The Real Question We Should Be Asking After the Massive Government Hack
True or False? There was no way the Office of Personnel Management could have prevented hackers from stealing the sensitive personal information of millions of federal employees, past and present. If you guessed “False,” you’d be wrong. If you guessed, “True,” you’d also be wrong. The correct
New cyberattacks target small businesses
Criminals who infect websites are making the Internet much riskier for small business owners. Since early June, one gang has been using a uniquely insidious type of automated attack to inject malicious code on some 20,000 to 30,000 sites, many of them small businesses that rely on the Internet to
Social-media tools used to target corporate secrets
Not long after airstrikes began in Libya earlier this month, certain attorneys at four U.S. law firms, known for having high-profile clients in the oil industry, each received a personally addressed e-mail message. Each message carried an Adobe PDF attachment, purportedly an analyst report
Anticipation runs high for Rockstar Games' 'L.A. Noire'
Rockstar Games is jumping genres again. The company that built its reputation around Grand Theft Auto's gangsters earned a new set of spurs last year with the Old West adventure Red Dead Redemption. Having won several awards already, the game is also the winner of the first Game Hunters Game of the
Hackers embed malicious links in websites about stars like Biel
This is rapidly turning into the summer of bad Web links. Cybercriminals are saturating the Internet with virulent Web pages and using every trick they can think of to get you to click on bad links. IBM's X-Force security research team has tracked a 508% leap in new malicious links infesting the
'Phishing' drops; are scammers switching tactics?
Internet criminals might be rethinking a favorite scam for stealing people's personal information. A report being released Wednesday by IBM shows a big drop in the volume of "phishing" e-mails, in which fraud artists send what looks like a legitimate message from a bank or some other company. If
Conficker Predictions - Doomsday Scenarios for April 1
Conficker spells doom for April 1. Or does it? We ponder whether it's time to stock up on firearms and fresh water and hit the bunker.
Bad economy helping Web scammers recruit 'mules'
The worsening economy appears to be helping computer crooks with one of their toughest tasks: tricking people into opening their homes and bank accounts and becoming "mules" for laundering money or stolen goods. The scams themselves aren't new. They're pitched in spam e-mails as "work-at-home" jobs
Symantec Backtracks on Adobe Flash Warning
A bug originally reported by Symantec to be a new, unpatched vulnerability in Adobe Flash Player was actually patched last...
Google searchers could end up with a new type of bug
Cybercrooks are manipulating the computer code used to put the pizazz in millions of websites in hopes of taking over unsuspecting consumers' PCs. The vulnerability occurs when someone does a Google search, then clicks on a result that has been secretly tainted by hackers. They will usually be