It's a given that hackers
can and do penetrate websites with laughable ease, ranging from those of
retailers to those of the United States government.
It certainly doesn't help
the security-minded to know that the U.S. National Security Agency and other
countries' spy agencies, including the UK's GCHQ and the West German
intelligence agency, are tapping into online communications at will. In fact,
the Germans have set aside US$136 million for that purpose.
admission that antivirus software is dead didn't help
matters, although it only echoed what many AV experts have been saying for
years and what NSS Labs has pointed to in various
reports over the last several years.
Microsoft's July Patch
Tuesday may have been relatively light, but the company's June Patch Tuesday contained almost 60
remote execution flaws in the six versions of Internet Explorer and the
components that render fonts on PCs, and one of the IE bug reports tackled was
more than 180 days old, Kurt Baumgartner, senior security researcher at
Kaspersky Lab, pointed out. Read more.