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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.

September 29, 2006 by in Security

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.

September 28, 2006 by in Telcos

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.

September 22, 2006 by in Security

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.

August 25, 2006 by in Enterprise Software

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.

August 21, 2006 by in Security

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.

August 11, 2006 by in Enterprise Software

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.

August 8, 2006 by in Security

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.

August 1, 2006 by in Banking

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