Some users want to see them in jail
August 03, 2006 (Computerworld) -- LAS VEGAS -- With spyware a continuing plague for many computer users, some experts and IT workers are calling for stiffer penalties -- including jail time -- for convicted spyware purveyors.
At a panel discussion yesterday during the Black Hat security conference here, speakers said that antispyware vendors are losing the fight against spyware creators, making more drastic measures necessary.
"It's not technically feasible to stop spyware," said Dan Kaminsky, an independent security consultant. "Think of the millions of PCs that have either been put away for good, sent away for service or replaced because of spyware infections. That is probably hundreds of millions or billions of dollars worth of damage. Yet no one has gone to jail; no one has been sued."
Controversy around the INDEX.DAT Windows file
- Controversy around the INDEX.DAT Windows file -
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Madrid, August 4 de 2006 - Controversy is building around the INDEX.DAT
file used by Microsoft Internet Explorer. This file works like a
database with redundant information about URLs, searches and recently
opened files. The purpose of this file is to act as a table of contents,
and store information about the web pages visited and form fields filled
in if the "AutoComplete" feature is enabled. There are different
INDEX.DAT files for the Internet Explorer history, the file cache and
The controversy started when several Web forums about Internet privacy
reported that this file could be an invasion of user's privacy. Their
main complaint was the impossibility to delete it, as the file is
blocked while Windows is working. Besides, even though the history of
websites visited, the temporary files and the cookies are deleted, the
INDEX.DAT file still keeps data.
This file can nevertheless be deleted simply by restarting Windows in
safe mode. This problem is already fixed in Internet Explorer 7.