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Adobe releases patches for critical vulnerabilities in Reader, Acrobat

Adobe has released “out-of-cycle” patches to critical vulnerabilities in Adobe Reader and Acrobat that “could cause the application to crash and allow an attacker to take control of the affected system”.
17 November 2010

GAO audit shows IRS has ongoing information security gaps

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) continues to have “persistent, serious deficiencies” in its internal information security controls, according to an audit by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
17 November 2010

Winners of the 5th Global Security Challenge Announced

The organisers of this year's 5th Global Security Challenge have announced the two winners of the competition, which means the pair of firms – classed as most promising security companies in the world – will share $500 000 investment provided by the US Department of Defense.
17 November 2010

Mysteries of single sign-on cracked in Thursday's webinar

Single Sign-On (SSO) is a complex subject and hackers/malware creators are just waiting for a gap to appear in the armor of organizations that rely on the technology to secure their network and remote online sessions.
16 November 2010

Get Safe Online Week starts rolling

This year's Get Safe Online Week, where IT security organisations come together to encourage the less experienced to raise their online security game, has got off to a flying start with Tony Neate, GSO's managing director, talking to the media.
16 November 2010

Content security is neglected aspect of corporate security spending

Security managers only spend 7% of their budgets on content security, less than any other security domain or function, according to a study by Forrester.
15 November 2010

Latest rogue Facebook app dissected by IT security expert

There are many reports of darkware Facebook apps, but it's rare to find a really thorough analysis of a rogue app. The good news, however, is that Sophos' principal virus researcher Vanja Svajcer has analysed one of the latest apps in some detail.
15 November 2010

Apple patches 134 security flaws in Mac OS X and Flash Player plug-in

Apple has released Mac OS X 10.6.5 and Security Update 2010-007, which contain patches to 134 security flaws in the Mac OS X operating system and server and Flash Player plug-in.
12 November 2010

Barracuda Networks bug bounty scheme slammed by Idappcom

Email and web security specialist Barracuda Networks has launched a 'bug bounty' scheme – offering programmers more than $3100 to anyone who can hack into their security software – and has immediately flown into a storm of criticism for sending the wrong message.
12 November 2010

Google Android security exploit made fully public by ITsec researcher

An IT security researcher has reportedly released the source code that could allow a hacker to gain remote access to a Google Android smartphone across the internet.
12 November 2010

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