Weekly brief - December 7

Rapid7, which just acquired the Metasploit pen testing toolkit, just announced that it has been integrated with Rapid7's NeXpose vulnerability scanner, which is also now available in a free version.

Passware has created a version of its Passware Kit Forensic that can be used to break encryption on Microsoft's BitLocker disk protection tool.

A Canadian postal worker was arrested after 75 filled-out passport applications went missing.

Microsoft added two new products to its Forefront security portfolio. The Threat Management Gateway - a revamped version of its ISA firewall - features URL filtering and intrusion prevention functions. The Unified Access Gateway 2010, now in beta, provides secure remote access to applications.

Northrop Grumman has teamed up with Carnegie Mellon, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Purdue University to create a research consortium that it hopes will provide new solutions to counter cybersecurity threats.

Sunbelt Software, on its consistently excellent blog, has discovered a new phenomonon - bribeware.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has exposed the details of 1400 students, say reports. They were held on a computer that hadn't been adequately protected from unauthorized access.

The University of Eastern Illinois also had egg on its face this week, after admitting to 9000 current, former, and prospective students that a server containing their personal records had been infected by several viruses, which would allow third parties to access the computer.

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