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NEWS - July 6, 2005

Hacking for dollars
Published: July 6, 2005, 4:00 AM PDT
By Joris Evers
Staff Writer, CNET

Hackers have traded fame for financial gain, experts say.

In the past, lone hackers defaced Web sites or launched global worm attacks, mainly to gain notoriety among their peers.

Today, they use their skills for profit. They hunt for security flaws and find ways to exploit them, hijack computers and rent those out for use as spam relays, or participate in targeted attacks that steal sensitive information from individuals or spy on businesses.

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Sony battles PSP hackers over hijacked games

Published: July 6, 2005, 5:01 AM PDT
By Reuters

Hackers have cracked piracy protections on Sony's PlayStation Portable in the United States, the latest chapter in the company's battle to block unauthorized game use on its new handheld device.

The world's top maker of video game consoles rolled out a downloadable fix for the software flaw that opened the door for the latest attack by hackers, who quickly cracked the original version of the PSP shortly after its release in Japan late last year.

In their latest move, hackers have enabled PSP users to download some games from pirate Web sites onto removable memory sticks and then to insert the games to run on the PSP.

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Suspected spam king to appear in court

Published: July 6, 2005, 8:24 AM PDT
By Dawn Kawamoto
Staff Writer, CNET

A 30-year-old man suspected of being the "Rizler" spam king is scheduled to appear in federal court Wednesday, following his arrest last week when he flew into the United States.

Christopher Smith, who allegedly sent spam to more than 1 billion America Online e-mail accounts, was arrested at a Minneapolis airport after he stepped off a plane from the Dominican Republic.

Smith allegedly had been operating illegal online pharmacies and a call center in the Dominican Republic, according to a representative for the Justice Department.

In May, a federal judge froze Smith's assets and issued a temporary restraining order barring Smith from selling prescription drugs. The online pharmacies allegedly let people buy prescription drugs without authorization from a licensed physician.

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Microsoft posts Tablet PC fix
This is not a security issue but anybody with a Tablet PC might find it useful

By Ina Fried, CNET
Published on ZDNet News: July 6, 2005, 9:51 AM PT

Microsoft has created a fix for a glitch in its Tablet PC operating system that has been causing some laptops to lose performance over time.

Microsoft posted a patch to its Web site on Tuesday designed to prevent the problem, known as a memory leak. The problem had cropped up in the latest version of the Tablet PC operating system. If left open for a long period of time, the program that allowed for electronic pen input gradually took over the bulk of a laptop's memory, eventually forcing a user to reboot the system.

Microsoft acknowledged the memory leak issue in February

Although Microsoft has made a "hotfix" for the issue available, the software maker warned that the patch may need more testing and said it was only recommending it be applied by those most affected by the bug.

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Adobe fixes Linux flaw in Reader

By Dawn Kawamoto, CNET
Published on ZDNet News: July 6, 2005, 10:28 AM PT

Adobe Systems on Tuesday issued a patch for vulnerabilities found in Unix and Linux versions of its Adobe Reader. The flaws, found in Adobe Reader 5.0.9 and 5.0.10, affects computers running on Linux, Solaris, IBM-AIX or HP-UX.

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China signs up for antispam push

Published: July 6, 2005, 11:28 AM PDT
By Will Sturgeon
Special to CNET

At a ceremony attended by British Ambassador Christopher Hum and U.S. Federal Trade Commissioner Jon Leibowitz, China announced on Monday that it will join international enforcement efforts against spam by adopting the London Action Plan on Spam Enforcement Collaboration, the DTI said.

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XP owners shunning security update

By Dan Ilett,
Published on ZDNet News: July 6, 2005, 12:58 PM PT

Mario Juarez, product manager of security at Microsoft, said Tuesday at Microsoft's TechEd conference in Amsterdam that only one in three people using Windows XP in the United States has downloaded Service Pack 2, which tightens security on the operating system. "We know that the percentage of people using Windows XP SP 2 is lower than we would like it to be," Juarez said. "One in three machines that run Windows XP is running SP 2. Customers are still reluctant to upgrade."

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Politicos say Grokster ruling was just right

By Anne Broache, CNET
Published on ZDNet News: July 6, 2005, 3:48 PM PT

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are continuing to cheer last week's Supreme Court decision that said Grokster and StreamCast could be held liable for copyright infringement. "With music, movies, computer software, books and other types of creative works comprising our second largest export, massive theft of property over the Internet jeopardizes our economic security," said a June 30 statement signed by a bipartisan group of 25 members of the U.S. House of Representatives' Energy and Commerce Committee.

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Exploit heightens risk from old Firefox flaw
Note by me: Please note the this exploit was fixed in version 1.02 so unless you have an older version, you are not vulnerable

Published: July 6, 2005, 3:57 PM PDT
By Joris Evers
Staff Writer, CNET

Computer code that could be used to attack systems with older versions of Firefox has been released on the Internet, security experts have warned.

The exploit code takes advantage of a security vulnerability in Firefox 1.0.1 and earlier versions of the open-source Web browser, the French Security Incident Response Team, or FrSIRT, said in an advisory posted Wednesday.

The bug exists because of an error in the way the older versions of Firefox handle GIF images. An attacker could gain control of a PC by luring the user to a Web page or sending an e-mail containing a specially crafted image, according to FrSIRT, which rates the issue "critical."

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Defense Dept. puts CA anti-spyware on patrol

Published: July 6, 2005, 4:01 PM PDT
By Joris Evers
Staff Writer, CNET

The U.S. Department of Defense will use software from Computer Associates International to fight spyware, CA said Wednesday. Its eTrust PestPatrol Anti-Spyware software will be installed on more than 4 million computers, including those belonging to the Army, the Coast Guard, the National Guard, the Navy, the Marines Corps, the Reserves and the United States Joint Forces Command, CA said.

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Americans changing tack to shake off spyware

Published on ZDNet News: July 6, 2005, 6:12 PM PT

Nine out of 10 Internet users say they have changed their online habits to avoid spyware and other Internet-based threats, according to a study released on Wednesday.

The Pew Internet and American Life Project found that an overwhelming majority of Internet users have stopped opening questionable e-mail attachments or taken other steps to avoid a plague of stealthy, unwanted programs that can disable computers or secretly monitor online activity.

Nearly half said they have stopped visiting particular Web sites that they suspect may deposit unwanted programs on their computers, while 25 percent say they have stopped downloading music or movies from peer-to-peer networks that may harbor spyware.

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