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Guard Your Identity
12/30/2007

You know the drill when it comes to safeguarding your identity. Do not give out your Social Security number, do not lend your credit card to anyone and do not surf the Internet with abandon.

But with more credit cards in circulation now than at any other time of the year and online shopping increasingly seen as a better alternative to marching through the crowds, a refresher course in ID protection is in order.

Despite secure Internet networks and the growing availability of insurance coverage for identity fraud, a survey of 500 adults by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners found 57 percent of Americans are worried about becoming a victim of identity theft this holiday season.
The Federal Trade Commission estimates that about 3 percent of Americans are victims of identity theft each year.

Kids are Not Safe Online
12/28/2007

Four out of every five children receive inappropriate spam e-mail touting get-rich-quick schemes, loan programs, and pornographic materials, according to a study released by Internet security provider Symantec Corporation. Parents want their children to experience the information and communication channels the Internet provides, but want to make sure they are protected from many of the hazards that are present.

Apple Files DRM Patent
12/27/2007

Apple, Inc. has filed for a patent in the U.S. for a Digital Rights Management (DRM) system for controlling where software runs. The method described in the application is one that allows for the injection of code into an applications run-time instruction stream that checks to see if the application is being run on a specific hardware platform, and then repeats that check to see if it is still being run on that authorized platform.

Cyber Security Plan
12/24/2007

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff plans soon to unveil a cyber-security strategy, part of an estimated $15 billion, multiyear program designed to protect the nation's Internet infrastructure. The program has been shrouded in secrecy for months and has also prompted privacy concerns on Capitol Hill because it involves government protection of domestic computer networks.

Law Firm Accused of Piracy
12/14/2007

The SIIA charged in a lawsuit that law firm Fox Rothschild is stealing software made by Adobe, Corel, Sonic Solutions, and Symantec.

In a lawsuit filed last week on behalf of the vendors by the Software Information Industry Association, the firm of Fox Rothschild is alleged to have "engaged in the unauthorized reproduction and use" of software made by Adobe, Corel, Sonic Solutions, and Symantec.

The vendors claim that Fox Rothschild's alleged copyright infringement is causing them repeated and irreparable injury. The suit, filed in federal court in Northern California, does not specify which specific software products the firm is alleged to be using without authorization, or their estimated value.

Microsoft Attacks
12/13/2007

Microsoft today filed 52 lawsuits in 22 countries against resellers who allegedly sold counterfeit Microsoft software online.

Some 15 of the 52 lawsuits filed involved software traced to the largest-ever commercial counterfeit syndicate, which was broken up earlier this year by Chinese authorities, the FBI and Microsoft. Through its investigations, Microsoft reported it had found that the counterfeit software produced by the Chinese syndicate was distributed in some markets through domestic online sellers.

Chinese Spies
12/12/2007

The head of Britains domestic spy agency has warned that China is spying on the computer systems of British corporations, The Times of London reported.

The MI5 chief, Jonathan Evans, sent a letter last week to 300 executives and security chiefs at banks, accountancies and legal firms, warning them that they were under attack from Chinese state organizations  over the Internet, the newspaper reported Saturday.

Oak Ridge Security Attack
12/11/2007

A cyber attack launched on the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee could have compromised the personal records of thousands of lab visitors, leaving them susceptible to potential identity theft.

ORNL Director Thom Mason issued an all-staff e-mail earlier this week warning employees that the institution had been a target of a sophisticated cyber attack that appeared to be part of a coordinated attempt to gain access to networks at Oak Ridge laboratories and other institutions across the country.

Flirting Bots
12/10/2007

Those entering online dating forums risk having more than their hearts stolen.

A program that can mimic online flirtation and then extract personal information from its unsuspecting conversation partners is making the rounds in Russian chat forums, according to security software firm PC Tools.

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House Ups Porn Penalties
12/10/2007

Internet service providers would be given specific responsibilities to report child pornography on their sites and face tough penalties for not doing so under a bill passed Wednesday by the House.


The House also approved a bill to double spending for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, a private, nonprofit group created in 1984 with a congressional mandate to act as a clearinghouse for child abduction and sexual exploitation cases.

House Ups Porn Penalties

Securing Adolescents From Exploitation
12/10/2007

409 to 2 -- the U.S. House of Representatives passed new legislation on Thursday aimed at making the Internet safer for children. The Securing Adolescents From Exploitation-Online (SAFE) Act was sponsored by Texas Democrat Nick Lampson, one of the founding members of the House Missing and Exploited Children's Caucus.


Among other things, the legislation imposes significant fines on Internet service providers that fail to report evidence of child exploitation to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. According to a press release from Rep. Lampson's office, ISPs would be fined $150,000 per incident per day for first offenses, and $300,000 per incident per day for second and succeeding offenses.

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HIV and Hepatitis Test Results Available on Internet
11/27/2007

A security breach has exposed the confidential information of some patients who were tested for such infectious diseases as HIV and hepatitis.
The breach, at the Provincial Public Health Laboratory, occurred Tuesday.

It involved the exposure of files containing patient information through an open Internet connection. Information held by the lab included names, health card numbers, age, sex, physician and test results for infectious diseases, including HIV and hepatitis.

Internet Goes Down for Pirates
11/26/2007

Internet users in France who frequently download music or films illegally risk losing Web access under a new anti-piracy system unveiled on Friday.

The three-way pact between Internet service providers, the government and owners of film and music rights is a boon to the music industry, which has been calling for such measures to stop illicit downloads eating into its sales.





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