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Arrest Warrants Sought For Former HP Chair, Ethics Officer, Others

In This Issue:

1. Editor's Note: The Bot Factor
2. Today's Top Story: HP Indictments
     - Arrest Warrants Sought For Former HP Chair, Ethics Officer, Others
     - Ex-HP Chairman Dunn To Start Cancer Treatment
     - Resource Center: HP's Leak Investigation
3. Breaking News
     - Google Offers Mini-Programs For Use On Other Sites
     - Fujitsu To Recall 287,000 Sony-Made Batteries
     - Microsoft Plans Vista Upgrade Coupon For Holiday PC Buying Season
     - Risky Online Behavior Provides Back Door To Cybercrime
     - IBM Pledges $100 Million To Simplify Its Mainframe Offerings
     - AOL Offers Popular Services In One Desktop App
     - Strike Halts Work At India's Outsourcing Tech Hub
     - Russian Cyber-Blackmailers Sentenced To 8 Years Of Hard Time
     - High-End Board Design Seen Growing In India
     - Yahoo Launches Mobile Search Advertising In Beta
     - Wyse Launches Thin Client Line With Wi-Fi Included
4. Grab Bag: Better Than Bluetooth
     - Nokia Touts Wibree, But Why? (Computer Business Review)
     - Google Politics (Forbes.com)
5. In Depth: Vendors' Legal Entanglements
     - Microsoft Appeals $356.4 Million Fine
     - HP Employees Warned Pretexting Could Be Illegal
     - EU Weighs Charges Against Intel: Source
     - Coalition Wants Phone Record Inquiry Expanded
6. Voice Of Authority: The Importance Of Internet Usage Policies
7. White Papers: Secure Remote Access
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Quote Of The Day: "Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth." — Franklin D. Roosevelt


Editor's Note: The Bot Factor


October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, which perhaps explains the generally poor state of computer security. We'd be far better off with Cyber Security Awareness Year, observed annually, all day, every day, between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31.

The problem is bots, malicious code that takes control of computers and gives it to someone else. Once a computer has been infiltrated by bot code, it has essentially left the building. It can be fitted with keylogging and screen-capture software to record passwords and other sensitive information. It can be used to send spam, conduct distributed denial-of-service attacks, host Web sites, and spread malware.

Bots also can be used to commit click fraud. In May, Panda Software detected a click fraud botnet that involved 34,000 computers. It likely won't be the last—I'm told there are about 70 million PCs out there that are compromised with bot software. (Please weigh in at our poll to let us know whether your company is experiencing increased bot threats and activity.)

Google and Yahoo have both gone to great lengths to spread the word that click fraud is manageable. I wonder. In researching an upcoming story about bots, I spoke with Brett Glass, owner of Lariat.net, an ISP in Wyoming. His experience with click fraud suggests the estimate that about 14% of clicks are fraudulent may be far too low. For more of my thinking on bots and click fraud, read on.

Thomas Claburn tclaburn@cmp.com


2. Today's Top Story: HP Indictments


Arrest Warrants Sought For Former HP Chair, Ethics Officer, Others
The California attorney general's office will arrange voluntary surrender for ex-HP chairman Patricia Dunn and the company's former ethics chief. The AG plans to arrange for the other three defendants, who live outside the state, to be arrested and extradited.

Ex-HP Chairman Dunn To Start Cancer Treatment
Patricia Dunn, who stepped down as chairman last month in the midst of scandal, starts treatments for recurrent ovarian cancer this week.

Resource Center: HP's Leak Investigation


3. Breaking News


Google Offers Mini-Programs For Use On Other Sites
Google Gadgets, already available for users to add to a personalized Google home page, are now available for people to add to their own sites.

Fujitsu To Recall 287,000 Sony-Made Batteries
Fujitsu originally announced the recall last week but didn't say at the time how many batteries would be affected.

Microsoft Plans Vista Upgrade Coupon For Holiday PC Buying Season
The coupons are designed to help push PC sales and will provide XP system buyers with either a free or discounted upgrade to Vista, once it ships next year.

Risky Online Behavior Provides Back Door To Cybercrime
If your employees surf social networking sites from work, they could be paving the way for malicious cyberattacks, a new study warns.

IBM Pledges $100 Million To Simplify Its Mainframe Offerings
Keys to the campaign include modernizing user interfaces, filling the pipeline of new mainframe professionals, simplifying application development, and training more technology administrators and programmers to administer mainframe systems.

AOL Offers Popular Services In One Desktop App
OpenRide is optimized for broadband and provides access to e-mail, instant messaging, Web browsing, online search, and a digital entertainment media center via one application, albeit in separate windows on one screen.

Strike Halts Work At India's Outsourcing Tech Hub
Software companies and outsourcers implemented business continuity plans as the city ground to a halt amid a general strike called by government employees.

Russian Cyber-Blackmailers Sentenced To 8 Years Of Hard Time
Three Russian cyber-extortionists have been sentenced for their part in virtual shakedowns of British online bookmakers.

High-End Board Design Seen Growing In India
The establishment of several new board design centers and the prospect of new Indian government incentives for volume manufacturing could spur an Indian board industry.

Yahoo Launches Mobile Search Advertising In Beta
Yahoo wants to offer ads based on search queries, similar to sponsored advertising delivered with search results on a computer.

Wyse Launches Thin Client Line With Wi-Fi Included
The machines are expected to renew speculation about a Google Appliance PC, which included rumors that Wyse would be the supplier.

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4. Grab Bag: Better Than Bluetooth


Nokia Touts Wibree, But Why? (Computer Business Review)
Nokia has announced a new short-range wireless connectivity connection, called Wibree, which uses shorter data packets and promises less power consumption than Bluetooth.

Google Politics (Forbes.com)
The Internet is changing politics—and the one group yet to realize that is politicians themselves. That was the gist of the message delivered by Google chief executive Eric Schmidt to the United Kingdom's opposition Conservatives, gathered for their annual party conference in Bournemouth in the south of England, a seaside resort known more for blue rinses than Net savvy.


5. In Depth: Vendors' Legal Entanglements


Microsoft Appeals $356.4 Million Fine
The deadline for the appeal—filed with the second-highest European Union court—was Oct. 2, and Microsoft has met it, a spokesman said.

HP Employees Warned Pretexting Could Be Illegal
E-mails also revealed employees planned to examine the contents of a director's laptop, even though it was his personal property.

EU Weighs Charges Against Intel: Source
The European Commission has been investigating Intel to determine if it used illegal techniques such as unfair rebates to prevent AMD from expanding its market share.

Coalition Wants Phone Record Inquiry Expanded
A group is urging that phone companies that gave out information to government authorities without warrants be held accountable.


6. Voice Of Authority: The Importance Of Internet Usage Policies


Keith Ferrell: Anti-Social Networking?
Are social networking sites the new threat to business? Could be, according to a study just out. The National Cyber Security Alliance/CA study, like many good studies, tells us what we already know: It's employees' behavior online that puts businesses (and the employees themselves) at risk, not just the platform they're behaving (or misbehaving) on. Running a business of any size without a clearly defined Internet usage policy (one with punitive teeth in it) is as foolish as running a business without proper data protection and backup procedures.


7. White Papers: Secure Remote Access


Why Replace Your IPsec For Remote Access
IPsec is an effective solution for site-to-site virtual private networking, but it's now abundantly clear that IPsec is a severely limited solution for remote access. Read security expert Dave Piscatello's assessment of key attributes in a secure remote access solution.


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