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Two years on, Estonia helps EU prepare its cyber-defences

Two years on, Estonia helps EU prepare its cyber-defencesTallinn - Two years since the world learned of a new form of "cyber-warfare" directed against the small Baltic republic of Estonia, the results are still being felt.

But in a twist of history, the onslaught that was supposed to cause permanent damage has instead helped put the country on the map and boosted its high-tech industrial sector.

What could be the next move of Conficker?

What could be the next move of Conficker?  It was an April fool’s day prank or a real threat; what exactly was the hyped latest variant of Conficker worm? Well, whatever it might be, the hyped latest variant of Conficker worm, which failed to hit on April 1, has certainly left the threat lingering and the computer users and security researchers guessing about what the creators of the notorious Internet worm are planning next.  

New price set by Microsoft for $99 security suite: free

MicrosoftRecently, Microsoft announced that from June 2009, it will stop making its antivirus and security product, OneCare, and instead replace the same with a free download program called "Morro".

The good thing for users is that they will get all the services of Morro, free of cost, while, earlier for OneCare they had to pay $99, plus $US10 a year to subscribe to a virus update service.

"Morro will provide comprehensive protection from malware, including viruses, spyware, rootkits and Trojans," said Microsoft in a statement.

Identities sold online for £80

Identities sold online for £80 A frightening fact was put forward by the security experts yesterday that thieves are selling complete stolen identities online for as little as £80, and later, that each person’s details can earn internet fraudsters about £15,000. 

 In the past four years, banking frauds have doubled thus making it easier than ever to fall foul of internet identity theft. 

The credit card details, plus the cardholder's name, address, passport and driving license numbers are included in the stolen personal data. 

Hackers use Obama’s victory to spread Trojans

Hackers use Obama’s victory to spread TrojansObama’s victory in the US presidential elections has given hackers a chance to spread Trojan virus. 

Security Advisor Websense’s regional director for SAARC and India, Surendra Singh said, "The activity began from multiple locations immediately after the Obama's acceptance speech as a huge number of people were waiting to hear him. The email contained a link to a malicious website, purported to contain a video of Obama's speech. It then downloaded a rootkit into the user's computer and sent the vital data to multiple command and control servers." 

Loads of stolen credential Financial Data found

Loads of stolen credential Financial Data foundA digital cache consisting of over half million credit card numbers and online bank account logins and passwords has been unleashed by RSA FraudAction Research Lab. The account seems to hold the data for the past two-and-a-half years and RSA holds Russian online gang as its linchpin.

These digital caches are known to be automatically generated via Trojan horse programs who take over the credential information of the user after they have taken hold over their systems. These programs are in turn circulated by zombie computers named as botnets.

Micro Technologies enters Kenyan Market to provide security solution

Technology-enabled security services provider Micro Technologies (India) Ltd has expanded its business in Kenyan market to provide a highly advanced security solution products across the country.

The company will provide a wide range of its security and life support solutions for vehicles, premises and mobile phones in the Kenyan market, which would prove to be helpful in theft incidents.

Kenya has a high crime rate particularly in capital Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu and coastal beach resorts with car-thefts, mobile-thefts and property related crimes.

McAfee to acquire Reconnex

McAfee to acquire Reconnex

McAfee, Inc. has reported that it will acquire privately owned Reconnex, maker of data protection appliances and software.  

The company expects to close the $46 million cash acquisition by the end of September this year.

Founded in 2003, Reconnex is the leader in data loss prevention for organizations-including enterprises, government agencies, or educational institutions-that want to protect their brand, maintain compliance, and secure sensitive information.

eSys Information Technologies becomes national distributor of Quick Heal

eSys Information Technologies, a leading IT distribution major globally and in India, has entered into partnership with Quick Heal for the national distribution of its Guardian Anti Virus Software in India.  

The tie-up is aimed at providing faster access to supplies and continuous availability of its products to channels and customers across India.

Guardian Anti Virus (a three-in-one protection for PC user) is powered by award winning Quick Heal Antivirus and antispyware engine. The software provides protection against viruses, root kits and spy wares.

The Guardian Anti Virus also aims at creating awareness amongst all home users to use genuine and licensed products.

Subex wins contract from Fintur Group

Bangalore-based Subex Ltd has informed that the company has won a contract from Fintur Group, a major mobile operator consortium located across Eastern Europe and Central Asia, to deliver Fraud Management solutions across all its group companies.

Nikira Fraud Management System that detects known fraud types and patterns of unusual behavior, helps the operator to investigate unusual patterns for potential fraud, and uses the knowledge to upgrade and protect against future intrusions.

The project is being integrated by Gantek Technologies. Gantek acts as the turnkey solution provider for the whole deployment. The deployments will initially start with Moldcell (Moldova), Geocell (Georgia), Azercell (Azerbaijan) and Kcell (Kazakhstan).

India plans to buy 312 light helicopters

India plans to buy 312 light helicoptersNew Delhi, Apr 9 : The Defence Ministry is planning to invite international bids for the purchase of 312 light helicopters.

India is acquiring these helicopters to provide its forces logistics support on the icy heights of the Siachen Glacier and to increase its capability of rapid deployment.

Out of these 312 helicopters, which are estimated to be worth over two billion dollars, 197 are meant for the Army Aviation Corp, and the remaining 115 are for the Air Force.

Tenders for these helicopters are expected to be floated in the next few days.

Tamil Nadu top cop says 60 check posts set up along coast to check LTTE infiltration

Coimbatore, Mar 17 :LTTE Flag The day on which National Security Advisor M K Naryanan said that Tamil Nadu and Kerala had presence of small pockets of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Tamil Nadu Director General of Police (DGP) P Rajendran said that there were 60 check posts set up along the coastal areas intensifying patrolling to check infiltration of the rebels into the state.

After inaugurating police quarters, Rajendran denied any LTTE or Naxal infiltration into the State, but said the police had intensified patrolling.

Antony calls for international vigil to ward off terror attacks from sea

A K AntonyNew Delhi, Mar 11: Defence Minister A K Antony today warned against dangers of terror attacks from the sea in the region and called for greater international vigil to ward off these threats.

Inaugurating the 'International Maritime Search and Rescue Conference (IMSARCON) - 2008' here, Antony said the region already faced a menace from sea pirates and the terror threat had dimensions of bringing in non-state actors as well as agents of transnational crimes.

Nepal businessmen on the warpath following attack on colleague

Nepal FlagKathmandu, Feb. 27 : Business community leaders here have warned that they would take to the streets if the government does not give assurances about security for the industrial sector within 48 hours.

They issued the warning after businessman Shashi Kanta Agrawal was shot by unidentified assailants in New Baneshwore on Tuesday.

They opened fire when Agrawal, who is the president of Nepal Sugar Industries Association, was heading to his home at around 9 a. m. He was injured in his leg.

Lalu announces integrated plan to strengthen railway security

Railway securityNew Delhi, Feb 26: Reaffirming Indian Railways commitment to the security of passengers, Railway Minister Lalu Prasad today announced drawing up of an Integrated Security Plan to strengthen railway security.

The railway security would be strengthened through installation of Close Circuit TVs at important stations and metal detectors, baggage screening systems and explosive detection and disposal systems for screening passengers and their luggage at vulnerable stations.

Railway Protection Force (RPF) will be equipped with all modern equipment and adequate funds will be provided for this.

NSA to review North East security scenario

MK Narayanan-  NSA to review North East security scenarioKohima (Nagaland), Feb. 16 : National Security Adviser M. K. Narayanan arrived here today from Dimapur to review the security scenario in the north east region.

Narayanan is scheduled to meet Nagaland Governor K. Sankaranarayan, his two advisers, senior civil and police officials, and 3 Corps army commanders during his two-day visit to the state.

This afternoon, he presided over a meeting of senior officials at the police headquarters.

Nuclear assets of a “volatile state” are a threat to India: NSA

nuclear assets volatile state are threat indiaMunich, Feb 11: After International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Mohamed El Baradei expressed concern over the Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal, India’s National Security Adviser, M K Narayanan, without naming Pakistan has said that India faces threat from (the latter’s) nuclear assets falling into wrong hands of “volatile states.”

“What are the key challenges to Asian and global security today? The challenges are many. Quite a few are security-related and are highly daunting in nature,” said Narayanan.

Two Valentine’s Day worms detected by PandaLabs

Panda Security
Panda Security has announced that their systems have detected two virus programs which are using Valentine’s Day email to propagate. Glendale based Pandalabs offers various programs to detect Malware and Trojans.

First virus Nuwar.OL is downloaded on user PC from a website. The email sent with a headline "I Love You Soo Much" or "Inside My Heart" offers a link to this website. The page will open a Valentine's eCard, but will also install the worm on user PC. The worm will send emails to contacts of the user and causes load on the network.

'Averaging' snapshots enables computers to recognise faces better

snapshots enables computersLondon, Jan 25 : Averages of several snapshots could not only improve ID card security, but also allow facial recognition software to spot familiar faces as well humans.

Inspired by the way people recognise faces, psychologists Rob Jenkins and Mike Burton of the University of Glasgow, UK, found that we are much better at recognizing averaged faces than if shown an individual photo.

Security tightened in Delhi ahead of Republic Day

NSecurity tightened in Delhi ahead of Republic Dayew Delhi, Jan 24: Security has been beefed up in the national capital ahead of the Republic Day in the wake of intelligence inputs that some terrorists may sneak into the city to strike during the celebrations.

Around 15,000 security personnel have been deployed across the city.

According to a senior police official, anti-sabotage and anti-explosive checks have been intensified, especially on the route of the Republic Day parade.

Sharpshooters of paramilitary forces will be deployed on Rajpath as well as on other locations in Lutyen's Delhi.

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