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NEWS - April 28, 2005

Bush signs law targeting P2P pirates
By Declan McCullagh, CNET News.com
Published on ZDNet News: April 27, 2005, 3:44 PM PT

File-swappers who distribute a single copy of a prerelease movie on the Internet can be imprisoned for up to three years, according to a bill that President Bush signed into law on Wednesday.

The Family Entertainment and Copyright Act, approved by the House of Representatives last Tuesday, represents the entertainment industry's latest attempt to thwart rampant piracy on file-swapping networks. Movies such as "Star Wars: Episode II," "Tomb Raider" and "The Hulk," have been spotted online before their theatrical releases.

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Group wants encryption bans overturned

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Published: April 27, 2005, 12:13 PM PDT
By Dan Ilett
Special to CNET News.com

An international security consortium plans to push governments around the world to withdraw restrictions on the use of encryption.

Countries including China, Israel, Russia and Saudi Arabia have strict rules governing the use of encryption tools, and in some cases they have banned these tools.

The Jericho Forum, which is looking to move away from the perimeter model for cybersecurity toward an approach that would make data totally secure, hinted that such policies could cause problems for e-commerce.

The Jericho Forum, whose membership includes many chief security officers from FTSE 100 companies, will push for the removal of encryption restrictions within the next three to five years.

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Spitzer sues Intermix, claims spyware abuse

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Published: April 28, 2005, 8:59 AM PDT
By Reuters

New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer said Thursday that he sued software company Intermix Media for allegedly bundling hidden spyware along with million of programs it gave away for free.

The practice violates state laws that prohibit false advertising and deceptive business practices, Spitzer's office said in a press release.

Intermix stock was down more than 18 percent to $3.93 in morning trading on the American Stock Exchange.

Spitzer's office said it is seeking to stop Intermix from secretly installing software on users' computers, give back money it made from the process, and pay a fine.

Intermix, based in Los Angeles, operates several Web sites, among them MyCoolScreen.com and FlowGo.com which allow users to download screen savers and games for free.

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Experts: End of e-mail viruses is nigh

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Published: April 28, 2005, 10:56 AM PDT
By Will Sturgeon
Special to CNET News.com

The end is coming for viruses sent by e-mail, security experts at a London conference predicted on Thursday, saying the problem has had its day.

The most severe issue Internet users now face is the growing problem of spyware, said some attendees at the Infosecurity Europe conference, noting that the malicious software is ready to fill the void.

Dan Hubbard, senior director of Websense Security Labs, told CNET News.com's sister site Silicon.com that the number of e-mail-borne viruses is falling and will continue to do so. David Perry, global director of education at antivirus software maker Trend Micro, said these things come in ages and the age of e-mail viruses has simply come to an end.

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Smart phone owners are savvy about viruses

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Published: April 28, 2005, 12:52 PM PDT
By Matt Hines
Staff Writer, CNET News.com

Most people with smart phones are aware of emerging security threats to the devices, but many of them still keep sensitive data on them, according to a new study.

In a survey of 300 American adults published Thursday, security company Symantec found that 73 percent of smart phones users knew about viruses and other attacks that target the devices, which marry PC-like features such as e-mail and Internet access to a mobile handset.

In addition, more than 70 percent of respondents expressed some concern over the possibility of hackers stealing or corrupting confidential information stored on their smart phones.

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