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by Marianna Schmudlach / November 10, 2006 2:09 AM PST

Gartner: Targeted phishing attacks target the rich

Fiona Raisbeck Nov 10 2006 15:09
Fraudsters are targeting phishing attacks at high wage-earners to steal large sums of money, according to new research.

The report, released yesterday by Gartner, shows cybercriminals are identifying wealthy targets, who are more likely to make transactions on the internet. People earning more than $100,000 per year are attacked more often than those receiving less money, according to the research.

On average, high earning people lost $4,362 in phishing scams - almost four times more than other victims, according to the findings.

The study found that the number of phishing attacks has doubled since 2004, with 109 million adults in the United States alone receiving a phishing email, up from 57 million two years ago. Financial losses from phishing scams this year have risen to about $2.8 billion - twice the amount lost in 2004.


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Microsoft Releases Sony Rootkit Hunter's Tools
by Marianna Schmudlach / November 10, 2006 2:18 AM PST

New software will assist Windows users in detecting hidden system hacks and malware.
Robert McMillan, IDG News Service

Nearly four months after hiring Sony rootkit whistleblower Mark Russinovich, Microsoft has moved his company's software to its Web site and has released a new Windows system tool that can help fight hackers.

The freeware products, now known as Windows Sysinternals were made available on Microsoft's Web site earlier this week. They are based on the code that Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell had been distributing on Sysinternals.com before Microsoft bought their company, Winternals Software, in July.

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by Marianna Schmudlach / November 10, 2006 2:21 AM PST

Microsoft co-president Jim Allchin makes interesting claim

Will Head, vnunet.com 10 Nov 2006

Microsoft co-president Jim Allchin has stated that Windows Vista's new security features are so strong that antivirus software is no longer necessary.

Allchin said during a telephone conference that he would be comfortable with his seven year-old son using a Vista machine without any antivirus software installed.

When asked about the security of Vista compared with XP, Allchin told BetaNews: "Windows XP SP2 did an amazing job, but we learned a lot during Windows XP SP2 and there were things that we couldn't put in that product.


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