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A wireless security expert has detected a glaring weakness in the interface design of a highly touted Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) protocol deployed in numerous Wireless LAN products. According to a research paper posted on Wi-Fi Networking News, the weakness could allow intruders to crack poorly chosen passphrases via offline dictionary attacks. The weakness detailed… Read more
In a twisted turn of unintended consequences, the enormous success of the Internet as a distribution vehicle for pornography has created competitive pressures among smut purveyors to provide more depictions than ever of children engaging in violent and deviate sexual conduct. John G. Malcolm, deputy assistant attorney general in the Criminal Division of the Justice… Read more
Electronics retailer Best Buy Thursday became the latest victim of a scam plaguing e-commerce sites. An e-mail ostensibly alerting readers to theft of their credit card numbers asked them to click on a link to the consumer electronics retailer’s fraud department.While the link read “http://www.BestBuy.com/fraud_department.html,” it actually redirected the user to a fake Best Buy… Read more
A new college course is stirring up a firestorm of debate in the security community. The University of Calgary in Canada is opening registration next week on a course, slated to start in the fall term, that will teach students how to write viruses and worms. Educators say it’s not a dream class for the… Read more
A massive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack of unknown origin briefly interrupted Web traffic on nine of the 13 DNS “root” servers that control the Internet but experts on Wednesday dismissed the overall threat as “minimal.”Sources say the one-hour attack, which was hardly noticeable to the average end-user, was done via ICMPrequests (ping-flooding) to the root… Read more
Network administrators are besieged today with a growing list of security risks, and analysts warn that too often they get caught up in battling one or two vulnerabilities and remain blind to a league of others. “There are so many risks to deal with, it’s an overwhelming job,” says Dan Woolley, a vice president at… Read more