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NEWS - May 3, 2005

by roddy32 / May 3, 2005 3:24 AM PDT
Research: Spyware industry worth billions
Published: May 3, 2005, 9:49 AM PDT
By Matt Hines
Staff Writer, CNET News.com

Despite reductions in the number of computers infected by spyware applications, the troublesome software has created a billion-dollar industry that continues to plague both consumers and businesses, researchers said on Tuesday.

According to the State of Spyware Report, issued by security software maker Webroot, the number of computers infected with spyware applications remains relatively high despite growing awareness of the epidemic and modest success in controlling it. Webroot's independent research and data gathered by its Spy Audit service, which uses software designed to look for spyware, showed that 88 percent of the consumer machines in the study harbored some form of unwanted program during the first quarter of 2005.

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Hackers try to take down U.K. cops
by roddy32 / May 3, 2005 5:14 AM PDT
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Published: May 3, 2005, 11:30 AM PDT
By Andy McCue
Special to CNET News.com

A U.K. police chief has been bombarded with thousands of threatening e-mails in a denial-of-service attack aimed at crippling his force's computer systems. At one point just before the bank holiday weekend, 2,000 e-mails an hour were being sent to Greater Manchester Police's chief constable Michael Todd.

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Sober worm spreads like wildfire
by roddy32 / May 3, 2005 5:53 AM PDT
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Published: May 3, 2005, 12:45 PM PDT
By Dawn Kawamoto
Staff Writer, CNET News.com

The latest Sober worm has spread rapidly in the past 24 hours and now makes up two-thirds of virus traffic on the Internet, according to security experts.

Sober.P, first detected on Monday, now accounts for 77 percent of all viruses detected by Sophos's threat-monitoring stations worldwide, the British security company said Tuesday. At the same time, Kaspersky Lab, a Russian maker of antivirus software designed to combat such threats, described the worm's spread in Western Europe as an "epidemic."

"This is a pretty significant virus. We usually don't see it spread to 77 percent of all inbound viruses," Gregg Mastoras, a senior security analyst at Sophos, said. "Usually, it spreads much slower, and users have time to update their computers."

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Security is a JiWire act
by roddy32 / May 3, 2005 7:37 AM PDT
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Published: May 3, 2005, 12:16 PM PDT
By Ben Charny
Staff Writer, CNET News.com

San Francisco-based JiWire on Tuesday introduced a $5-a-month service to enhance the security of Internet connections at any of the thousands of Wi-Fi hot spots identified in its Global Hotspot Directory.

JiWire developed the service, called SpotLock, in response to concerns about the lack of wireless-connection security at the 60,000 locations in listed JiWire's directory, the company's chief executive said.

The new offering underscores a lingering concern for users of Wi-Fi, the technology that allows computer users to wirelessly connect over short distances to other computers and the Internet.

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