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New Security Threats For VoIP

1/5/2007
Panda Software looks at some scary security threats posed by VoIP. The top part of the article in IT-Observer looks at new ways that VoIP might be used for denial-of-service attacks, but the author, Fernando de la Cuadra, dismisses those threats as unlikely (too quickly, I think). The article then goes on to deal with possible threats posed by social engineering.


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Technology Jeopardizes The Secret Ballot

12/15/2006
Ed Felten at Freedom to Tinker has several brief, but meaty, posts this week on the erosion of a pillar of Western democracy: The secret ballot. The secret ballot offers two forms of protection: Because nobody can look over your shoulder to see how you voted, it's hard to coerce your vote. And, because you can't prove to anybody how you voted, you can't sell your vote. But technology and social trends are making the secret ballot harder to preserv

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Protecting Against Insider Threats

12/11/2006
When you visualize what a computer criminal looks like, you probably think of a teen-ager living in his mother's basement, or a shady-looking character in a lawless country far away. But if you want to know what the most dangerous computer criminals look like, take a look at the guy sitting in the next cube.


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Technology Makes Fraud Trivially Easy

11/14/2006
Identity theft expert Frank Abagnale describes how technology has made fraud trivially easy:

Abagnale was subject of the 2002 Steven Spielberg movie Catch Me If You Can, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, which depicted his exploits as a teenager in the 60s, posing as an airline pilot to live the glamorous life of a jet-setter around the world, until he was caught.


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Blue Security Shoots Itself, And Thousands Of Other People, In The Foot

5/5/2006
When an outfit called Blue Security launched a service to go after spammers with vigilante justice, any idiot could've foreseen big problems. In fact, an idiot did. It wasn't a tough prediction to make. Vigilante justice is always a bad idea because it often results in innocent people getting hurt. And that's what happened, as a spammer's counterattack against Blue Security brought down thousands of

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Security Research Isn't Pretty, But It's Necessary

4/17/2006
Security research is a dirty job, but somebody has to do it. Security researchers run an assembly line of self-aggrandizing publicity, churning out press releases and announcements patting themselves on the back for discovering security vulnerabilities in software by Microsoft, Oracle, and other major vendors. The researchers operate under a constant cloud of suspicion: Are they simply creating a climate of useless fear, stifling innovation, E-commerce, and technology implementation? Are they

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Let's Make 2006 The Year We Wipe Out Spam

12/30/2005
We don't care about spam anymore, and that's wrong. Spam is a crime highway that runs straight through your computer, carrying a cargo of worms, fraud, viruses and other attacks. Security vendor Sophos reported that attacks jumped 48% in the first 11 months of 2005. The most dangerous threats were spam-distributed. Spam has direct financial costs, as network managers are required to spend money on software and

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EFF Releases List Of Spyware-Infected Sony CDs

11/9/2005
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has released a partial list of what it claims are the CDs that sony has infected with its copy-protection software. The titles include CDs by Celine Dion, Neil Diamond, Dion, and Ricky Martin. The EFF article also has tips on how you can tell if a CD you bought from Sony contains the copy protection.

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How Not To Stop Online Bank Fraud

10/24/2005
In the name of protecting against phishing, identity theft and other forms of fraud, federal regulators handed banks and consumers an enormous job recently. The work required will make online transactions a great deal more expensive for banks--who will no doubt pass the expense on to customers. The requirement will make online transactions far less convenient for consumers. And it'll be, at best, partially effective. As reported in a story by my colleague Steve Marlin, Post a Comment
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CVE-2019-14230
PUBLISHED: 2019-07-21
An issue was discovered in the Viral Quiz Maker - OnionBuzz plugin before 1.2.7 for WordPress. One could exploit the id parameter in the set_count ajax nopriv handler due to there being no sanitization prior to use in a SQL query in saveQuestionVote. This allows an unauthenticated/unprivileged user ...
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PUBLISHED: 2019-07-21
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PUBLISHED: 2019-07-21
An issue was discovered in Foxit PhantomPDF before 8.3.11. The application could crash when calling the clone function due to an endless loop resulting from confusing relationships between a child and parent object (caused by an append error).
CVE-2019-14208
PUBLISHED: 2019-07-21
An issue was discovered in Foxit PhantomPDF before 8.3.10. The application could be exposed to a NULL pointer dereference and crash when getting a PDF object from a document, or parsing a certain portfolio that contains a null dictionary.
CVE-2019-14209
PUBLISHED: 2019-07-21
An issue was discovered in Foxit PhantomPDF before 8.3.10. The application could be exposed to Heap Corruption due to data desynchrony when adding AcroForm.