IT Security


Private Eye keeps prying eyes off your screen

The $20 software, developed in the CIA's In-Q-Tel program, blurs the screen to any but authorized users.

Cyber Avengers: THOR thumps HULK attack tool

A proof-of-concept tool for a single-source DOS attack against Web servers turns out to be easily defeated by a few simple rules. For now.

Does US role in Stuxnet raise the risk of domestic cyberattack?

Confirmation that the United States was behind the Stuxnet attack on Iran sheds light on the broadening pattern of international cyber espionage and renews questions about the country's own cyber defenses.

Flame's unique trick: Using Bluetooth to spy on victims

The recently identified Flamer malware appears to be the first to use Bluetooth as a tool for keeping tabs on its victims, researchers say.

Hack at U of Nebraska shows university data at risk

Higher education is not immune from the scourge of data breaches, as the recent exposure of more than 650,000 records at the University of Nebraska demonstrates.

UN regulation of Internet: 'The threat is real'

Opposition to proposals to extend international regulations to the Internet is bipartisan and seemingly unanimous across U.S. government and industry.

Flame linked to Stuxnet, Duqu; blamed for attacks on Iran's oil industry

Researchers have found some similarities between Flame and Stuxnet/Duqu, while Iran says the malware was used in the April attacks on its oil industry.

Is the do-it-all Flame spyware OK if it's on our side?

The highly sophisticated attack toolkit gathering info in the Middle East and Europe is an impressive piece of malware, but should it be any nation's weapon?

Administration unveils plan for battling botnets

Agencies and the Industry Botnet Group will coordinate efforts against what is called a growing threat to the online economy and national security.

Backdoor in chip used by military: Blame software, not China

When researchers found a backdoor in chips used in military and industrial systems, suspicions turned quickly to China. But the real culprit?

Beware UN regulation of the Internet, panel warns

Some nations want more regulation of the Internet, and would give control to the ITU. U.S. government and industry officials say that's a bad idea.

Pentagon to update rules for using commercial social media sites

Reported new policy comes after a recent hack showed the potential vulnerabilities in sites with user-generated content.

‘Flame’ raises spyware to new levels, but who’s behind it?

The sophisticated malware, also called Flamer or sKyWIper, is conducting "old-school espionage" and is apparently the work of a team working full time for months or years.

With IPv6 being turned on, is keeping IPv4 a bad idea?

IPv4 has served the Internet for more than 20 years, but with World IPv6 Launch less than two weeks away, keeping IPv4 running could cause some problems, experts say.

Key technologies in digital strategy have one thing in common

The innovative technologies in the administration's "anywhere, anytime, any device" digital strategy will ride on the cloud, a former federal CIO says.