece Encryption System

Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology in The Netherlands have managed to crack the so-called McEliece encryption system. This system is a candidate for the security of Internet traffic in the age of the quantum computer - the predicted superpowerful computer of the future.

The attack succeeded this month by means of a large number of linked computers throughout the world.

Private Security Fees Add Up

No one knows for sure, but auditors think the United States has paid well over $6 billion to private security companies who have been guarding diplomats, troops, Iraqi officials and reconstruction workers in Iraq.

Transition Risks

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff says the federal government is monitoring dozens of potential terrorists in the U.S.

Chertoff tells The Record of Bergen County the government has quietly blocked dozens of potential terrorists from entering the country in recent years.

Chertoff says there is a risk that some would see opportunity during the transition between administrations.

Chertoff says he doesn't want to stay with Homeland Security after a new president is in office and the lawyer says he does not have a job waiting.

USB Stick Security

IBM was set to unveil on Wednesday a prototype USB device designed to protect people doing online banking from having their data stolen or compromised.
The device, which looks like a memory stick with an integrated display, creates a secure channel to a banks online transaction server. The connection bypasses the user's PC, which could be infected with viruses and other malware that make sending financial information over the Internet unsafe.

Internet users are Unsecure

Recent findings show that only 51% of internet users have current up-to-date internet security on their computers, and only 55% have anti-spyware software installed.


All eyes are on the US presidential election. If you feel security is an issue be sure that you vote if you are able to.

Comodo Security Release

Comodo Security Solutions, Inc, the computer security company has released Comodo Internet Security, a complete antivirus and firewall security package free to all PC users. Among its many powerful features, this security software detects and prevents malware such as viruses, adware, spyware, Trojans, bots and rogue software, and includes always-on, real-time protection against threats.

SafeWeb from Norton

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Google Phone Security Flaws

Just days after the T-Mobile G1 smartphone went on the market, a group of security researchers have found what they call a serious flaw in the Android software from Google that runs it.

One of the researchers, Charles A. Miller, notified Google of the flaw this week and said he was publicizing it now because he believed that cellphone users were not generally aware that increasingly sophisticated smartphones faced the same threats that plague Internet-connected personal computers.

EU Joint Efforts

European Union governments agreed to set up a common platform to fight illegal activities on the Internet and said they would cooperate more closely to block narcotics imports via West Africa.

Interior ministers of the 27-member EU agreed today at a meeting in Luxembourg that the platform would be managed by Europol, the European police agency. It would allow any cyber criminality alert to be instantly shared among police forces across the continent.

Halloween Spirit and Piracy in Pictures!

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Miley Cyrus Email Hacked

A 19-year-old Tennessee resident is claiming that he hacked into entertainer Miley Cyrus Gmail account.

According to the blog, Josh Holly admitted to several bloggers and a radio station in Arizona that he hacked into Cyrus' e-mail account and retrieved suggestive pictures of the teen singing star. The pictures soon began circulating on the Internet.

According to Holly, there were plenty of photos of Cyrus, but only the most provocative ones were published. He told a Phoenix radio morning show in August he held on to the pictures for a while.

Windows Anti-Piracy Tool

Chinese Users are furious at Vole for daring to launch a version of its Windows anti-piracy tool which targets Chinese computer users to ensure they buy genuine software.

Microsoft has released its glorious Windows Genuine Advantage program into China where the software is often pirated.

The Chinese version turns the users screen black if the installed software fails a validation test.

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