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ID theft, vulnerabilities, privacy issues, etc

UK Phishers Caught, Packed Away

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Authorities in the UK have sentenced two men to prison for their role in a phishing scam, according to a statement from the UK's National Hi-Tech Crime Unit.

Security holes haunt RealPlayer

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Real Networks has fixed four serious security vulnerabilities in its Real, Rhapsody and Helix media players. The flaw affects most RealPlayer software for Windows as well as Rhapsody, which is used for Real's subscription music service. A similar attack method can be used to exploit another flaw in RealPlayer for OS X, Windows and Linux as well as the Helix Player for Linux.

Pop-Up Ads Shed Blocks, Tackle Consumers

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This one affects Linux users directly, advertisers have begun figuring out new ways to evade pop-up restrictions, and companies with goods and services to sell have been more than happy to place ads via these new channels, resulting in unpleasant surprises for users of such pop-up-blocking browsers as IE, Firefox, Safari and Opera.

Worry. But Don't Stress Out.

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The problem of keeping data secure "exists on lots and lots of levels," said Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington. "You begin to see that the United States has an enormous problem that is spiraling out of control."

Little Agreement on Spyware Guidelines

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Many anti-spyware programs scour computer hard drives for those data-tracking files called cookies that we often get from Web visits. No surprise, then, that there's little agreement on what should be considered spyware, and what adware is exactly. Part of the challenge stems from how the term "spyware" evolved.

An Army of Soulless 1's and 0's

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For thousands of Internet users, the offer seemed all too alluring: revealing pictures of Jennifer Lopez, available at a mere click of the mouse. But the pictures never appeared. The offer was a ruse, and the click downloaded software code that turned the user's computer into a launching pad for Internet warfare.

RealPlayer Flaws Trigger PC Hijack Alert

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RealNetworks issued a high-risk alert and confirmed that all four flaws affect RealPlayer 10 and 10.5, RealOne Player versions 1 and 2 and RealPlayer 8.

Confidential data from Japanese nuclear plants ends up on Internet

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Confidential data from Japanese nuclear plants was posted on the Internet when a worker's computer software was attacked by a virus, a company said Thursday.

Aussie arrested for spam e-mail

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A Perth businessman has become the first Australian to be charged under the Spam Act for sending out unsolicited e-mails, news reports on Friday said.

Security fix installed after breach

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The operations center for a credit card processing firm whose security was breached by a hacker, exposing 40 million accounts to possible fraud, has put new security software in place.

Pentagon Creating Student Database

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The Defense Department began yesterday creating a database of high school students ages 16 to 18 and all college students to help the military identify potential recruits in a time of dwindling enlistment in some branches, raising privacy concerns.

Bank details sold in call centre scam

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City of London police are investigating claims that an Indian call centre worker sold personal information on 1,000 UK bank accounts for £4.25 each.

Pop-up vulnerability found in major browsers

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Several popular Web browsers contain a vulnerability that could be used by cybercriminals to steal personal data, security company Secunia has warned.

Japan cardholders 'hit' by theft

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The hacker who was behind the biggest data theft seen in the US may also have compromised the data of Japanese cardholders, the government has said.

Security tools face increased attack

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As the pool of easily exploitable Windows security bugs dries up, hackers are looking for holes in security software to break into PCs, analysts said.

Black Market in Stolen Credit Cards

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"Want drive fast cars?" asks an advertisement, in broken English, atop the Web site iaaca.com. "Want live in premium hotels? Want own beautiful girls? It's possible with dumps from Zo0mer." A "dump," in the blunt vernacular of a relentlessly flourishing online black market, is a credit card number. And what Zo0mer is peddling is stolen account information - name, billing address, phone - for Gold Visa cards and MasterCards at $100 apiece.

FDIC latest to fall victim to theft of employee data

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The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has joined a growing number of public- and private-sector entities that have had to tell employees that their personal data has been stolen.

Security breach could affect 40 million

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A security breach of customer information at a credit card-processing company could expose to fraud up to 40 million cardholders of multiple brands, MasterCard International Inc. said Friday.

Congress urged to boost identity theft safeguards

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It takes only a few seconds for your financial identity to be stolen, but months to get it back and clean up the credit mess. Aware of consumers' frustration and fear, the government wants Congress to consider more protections.

UK infrastructure under Trojan attack

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The UK's key computer systems are being targeted by Trojan software apparently originating from the Far East, firewalls and antivirus software useless, warns UK security agency.

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