NEWS & ANALYSIS

Apple Files Biometrics Patent for iPhone and Mac Computers

According to a patent filed last week, Apple wants to include biometric protections on devices ranging from the iPhone to Macbooks to preventunauthorized use or access to the personal data inside, reports the Web site AppleInsider.com.

CIA Cybersecurity Expert Calls Into Question Security of Electronic Voting

A cybersecurity expert with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has added his voice to the chorus of criticism regarding the vulnerability of electronic voting systems to tampering, reports McClatchy.

New Zealand Telecoms Hire Teenage Hacker to Bolster IT Security

New Zealand's second largest telecommunications company has hired a hacking wunderkind, responsible for writing a multimillion dollar-generating botnet infiltration program, to help senior executives understand cybersecurity issues.

Cybercriminals Set Their Sights on Smaller Businesses

Experts at Visa's annual security summit last week warned that cybercriminals are moving onto new and easier to exploit targets for their malicious software: small-to-medium-sized businesses, according to Dark Reading.

Another High-Level Official Says U.S. Vulnerable to Massive Cyberattack

Another high-level official has added his assessment to a rapidly expanding chorus of voices saying that the United States private and public computer networks are vulnerable to cyberattack: Air Force Gen. Kevin Chilton, reports The Washington Post's Walter Pincus.

Information Security Must Be a National Priority, Experts Say

Companies, governments, and individuals need to do more to protect against information security threats, according to an international information policy think tank.

New Culture of Cybersecurity Needed, Leaders Say

The nation's cybersecurity relies as much on education and culture as it does technology and governance, according to participants in a forum held by the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection.

Los Alamos National Lab Institutes Data Security Overhaul

The recent theft of three Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) computers from an employee's home and the loss of a Blackberry in a foreign country has led the laboratory to institute a month-long review to ensure that all computers held off-site comply with data security policies, reports ComputerWorld.com.

Casinos Fear iPhone Card-Counting Application

Casino security officials have a new threat to contend with as technology continues to make cheating easier: blackjack card-counting applications for the iPhone and iTouch.

Cyberattacks Against Government Networks Rise Dramatically in 2008

The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has revealed to USA Today that cyberattacks against government computer networks increased by more than 40 percent in 2008.
 




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