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Microsoft Issues Critical Patch for PowerPoint

- Microsoft released patches yesterday for its popular PowerPoint program for PCs due to a vulnerability that would allow a hacker to gain complete control of a system, although Apple users will have to wait a little longer for their patch.

Heartland to Provide End-to-End Encryption

- Heartland Payments Systems has announced that it will offer end-to-end encryption to its merchants for their payment card processing after last year's hack attack that may have compromised more than 100 million card accounts.

Crimeware: Understanding New Attacks and Defenses

- A must read for those in corporate America defending their companies against myriad cyberthreats.

Gray Hat Hacking

- The Ethical Hacker's Handbook attempts to create antihacking security professionals: it more than succeeds in its task.

US-CERT: Phishers Dangle Swine Flu as Bait

- Phishers and spammers are exploiting worldwide fear of swine flu to sell pharmaceutical products and steal personal information from anxious e-mail users, the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team reports.

Data Breaches

- The biggest cost of data breaches for businesses is lost customer relationships, according to a Ponemon Institute study. This type of loss accounts for 69 percent of breach costs, up from 65 percent in 2007 and 54 percent in 2006.

Malicious Activity

- The damage from data theft and cybercrime cost global businesses about $1 trillion in lost intellectual property and damage repair in 2008, according to the McAfee report, Unsecured Economies: Protecting Vital Information.

Most Cybercriminals and Victims American

- Cybercrime is again on the rise, and the United States boasts both the most cybercriminals and victims, according to a British paper.


- 70 That’s the percentage of the top 100 most popular Web sites that are hosting malicious content or contain a hidden redirect, according to State of Internet Security, a report by Websense that covers the last half of 2008. That figure has increased 16 percent when compared to the first half of 2007.

Cybercriminals Using SEO Technique to Haul in Big Bucks, Says Report

- Cybercriminals have copied the popular techniques of search engine optimization (SEO) to engineer a scheme that can rake in as much as $10,800 a day, according to Finjan's Malicious Code Research Center.

New Online Threat: Recession Malware

- Cybercriminals are exploiting the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression to find new ways to steal people's identities, writes Ray Dickenson of E-Commerce Times.

Governments Militarizing Cyberspace, Security Researcher Says

- The militarization of cyberspace is fast afoot as states or their proxies begin to launch distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against critics and adversaries, a security researcher said at an IT security trade show in Boston.

Worm Burrows into Social Networking Web Sites

- A worm preying on Facebook accounts in December is back with a vengeance, reports. But this time, it's burrowing into other social networking Web sites, including Myspace, Friendster, LiveJournal and others.

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