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Microsoft security chief on "Cyber Czar" shortlist

As the United States awaits President Barack Obama’s important nomination of his cybersecurity advisor or “cyber czar”, a position that will report directly to him, speculation about who will be tapped for the position has begun. Among the people up for consideration is Microsoft’s security chief, Scott Charney, who was …

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Phishers have new tools

According to two reports released by the security company Symantec, phishers and spammers are coming up with new ways to attack their victims. In the past they almost exclusively relied on forged emails and web sites. Now, social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook can be added to their lists …

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French Military Shuts Down BitTorrent Site

In an unexpected move, the French military took action against SnowTigers, a private BitTorrent site catering mainly to downloaders in France. The action came as a shock because private websites are not usually targeted by authorities. SnowTigers had more than 250,000 members, many of whom supported the site financially. The …

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FTC Shuts Down California Web Host

Earlier this week, the Federal Trade Commission shut down a California web hosting firm for involvement in spam operations. This is the first time the FTC has ever taken action against a hosting provider. The company, Triple Fiber Network, hosted some 15,000 websites at a data center in San Jose, …

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Chinese Police Detain Four Internet Hackers

On May 19, China experienced widespread Internet outages after hackers took down major DNS servers in a DoS (Denial of Service) attack. Chinese authorities now have the four hackers in custody following police investigations in the Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Guandong provinces. The server in question was DNSPod, a Chinese DNS …

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Microsoft's New Bing.com Search Criticized for Adult Content

InternetSafety.com, a company that specializes in web filtering, criticized Microsoft’s new Bing.com search engine today for its lax filtering of pornographic content, claiming it provides access to a “cornucopia of pornography” in its search results. Bing.com is the replacement for search engine Live.com, which had a 9.9% market share in …

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