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 Keith Ferrell

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posted in December 2008

CastleCops Phish Fighters Close Site

Quietly, just before Christmas, six year old volunteer anti-phishing group CastleCops closed its Web site, noting in an open letter that "all things come to an end." True enough, but the example CastleCops set deserves to live on, and be emulated.

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Trust Trumps Price For Cybershoppers

The hope that tight economic times are driving shoppers Webward in search of better prices carries a caveat: By a factor of ten to one, online shoppers place a higher value on trust and security than on bargains, according to recent research from VeriSign.

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Alert: Hacked Hong Kong Porn Site Spews IE Attacks

Microsoft is warning of a large increase in the number of attacks aimed at an Internet Explorer vulnerability left unpatched last week. Some of the early attacks originated from a compromised Hong Kong pornserver, but the number of infected legitimate sites is in the thousands and climbing rapidly.

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Cybercrime Wave Becoming Tsunami

Cybercrime figures and analysis out from Finjan and McAfee today tell us what we already know but can't be reminded of too often: the criminal side of the Web is hot and getting hotter, with 2009 already looking like a bad year for everybody but the crooks.

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Big--BIG--Microsoft Patch Tuesday Coming. Do You Care?

Next Tuesday is the last Microsoft "Patch Tuesday" of 2008, and signs are it's going to be a big one. Patches will be released to plug eight vulnerabilities. Six of those are labeled critical. And a fair percentage of users won't pay any more attention to these patches than they do to others.

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Pentagon Bans USB Drives. Should You?

The U.S. Department of Defense has quietly eliminated removable USB drives from technologies acceptable for use in government computers. While it's being reported that a virus prompted the prohibition, the ban is a reminder of just how convenient easily compromised technologies have become.

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