Guest Editorial: The US FBI has kicked off Operation Bot Roast this summer with the goal of addressing the botnet problem. Hurray for them,it's good that something is being done. However, this is probably not going to stop the botnet problem, and maybe wont even make a dent in the problem.
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Hardware hackers at iFixit are disassembling the iPhone in real time, providing the first look at the belly of the beast.
Rutkowska says she is "ready to accept" the challenge but wants her two-person team to be paid $384,000 ($200 a day each for two people working full-time for six months), a demand that has dashed all hopes for a hacker face off at Black Hat this year.
Less than three years after shelling out $430 million to acquire TippingPoint, 3Com plans to spin out the unit in a planned IPO later this year.
Virus hunters at Symantec have stumbled upon a malicious server using an attack framework that intelligently chooses exploits based on the client's browser.This is the first sign of the type of reconnaissance attacks predicted by by white hat researchers (See: Do you know what's leaking out of your browser?
OpenBSD founder Theo de Raadt wants Intel to come clean on the severity of bugs in the Intel Core 2 processors, warning that some of the bugs "will *ASSUREDLY* be exploitable from userland code."de Raadt's comments follow Intel's release of a BIOS patch to cover potential unpredictable system behavior on Windows machines running Core 2 and Xeon 3000/5000 chips.
At last year's Black Hat security conference, stealth malware researcher Joanna Rutkowska caused a stir with the introduction of Blue Pill, a new technology she claims can create malware that remains "100 percent undetectable."This year, a group of her peers will challenge Rutkowska to prove it, arguing that a 100% undetectable rootkit is absolutely impossible.
RealNetworks has issued a security fix for a gaping hole in its flagship RealPlayer software but, strangely, the company has not issued a security advisory to warn its millions of customers.
David Maynor is hoarding his Safari browser flaws with his eyes on the iPhone.As far back as January, hackers were asking questions about the iPhone CPU and preparing for attack scenarios.
Anti-virus researchers at McAfee are reporting a massive wave of "pump-and-dump" stock spam -- with a interesting twist.