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Online banking device reads information from a screen

As German banks layer more security into their online banking procedures, security vendor Gemalto has launched a device it says makes completing transactions easier.

China remains spam haven due to 'bulletproof' hosting

An overwhelming majority of Web sites promoted through spam are hosted in China at service providers that many times choose to ignore complaints and allow illegal activity, according to research from the University of Alabama.

Adobe issues update for Shockwave Player

Adobe Systems has released a patch for its Shockwave Player to fix a critical vulnerability, the company wrote on its security blog on Tuesday.

Post-acquisition, MessageLabs harmonizes with Symantec

Symantec has taken a relatively hands-off approach with its integration of hosted messaging provider MessageLabs since its acquisition of the company in November 2008, according to MessageLabs' former CEO.

Cloudmark security suite addresses growing SMS spam

As mobile users are more frequently pestered by SMS spam, one security vendor is applying its experience in stopping e-mail spam for mobile networks.

EU progressing on information infrastructure policy

The European Union is refining a set of guidelines that would strengthen its ability to respond to computer security crises as well as ensure Internet infrastructure in member countries is more resilient.

Two years on, Estonia hardens its electronic defenses

Although the electronic attacks against Estonia are two years in the past, the small Baltic nation is still hardening its defenses.

Industry, military experts discuss murky cyberwar issues

Nations increasingly touched by cyberattacks are still in the very early stages of figuring out how to deal with incidents that could escalate into critical national security threats.

Dell offers range of Microsoft software for download

Dell is now offering Microsoft Office products for download, making it the first vendor other than Microsoft to do so.

Europe looks to step up fight against cybercrime

The European Commission is seeking to strengthen cooperation between law enforcement and private industry worldwide as well as increase penalties for those engaged in cybercrime, a senior official said on Wednesday.

ISPs report success in fighting malware-infected PCs

Computers infected with malicious software remain a big headache for ISPs, but two companies have designed systems that have made the problem much more manageable.

T-Mobile confirms stolen data is genuine

T-Mobile confirmed on Tuesday that internal information posted on the Internet by hackers was stolen from its systems, but said it does not appear customer data is in jeopardy.

Security vendor ferrets out who's a human and who's a bot

An Atlanta security company has come up with a technology it says can block automated programs responsible for perpetuating nuisances such as spam, fake e-mail registrations and click fraud.

Cybercriminals refine data-sniffing software for ATM fraud

Cybercriminals are improving a malicious software program that can be installed on ATMs running Microsoft's Windows XP operating system that records sensitive card details, according to security vendor Trustwave.

Thousands of Web sites stung by mass hacking attack

Up to 40,000 Web sites have been hacked to redirect unwitting victims to another Web site that tries to infect PCs with malicious software, according to security vendor Websense.