08/23/2007 - China has established information warfare units to develop viruses to attack enemy computer systems and networks, according to a recent Defense Department (DoD) report. Other countries, including the United States, are developing similar capabilities.
08/23/2007 - A data breach can badly bruise a company’s reputation. But when companies work hard to convince their customers that their private information is protected, it can be a boon to customer loyalty and a firm’s bottom line.
08/23/2007 - After an incident several years ago in which a manager sold some of the company’s intellectual property to a competitor, the executive search firm Sterling-Hoffman did some brainstorming on ways to fortify its data protection. The company, based in Mountain View, California, decided to go with a software solution that would secure the data no matter the format or storage location.
08/20/2007 - Machine agents such as robots or crawlers (called bots) visit millions of Web sites daily. Sometimes the use is benign, as when search agents use them to update their information. But these programs can also be harmful. They can be used to hunt for Web site vulnerabilities or harvest e-mail addresses for future spamming. They can also reduce a Web site’s bandwidth.
A new site keeps an updated list of bad bots and crawlers. Web site host managers and business owners can download data for free from Botslist.com that can then be configured to block bad robots. It’s this month’s A Site to See.