The Scraping Problem and Ethics
[This was originally published on the OSVDB blog.] [2014-05-09 Update: We’d like to thank both McAfee and S21sec for promptly reaching out to work with us and to inform us that they are both investigating the incident, and taking steps to ensure that future access and data use complies with our license.] Every day we…
Cybercrime Stats: From Bad to Bad
[This was originally published on the OSVDB blog.] Since vulnerabilities are a cornerstone of computer crime, stats on it are of interest to us. Statistics on cybercrime have always been dodgy; more so than real-world crime statistics. When your car is broken into or stolen, you know it. More often than not, you will report…
McAfee: Microsoft patches 133 Critical/Important Vulns in 2006
[This was originally published on the OSVDB blog.] http://www.avertlabs.com/research/blog/?p=153 McAfee is reporting that Microsoft patched 133 Critical / Important vulnerabilities in 2006. They also compare this number against previous years to presumably demonstrate that security isn’t getting better at Microsoft.
Anti-Virus Companies: Tenacious Spammers
[This was originally published on attrition.org.] No one can argue that the spam problem is getting better. Despite advances in anti-spam technology and legislation against spam, unwanted junk mail is flowing into our inboxes at an increased rate. Stock tips, enhancement drugs, Nigerian scams, DVD copy software and hundreds of other products or services get…