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NEWS - May 18, 2005

by roddy32 / May 18, 2005 12:16 AM PDT
Microsoft to flash Windows ID cards
Published: May 18, 2005, 4:00 AM PDT
By Joris Evers
Staff Writer, CNET News.com

Microsoft is getting ready to provide an early peek at new Windows software that aims to help consumers deal with the plethora of Internet logins.

The Redmond, Wash.-based software giant plans to release a technical preview of the software, code-named InfoCard, by the end of May, Microsoft said. It will also include other technologies designed to make using digital identities easier and safer, Microsoft's senior executive in charge of security, Mike Nash, said Tuesday.

The release is for software developers, who will be asked to give Microsoft feedback on the technology, Nash said during his monthly security Webcast. In addition to InfoCard, Microsoft is also planning preview releases of technologies that it is pitching to enable the various identity systems used on the Internet to work together, he said.

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Government says Wi-Fi networks not secure
by roddy32 / May 18, 2005 12:19 AM PDT
In reply to: NEWS - May 18, 2005

Published: May 17, 2005, 2:17 PM PDT
By Reuters

A hacker on a park bench could log onto dozens of U.S. government computer networks thanks to slipshod security standards at many agencies, according to a congressional report released Tuesday.

The report by the Government Accountability Office found that few government agencies can ensure that their wireless networks are protected from unauthorized access.

Government agencies shouldn't set up high-speed wireless broadband networks, known as Wi-Fi, until they have figured out a way to secure them, according to guidelines issued by the National Institute for Standards and Technology.

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User’s Choice – Pirated Software
by Donna Buenaventura / May 18, 2005 5:07 AM PDT
In reply to: NEWS - May 18, 2005

One third of the software installed on personal computers worldwide was pirated, according to a study published by Business Software Alliance. The report indicates that software piracy continues to be a major challenge worldwide.

These are the key findings of the report: although piracy rates decreased in 37 countries, they increased in 34 countries, In more than half the 87 countries studied, the piracy rate exceeded 60 percent, leaders in the highest piracy rates are Vietnam (92 percent) and Ukraine (91 percent), the countries with the lowest piracy rates are the United States (21 percent) and New Zealand (23 percent).


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Personal data for the taking
by roddy32 / May 18, 2005 7:12 AM PDT
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Published: May 18, 2005, 7:13 AM PDT
By Tom Zeller Jr.
The New York Times

Sen. Ted Stevens wanted to know just how much the Internet had turned private lives into open books. So the senator, a Republican from Alaska and the chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, instructed his staff to steal his identity.

"I regret to say they were successful," the senator reported at a hearing he held last week on data theft.

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Microsoft downplays Windows flaw severity
by roddy32 / May 18, 2005 11:42 AM PDT
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Published: May 18, 2005, 6:20 PM PDT
By Joris Evers
Staff Writer, CNET News.com

Microsoft on Wednesday issued one of its first Microsoft Security Advisories, responding to reports of a flaw in Windows that could allow denial of service attacks.

In the advisory, Microsoft acknowledges the issue. The software giant also says that the problem was fixed with a patch it released in April and that systems running Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2) and that Windows Server with SP1 are not vulnerable.

The Microsoft Security Advisory is part of a pilot program that Microsoft announced earlier this month. The advisory service is meant to confirm reports of flaws and provide information on how users can protect themselves, either by pointing to patches or providing a workaround.

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