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Mea Culpa
Posted in: Information Security
We would like to apologise to our RSS feed readers who might have been wondering where we had gotten to in the past two weeks. A stray ampersand in the title of one of our posts (this one) caused the parser that is part of the feed builder to trip up and create a non-valid feed. Feedburner choked ....
Posted: 31 May 2009 14:57

Pace Moves to Suppress Reverse Engineering Discussion
Posted in: Information Security
As a follow on to our post about McAfee pulling content before it could be read by many, is a case where a company has taken steps to unpublish third party information that has already been published.

The Reverse Engineering Mac OS X site was running a series of entries on reverse engineering / d....
Posted: 29 May 2009 19:07

When Content Goes Missing - A Lesson From McAfee
Posted in: Information Security
Should there be an ethical consideration to removing content from a site without leaving at least some evidence that something existed there? What if the site in question is an Information Security repository of information? What if the content was brand new and was erased before anyone noticed it....
Posted: 29 May 2009 17:29

The Internet Is Still a Fragile Place
Posted in: Information Security
It still doesn't take much to knock out the Internet for many users. An attack here, a piece of poorly designed software there and all of a sudden, there's a huge number of people who can no longer access the Internet.

Last week a series of events took place that left five Chinese provinces with....
Posted: 28 May 2009 23:45

Dealing With Disasters - Not Being Afraid of a Sick Pig
Posted in: Information Security
A holistic approach to Information Security takes into consideration more than just electronic assets and elements. Social engineers, for example, rely upon exploiting people to gain access to what they are after. Another non-electronic element is Disaster Recovery and all of the associated crisis....
Posted: 28 May 2009 23:24

Not Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining
Posted in: Information Security
In recent years the average computer user has gotten used to the idea of an 'always-on' Internet, and that if they can't reach a site, then it's probably a problem with their service provider. All the various components and services on the Internet tend to blend into one another and the average use....
Posted: 18 May 2009 00:00

Apple Patches Safari 3, 4, Releases 10.5.7 Update
Posted in: Information Security
Released at the same time as Microsoft's May Security Patch are a series of patches from Apple. Safari has received a bulk update, for both the 3.x stable line and the Public Beta for 4. Both updates address the same set of underlying vulnerabilities in libxml, Safari, and WebKit, all of which cou....
Posted: 13 May 2009 18:59

Devil Is In The Details For May 2009 Microsoft Security Update
Posted in: Information Security
In the last 24 hours Microsoft released the May 2009 Security Update, a single update for every version of PowerPoint from Office 2000 (PowerPoint 2000), through to Office 2007 (PowerPoint 2007).

Fourteen individual vulnerabilities, as identified by distinct CVE numbers, are being addressed, all ....
Posted: 13 May 2009 17:57

Microsoft Security Patch Release May 2009 Advance Notification
Posted in: Information Security
Microsoft's Advance Notification for May 2009 has been released.

Only a single Critical patch is scheduled for release next Tuesday, for PowerPoint. Versions of PowerPoint affected are those from Office 2000 (Critical), Office XP (Important), Office 2003 (Important), and the 2007 Office System....
Posted: 8 May 2009 17:19

Borland Acquired, 3D Realms Rumoured Closed, May 6 is a Sad Day for Software
Posted in: Information Security
It has long been joked that Forever would be how long it would take for Duke Nukem Forever to be released. Famous as what is probably the longest running unreleased in-development software title in existence (first announced in 1997), Duke Nukem Forever may have suffered a terminal blow with the re....
Posted: 7 May 2009 15:13

AutoRun To Be Disabled, But Not Completely
Posted in: Information Security
AutoRun is an innovation that over the years has been a blessing and a curse for computer users. The Windows feature that allows software to start automatically when removable media is attached to / inserted into a Windows machine has made life easy for many computer users who would be lost without....
Posted: 1 May 2009 15:47

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