Computing insecurity

Gonsalves, Chris
May 2005
eWeek;5/23/2005, Vol. 22 Issue 21, p32
The article focuses on computer security. A computer virus Trojan sits quietly on an infected machine until a user authenticates to an online banking site with a token. The authentication prompts the Trojan to action, where it opens a background session with the user's online banking site, populates a money transfer form and relieves the user of much coin. According to the author, event the most advance security system are vulnerable to virus attacks and hacking. Software timing attacks could expose crypto keys on Intel servers running Hyper-Threading. Also, a popular VPN protocol was found to be vulnerable to a fairly easy exploit, and Microsoft's latest security patching efforts appear flawed. Even grid computers could not get through early May unscathed, with word that a worm could lift SSH user credentials and give away the keys to the on-demand kingdom. Spyware is a hack wrapped in butcher's paper and sealed with a price tag, but it has too many permutations and, more important, too many friends to give way to simple legality.


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