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Two Influential Sites Close Forever
Posted in: Information Security
Within the space of a week, two influential websites have closed down, seemingly forever.

It may not have drawn the visitor numbers that were expected of it, but Bruce Perens' Technocrat provided an informative series of articles and insights from a small community that were loosely aligned with ....
Posted: 29 December 2008 01:44

Seasons Greetings
Posted in: Information Security
With the Christmas season well and truly underway, all of us here at S?nnet Beskerming would like to take the opportunity to wish all of our clients and visitors a happy and safe holiday period.

Even if you are taking an extended break over this time, it is important to remember that attacks will....
Posted: 23 December 2008 06:25

Be Sure To Scrub Your Data Before You Sell Your Systems
Posted in: Information Security
Although the risks associated with inadvertent data loss when selling used computer / electronic equipment are well known, data loss still takes place all too frequently. Recently, the McCain presidential campaign was selling their used equipment from the campaign, and it was discovered that the el....
Posted: 17 December 2008 11:58

Out of Cycle Internet Explorer Patch Due Soon
Posted in: Information Security
Microsoft is to release an out-of-cycle patch for the Critical Internet Explorer vulnerability that was discovered by way of 0-day attacks after December's patch release. The patch is due for release on Wednesday, December 17, and will be available through the normal channels.

Since the initial ....
Posted: 17 December 2008 10:30

Google's Answer to ActiveX
Posted in: Information Security
Over the years there have been a number of technologies promised that would allow computer users and web developers the opportunity to run the same interactive code across multiple platforms, with native execution and related speed benefits. Early attempts at providing this capability were largely ....
Posted: 12 December 2008 17:21

National Internet Censorship Plans Attract Criticism
Posted in: Information Security
Plans to introduce a national ISP-level Internet censorship and filtering system in Australia have attracted vocal criticism, with an almost unanimous slamming of the proposed plan by users and industry experts alike. With the Federal Communications Minister introducing a consultation blog to attra....
Posted: 12 December 2008 14:10

PHP Project Updates, Then Rapidly Updates Again due to bug
Posted in: Information Security
PHP version 5.2.7 was only released earlier this week, but it introduced a serious bug. Effectively magic_quotes was forced off, irrespective of the local php.ini settings. While the feature is deprecated and being removed with PHP 6.0, it is still available within the PHP 5 branch.

Relying on ....
Posted: 11 December 2008 23:32

Another Interesting Microsoft 0-day Exploit
Posted in: Information Security
Earlier this week Microsoft published a Security Advisory dealing with a remote code execution vulnerability in WordPad that is being actively exploited, though only in a limited capacity at the time of publishing.

How a basic text editor could be vulnerable to a remote code execution flaw is an ....
Posted: 11 December 2008 23:07

An Interesting Internet Explorer 0-day
Posted in: Information Security
News of what is the closest thing to a widespread 0-day attack against Internet Explorer for some time has been spreading across the Internet, complete with fully described exploits code, available from a number of sources, such as the dependable milw0rm.

Microsoft's own notice on the vulnerabili....
Posted: 11 December 2008 21:43

Microsoft's December Patch Release Advance Notice
Posted in: Information Security
Microsoft have released their Advance Notice for their December 2008 Security bulletin release.

This month, there are eight security bulletins that are expected to be released. Six bulletins are to be rated as Critical, with the remaining two rated as Important.

From the Advance Notice, the e....
Posted: 7 December 2008 16:49

Information Technology can be a Deadly Game
Posted in: Information Security
The Times Online recently carried a report on the execution in Iran of an IT expert who was accused of spying for Israel.

Details of the supposed spying sound like something out of a John Le Carr? novel or actions taken at the height of the Cold War, but go to show that there are still places in ....
Posted: 3 December 2008 03:06

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