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“Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair caught the media’s attention recently with two major headlines when he presented this year’s Annual Threat Assessment (PDF) of the U.S. Intelligence Community. The first was his statement that the United States is ‘severely thre...

“Cyber criminals are again wasting no time on capitalising on public interest in major news events with a new phishing attack being reported based on the recent Tsunami hitting Pacific Island nations. F-secure has reported that search engine optimisation (SEO) poisoning is again being used to ...

“Last week Canadian security vendor Defence Intelligence reported that half the Fortune 100 companies have been compromised by a botnet they dubbed Mariposa. Discovered in May, Mariposa appears to have been built using the readily available butterfly bot kit. While the afflicted among the Fort...

“Waves of targeted email attacks, often called spear phishing, are exploiting client-side vulnerabilities in commonly used programs such as Adobe PDF Reader, QuickTime, Adobe Flash and Microsoft Office. This is currently the primary initial infection vector used to compromise computers that ha...