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Photo: Worm vs. worm

Photo: Worm vs. worm

Zobot and other worms and variants have hit networks since Sunday. A sketch shows which pests try to detect or undo rival pests, according to F-Secure.

published July 19, 2006 by


Hackers claim Firefox zero-day flaw

At a talk at the ToorCon hacker conference in San Diego on Saturday, Mischa Spiegelmock and Andrew Wbeelsoi outline a possible vulnerability and zero-day exploit in the open-source Firefox Web browser. (Video courtesy of Media Archives.)

published October 2, 2006 by


Security Bites: Microsoft in zero-day mire

Microsoft can't swat new bugs as fast as they pop up. The software giant has rushed out a "critical" fix for Windows, but attacks continue via other known, yet-to-be-plugged holes. Moreover, exploit code for two new flaws has surfaced. CNET's Joris Evers and's Robert Vamosi give their take on this week's Security Bites.

published September 29, 2006 by


Hearing: CNET reporter as target

Rep. Ed Whitefield (R-Ky.) asked one investigator if he was the man who got records of all phone calls made by CNET reporter Dawn Kawamoto. Then the committee chairman interrupted to show his displeasure. Watch a portion of the subcommittee hearing in Washington.

published September 28, 2006 by


Security Bites: Macs face Wi-Fi hijack risks

A month-and-a-half ago, Apple Computer dismissed claims that MacBooks could be hijacked via Wi-Fi. This week, however, the Cupertino, Calif., company released security updates for a trio of flaws in Mac OS X that could be exploited to do just that. CNET's Joris Evers and's Robert Vamosi chime in.

published September 22, 2006 by


Microsoft's patch debacle

Microsoft's MS06-042 update for Internet Explorer caused browser crashes and introduced its own security flaw. A fix was delayed because of distribution issues. CNET's Joris Evers and Robert Vamosi discuss the problem in this week's Security Bites.

published August 25, 2006 by


Homeland security chief on privacy

Chertoff, secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, appears at the opening of the Joint Regional Intelligence Center in Norwalk, Calif., on Friday, Aug. 18, saying that his department is indeed concerned with privacy. The intelligence center joins federal, state and local law enforcement in one facility as part of a post-9/11 effort to improve law enforcement collaboration.

published August 21, 2006 by


Behind the scenes at the real-life "24"

CNET's Joris Evers gets inside the first Joint Regional Intelligence Center, whose workforce is drawn from the FBI, Homeland Security and regional agencies. Our camera was allowed in for a visit from Michael Chertoff, secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

published August 19, 2006 by


Windows worm watch is on

The worm alarm is being raised over a "critical" vulnerability in Windows, with even the U.S. Department of Homeland Security urging Windows users to patch up now. CNET's Joris Evers and Robert Vamosi discuss the matter in this week's Security Bites.

published August 11, 2006 by


E-passport flaws

Radio frequency identification tags in passports may make it possible to determine from a distance whether somebody is carrying a passport and even tell the nationality of a passport holder. Taken to an extreme, such identification could make it possible to detonate explosives only when someone from a particular country is nearby, Flexilis shows in this video. Researchers addressed e-passport concerns at the 2006 Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas.

published August 8, 2006 by


Password on a credit card

InCard Technologies has developed technology that can turn a credit card into a device that generates passwords for one-time use, for example for stronger authentication when banking online. CNET's Joris Evers takes a look.

published August 1, 2006 by


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