Vista raises the bar for flaw finders
Microsoft launches its latest operating system, Windows Vista--software that security researchers say will make finding exploitable vulnerabilities a lot harder.
Fraud linked to TJX data heist spreads
Banks and retailers in the United States and Canada report an increasing amount of illicit transactions linked to a server breach at the company that owns retail chains in the U.S., Canada and Europe.
Bug brokers offering higher bounties
Private firms and government agencies will pay thousands to tens of thousands of dollars for original research on critical software flaws--no questions asked.
Vulnerability tallies surged in 2006
Easy-to-find flaws in Web applications boosted--by more than a third--the number of security issues found last year, according to the major vulnerability databases.
Spammers get bullish on stocks
Massive e-mail campaigns aiming to pump up penny stock prices may soon make up half of all spam on the Internet.
E-voting flaws put Florida in spotlight again
A Republican congressman gets seated in the U.S. House of Representatives, but without a bug in the electronic ballot, the challenger would have won, voting experts say.
Bots, breaches and bugs plague 2006
Vulnerabilities, especially in Web applications, take off, while bot nets and their controllers cause a jump in spam, and data breaches continue to worry companies and their customers.
Stock scammer gets coal for the holidays
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission puts a suspected Russian brokerage-account thief's money on ice, after he allegedly used illicit access to people's portfolios to drive up stock prices.
PHP security under scrutiny
The departure of a security team member and recent data showing that PHP Web applications account for four out of every ten security flaws found in 2006 highlight the need for better protections, say experts.
UCLA alerts 800,000 to data breach
An unknown attacker uses a security flaw to access a restricted database containing Social Security numbers and other personal information on students, faculty and staff of the University of California, Los Angeles.