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Pop-Up Ads Shed Blocks, Tackle Consumers

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This one affects Linux users directly, advertisers have begun figuring out new ways to evade pop-up restrictions, and companies with goods and services to sell have been more than happy to place ads via these new channels, resulting in unpleasant surprises for users of such pop-up-blocking browsers as IE, Firefox, Safari and Opera.

Worry. But Don't Stress Out.

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The problem of keeping data secure "exists on lots and lots of levels," said Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington. "You begin to see that the United States has an enormous problem that is spiraling out of control."

Little Agreement on Spyware Guidelines

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Many anti-spyware programs scour computer hard drives for those data-tracking files called cookies that we often get from Web visits. No surprise, then, that there's little agreement on what should be considered spyware, and what adware is exactly. Part of the challenge stems from how the term "spyware" evolved.

An Army of Soulless 1's and 0's

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For thousands of Internet users, the offer seemed all too alluring: revealing pictures of Jennifer Lopez, available at a mere click of the mouse. But the pictures never appeared. The offer was a ruse, and the click downloaded software code that turned the user's computer into a launching pad for Internet warfare.

RealPlayer Flaws Trigger PC Hijack Alert

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RealNetworks issued a high-risk alert and confirmed that all four flaws affect RealPlayer 10 and 10.5, RealOne Player versions 1 and 2 and RealPlayer 8.

Confidential data from Japanese nuclear plants ends up on Internet

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Confidential data from Japanese nuclear plants was posted on the Internet when a worker's computer software was attacked by a virus, a company said Thursday.

Aussie arrested for spam e-mail

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A Perth businessman has become the first Australian to be charged under the Spam Act for sending out unsolicited e-mails, news reports on Friday said.

Security fix installed after breach

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The operations center for a credit card processing firm whose security was breached by a hacker, exposing 40 million accounts to possible fraud, has put new security software in place.

Pentagon Creating Student Database

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The Defense Department began yesterday creating a database of high school students ages 16 to 18 and all college students to help the military identify potential recruits in a time of dwindling enlistment in some branches, raising privacy concerns.

Bank details sold in call centre scam

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City of London police are investigating claims that an Indian call centre worker sold personal information on 1,000 UK bank accounts for £4.25 each.

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