Don't let this happen to you
Smaller companies often assume they have nothing of interest to hackers. Often times that is the case, but they are still after resources, as in this case. Unfortunately, the hackers in this case are tied to Al Qaeda. They placed the recent hostage video on a California companies server. Imagine all of the lovely publicity this brought in.
The origin of the video was traced to Silicon Valley Land Surveying Incorporated, a California land surveying and mapping company, said Spiegel online, the internet service for the respected German weekly.
The next wave
Excellent article at News.com on the state of network security. Complacency and a few basic defense mechanisms cannot handle the changing demands of security.
This is just wrong
News that Microsoft will be selling antivirus software made my blood boil this morning. On how many levels is this wrong? Their code is insecure, and they get to make more money? They can discount the price and run companies like McAffee and Symantec out of business? Seriously - when will it end? I was just contemplating replacing a laptop running XP with Mandrake and a Codeweaver plugin, makes the decision even easier.
Mike Nash, chief of Microsoft's security business unit, told reporters that Microsoft is developing software to protect personal computers running Windows against malicious software, the worms and viruses that have plagued users with data loss, shutdowns and disruptions in Web traffic in recent years.
Always use open-source trojans
Now there is some irony for ya:
The author of a free Trojan horse program favored by amateur computer intruders found himself with some explaining to do to the underground last month, after his users discovered he'd slipped a secret backdoor password into his popular malware, potentially allowing him to re-hack compromised hosts.