July 29, 2005 |
Cisco Systems Inc. on Thursday won a legal battle to silence a researcher who had publicly demonstrated he could hijack machines that power much of the Internet. Cisco sued Michael Lynn shortly after he presented his findings Wednesday at the annual Black Hat technological security convention in Las Vegas. Despite its name, the gathering mostly draws not bad guys but experts who help defend companies against Internet attacks.
October 26, 2006 |
BT Group, the former British telecommunications monopoly, said Wednesday that it bought Mountain View, Calif.-based Counterpane Internet Security Inc. to boost its computer security services for corporate customers. Financial terms were not disclosed. The acquisition is the latest example of industry giants looking to beef up their security offerings. Data storage provider EMC Corp.
July 7, 2003 |
A battle among hackers erupted on the Internet on Sunday as some factions disrupted a loosely coordinated "contest" among other groups trying to vandalize thousands of Web sites around the world. Unknown attackers for hours knocked offline an independent security Web site, zone-h.org, that was verifying reports of online vandalism and being used by hackers to tally points for the competition. U.S. government and private technology experts warned last week that such vandalism was likely.
September 16, 1999 |
Hackers on Wednesday vandalized the Web sites for the Nasdaq Stock Market and the American Stock Exchange, but there was no evidence they manipulated data. A group calling itself "United Loan Gunmen" infiltrated the computer running the sites just after midnight. The hackers left a message--the high-tech equivalent of graffiti--and also claimed to have briefly created an e-mail account on Nasdaq's computer, suggesting a broader breach in security.
August 24, 2003 |
A feared Internet attack resulting from a fast-spreading computer virus fizzled Friday. Security experts said they contained the virus by identifying and blocking computers key to coordinating it. Instructions written into the latest version of the "Sobig" virus, which has caused enormous headaches since it began appearing Tuesday, called for infected Windows machines to try to download a program that, prior to 3 p.m. EDT Friday, had an unknown function.
February 13, 2001 |
An earnings warning from Rainbow Technologies Inc. sent shares of the Irvine security software provider down nearly 28% Monday and pushed other security software stocks lower as well. After the market closed Friday, Rainbow warned that an unexpected slowdown in its North American business in the last month of the fourth quarter will probably hurt its quarterly earnings. The company also said growth for the next two quarters could be slower because of market conditions.