Stories by Robert McMillan

Korean 'journalists' booted from Defcon

Four South Korean journalists were booted from the Defcon hacking conference this week after conference organizers decided their story didn't quite add up.

Written by Robert McMillan04 Aug. 09 05:10

Twitter now blocking bad URLs, but imperfectly

Hoping to deal with a growing problem, Twitter has quietly introduced a feature to prevent users from posting links to malicious Web sites. But security experts say that it can be easily circumvented.

Written by Robert McMillan04 Aug. 09 05:23

More holes found in Web's SSL security protocol

Security researchers have found some serious flaws in software that uses the SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) encryption protocol used to secure communications on the Internet.

Written by Robert McMillan30 July 09 18:27

Microsoft rushes to fix IE kill-bit bypass attack

Microsoft has been forced to issue emergency patches for its Windows operating system after researchers discovered a way to bypass a critical security mechanism in the Internet Explorer browser.

Written by Robert McMillan28 July 09 08:35

Network Solutions warns merchants after hack

Criminals may have stolen more than half a million credit card numbers from merchant servers hosted by Networks Solutions, the Internet hosting company warned Friday.

Written by Robert McMillan26 July 09 02:07

Online attack hits US government Web sites

A botnet comprised of about 50,000 infected computers has been waging a war against U.S. government Web sites and causing headaches for businesses in the U.S. and South Korea.

Written by Robert McMillan08 July 09 11:08

Blind phone hacker gets 11-year sentence

A blind Boston-area teenager was sentenced to more than 11 years in prison Friday for hacking into the telephone network and harassing the Verizon investigator who was building a case against him.

Written by Robert McMillan30 June 09 08:24

SaaS, not shopping, is focus of Symantec's new CEO

CIOs think of Symantec as a company that buys its way into new markets. Over the past decade the Cupertino, California, vendor has snatched up about 30 companies as it's evolved from an antivirus and tools seller to an aspiring enterprise infrastructure vendor.

Written by Robert McMillan26 June 09 09:32

Reporters find Northrop Grumman data in Ghana market

A team of journalists investigating the global electronic waste business has unearthed a security problem too. In a Ghana market, they bought a computer hard drive containing sensitive documents belonging to U.S. government contractor Northrop Grumman.

Written by Robert McMillan25 June 09 06:42

High profile Twitter hack spreads porn Trojan

Former Apple Macintosh evangelist Guy Kawasaki posts Twitter messages about a lot of different things, but the message he put up on Tuesday afternoon was really out of character.

Written by Robert McMillan24 June 09 10:34

Spammers cashing in on Twitter, Iran, new iPhone

Spammers are never far from a hot story, it seems, and in the past day they've been flooding Twitter with phoney messages about Iran and the<strong> </strong>latest iPhone 3.0 operating system.

Written by Robert McMillan19 June 09 08:37