Stories by Ann Harrison

  • Microsoft patches security hole in Office 2000

    The Microsoft Office Assistant, the talking paper clip that Microsoft has cited as an example of its software innovation during the US Government's antitrust investigation, has been found to include a security hole that allows attackers to take over a user's computer.

  • Windows 2000 launch

    Shortly before Windows 2000 was launched, Microsoft was disputing suggestions in a leaked company memo that the product contains 63,000 bugs.

  • Microsoft revamps software design for security

    Microsoft changed its software engineering processes for the forthcoming Windows 2000 operating system to design a more secure product, a top Windows executive told attendees at the RSA 2000 conference on Tuesday.

  • Netscape vulnerable to password theft

    A flaw discovered in the encryption system used by the Netscape Navigator browser to protect e-mail passwords could seriously impact businesses using older versions of the browser, which are vulnerable to remote password theft.

  • Virus scanning moving to ISPs

    Companies may soon be delegating their antivirus protection to big Internet and network service providers that are acquiring new tools to guard corporate networks.

  • Founder touts CKM system

    A former CIA official has developed a unique cryptographic management system that provides access control to any data object. Edward Scheidt, former head of the CIA's Cryptographic Center, founded TecSec to commercialise the Constructive Key Management (CKM) system for symmetric key algorithms. It creates a one-time encryption key to access individual databases, documents, photographs or Web pages. The system is now in use by government agencies and defence contractors, said Scheidt, who recently talked to IDG.

  • Hacking your way to an IT career

    At the first annual Chaos Communication Camp, which took place outside Berlin last weekend, hundreds of hackers and their machines filled the main hack tent exchanging information on the latest exploits and security tools.

  • Explorer worm hits thousands

    The fast-spreading W32/ExplorerZip.worm, which propagates via e-mail and destroys files on a PC's hard drive, has infected tens of thousands of users of Microsoft Outlook and Exchange software worldwide, causing some to shut down their e-mail systems, security experts said.

  • When hackers get hacked

    Operators of a computer security Web site called AntiOnline last week claimed they had successfully repelled the same type of attack that forced the FBI to shut down its Web site for a week.

  • Despite Fraud, Comfort with E-Commerce Rises

    A study released last week by the Washington-based National Consumers League revealed that 6 million e-commerce customers believe they have been victims of online fraud or misuse of credit-card information. Despite their concerns, though, respondents said they still support expanded electronic banking and plan to increase their purchasing on the Internet.