November 01, 2007 | SC Media

Print Issue: November 01, 2007

2 minutes on…ethical hacker kits on sale

The “ethical hacker toolkits” recently posted for sale on eBay appear to point to a dangerous trend: selling these types of tools — used primarily for penetration testing of applications and servers — on mainstream auction sites increases everyone’s security risks.

Illena Armstrong, editor-in-chief, SC Magazine

Presidential candidates must fight cyberattacks

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When the likes of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney announced their intentions to run for president back in February, it seemed a bit too early to ponder the attributes of the many contenders hoping to lead the U.S. government. After all, none of us will cast votes in our primary elections or caucuses until early next year.

News briefs

Clothing retailer Gap Inc. revealed that a laptop containing the Social Security numbers of 800,000 job applicants was stolen from a third-party vendor. The laptop contained info of job applicants who applied to the company’s Old Navy, Banana Republic, Gap and Outlet stores. The vendor, not identified by Gap, contacted law enforcement authorities about the breach. The data was not encrypted.

Company news

The latest happenings in the boardrooms of the IT security world.

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