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NEWS - December 1, 2006

U.S. Warns Of Possible Al Qaeda Financial Cyberattack

The U.S. government warned American private financial services Thursday of an al Qaeda call for a cyberattack against online stock trading and banking Web sites beginning Friday, a source said.

By Reuters

Dec 1, 2006 09:36 AM

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. government warned American private financial services Thursday of an al Qaeda call for a cyberattack against online stock trading and banking Web sites beginning Friday, a source said.

The source, a person familiar with the warning, said the Islamic militant group aimed to penetrate and destroy the databases of the U.S. financial sites.

The Department of Homeland Security confirmed an alert had been distributed but said there was no reason to believe the threat was credible.

The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team issued a "situational awareness report to industry stakeholders," said Homeland Security spokesman Russ Knocke.

The warning said the threat called for attacks to begin Friday and run through the month of December in retaliation for the United States keeping terrorism suspects at the Guantanamo Bay naval base in Cuba.


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Adware maker battles tarnished image

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Zango says it has cleaned up its act, but security researchers disagree

Shaun Nichols in California, vnunet.com 01 Dec 2006

Despite allegations that the company is not complying with the terms of a $3m settlement with the FTC, adware vendor Zango said that they will not be making any drastic changes to their software.

"Nothing there was really a surprise," chief executive Keith Smith told vnunet.com in an interview.

"We said when the announcement was made that we were already in compliance, and we stand by that statement. So there are some minor tweaks being made."


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Phishers don't like Mondays

In reply to: NEWS - December 1, 2006

Symantec's 2006 report highlights phishing, zero-days, and rootkits

Shaun Nichols in California, vnunet.com 01 Dec 2006

Symantec is declaring 2006 as the year that fraud grew up.

In a report provided to vnunet.com, the company said that online fraud and in particularly phishing became much more sophisticated in 2006.

The security firm observed more than 7 million phishing attempts each day with more than 900 unique messages per day over the first six months of this year. This is an 80 per cent increase over the second half of 2005, when Symantec logged roughly 500 unique phishing messages per day.


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