posted on 27 Apr 2011, 08:55 6 1. celljrod (Posts: 82; Member since: 07 Apr 2011) Android is currently very popular and is still growing. The more widely used it becomes, the more "bad guys" will try to hack in. This is the nature of the beast. As long as Google continues to stay on top of any security threats this should not be an issue for most people. posted on 27 Apr 2011, 10:17 5 4. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011) When you are #1 this happens. Windows always had this problem. Google & other companies will develop counters for these malwares that spring up. It's just the bad guys with nothing better to do. Android is big & is getting bigger, thus the malware makers are going to target it. Like celljrod said "This is the nature of the beast." Some people have nothing better to do with their lives & the only thing they do is create malware so the innocent people get their lives disrupted for their sick twisted pleasure! … [Read more...] about Comments for : Android security issues soaring, warns Kaspersky’s CTO
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AOL and Yahoo are planning to launch a certified e-mail program in the coming months in conjunction with partner company Goodmail Systems. They announced their intentions last Fall, but the recent news that some marketers would be able to pay premium rates to bypass recipients' spam filters has raised hackles throughout the tech industry.The two Web giants are positioning the service as an additional perk for trusted marketers that want to ensure their e-mails reach their intended recipients.Conversely, many marketers fear the program will usher in a new paradigm -- one in which Internet service providers (ISPs) and other firms that control the Web will start to charge entrance fees. At the very least, marketing campaign costs are expected to rise.Lost in the hubbub is the issue of security and what this program may mean not only to marketers attempting to reach customers via e-mail, but also to consumers.Those on the receiving end of e-mail campaigns are fed up with spam and, more … [Read more...] about Yahoo, AOL Certified E-Mail – Boon for Internet Security?
With a mission squarely focused on securing the Internet through public policy, private industry participation and education, a dozen top security companies have formed the Cyber Security Industry Alliance, announced at the RSA security conference in San Francisco this week.The companies, including Check Point, Computer Associates, Internet Security Systems, Network Associates and Symantec, have come together for the nonprofit alliance to provide a unified industry voice and attempt to address recurring shortcomings in the way companies and the government secure the Internet and IT infrastructure."Progress has been slow -- it's been too slow," Cyber Security Industry Alliance executive director Paul Kurtz told TechNewsWorld. "Essentially, we're saying as a common voice, we can engage Homeland Security or the Department of Commerce on what we think is needed, and our intention is to help move the ball down the field faster."Kurtz, also Senior Director for National Security of the Office … [Read more...] about Tech Companies Team Up for Internet Security
Spending on Web security efforts is expected to triple in the next four years, according to a new report released by research firm IDC.The report predicted that security spending will increase 60.5 percent annually to nearly US$700 million by 2006, compared with $65 million in 2001.According to IDC, while enterprises continue to invest in security measures like firewall protection, Web sites and applications continue to fall victim to hackers and crackers."Web presence for businesses today is essential; but just as it is essential, it is also the center of security problems," said Charles Kolodgy, research manager of IDC's Internet Security Software service."Securing Web sites and the corresponding applications and databases is a difficult problem, as Web sites exist to be accessible and firewall ports need to be left open for communication," Kolodgy added.The IDC report pointed to security at the application layer as the most vulnerable, noting that most efforts at protection are … [Read more...] about Study: Web Security Spending To Surge
Folding spam and spyware filtering into its desktop security software, Trend Micro has updated its PC-cillin Internet Security 2004 package to ward off the Internet's other evils in addition to computer viruses and worms.The Cupertino, California-based security company will be among the first to offer antivirus and spyware protection bundled in a single security package. The new software is designed to defend against the secret tracking programs -- called spyware or adware -- used by some software sellers and Internet sites to track user Internet activity or, in the worst cases, to provide backdoor access to user systems.Trend Micro's PC-cillin Internet Security 2004, priced at US$50 with a year of product support, also is designed to protect home and small-business users from the same risks that plague large corporations -- identity theft, credit card theft, malicious Web sites, viruses and spam.Aberdeen Group vice president Jim Hurley told TechNewsWorld that Trend Micro's value … [Read more...] about Trend Micro Updates Desktop Security, Adds Antispyware
With the growing demand for always-on high-speed Internet access, consumer-grade firewall boxes are becoming as common in computing as modems and mice. The prevalence of these devices makes sense, as network security and protection against intruders have become topics of great concern for home-office telecommuters as well as for IT staff in upscale corporations.But despite the hype associated with popular over-the-counter security products, the general consensus among network security experts is that consumers are not protected if they rely solely on router hardware devices and software firewalls.Consumer-grade network-address translation boxes are barely adequate for home users, according to Sigmund Fidyke, product and program manager for WatchGuard's SOHO line. These devices, he said, are geared more toward the home user with low traffic and limited online exposure.The general consensus in the industry is that accessing the Internet with a dial-up connection doesn't require much … [Read more...] about INDUSTRY REPORT Are Consumer-Grade Firewalls Really Secure?
If you want to reach Jim Walden by email, you'll have to ping him atwork. Three months ago, he ditched his personal emailaccount because he was concerned about the security implications.Walden knows security. He's currently the cochair of the white collar practice at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and once served as chief of the computer crimes and intellectual property section in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York.Unlike some professionals, Walden never emailed confidential documents to his home account. His concern was that his own personal information that could possibly be maintained on a server outside his control. "So I gave it up -- it makes me feel easier," he told TechNewsWorld.In short, Walden actually practices what he preaches: Maintain vigilancewith home security applications. Practice safe computing. Never send anything confidential unless it is in a password-protected encrypted format that the IT department structured. Double delete -- always … [Read more...] about Security Experts at Home: No Downtime
Days after the FBI arrested a number of alleged members of the hacking group Anonymous, the hackers struck again. They claim to have stolen a gigabyte of information from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.The group alerted the world to its latest activities via a series of tweets, including one with a link to a PDF file as evidence it had the stolen information.It is difficult to ascertain why the group, which apparently banded with the hacker organization LulzSec to carry out this particular job, chose NATO as its target.The two groups issued a statement saying the takedown earlier this week was "meaningless to us as you cannot arrest an idea."NATO did not immediately respond to TechNewsWorld's request to comment for this story. Questioning the hackers' motives is almost irrelevant, said Hugh Thompson, RSA Conference program committee chairman."It is impossible to predict their goals or targets," he told TechNewsWorld. "Unlike cybercriminals who go after the money -- targets … [Read more...] about NATO Hack Shines Spotlight on Widespread Data Security Weaknesses
Compaq Computer Corp. (NYSE: CPQ), the "better answers" company, and Novell, Inc. (NASDAQ: NOVL) have entered into an agreement that will secure Compaq online business servers running on the UNIX platform. The pact is the latest development in a 14-year relationship.Central to the new agreement is the integration of Novell's Directory Services (NDS) into Compaq's NonStop Solutions program, which is designed to enable its customers to "compete in a 24-hour global online business environment." In practical terms, customers deploying Compaq's enterprise solutions will be able to strengthen their infrastructure and Internet security.Featuring policy and access control management, NDS relies on encryption technology to augment network security, protecting against unauthorized intrusion and other potential breach-related problems. The new agreement also adds to Compaq's security solutions for other platforms -- including Linux and Windows NT - and allows customers to securely manage … [Read more...] about Novell Gives Compaq Sense of Security
Sun Microsystems and theInternet Systems Consortium, a nonprofit corporation that providesinfrastructure for the global Domain Name System, announced Wednesday that the ISC chose the free andopen source Solaris 10 Operating System and Sun Fire x64 server as an F-root server, one of the 13 root DNS servers that form the backbone of the Internet.Typically responding to tens of thousands of requests per second, a root DNS server solution must be highly scalable and fault-tolerant."Virtually every Internet transaction -- from sending an e-mail to finding a Web site -- begins with a DNS query," said Joao Damas, F-root program manager, ISC."The performance bar is set extremely high for a root DNS server platform; the Internet would essentially stop functioning if a majority of the 13 root servers were disrupted for any reason," he added."Consequently, a root DNS server is an obvious target for hackers. Thus, our security requirements are among the most stringent anywhere," Damas noted, … [Read more...] about Solaris, Sun Fire Chosen to Help Power Internet