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NEWS - March 5, 2005

by roddy32 / March 4, 2005 8:46 PM PST
eBay scrambles to fix phishing bug
By Matt Hines, CNET
Published on ZDNet News: March 4, 2005, 2:53 PM PT

eBay is fighting to repair a software glitch that opens the door to phishing attacks using one of its own legitimate URLs.

The online auction giant is working on a fix for the problem, and it hopes to distribute that fix among its Web pages in the next several days, a company representative said on Friday. The problem, described by the company as a "software bug," could be exploited by criminals to create an actual eBay link that redirects customers to a malicious site, the representative said.

eBay is one of the most popular targets of phishing schemes, which typically use e-mail messages that look like they come from a trusted service provider to dupe people into visiting a malicious Web site. The fraudulent site appears to be legitimate, but has been set up to steal the victim's personal information, such as a credit card number, which could then be used to commit identity fraud.

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Click fraud roils search advertisers
by roddy32 / March 4, 2005 8:49 PM PST
In reply to: NEWS - March 5, 2005

By Stefanie Olsen, CNET
Published on ZDNet News: March 4, 2005, 2:01 PM PT

NEW YORK--Tammy Harrison, president of a medical billing software company, says she's a victim of click fraud and needs support.

Harrison had detected a rival company repeatedly clicking on her sponsored listings in Google and Yahoo search results--a tactic meant to deflate her ad budget and boost the competitor's ranking on the page. After sending the corroborating data to the two search engines--which maintain policies against fraud--she managed to get some refunds and the rival bumped from one service.

"I've spent more than 200 hours tracking this person down, and I've lost at least $100,000 in sales. I've gotten my money back--not all, but most," Harrison of said during a panel on click fraud at the Search Engine Strategies conference here.

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Mitnick: Security depends on workers' habits
by roddy32 / March 4, 2005 8:51 PM PST
In reply to: NEWS - March 5, 2005

By David Braue, ZDNet Australia
Published on ZDNet News: March 4, 2005, 12:55 PM PT

Famed ex-hacker Kevin Mitnick is warning against security strategies that focus on technology. Rather, teaching your staff to say no will help keep your network secure, he says.

Mitnick, a cyberspace legend known for having penetrated the networks of such companies as Motorola and Nokia, spoke Thursday at Toshiba's MobileXchange conference in Melbourne, Australia.

Mitnick led the FBI on a 15-year manhunt that ended in 1995, and he ended up behind bars for nearly four years. Older and seemingly wiser, he now uses his skills for good as a Los Angeles-based security consultant.

Many companies invest heavily in technologies to protect their networks, but Mitnick was quick to point out that even the tightest technological barriers never stopped him. Rather, some carefully planned social engineering--or even a bit of dumpster diving in one's spare time--can often be far more effective at penetrating the weakest security link at most companies: their people.

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