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NEWS - January 25, 2006

Most spam still coming from the U.S.
By Joris Evers, CNET News.com
Published on ZDNet News: January 24, 2006, 5:57 PM PT

Almost a quarter of the world's spam in the last three months of 2005 was sent from computers in the United States, according to U.K. antivirus company Sophos.

The U.S. is closely followed by China, with 22.3 percent. South Korea rounds out the top three with 9.7 percent, according to Sophos, which said the level of non-English language spam is rising. The company bases its numbers on a scan of all junk mail caught by its spam traps.

While the U.S. still tops the chart, the latest figures mark the first time the country accounts for less than one quarter of all spam relayed, Sophos said. The decrease is a continuing trend. Last October, 26.3 percent of all spam sent from April through September last year was sent from the U.S., a significant drop from 41.5 percent a year earlier, Sophos said.

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Google, Sun, others band to fight spyware, adware

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By Elinor Mills, CNET News.com
Published on ZDNet News: January 24, 2006, 9:00 PM PT

A coalition of tech companies, consumer groups and other organizations hopes to do to companies that spread spyware and adware what "America's Most Wanted" has done to fugitives--stop them in their tracks by publicizing their misdeeds.

The newly formed Stop Badware Coalition will publish the names of companies that it deems are the worst offenders and show how they make money through unethical marketing practices and fraud.

Joining the coalition are search giant Google, PC maker Lenovo, Sun Microsystems, Consumer Reports' WebWatch project, the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School and the Oxford Internet Institute in England. Internet pioneer Vint Cerf, now Google's chief Internet evangelist, and Esther Dyson, an investor and editor of Release 1.0, are among the advisors to the group. (Release 1.0 is owned by CNET Networks, publisher of News.com.)

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Washington state sues spyware maker

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By Joris Evers, CNET News.com
Published on ZDNet News: January 25, 2006, 12:41 PM PT

If you paid $49.95 for Spyware Cleaner from Secure Computer, you have been duped, according to Microsoft and Washington state's attorney general.

The Redmond, Wash.-based software maker and Attorney General Rob McKenna have filed a pair of lawsuits against Secure Computer and its principals, charging them with violating the Washington Computer Spyware Act and three other laws. The suits were filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.

"Our suit accuses New York-based Secure Computer and certain individuals in New York, New Hampshire, Oregon and the nation of India of preying on consumer fears about spyware," McKenna said Wednesday during a news conference announcing the action.

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ID theft tops list of fraud complaints

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By Alorie Gilbert, CNET News.com
Published on ZDNet News: January 25, 2006, 2:22 PM PT

Identity theft continues to plague consumers, topping the list of fraud complaints reported to the Federal Trade Commission last year.

Consumers filed more than 255,000 identity theft reports to the FTC in 2005, accounting for more than a third of all complaints, the agency said Wednesday. Bogus Internet auctions, foreign money offers, catalog sales and sweepstakes rounded out the top five fraud categories. Also on the list were fake Internet and telephone services.

In all, Internet-related complaints accounted for 46 percent of all fraud reports, the agency said. Internet fraud that involves wire transfers is on the rise. The percentage of such incidents has tripled since 2003, according to the FTC.

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Warning out on serious CA software flaw

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By Joris Evers
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
Published: January 25, 2006, 3:03 PM PST

A security vulnerability in Computer Associates' iTechnology iGateway service could put systems running the software at risk of serious attacks, experts have warned. A remote attacker could gain complete control over systems on Windows platforms, and other platforms may allow for a denial-of-service attack, according to an advisory posted Tuesday by security intelligence firm French Security Incident Response Team. The FrSIRT rates the issue "critical."

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Netscape 8.1 takes aim at spyware

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By Dawn Kawamoto
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
Published: January 25, 2006, 2:45 PM PST

Netscape on Wednesday released its latest browser, version 8.1, which adds features to better protect Web surfers against online scams such as spyware and phishing.

Netscape 8.1 offers built-in spyware and adware protection that scans files that Web users try to download as well as those that are sent to them without their interaction, according to a spokesman for Netscape, a division of Time Warner's America Online subsidiary. The updated browser will also allow consumers to run complete memory and disk scans.

Other security features include an updated blacklist of potential phishing sites and a security center that people can access to see if they need to take action on their computer.

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