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Cyber-security - Kryptonite for lawyers

Analysis of the website of Mossack Fonseca, of Panama Papers 'fame', reveals glaring security weaknesses. The firm is not the only one to have been targeted by cyber-attacks. Emily Taylor suggests law firms are easy targets.

Law firms getting duped out of client funds, warns regulator

Solicitors are getting hit by a growing tide of cyber-enabled fraud, resulting in the loss of money and confidential information.

RSA Conference 2007: Does end-user education work?

Educating consumers about internet risks is a dicey proposition, one security expert said during a panel at RSA Conference 2007 in San Francisco.

Microsoft updates Excel patch

Microsoft re-released on Thursday one of the four fixes it had distributed as part of this month's Patch Tuesday.

Los Angeles city employees charged with hacking traffic lights over labor dispute

Two Los Angeles municipal traffic engineers were arraigned and charged with hacking city systems to disable traffic lights, all in connection with a labor dispute.

Sony BMG settles with 39 states over CD rootkits

Sony BMG Music Entertainment has agreed to pay $4.25 million in a settlement with 39 states over malicious digital rights management software the music giant surreptitiously installed on CDs last year.

Former UBS system administrator gets eight years for logic bomb

A former systems administrator for UBS PaineWebber was sentenced to over eight years in jail and fined $3.1 million last week after he was found guilty for leaving a logic bomb on UBS' systems and trading securities on the assumption that the company's stock would fall.

Symantec claims $15 million in damages in piracy suit

Symantec has filed suit against a network of accused counterfeit software distributors.

Electronic documents used in legal proceedings could boost stature of IT professionals

IT security professionals are scrambling to learn how the latest change in federal regulations governing electronic legal documents affects their jobs.

CSIA appoints new director as Kurtz departs

The Cyber Security Industry Alliance (CSIA) announced on Monday a change of the guard as its General Counsel Liz Gasster will replace a departing Paul Kurtz as executive director of the organization in 2007.

Vista Launch: New OS an opportunity for niche security firms

While most major security vendors worked out the kinks in their Windows Vista-compatible offerings this week, some niche vendors were taking advantage of the corporate launch to unveil new security solutions.

Odysseus Marketing settles spyware complaint with FTC

A spyware operation has settled a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) complaint that it deceptively downloaded unwanted and malicious software onto users' computers.

Microsoft, FTC take on spyware operation, just shut down by federal judge

Microsoft announced today that it has filed a lawsuit against a spyware distributor, one day after the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the company was shut down by a U.S. District Court judge.

Pre-election political spam strikes email users

Tuesday's election had one negative impact on citizens before the first ballot was even cast - a deluge of political spam messages flowing into users' inboxes.

Dozen years in the slammer for former CA chief exec

The former chief executive of anti-virus software vendor CA was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison this week for his role in an accounting scandal at the company.

Enterprises beware: IM attacks break record, again

The prevalence of instant messenger (IM) attacks has reached record numbers for the second consecutive month, an IM security firm announced this week.

Judge: Spamhaus to stay

Spamhaus is staying on the web - in its domain - according to a ruling from a federal judge in Illinois.

Poll says few firms encrypt data on mobile devices

Results for a new survey released today found that even though the majority of IT organizations store large amounts of sensitive customer information on their mobile devices, less than a quarter of them have implemented anything beyond basic encryption on these devices.

AOL members sue over posted search data

Three AOL users who had their search information mistakenly posted to a public site this summer have sued the web giant.