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Tuesday - 5/18/2010, 8:30am EDT

Cybersecurity Update - Tune in weekdays at 30 minutes past the hour for the latest cybersecurity news on The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris (6-10 a.m.) and The DorobekInsider with Chris Dorobek (3-7 p.m.). Listen live at FederalNewsRadio.com or on the radio at 1500 and 820 AM in the Washington, D.C. metro area.

  • It could be a small win in the fight against malicious botnets. An Internet service provider known for hosting command and control channels for the Zeus botnet has been knocked offline. Media reports say the company was based in Russia. The take-down happened when the firm's upstream service provider shut down it's connection. But it's unclear what effect this will have; often, hackers who run botnets move to other service providers.

  • Widespread leaks of health care electronic files with patient-identifiable information are taking place via peer-to-peer networks. The leaks occur eight months after enactment of new federal rules for protecting electronic health information. ComputerWorld reports, the loss of records was discovered by researchers at Dartmouth University, who will present their findings at a security symposium today. Results show 3,000 files with information on tens of thousands of people escaping the systems of health care organizations.

  • DHS has selected immixGroup Inc. to provide software applications, network and cybersecurity systems support services. Virginia's information technology solutions provider immixGroup received the award to support the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Cyber Crimes Center, or C3, including agency's Child Exploitation, Cyber Crimes, Computer Forensics and Cyber Training divisions. UPI reports ImmixGroup says its Information Technology Solutions unit will be expected to provide C3's software applications, network and cybersecurity systems with operational support and maintenance among other requirements.