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New Hotmail features to improve security

In an effort to bolster internet security, Microsoft has announced two new Hotmail features. Users will now be able to report when they receive a spam message, and Hotmail will no longer allow users to choose dangerously common passwords.

Unsecured wireless a problem in Australia

More than 10,000 wireless networks in Sydney, Australia, might be unsecured, posing a serious internet security threat, according to recent reporting done by the Sydney Morning Herald.

Collaboration key to computer security, Pentagon says

The United States Department of Defense plans to work closely with other government agencies and the private sector to ensure the security of the nation's computer systems, according to the Pentagon's recently released official cyber security strategy.

Internet Explorer 9 wins malware test despite waning popularity

A recent test of major internet browsers undertaken by research firm NSS Labs found Internet Explorer 9 is highly effective at blocking socially engineered malware.

Vodafone devices vulnerable to attack

While new revelations continue to surface regarding cell phone hacking done by the British tabloid News of the World, The Hacker's Choice, a group devoted to exposing computer security threats, recently announced it discovered a critical vulnerability affecting Vodafone's United Kingdom Mobile Phone Network.

McCain calls for special computer security committee

Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona has called upon Senate leaders to establish a select committee to oversee cybersecurity.

Rhode Island appoints cybersecurity team

Democratic Representative Jim Langevin, co-founder of the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus, was in his home state of Rhode Island on July 11 to announce the formation of the Rhode Island Cyber Disruption Team.

Anonymous strikes military contractor

In the latest attack in its AntiSec campaign against government and corporate websites, hacker group Anonymous infiltrated United States defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton on "Military Meltdown Monday," July 11.

Computer security threat to Apple mobile operating system

The German government recently issued a computer security warning that the iOS mobile operating system used in Apple's iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices is vulnerable to malware spread through PDF files.

Millions affected by Washington Post Jobs hack

The Washington Post Jobs website was hacked twice at the end of June, the paper recently announced.

Emailed ticket fake, attached virus real

Users of Yahoo Mail are being targeted by a phishing scheme that dupes victims via an email purportedly enclosing a traffic ticket, according to, a news source for the Lower Hudson Valley.

California city accounts hacked

A hacker used a phishing ploy to compromise the computer system of the city of Atascadero, California, and draw $83,000 from city accounts, the San Luis Obispo Tribune reports.

Computer security threatened by pre-installed components

A Department of Homeland Security official has acknowledged imported computer components are arriving in the United States already compromised by programs and parts designed to facilitate cyber attacks.

One critical update for June's Patch Tuesday

Microsoft has announced four updates, one of them rated critical, will be released on July 12, this month's Patch Tuesday.

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