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French court decision could put a gag on some flaw researchers, and another data leak puts Americans at risk of ID theft.

French court decision could put a gag on some flaw researchers. Also: Another data leak puts Americans at risk of identity theft.

France puts a damper on flaw-hunting

Researchers who reverse-engineer software to discover flaws can no longer legally publish their findings, in the wake of a new court ruling.
March 9, 2005

Hackers break into citizen database

Personal data on 32,000 Americans is stolen from Seisint, which builds large databases with information from government agencies.
March 9, 2005

Denial-of-service glitch could threaten Windows

Well-known flaw in handling IP packets surfaces in Windows, but Microsoft denies that "LAND attacks" are serious threat.
March 8, 2005

Phishers using DNS servers to lure victims?

Security experts warn that "pharming" could be the new frontier for online thieves looking to steal your personal data.
March 8, 2005

Worms on the prowl, traveling via MSN Messenger

Antivirus companies have identified two new threats that use Microsoft's IM software to spread.
March 8, 2005

Trojan gets the cell phone message

Threat could be more pervasive than Cabir, as it uses multimedia text messaging as well as Bluetooth to spread.
March 7, 2005

related coverage

eBay scrambles to fix phishing bug

Criminals could use software bug to create a valid eBay link in scams to rip off people's identity info, auction giant says.
March 4, 2005

Mitnick: Security depends on workers' habits

Forget about fancy tools, ex-hacker says. Teach your employees not to give information to strangers.
March 4, 2005