BOSTON (Reuters) – Eccentric former software pioneer John McAfee is back in the spotlight – lashing out at the anti-virus software that bears his name in a profanity-laced video.
McAfee, an American who helped create the anti-virus software industry, generated a media frenzy at the end of last year when he fled his home on a tropical island in Belize, claiming that police in the Central American nation wanted to frame him for murder.
BOSTON (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp is looking to recruit computer geeks in its ongoing efforts to protect Windows PCs from attacks, offering rewards of as much as $150,000 to anybody who helps identify and fix major security holes in its software.
Microsoft unveiled the rewards program, one of the most generous in the high-tech industry to date, on Wednesday as it sought ways to prevent sophisticated attackers from subverting new security technologies it has introduced in the latest versions of the Windows operating system.
BOSTON, June 18 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp said
that an assault it led earlier this month on one of the world’s
biggest cyber crime rings has freed at least 2 million PCs
infected with a virus believed to have been used to steal more
than $500 million from bank accounts worldwide.
“We definitely have liberated at least 2 million PCs
globally. That is a conservative estimate,” Richard Domingues
Boscovich, assistant general counsel with Microsoft’s Digital
Crimes Unit, said in an interview on Tuesday.
BOSTON (Reuters) – A U.S. security expert says he has identified ways to remotely attack high-end surveillance cameras used by industrial plants, prisons, banks and the military, something that potentially would allow hackers to spy on facilities or gain access to sensitive computer networks.
Craig Heffner, a former software developer with the National Security Administration who now works for a private security firm, said he discovered the previously unreported bugs in digital video surveillance equipment from firms including Cisco Systems Inc, D-Link Corp and TRENDnet.
June 13 (Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on
Thursday urged medical device makers and medical facilities to
upgrade security protections to protect against potential cyber
threats that could compromise the devices or patient privacy.
It released that advisory in coordination with a separate
alert from the Department of Homeland Security, which disclosed
vulnerability in a wide variety of medical equipment that can
make those devices vulnerable to remote attacks from hackers.
AMSTERDAM/BOSTON, June 6 (Reuters) – Europol said a global
effort led by Microsoft Corp to stop one of the world’s
biggest cybercrime rings has succeeded in wiping out the
malicious computer networks that the gang used, known as the
Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit, with help from authorities
in more than 80 countries, on Wednesday cut off the servers
controlling as many as 5 million infected PCs that belonged to
the Citadel cyber crime operation, which is believed to have
stolen more than $500 million from bank accounts over the past
BOSTON (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp and the FBI, aided by authorities in more than 80 countries, have launched a major assault on one of the world’s biggest cyber crime rings, believed to have stolen more than $500 million from bank accounts over the past 18 months.
Microsoft said its Digital Crimes Unit on Wednesday successfully took down at least 1,000 of an estimated 1,400 malicious computer networks known as the Citadel Botnets.