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1. Editor's Note: What The Polls Say We're Doing On Online
2. Today's Top Story
- Identity-Theft Keylogger Identified
- FBI: Businesses (Still) Reluctant To Report Cyberattacks
- FCC Rule On Internet Calls Said To Encourage Hacking
- Hackers Keep Sniffing For Buggy Veritas Backup Software
3. Breaking News
- Windows 2000 Users Dealing With Wave Of Bugs
- Most Spam Sent From Zombies
- Employees Reportedly Spend One Hour Per Day On Personal
- Electronic Discovery Software Delivers Huge Award In Patent Suit
- Sun To Resell VMware Virtualization Software
- Opera Offers Web Browsing For Low-End Mobile Phones
- Global Cellular Revenue To Reach $570 Billion In 2005
- Flarion Buy Solidifies Qualcomm's Wireless-Broadband Position
- Yahoo Combines Chinese Operations With Auctioneer Alibaba.com
- New Cell-Phone Services Will Offer Sports, Hispanic
Programming, And Mickey Mouse
4. In Depth: Personal Tech & Reviews
- Windows Vista Beta 1: A Guided Tour
- Test Drive: Internet Explorer 7 For XP Beta 1
- Hands On: Services-Oriented Architecture Demystified
- F-Security's Antivirus Client Security
- Hawking Technology's WiFi Locator
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1. Editor's Note: What The Polls Say We're Doing On Online
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Sunbelt Software has identified the keylogging spyware that's
feeding sensitive personal information to an identity-theft ring.
The FBI confirms it has been in contact with Sunbelt and is
looking into the company's findings.
Related Stories: FBI: Businesses (Still) Reluctant To Report Cyberattacks
Roughly 20% of businesses report computer intrusions annually, a
figure the agency believes is low. Director Robert Mueller urged
businesses to step forward, promising greater sensitivity from
the FBI in return.
FCC Rule On Internet Calls Said To Encourage Hacking
While the FCC agreed with a request from law enforcement to
affirm that VoIP falls under the purview of a wiretapping
statute, alarmed industry groups warn that compliance will create
more vulnerabilities and opportunities for hackers.
Security analysts say the latest vulnerabilities prove that
Windows 2000, no matter where it is in Microsoft's support cycle,
will continue to be a target for attackers.
Most Spam Sent From Zombies
For the third straight month, most of the spam sent across the
Internet originated on zombie machines, hijacked computers
remotely controlled by spammers, a mail security firm says.
Flarion Buy Solidifies Qualcomm's Wireless-Broadband Position
By acquiring Flarion Technologies, Qualcomm will instantly
strengthen its position in the booming wireless-broadband market,
as well improve its international offerings and position itself
for the coming battle for dominance in mobile digital-broadcast
Yahoo Combines Chinese Operations With Auctioneer Alibaba.com
Yahoo on Thursday said it would pay $1 billion for a 40% share of
Chinese company Alibaba.com and would fold its China operations
into the online auctioneer, forming a joint Internet company that
would challenge leading marketplace eBay and No. 1 search engine
Baidu.com in the growing market.
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