NEWS & ANALYSIS

Hackers Take the Fight Over Gaza Online

As Israel continues its military campaign inside the Gaza Strip for the 12th consecutive day to cripple Hamas' ability to shoot rockets into its territory, both pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian hacker groups have taken up the fight online.

Brazil: Logging Firms Hire Hackers to Change Lumber Quotas

Brazilian logging companies have hired hackers to break into their country's government's Web-based permit system to allow them to harvest many more trees than allowed, according to Greenpeace's blog.

Sophisticated and Innovative, Cybercrime Flourishes in 2008

The frequency and sophistication of cyberattacks have escalated throughout 2008, reports the San Diego-based Cisco Systems.

Cybercrime Trends Will Worsen in 2009, According to Forecasts

The global recession will lead to a rise of cybercrime worldwide, as governments' attention to cybercrime is deflected toward more pressing economic problems, according to 2009 cybercrime forecasts from leading IT security firms.

Cyberattacks Surge 30 Percent Over Last 4 Months, IBM Says

There has been a sudden surge of security events online over the past four months, according to IBM's X-Force, an elite team of IT security experts.

Spam Falls Worldwide After Web Hosting Company's Servers Disconnected

The world experienced a drastic reduction in the number of spam e-mails sent worldwide Tuesday evening when the servers of a small Web-hosting company in San Jose, California, were disconnected.

The Economics of Spam

Spammers can turn a profit even when there is a minuscule probability that a sent spam e-mail will result in a sale, according to a study by researchers from the University of California at Berkeley and San Diego.

Cybercriminals Quick to Exploit Obama Win

In less than a day, cybercriminals are already exploiting Senator Barack Obama's win of the U.S. presidency last night by using spam e-mails announcing his win to infect unsuspecting users with malware, reports Sophos Labs.

Hackers Build Fake YouTube Pages to Deliver Malware

A new program allows hackers to build YouTube replica Web pages that deliver malware to unsuspecting victims.

Google's New Chrome Browser Vulnerable to Exploits

Despite the two vulnerabilities discovered, Google has received much praise for Chrome's security features.
 




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