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NEWS - May 17, 2005

Yahoo, SBC offer free online security suite

Yahoo and telecommunication partner SBC Tuesday rolled out a free suite of security software to their U.S. DSL customers, saying the move comes in response to customer demand for stronger online protection.

The suite includes anti-spyware and anti-virus tools, a pop-up blocker, parental controls and e-mail protection. SBC Yahoo DSL subscribers can manage the tools from an integrated dashboard, the companies said.

It is the latest among security offerings served up by ISPs that have been under pressure to keep up with growing online threats.


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Extortion via DDoS on the rise

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Criminals are increasingly targeting corporations with distributed denial-of-service attacks designed not to disrupt business networks but to extort thousands of dollars from the companies.

Those targeted are increasingly deciding to pay the extortionists rather than accept the consequences, experts say. While reports of this type of crime have circulated for several years, most victimized companies remain reluctant to acknowledge the attacks or enlist the help of law enforcement, resulting in limited awareness of the problem and few prosecutions.


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Network Vendors Fall Short On Privacy

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There's good and bad news on how customers rate networking and telecom vendors on customer respect.

The bad news: Customers are unhappy about how companies guard their privacy, and justifiably so.

The good news: When it comes to interacting with networking and telecom vendors' Web sites, customer respect is at an all-time high.


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IE 7 to take a cue from Firefox

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(not security related but I thought some people might want to read it)

Published: May 17, 2005, 9:22 AM PDT
By Renai LeMay
Special to CNET News.com

Microsoft has confirmed that its upcoming version of Internet Explorer will include tabbed browsing, a feature made popular by competitors Opera Software and Firefox.

In a Microsoft blog, IE product unit manager Dean Hachamovitch told consumers not to expect too much from tabbed browsing in IE's beta offering.

''The tabbed browsing experience in the upcoming IE 7 beta is pretty basic,'' he said. ''The main goal for tabs in our beta release is to make sure our implementation delivers on compatibility and security. The variety of IE configurations and add-ins across the Internet is tremendous.''

Hachamovitch said his team would seek feedback to help iron out bugs in the feature. ''We've also looked closely at reported vulnerabilities in other implementations of tabbed browsing,'' he said.

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Commwarrior virus marches on

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Published: May 17, 2005, 4:14 PM PDT
By Ben Charny
Staff Writer, CNET News.com

The cell phone virus Commwarrior recently surfaced in Italy, in a sign that destructiveness of the Symbian OS nemesis is reaching a boil after simmering for months.

As feared, the virus is showing its propensity for spreading. Italy is the third nation in only three weeks to suffer Commwarrior attacks, according to security experts F-Secure. The other nations are India and Oman.

Originating in Ireland in January, the virus forces cell phones to send to random contacts versions of its malware that are hidden inside premium messages based on multimedia messaging (MMS) technology. The virus also can spread through Bluetooth connections. It infects only those phones based on the Symbian operating system--devices known as "smart phones" for their ability to replicate features normally found in personal computers.

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