Stories by Dan Verton

Secret Service busts online organized crime ring

In what it called an "Information Age undercover investigation," the U.S. Secret Service Thursday announced that it has arrested 28 people from eight U.S. states and six countries allegedly involved in a global organized cybercrime ring.

Organised crime invades cyberspace

Antivirus researchers have uncovered a startling increase in organized virus- and worm-writing activity that they say is powering an underground economy specializing in identity theft and spam.

Private jet service develops IT system to lower costs

Sentient Jet, a private charter-flight provider, has developed a proprietary system called the Optimizer that it expects will lower costs and thereby enable it to attract more corporate users to its premium air travel service.

Thwart insider abuse

It has not been getting a lot of media attention lately, but the threat to corporate security and intellectual property from insiders remains one of the biggest challenges facing IT departments today.

Scare tactics no longer guarantee security funding

Chief security officers used to be able to get the funding they wanted for critical IT security projects by using newspaper clippings detailing security failures that cost other companies millions of dollars.

Multinational consensus pegs top 20 net vulnerabilities

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), along with its Canadian and British counterparts and the System Administration, Networking and Security (SANS) Institute, has released a list of the top 20 security vulnerabilities most often exploited by criminal hackers.

Anti-Microsoft security report mired in politics

A report that might have been a valuable contribution to the study of the security ramifications of monolithic IT infrastructures has instead become a pawn in the unending political battle between pro- and anti-Microsoft factions. And it has cost one of the co-authors his job.

Virus disrupts US State Department visa system

A computer virus Tuesday disabled a portion of the U.S. State Department's domestic enterprise network, forcing the agency to halt overseas screenings of visa applicants for criminal histories and links to terrorism, a department official confirmed.

First 9/11 virus emerges

Antivirus researchers late Wednesday discovered what is being described as the first of potentially many "9/11" anniversary viruses spreading on the Internet.

Blaster worm linked to severity of US blackouts

The W32.Blaster worm may have contributed to the cascading effect of the Aug. 14 blackout, government and industry experts revealed this week. On the day of the blackout, Blaster degraded the performance of several communications lines linking key data centers used by utility companies to manage the power grid, the sources confirmed.

Columbia disaster board faults NASA

Human space flight is an inherently risky and dangerous business, but NASA's reliance on informal communications to manage space shuttle operations -- coupled with the agency's insular culture -- turned risk and danger into disaster for the Columbia.

US' first automated alert network activated

After 16 months of development and testing, a public/private security partnership based in Oregon Wednesday officially activated what is being described as the USA's first fully automated, Web-based regional security alert system.

US Navy's Intranet crippled by worm outbreak

The U.S. Navy confirmed Tuesday that its multibillion-dollar Navy/Marine Corps Intranet (N/MCI) has been taken off-line by what could be a combined onslaught of the Blaster worm variant and Sobig.F Internet worms, which are spreading fast.