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Government lost files so secret their contents are unknown

thelocal.de — The German government has lost more than 300 files that are so top secret no-one knows what was in them, it was confirmed this weekend. The 332 files were considered top secret, but have been lost over the last ten years, with no clue as to where they have ended up. They were of ‘considerable significance,’ the Interior Ministry has admitted.More… (Security)


Which Top Apps Have the Most Security Holes?

internetnews.com — Some of the most-used applications on Windows today are also some of the most vulnerable to security flaws. And it's often the user's fault. A list compiled by enterprise application whitelisting vendor Bit9 found that 12 of the most popular consumer applications are being used despite having vulnerabilities that could make for compromised systemsMore… (Security)


Finding Baby Jesus is Easier With GPS

npr.org — Apparently, a fair number of purloined baby Jesuses and misappropriated menorahs make it onto police blotters every year. Some churches and synagogues are resorting to installing GPS chips inside nativity scenes and menorahs so that they can be quickly located if they are stolen.More… (Security)


Group wants National Safety Officer under new Obama's CTO

arstechnica.com — An advocacy group this week urged president-elect Barack Obama to appoint a National Safety Officer to oversee online child protection efforts.More… (Security)


McCain Campaign Sells $20 Info-Loaded Blackberry to Reporter

myfoxdc.com — Private information at bargain prices. It was a high-tech flub at the McCain-Palin campaign headquarters in Arlington when Fox 5’s Investigative Reporter Tisha Thompson bought a Blackberry device containing confidential campaign information. It started with a snippet we read that The McCain-Palin campaign was selling it's equipment at a discount.More… (Security)


The Facebook Virus Spreads: No Social Network is Safe

readwriteweb.com — "Koobface" is the name of the Trojan worm that's been making its way through the social networking site Facebook lately, but to the site's users, it's been simply known as "the Facebook virus." That name will soon become a misnomer, though, because the worm is now spreading outside of Facebook's walls to attack other social networks like Bebo, MySpMore… (Security)


Should cybersecurity be managed from the White House?

arstechnica.com — Proposals for a coordinated government cybersecurity effort under a White House "czar" are gaining traction, but there are skeptical voices as well.More… (Security)


Who Will Obama Name As Cyberspace Czar?

crn.com — If president-elect Barack Obama heeds the advice of a blue-ribbon IT security panel, he'll create a new White House office for cyberspace to be headed by an adviser charged with coordinating the computer security efforts of federal departments and agencies. In other words, a Cyber Czar. Here are some good choices. More… (Security)


New trojan in mass DNS hijack

theregister.co.uk — Researchers have identified a new trojan that can tamper with a wide array of devices on a local network, an exploit that sends them to impostor websites even if they are hardened machines that are fully patched or run non-Windows operating systems.More… (Security)


"I Made A Fake Facebook And Had 100 Friends In 4 Days"

anythingtech.net — Facebook is by far one of the top social networking sites on the Internet, with millions of users, but how secure is it? Or rather how security conscious are the people that use it?More… (Security)


Destructive Koobface virus turns up on Facebook

reuters.com — Facebook's 120 million users are being targeted by a virus dubbed Koobface that uses the social network's messaging system to infect PCs, then tries to gather sensitive information such as credit card numbers.More… (Security)


Security company: Your face is easy to fake

news.cnet.com — During demonstration, Vietnamese company shows that face recognition-based authentication in laptops from Lenovo, Toshiba, and Asus may not be an effective security measure.More… (Security)


CBS Web Site Bitten by IFRAME Hack

infoworld.com — It appears that Russian malware distributors were able to launch another iFrame attack on a subdomain of the cbs.com site so that it was serving remote malware to any visitors. More… (Security)


Antivirus programs unreliable during critical coverage gap

arstechnica.com — Antivirus companies typically bill themselves as offering critical protection when you need it most, but the timeliness of the protection is a matter of concern. There's some reason to suspect AV companies may be moving too slowly on this one, with a majority of scanners failing to detect malware up to three days after it's seen on the web.More… (Security)


Metadata: An Invisible CAPTCHA

forbes.com — Soon you may not need to squint at distorted letters to prove your humanity.More… (Security)

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