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August 26, 2003 | From Bloomberg News
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Monday that it was investigating whether the Sobig.F computer virus that flooded computer networks with millions of unwanted e-mails last week originated from a computer in Canada. Sobig.F is the fastest-spreading computer virus of its kind, computer-security experts have said. Companies including FedEx Corp., Starbucks Corp. and AOL Time Warner Inc.
January 29, 2002 | Bloomberg News
A new computer virus that poses as a link to digital photos on the Internet probably will be contained within a few days, a computer security expert said. The virus, dubbed "MyParty .Worm," first appeared Saturday, said Vincent Weafer, a researcher with computer software maker Symantec Corp. The virus comes in an e-mail containing what looks like a link to photos from a recent party on a Yahoo Inc. Web site.
November 10, 2007 | Jessica Guynn, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles man entrusted with making personal computers safer has admitted to hacking into them to create a rogue network of as many as a quarter-million PCs, which he used to steal money and identities. Federal prosecutors Friday said that John Kenneth Schiefer, a 26-year-old computer security consultant, used an army of hijacked computers, known as a "botnet," to carry out a variety of schemes to rip off unsuspecting consumers and corporations.
July 13, 2000 | From Associated Press
A notorious computer hacker who led the FBI on a three-year manhunt while allegedly causing millions of dollars in damage to technology companies now has federal permission to pursue work as a computer consultant or online writer. It's a "180-degree change" in the restrictions previously enforced by Kevin Mitnick's probation officer, Mitnick attorney Donald Randolph said Wednesday.
March 25, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
The Securities and Exchange Commission's computer security system has weak controls that put financial information and other data at risk of being stolen, a congressional watchdog agency said Thursday. The Government Accountability Office faulted the SEC for leaving computers logged on in public areas, not protecting passwords and not removing access for terminated employees for as long as eight months.
August 25, 2003 | From Reuters
The fast-spreading SoBig.F e-mail virus slowed Sunday and failed for a second time to launch a remote data attack using thousands of infected personal computers, computer security experts said. SoBig.F, which emerged Aug. 18, was programmed to unleash a data attack at noon PDT Sunday. But the trigger -- a computer program unwittingly installed on 20 poorly defended computers mostly in the United States and Canada -- was deactivated Friday.
November 20, 1987 | DAVID OLMOS, Times Staff Writer
Robert W. Herman can sympathize with companies that make automobile air bags--one of those sure-fire products of the future that deflated somewhere along the road. Herman, one of Orange County's high-tech pioneers and founder of Codercard, a tiny Irvine company that makes computer security cards, has been waiting--and waiting--for his firm's products to find a market. Unlike those unlucky makers of air bags, however, Herman may be nearly through waiting.
August 7, 1988 | GEORGE WHITE, Times Staff Writer
The corporate war against computer crime has come into the open. Executives are stepping up efforts to stop computer hackers and disgruntled employees from manipulating their data processing systems to embezzle funds, uncover secrets and destroy data. Among other things, security-conscious businesses are installing sophisticated "access control" gadgetry, bringing in special consultants and working more closely with other companies and law enforcement authorities.
December 7, 1988
The Pentagon has decided to establish an emergency team of computer experts and a small crisis communications center to respond to future "virus" attacks on its scientific and contractor computer networks. The team will "include over 100 experts throughout the United States whose expertise and knowledge will be called upon when needed," a Defense Department statement said.
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