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Are You Being Targeted By Phishing Scams?

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Phishers And Rootkits And Death Threats, Oh My!
2. Today's Top Story
    - Sony To Release Four New Digital Cameras
3. Breaking News
    - With An 80-Core Chip On The Way, Software Needs To Start Changing
    - IBM Reports Strong Fourth-Quarter Results
    - Pew Report Records Rise Of Blogosphere Political Elite
    - Intel Produces First Chips With 45-Nanometer Technology
    - Skype Adds Per-Call Connection Fee
    - Blog Traffic Triples At Newspapers' Web Sites
    - AOL Offers Live Stream Of QVC Shopping Network
    - Fighting Crime In NYC Easier With New Tech Tools
    - MySpace Sued In Sexual Assaults On Five Girls
    - MySpace Developing Parent-Notification Tool
    - Microsoft Lines Up Vista Security Partners
    - Microsoft Plans Downloadable Versions Of Windows Vista, Office
4. In Depth: Apple
    - Mac Sales Growth Eclipses Average For PC Companies
    - Report: Apple Gets 50% Margin On iPhone
    - Apple Reports Record Revenue
    - Online Music Sales Fail To Balance Drop In CD Sales
    - The New AT&T Is On A Roll, But Challenges Await
5. Voice Of Authority
    - Why Offshore Outsourcing May Pave Way For The Next Google
6. White Papers
    - Don't Wait To Automate
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

Quote of the day:
"Most of our platitudes notwithstanding, self-deception remains the most difficult deception." -- Joan Didion


1. Editor's Note: Phishers And Rootkits And Death Threats, Oh My!

I fell for a phisher last week. Embarrassing but true. Until then, the urgent e-mails telling me that an account had been compromised only managed to give me slight shivers before my rational self took over.

Not this time.

It was a purported eBay notice "confirming" a $675 purchase of a used Dell laptop. Now, I had recently been shopping for such a computer. So—stupid, stupid me—I clicked on the provided link to get more information. The moment I realized what I had done, I logged onto eBay, confirmed that the message had been sent by a phisher, and forwarded it to eBay security. But I didn't change my eBay password. Like I said, stupid me. A few days later, I tried to log on—and was told my password had been changed. Oh boy. I logged onto PayPal and was told the same thing. Identity theft: Yes, it can happen to you.

Happily, everything has turned out all right. But given all this, it doesn't surprise me that two of our top stories this week had to do with the dangers of phishing schemes and the surreptitious installation of rootkits that steal user names and passwords. First up is a terrific review that analyzes six of the top rootkit detectors on the market. Read it. You'll be glad you did.

The other very popular article was more ... out there ... but also obviously struck a nerve. A new e-mail scam contains a death threat, supposedly by a professional hit man, warning the recipient to pay up or die. You might not think that a threat this obviously fraudulent would be of interest to the kind of IT professionals who read InformationWeek. But clearly it is.

I guess it shouldn't be surprising. We don't seem to be getting any better at avoiding phishing attacks. According to Gartner, 3.5 million Americans gave sensitive information to phishers in 2006, almost double the 2005 figure. The average cost was $1,244, compared with just $256 in 2005. Total U.S. financial losses exceeded $2.8 billion. Not a death sentence—but very serious numbers nevertheless.

How about you? Have you ever fallen prey to a phishing scam? How did it work out for you? Let us know by responding to my entry at the InformationWeek blog.

Alice LaPlante
Alice.laplante@gmail.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Sony To Release Four New Digital Cameras
The Cyber-shot compact line gets a boost with improved internal memory and lower pricing.


3. Breaking News

With An 80-Core Chip On The Way, Software Needs To Start Changing
The big question is how — and how soon — the software industry will step up and produce applications that can take advantage of all those cores.

IBM Reports Strong Fourth-Quarter Results
For the full year, IBM said revenue in 2006 was $91.4 billion, a 4% year-over-year increase.

Pew Report Records Rise Of Blogosphere Political Elite
During the 2006 campaign, 23% of those using the Internet to access political news created and shared political content through blog, video, or audio posts, or by forwarding such commentary to others.

Intel Produces First Chips With 45-Nanometer Technology
The Penryn line of processors will have dual-core and quad-core versions, but an Intel technologist would not dismiss the idea of an eight-core chip, as well.

Skype Adds Per-Call Connection Fee
The charge is not included in certain "unlimited" calling plans.

Blog Traffic Triples At Newspapers' Web Sites
Opportunities abound for staff writers who have expertise in certain areas, according to Nielsen//NetRatings.

AOL Offers Live Stream Of QVC Shopping Network
The programming is the result of a strategic alliance struck between AOL and QVC, which plans to add its On Demand channel to AOL Video next week.

Fighting Crime In NYC Easier With New Tech Tools
The city will equip 911 call centers to receive digital images and videos sent from cell phones and computers.

MySpace Sued In Sexual Assaults On Five Girls
The lawsuits accuse MySpace and its parent company of negligence, recklessness, fraud, and negligent misrepresentation.

MySpace Developing Parent-Notification Tool
Quelling concerns over online predators, the popular social network will also check your age at the door.

Microsoft Lines Up Vista Security Partners
Eleven security vendors promise to have Vista-ready products when Microsoft's new operating system is available to consumers at the end of the month.

Microsoft Plans Downloadable Versions Of Windows Vista, Office
Microsoft plans for the first time to make its new Windows Vista operating system and Office 2007 productivity suite available for downloading by PC users over the Internet.

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4. In Depth: Apple

Mac Sales Growth Eclipses Average For PC Companies
Unit sales were up 28% for the last 12 months over the same period the year before, but revenue was up even more dramatically: 40%.

Report: Apple Gets 50% Margin On iPhone
ISuppli reports that consumers wishing for a cheaper device should have hope. There's plenty of room to lower the cost, and the market may demand it.

Apple Reports Record Revenue
Demand for iPods exceeds expectations on the heels of Apple's iPhone announcement.

Online Music Sales Fail To Balance Drop In CD Sales
Consumers still go for shrink-wrapped discs, but downloads are on the rise.

The New AT&T Is On A Roll, But Challenges Await
An analyst says the AT&T-Apple alliance is all about content, and content will make the iPhone and AT&T's wireless network successful in the same way content made the iPod successful.


5. Voice Of Authority

Why Offshore Outsourcing May Pave Way For The Next Google
Paul McDougall explains how, although large companies like IBM and GE led the charge to India and beyond, cheaper bandwidth and new technologies mean small businesses can now get in on the savings offered by offshore outsourcing—a welcome development for the entrepreneurially minded.


6. White Papers

Don't Wait To Automate
Manually implementing, updating, and patching software is a time-consuming and costly means of managing systems. Not only must administrators spend considerable resources physically adjusting every server, desktop, and laptop, but end-user productivity goes down as these tasks are in progress. This paper explains why automated management systems provide an effective solution to these challenges.


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