Seagate has introduced a new hard drive security platform that it hopes will make data loss problems stemming from stolen and misplaced notebooks a thing of the past. Called DriveTrust, Seagate’s new hard drive security platform offers a combination of hardware-based security along with a programming foundation for security software developers to “lock down digital information at rest.”. Complete story here.

An infected laptop gave hackers access to computer systems at a Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, water treatment plant earlier this month. Complete story here.

Hackers have published code that could let an attacker disable the Windows Firewall on certain Windows XP machines. Complete story here.

A surge in “phishing” in the first half of 2006 has produced a sharp rise in the amount of money being lost to online banking fraud. Complete story here.

Microsoft is on schedule to release Vista to consumers on 30 January, says Microsoft’s co-president, Jim Allchin. Complete story here.

Microsoft, the world’s leading producer of software and maker of the popular Xbox 360 video game console, on Tuesday restated previous estimates regarding shipments of the game system, saying it will ship some 10 million consoles in 2006 and between 13 million and 15 million by the end of its 2007 fiscal year, which ends on June 30, 2007. Complete story here.

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