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NEWS - January 27, 2008

by Donna Buenaventura / January 26, 2008 7:30 PM PST

German Govt. Skype Interception Trojans Revealed

Wikileaks has released documents from the German police revealing Skype interception technology. The leaks are currently creating a storm in the German press. The first document is a communication by the Ministry of Justice to the prosecutors office, about the cost splitting for Skype interception. The second document presents the offer made by Digitask, the German company secretly developing Skype interception, and holds information on pricing and license model, high-level technology descriptions and other detail. The document is of global importance because Skype is used by tens or hundreds of millions of people daily to communicate voice calls and Skype (owned by Ebay, Inc) promotes these calls as being encrypted and secure. The technology includes interception boxes, key forwarding trojans and anonymous proxies to hide police communications.

http://wikileaks.org/wiki/Skype_and_the_Bavarian_trojan_in_the_middle
http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/01/26/1339249

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Bavarian gov't caught buying malware to intercept Skype
by Donna Buenaventura / January 26, 2008 7:34 PM PST
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Sears picks new online leader; Let?s hope he gets the
by Donna Buenaventura / January 26, 2008 7:41 PM PST

security thing

Sears Holdings is expected to name a Microsoft veteran to head its online business.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Sears will name James Barr, who was the general manager of Microsoft?s MSN Shopping and Marketplaces. Barr will become a senior vice president of Sears Holdings.

Barr?s appointment is part of a broader shakeup at Sears, but let?s hope that the newcomer can bring in a little security know-how. Sears has had its privacy problems.

http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=833

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Celebrity advice on keeping your Linux desktop secure
by Donna Buenaventura / January 26, 2008 7:46 PM PST

One of the main reasons people move from Windows to Linux is the promise of greater security from malware on the Internet. Everyone knows you need to add extra security to try to keep a Windows desktop safe, but what do you have to do to accomplish the same thing on Linux? To answer that question, we asked a number of well-known Linux kernel hackers and a security expert for their thoughts on the matter.

Read the answer of the following 'celebrities'
- Ted Ts'o, Linux hacker extraordinaire, and an IBM employee
- Andrew Morton, the number two man in the Linux kernel hierarchy
- Linus Torvalds

and the conclusion at http://www.linux.com/feature/124994

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French Bank Accuses Trader of Hacking
by Donna Buenaventura / January 27, 2008 2:20 AM PST
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Interview with Nitesh Dhanjani and Billy Rios, Spies in the
by Donna Buenaventura / January 27, 2008 1:34 PM PST

Phishing Underground

Both Nitesh and Billy are well-known security researchers that have recently managed to infiltrate the phishing underground. What started as a simple examination of phishing sites, turned into an extraordinary view of the ecosystem that supports the phishing effort that plagues modern day financial institutions and their customers.

They saw an extraordinary amount of sensitive customer account information, obtained the latest phishing kits, located and examined the tools used by phishers, trolled sites buying and selling identities, and even social engineered a few scammers.

In this interview, they expose the tactics and tools that phishers use, illustrate what happens when your confidential information gets stolen, discuss how phishers communicate and even how they phish each other.

http://www.net-security.org/article.php?id=1110

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Windows Home Server vulnerable to critical bug, too
by Donna Buenaventura / January 27, 2008 1:39 PM PST

For the second time in three days, Microsoft Corp. added another product to the list of those vulnerable to a critical bug patched nearly three weeks ago.

Windows Home Server, the company's newest operating system, is also at risk to the vulnerabilities spelled out by the MS08-001 security bulletin, according to a Friday update. The advisory, first issued Jan. 8 -- and fingered then by researchers as the month's most pressing -- was revised Wednesday, when Microsoft announced that Windows Small Business Server was at risk. Neither Windows Home Server or Small Business Server had been among the versions called out by the original bulletin.

http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&taxonomyName=security&articleId=9059378&taxonomyId=17&intsrc=kc_top

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