Bain and Huawei’s $2,2bn first attempt to buy out 3Com has been amended with a second offer, under which the Chinese networking giant and the Investment Fund plan to gain control of the American networking giant, but having “limited access” to 3com’s security products. This amendment has been introduced after the Treasury’s Committee on Foreign Investments launched an investigation aimed to block the deal, fearing possible implications in having a Chinese company so much close to key security products, currently used by the American government’s IT infrastructures. Further skepticism was raised by those who didn’t forget that Huawei’s founder Mr. Ren Zhengfei was also a former Chinese People Liberation Army officer…
London, England, 3rd March 2008 – News that an 18-year-old New Zealand teenager allegedly at the centre of an international cybercrime network has been charged with various hacking crimes on Friday is proof that advances in hacking techniques are moving at an astonishing speed and that millions of users don’t have adequate protection against the latest threats, says Tier-3’s Geoff Sweeney.
Security company Sophos recently released a malware 2007 report .
By reading the whitepaper, we get some interesting confirmations about malware/cracker’s trends much long ago anticipated also by Zone-H.
For the first time ever a report is focusing on traditional security threats as well as on hot topics such state sponsored espionage and cyberwar. Concepts that have been longly anticipated by a few of long-sighted observers, possibly having Zone-H’s members in the front line.
The Sophos whitepaper is truly insightful, and by reading it we have the impression that the bitter bite of the rotten security cake will soon end up in Apple’s mouth. The report in fact, devotes a large section to “Ultra-mobile PCs, iPhones and Wi-Fi devices”. In Sophos’ very graphic horror movie on future threats, the role of main male and female actors are assigned to the Iphone and the Ipod Touch. We’d like to add that they will be probably the best candidates for the golden Oscar statue as in the movie on future cyber threats, Iphone and Ipod’s interpretation couldn’t be more convincing and rich of drama…
A cracker going by the handle of “officer brobee” has defaced UK Metropolitan Police’s (also known as Scotland Yard) careers web site.
In the hacked page the defacer inserted a picture of a green monster followed by a text making fun of their anti-terrorism unit, saying they hired incompetent people. Maybe the defacer decided to attack the site after the police refused to hire him?
According to the mirror informations, the server hosting the web site was running Windows 2000 and the defacer exploited a SQL injection vulnerability. Scotland Yard — just like many organizations, companies, governments.. — invests millions in security but forgets that equipments are not enough if the web application is vulnerable to common security issues…
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