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In order to combat crime in a world dominated by technology, the Secret Service has announced the opening of the National Computer Forensic Institute. The institute, to be built in Hoover, Alabama, is scheduled to open in 2008. The plan is to turn out about 900 computer forensic law enforcement officers each year. High-tech training is increasingly important for police officers, detectives, and federal agents as crime continues its migration onto the electronic byways of the Internet. Unfortunately, the level of training offered to law enforcement is "diverse," as the Secret Service delicately puts it. To better educate US crime fighters, the Service has announced the creation of the National... Read more...
At Microsoft's annual research conference Techfest, a new method to help keep internet services secure was unveiled based on images of cats and dogs. A popular method to determine whether a human or automated software is trying to access an internet service in use today is the Captcha, a series of randomly generated letters and numbers that must be reproduced. Since computers can now read Captcha sequences, which often confuse humans, a new security method has been developed by nations around the globe. The new security feature is based on the idea that a human can easily distinguish a dog from a cat, when an image of one is displayed, whereas an automated piece of software can... Read more...
An interesting video dissecting portions of Job's iPhone introduction at Macworld '07 has surfaced. "While none of this is really groundbreaking information, some of it does further explain how the iPhone functions and even hints at possible future strategies Apple may be taking." Sadly, that statement sums the video up fairly well. If you're very interested in the iPhone, then by all means take a look. It would seem that the narrator found the word "secret" in the same dictionary that Alanis Morissette found "ironic" in.... Read more...
Adtron announced that it is now shipping its new generation of Flashpak drives in both SATA and IDE interfaces in the 2.5" form factor. Here's a quick blurb: "Solid state flash disk manufacturer Adtron Corporation, announces today the immediate availability of its most advanced generation of the Adtron Flashpak Family of products including the IDE and Serial ATA (SATA) flash disk models" Adtron has typically serviced aerospace, medical, and enterprise fields, however the release of this drive is very good news for the average Joe. It is likely that once some of the major players start developing and using such high density NAND devices, that trend is going to help drive... Read more...
All in one computer security seems the way to go now. Too many programs doing not enough things equals compromised security. But let's face it; the real reason to read about Symantec's new Norton 360 security suite is to read all the robo-dweebs yelling at one another in the comments section about their favorite software. Enjoy! Symantec today announced the availability of Norton 360, a solution that combines antivirus, antispyware, firewall, intrusion protection, anti-phishing, backup and tune-up, eliminating the need to purchase and manage multiple products. Norton 360 is now available for purchase through the Symantec online store... Read more...
One of the biggest selling points for Windows Vista was the fact that it would be dramatically more secure then Windows XP, and for this reason, all users should look towards making the move to the new operating system. Now that Vista has been out for a few days and people have had time to play with it, it seems Windows Vista may not be as secure as advertised. "It's dramatically more secure than, say, Windows 3.x, Windows 95, Windows NT, Windows 2000 or Windows XP," said Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer at F-Secure. "However, it's fundamentally not more secure than operating systems like FreeBSD, QNX, AS/400 etc," he said. "I would claim it's not even as secure as another operating system... Read more...
Phishing scams are all the rage these days. And as the scammers get more sophisticated, it's not just noobs who get their info and their money stolen. E*Bay's subsidiary PayPal is preparing to offer a key fob for its users to make stealing your info only half the battle. PayPal's use of key fobs represents what is called two-factor authentication, a login system in which an additional form of device-oriented verification is used in addition to a conventional password. Two-factor authentication is advantageous because it prevents a user's account from being stolen when one of the two authentication forms is compromised.... Read more...
Hello everyone!  I hope you're all having a good weekend so far.  I was gearing up for some benchmarking and writing, and thought I'd poke around the web for something fun before getting down to business.  I stumbled across a couple of videos at YouTube that I just had to share. I'm probably showing my age a bit, but I don't care!  I've always been a proud geek; not about to get shy now. :) Anyway, how many of you remember BitBoys Oy? They were working on the "Glaze3D" 3D accelerator which never materialized back in the days when 3dfx was on top. And more recently were acquired by ATI for their expertise in mobile graphics. Well, some of... Read more...
As you can imagine we get a ton of email here at HH and of course way more than our fair share of spam, viruses and junkmail.  We've been looking around for a long time for a package that does a good job of clearing out the crapola that comes in and let's the good mail through.  We think we've found a winner with Declude.  Got an Imail or SmarterMail server you need to setup a better defense for?  Declude is powerful stuff that gets the job done nicely and we've burned it in ourselves here on the HotHardware web box... "Boundary Layer Check The first layer of defense is provided by your Email server. This includes your ability to prevent dictionary... Read more...
DigiTimes reports that Sony's latest Playstation 3 game console is experiencing a fair amount of issues ranging from overheating to a lack of proper resolution scaling. Although some users are having trouble in terms of the unit being properly cooled and in some cases even having the unit turn on, the largest problem appears to be a lack of the console being able to upscale 720p games up to 1080i. Those gaming with an HDTV which supports 1080i and not 720p will be forced to watch their games at a mere 480p until Sony can provide a solution. Fortunately, Sony does have a solution for the lack of systems in the retail channel as a second batch of Playstation 3 consoles will be hitting stores... Read more...
DigiTimes reports that NVIDIA CEO Jen-hsun Huang is traveling to Taiwan to meet with TSMC and ensure there is ample fab capacity to produce the company's upcoming G80 GPU. With NVIDIA looking to have a multiple-month head start over rival ATI with the launch of their R600 GPU, the G80 architecture will have the Christmas season to itself. Given the high demand this new product will likely see, NVIDIA needs to ensure that there are ample foundry lines dedicated towards this GPU's production. With GeForce 8800 expected to be unveiled in November, Huang wanted to make sure that production of the graphics chip will... Read more...
While the article suggests $16 million in losses for unauthorized access and theft for 2006, the actual amount is likely much greater since many violations go unreported. A single violation could easily result in losses of this magnitude when the loss is associated with confidential data from a Fortune 500 company. While some IT managers circumnavigate this problem by simply isolating critical data and prohibit it from being transferred to mobil devices, this is not a practical solution in todays mobile society. I protect sensitive information using EncFS, a Linux encrypted virtual file system. EncFS requires a typed password to decrypt (on the fly) certain folders on my laptop. While effective,... Read more...
Though Microsoft is touting their new operating system, Windows Vista, as the most secure incarnation of Windows yet, some major players in the security industry see otherwise. The folks at Symantec, McAFee, and other security companies are claiming that Microsoft is hampering their efforts by denying them access to the core of Windows Vista. ""Our goal is to deliver a fully innovative, secure version of Windows Vista that is compliant with EU law. We have an ongoing and constructive dialogue with the Commission on these issues," a Microsoft representative said. McAfee's ad echoes comments by Symantec representatives that Microsoft has... Read more...
Microsoft's Vista OS is going to almost instantly transform the market for all things OS, if the market share of all the other Windows operating systems is anything to go by. Businesses like Symantec and McAfee have made tidy little businesses out of protecting people from holes in Windows security. Well, they think they've been frozen out of a chance to offer virus and firewall protection for Vista, and they don't like it. And they took a full page ad out in The Financial Times to say so: McAfee, Symantec (SYMC.O: Quote, Profile, Research) and other security software companies argue Microsoft's new Vista operating system will make... Read more...
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