Cybersecurity 'month of bugs' launched today

Wednesday - 9/1/2010, 8:30am EDT

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  • Software publishers and users beware. Today is the kick-off day for a month of bug disclosures. A secretive group of four researchers, calling itself Abysssec, promises to reveal, every day in September, cyber security vulnerabilities in the products of several big software companies. Computerworld reports, the group is targeting unpatched vulnerabilities in products from Adobe, Apple, Microsoft, Mozilla, and others. The efforts is called MOAUB, which stands for Month Of Abyssec Undisclosed Bugs. Naturally, the researchers revealed their plans in a blog. Microsoft says it is aware of the group's plan.

  • The Technology Association of America, you may know it as TechAmerica, spent $350,000 in the second quarter on lobbying for more spending on IT and cybersecurity services. TechAmerica lobbied Congress, the Defense Department, the White House, the U.S. Trade Representative, the Commerce Department, the Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies on issues ranging from cybersecurity and data breach legislation to federal procurement reform, immigration reform and tax issues. TechAmerica has nearly 1,500 technology company members including Microsoft, Apple, Google, Cisco and Hewlett Packard.

  • Algerian cyber pirates have laid siege to the Belvoir Castle website. Unfortunately, it's probably not the Belvoir they intended. Their target is believed to have been the Belvoir Fortress in Israel, site of historic battles between Christians, Muslims and Jews since the 11th century. Cyberattackers Dz-SeC hacked onto the British castle's website leaving an image of the Algerian flag with Arabic words condemning Israel. A spokeswoman for the castle tells the Jewish Chronicle Online: "We've nothing to do with the Middle-East. I just help to organise the teddy bears' picnic." Arrrgh.

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