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Security

Keeping bugs and bad guys at bay

Apple issues patch for iTunes to prevent attacks. Also: Identity thief gets jail time.

Apple fixes an off-key note in its iTunes software to help prevent attacks. Also: Prison awaits man found guilty of identity theft.

Apple releases iTunes patch

The fix addresses a vulnerability that could allow the music software to crash and execute arbitrary code.
January 12, 2005

Identity thief gets 14 years

The scam Philip Cummings took part in cost people, businesses and financial institutions at least $50 million, prosecutors say.
January 12, 2005

'Critical' patches released for Windows

Microsoft releases two patches for OS, but fix for underlying IE problems is not yet ready.
January 11, 2005

Bawdy holiday worm preys on prurience

Sophos identifies a new attack that lures victims with a photo of naked people.
January 11, 2005

Vulnerability found in open-source audio player

The mpg123 MPEG audio player has a "highly critical" vulnerability to buffer overrun attacks, a security firm announces.
January 11, 2005

Researcher faces jail for finding bugs

Frenchman who published exploit codes that could take advantage of bugs in antivirus software allegedly violated copyright law.
January 11, 2005

Securing data from the threat within

Firewalls and antivirus software won't stop an angry employee from stealing data, or a sloppy one from accidentally exposing it.
January 11, 2005

Cell phone virus turns up the heat

Lasco.A, the latest malicious program aimed at Symbian-based handsets, can spread via both wireless and file attachments.
January 10, 2005

Hackers steal ID info from Virginia university

Thousands of students, faculty and staff at George Mason University learn their personal information was downloaded by online intruders.
January 10, 2005

McAfee automates Google hacking

Web sites can check whether info about their security is on Google. But is the service a security tool or a hacking helper?
January 10, 2005

Cell phone virus turns up the heat

Lasco.A, the latest malicious program aimed at Symbian-based handsets, can spread via both wireless and file attachments.
January 10, 2005