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TSA Broke Privacy Laws

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The Transportation Security Administration violated privacy protections by secretly collecting personal information on at least 250,000 people, congressional investigators said Friday.

Hackers hit University of Colorado

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University of Colorado students and employees were warned of possible fraud and identity theft after hackers hit two of the school`s computer servers.

Retracing spam steps could halt mass emails

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The deluge of spam that pours into email inboxes each day could by curtailed using software that learns to identify the routes taken by unwanted messages, researchers say.

Police swoop on 300 email scammers

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Spanish police have carried out a mass raid on email scammers, arresting over 300 people at 166 locations.

More problems for Windows, Internet Explorer users

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"We've received reports that the color management module ICC profile buffer overflow vulnerability has exploit code available and is being used out in the wild," ISC said on its Web site.

What's your number, Kevin Mitnick?

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Elite ex-hacker Kevin Mitnick says most of the social engineering attacks using fraudulent identities that made him famous could have been stopped if his targets had just asked for his phone number.

Visa to Bar Transactions by Processor

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Visa USA said yesterday that it would stop allowing the payment processor CardSystems Solutions to handle its transactions, months after the processor left the records of millions of cardholders at risk for fraud.

Feds lay down draft rules on system security

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NIST has released a draft version of the minimal security requirements for federal agencies after government auditors found that the agencies are not prepared to deal with internet menaces.

FBI defends Web site monitoring

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"It`s increasingly clear that the government is involved in political surveillance of organizations that are involved in nothing more than lawful First Amendment activities."

Mock trial shows ISPs aren't to blame

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Your Internet service provider isn't to blame if your company is hit with a distributed denial-of-service attack. That was the verdict of IT security professionals in a mock trial staged by Gartner.

10 years after birth of e-commerce, fear may curb growth

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After enjoying phenomenal growth in its first 10 years, Internet commerce faces new challenges amid growing fears of viruses, spyware and a range of fraud schemes.

Google's Growth Prompts Privacy Concerns

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Google is at once a powerful search engine and a growing e-mail provider. It runs a blogging service, makes software to speed Web traffic and has ambitions to become a digital library. And it is developing a payments service. "This is a lot of personal information in a single basket."

Corrupted PC's Find New Home in the Dumpster

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On a recent Sunday morning when Lew Tucker's Dell desktop computer was overrun by spyware and adware, he did not simply get rid of the offending programs. He threw out the whole computer.

Dell rejects spyware charge

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Dell has rejected allegations that its PCs come pre-loaded with an intrusive application that spies on users' surfing habits.

Internet Users Still Getting Scammed, Survey Says

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In a study of 791 users commissioned by antispam firm Mirapoint, market research firm The Radicati Group found that the most received scams were prescription drug offers, financing services, phishing e-mails and pornography.

Domain Hijacking Takes ICANN Spotlight

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The ICANN committee recommended 10 fixes for hijacking, which ranged from more public awareness and a domain-name emergency hotline to potentially stricter verification of the identity of domain-name holders and better record keeping of registrations.

Flaws could open systems to attack

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The flaws could allow an online intruder to crash or gain access to computers running Kerberos, a freely available authentication technology that was developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Both bugs affect Kerberos 5 Release 1.4.1 as well as earlier versions, according to MIT.

Giving New Meaning to 'Spyware'

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It's not easy to define, but most people know it when parasitic programs suck up resources on their computer and clog their browsers with pop-up ads. A coalition of consumer groups, ISPs and software companies announced on Tuesday that it has finally come up with a mutually agreeable definition for the internet plague.

Hackers Grow Armies of Zombie PCs

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McAfee reported this week that the number of systems infected with malicious software that allows the PC to be used for unauthorized purposes jumped by 303 percent during the second quarter of 2005 from the previous quarter.

Hacker mag closure spells bad news for security

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Notorious hacker magazine Phrack is to close its doors after almost 20 years serving the darker side of the internet and communications community. Its intentions weren't pure but they were at least visible...

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