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NEWS - May 5, 2005

by roddy32 / May 4, 2005 9:45 PM PDT
Security fears put wrench in VoIP networks
By Jo Best, Silicon.com
Published on ZDNet News: May 4, 2005, 3:54 PM PT

Worries over viruses and network downtime are keeping chief information officers from going for purely IP networks--and that's why Avaya uses Linux, according to Don Peterson, CEO of the networking company.

Peterson said that call centers in particular have fielded security as a reason to avoid switching to an IP network. "They don't want two devices with virus exposure on their desk," he said on Wednesday.

"(Security) is something CIOs think about along with their IP telephony decision--many of our customers say it's why they don't deploy IP influence," he added. "It is why we have chosen to deliver our IP telephony solution on Linux rather than on Windows."

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U.S. military security defeated by copy and paste
by roddy32 / May 4, 2005 9:48 PM PDT
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By Munir Kotadia, ZDNet Australia
Published on ZDNet News: May 4, 2005, 8:41 AM PT

Experts are warning people to be careful with electronic documents that contain sensitive data after a breach in which classified U.S. military information thought to be hidden in a PDF document was uncovered.

Portions of the document had been "blacked out" by electronic means. But apparently, it was possible for outsiders to copy and paste the blacked-out sections into another file--and see the text that had been hidden.

The document is a report written after an investigation into the death of Italian citizen Nicola Calipari at a checkpoint in Iraq. It contains both classified and unclassified information about what happened at the traffic control points in Baghdad on March 4, the day of the incident. The U.S. military has since removed the document from the Internet, but not before it was copied and republished on several Web sites.

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eBay: Let's wait and see on tighter security
by roddy32 / May 4, 2005 9:50 PM PDT
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By Andrew Donoghue, ZDNet (UK)
Published on ZDNet News: May 4, 2005, 12:33 PM PT

WASHINGTON--eBay and its customers must accept that fraud goes with the territory of online transactions, a top executive at the auction giant said.

Paul Kilmartin, director of performance engineering and availability at eBay, said the company could introduce security technology such as two-factor authentication, but the sure way to eradicate all fraud from its business would be to stop trading. "The one easy way to stop all the fraud would be to turn off the site tomorrow, and there would be no more illegal activity," he said.

Kilmartin, a 10-year eBay veteran, made the comments at Sun Microsystems' quarterly release event here on Tuesday following questions about whether eBay has any plans to introduce two-factor authentication technology to combat fraud among its users

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(NT) (NT) That's a reassuring attitude ...
by Jake Barnes / May 4, 2005 10:21 PM PDT
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Expert: Cell phone virus threat is overblown
by roddy32 / May 5, 2005 5:13 AM PDT
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Published: May 5, 2005, 12:05 PM PDT
By Will Sturgeon
Special to CNET News.com

A company that handles support for major mobile operators has hit back at Symantec research that suggested people are wising up to a growing threat of cell phone viruses.

WDSGlobal said that the threat is being blown well out of proportion and the latest figures reveal a gulf between "perception and reality."

In its research, published at the end of April, Symantec claimed 73 percent of smart phone users are aware of viruses and attacks aimed at their handsets. While that may be encouraging in a "better safe than sorry" way, Doug Overton, head of communications for WDSGlobal, believes we shouldn't lose sight of the fact such problems are very few and far between.

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