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NEWS - August 24, 2005

by roddy32 / August 23, 2005 10:30 PM PDT
Google unveils instant-messaging entry
By Elinor Mills, CNET News.com
Published on ZDNet News: August 23, 2005, 8:30 PM PT

Google has launched an instant-messaging program that allows text chat and computer-to-computer voice connections, a move that highlights the search giant's increasing competition with Yahoo, Microsoft and America Online.

Google's Web site late Tuesday provided a link to download Google Talk and stated that the software "enables you to call or send instant messages to your friends for free-?anytime, anywhere in the world." Google's messaging program is linked to Google's Web-based email program, Gmail, both of which are in a beta, or test, phase.

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Servers keep churning in ID theft case
by roddy32 / August 24, 2005 4:42 AM PDT
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Published: August 24, 2005, 11:07 AM PDT
By Ingrid Marson
Special to CNET News.com

An estimated 27,000 people have been affected by an identity theft ring that was discovered earlier this month, according to Sunbelt Software, the security company that uncovered the operation.

Eric Sites, the vice president of research and development at Sunbelt, said Wednesday that some of the Web servers involved in the operation are still operational and continuing to gather personal data from machines that have been infected with the malicious code responsible for the identity theft.

"Some of the Web servers have been shut down, and we are still working with the FBI to investigate others," Sites said. "Information is no longer being sent to the one (server) we initially reported on, but there are other variants of this (the malicious code) that send data to other Web sites--these are also being investigated by FBI."

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Panda released new online tool, SpyXposer and launched
by Donna Buenaventura / August 24, 2005 4:48 AM PDT
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demandonspyware.com website

Panda Software releases a new on-demand, online scanning tool, SpyXposer, designed for users that want to carry out a full scan of their computer for spyware, the biggest security threat over the last few months. SpyXposer is completely free and may be used as often as needed. Updated daily, SpyXposer incorporates all of Panda Software's expertise in detecting spyware.

Panda Software is launching a new website (www.demandonspyware.com), designed to help users in the fight against this worrying threat to privacy


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IM worm speaks your language
by roddy32 / August 24, 2005 5:34 AM PDT
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Published: August 24, 2005, 12:22 PM PDT
By Joris Evers
Staff Writer, CNET News.com

A new MSN Messenger worm talks to people in their own tongue as it hunts for new victims, security experts have warned.

The worm, dubbed Kelvir.HI, tailors the language of its attack message to the compromised system, David Jaros, the director of product marketing at security vendor Akonix Systems, said Wednesday. It can send messages in English, Dutch, French, German, Greek (English alphabet), Italian, Portuguese, Swedish, Spanish and Turkish, he noted.

"It appears to check which language the Windows client is configured to use," he said. "This is the first time that we have seen a worm that checks the system settings and then sends a specific message."

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