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posted in February 2008

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WikiLeaks Wins Back Its Domain
News  |  2/29/2008
A federal judge dissolves an injunction but a Swiss bank's litigation against the community-driven document sharing site will proceed.
Operation 'Cisco Raider' Nets $76 Million In Fake Gear
News  |  2/29/2008
The multiyear effort to curb the flow of counterfeit network hardware into the U.S. and Canada reflects a steady escalation in the war on intellectual property crime.
Researchers Forecast Terrorist Behavior
News  |  2/28/2008
The tool uses decades of data on the behavior of 30 major terrorist organizations, including Hezbollah and Hamas, to predict future behavior from past actions and events.
Google Hands Out Voicemail To S.F. Homeless
News  |  2/28/2008
The social program is a joint effort between Google's Grand Central group and the city's Project Homeless Connect.
Google Readies Google Health
News  |  2/28/2008
The upcoming service is expected to look similar to Google News and provide links to profile data, medical contacts, health notices, and drug interaction warnings.
Google's JotSpot Wiki Reborn As Google Sites
News  |  2/27/2008
Google Sites offers simple tools for collaborative Web site creation.
Google Down But Not Out Due To Poor Ad Click Growth
News  |  2/27/2008
Advertisers have gotten more sophisticated in the past year or two and are looking beyond click-based ads for other options, industry insiders remark.
For Sale: Passwords To Fortune 500's Servers
News  |  2/27/2008
Cybercriminals are paying premiums based on compromised sites' Google PageRank to buy thousands of login names and FTP credentials, a security software company reports.
Apple's Mac OS X Vulnerable To Networking Exploit
News  |  2/26/2008
A security researcher at posted a proof-of-concept exploit that takes advantage of a flaw in the way the Apple implements IPv6 support.
Apple Introduces Faster MacBook, MacBook Pro
News  |  2/26/2008
Mac sales represent Apple's likely source of growth as projected demand for iPods and iPhones weakens, one analyst group predicts.
FBI Says To Ignore E-mail Death Threats
News  |  2/26/2008
The threat is a hoax, the FBI said. The agency received more than 100 complaints the last time the e-mail threat started showing up in in-boxes.
Google Buys Into Undersea Cable
News  |  2/26/2008
Google will join with five other companies to invest in a 10,000 km trans-Pacific submarine cable to carry data to and from Asia.
Critical VMware Flaw Threatens Underlying System
News  |  2/25/2008
Exploitation of the vulnerability allows attackers to break out of an isolated Guest system and potentially cause damage, researchers with Core Security Technologies suggest.
Microsoft Moves Beyond Clicks With 'Engagement' Measurement
News  |  2/25/2008
The new method is intended to augment click-based metrics, which don't tell online marketers very much about their customers and are susceptible to manipulation.
Pakistan Blocks YouTube, Puts Blinders On The World
News  |  2/25/2008
Users had a hard time accessing YouTube after Pakistan directed the country's ISPs to begin blocking the site for distributing offensive content.
'Exaflop' Supercomputer Planning Begins
News  |  2/22/2008
Backed by $7.4 million in funding, computer scientists aim to narrow the gap between theoretical peak performance and actual performance through new architectures.
Google-Powered Hacking Makes Search A Threat
News  |  2/22/2008
A hacker group has released Goolag Scanner, a tool that scans Web sites for vulnerabilities.
Xcerion's 'Icloud' Promises Marriage of Remote And Local Computing
News  |  2/21/2008
Xcerion's Icloud uses an XML-based architecture to replicate the local desktop computing experience from within a Web browser.
Cold Boot Attack Defeats Disk Encryption Software
News  |  2/21/2008
If the chips are kept at low temperatures, residual data can easily be recovered, researchers found.
Malware's New Mantra: Think Globally, Steal Locally
News  |  2/20/2008
A McAfee report says malware creation over the past few years has transformed from a mass market endeavor into a regional one.
Might As Well Face It, You're Addicted To Tech
News  |  2/20/2008
BlackBerry texting and ignoring offline social interaction can lead to chronic insomnia, relationship break-ups, and job loss, a University of Northampton researcher warns.
Wikileaks' Leaked Documents Blocked But Unbowed
News  |  2/19/2008
The site that hosts some corporate secrets went offline last week following a California judge's order that its domain name records be disabled to satisfy the demands in a complaint.
Sabotage Eyed As Possible Cause Of Undersea Cable Cuts
News  |  2/19/2008
Officials refuse to rule out sabotage but believe that fishing nets or ship anchors are the likely cause of the damage to the undersea cables.
Thunderbird Gets A New Home At Mozilla Messaging
News  |  2/19/2008
A new organization called Mozilla Messaging thinks e-mail is broken and aims to fix it.
Contract Worker Sues Google Over Google Sky
News  |  2/15/2008
Hired through WorkforceLogic USA, he claims to have come up with the idea and presented it on an internal Google Groups e-mail discussion group.
Anti-Spyware Company Accused Of Deception
News  |  2/15/2008
Harvard professor and security researcher Ben Edelman questions C-NetMedia's business and marketing practices as well as the effectiveness of its security software.
Exploit Code Surfaces For Microsoft Works Vulnerability
News  |  2/15/2008
Security officials also warn about potential software flaws in applications from Adobe, Cisco, Mozilla's Firefox, and some IP phones.
Cell Phone Use Linked To Increased Cancer Risk
News  |  2/14/2008
A recent study says frequent cell phone users face a 50% greater risk of developing tumors of the parotid gland than those who don't use cell phones.
Google, Microsoft Sued Over Keyword Auction Patent
News  |  2/14/2008
Paid Search Engine Tools says Google's AdWords and Microsoft's AdCenter advertising services violate its Paid Search Engine Bid Management patent.
Computer Users Expect More Mac Attacks
News  |  2/14/2008
A survey finds 93% expect an increase in malware threats to the Macintosh platform.
Apple Seeks Patent For 'Podmaps'
News  |  2/14/2008
Apple put podcasts on the map with its iPod and iTunes combination. Now it wants to put maps in podcasts.
Malware: One Victim's Story
News  |  2/13/2008
Tim, who suffers from spinal and liver cancer, visited a Web site he saw on TV and lost control of his computer to rogue antivirus software.
Fear The Google Blacklist
News  |  2/13/2008
What happens when search engine optimization backfires? Hitwise researchers illustrate one cautionary tale.
Mozilla Releases Firefox 3 Beta 3
News  |  2/13/2008
Firefox 3 Beta 3 includes more than 1,300 fixes and is intended for testers and developers; casual Internet users are advised not to download it.
Threat Of Jail Time Increases Respect For Copyright, Microsoft Says
News  |  2/13/2008
Microsoft has launched a campaign to teach teens about intellectual property rights and the risks they face when breaking the law.
E-Mail Carries Love And Viruses For Valentine's Day
News  |  2/12/2008
The FBI is warning that an unexpected e-card in your in-box may contain the Storm Worm virus.
Microsoft's Patch Tuesday Includes 11 Security Bulletins
News  |  2/12/2008
The patches deal with problems in WebDAV Mini-Redirector, Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) Automation, Microsoft Word, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office Publisher, and Microsoft Office.
Web Browsing, Search, And Online Ads Grow More Risky, Google Says
News  |  2/12/2008
Google has found more than 3 million unique URLs on more than 180,000 Web sites that attempt to install malware on visitors' computers.
Apple Releases Mac OS X 10.5.2 And Security Update
News  |  2/11/2008
The Apple fixes affect Directory Services, Foundation, Launch Services, Mail, NFS, Open Directory, Parental Controls, Samba, Terminal, and X11.
Two Arrests Made In Separate Chinese Espionage Cases
News  |  2/11/2008
A Department of Defense analyst and former Boeing employee have links to the espionage case of a former defense contractor at Power Paragon.
Critics Throw Stones At Security Of Adobe's Flash
News  |  2/11/2008
The problem with Flash is its absence of controls to disable behavior like Web site redirection, critics say.
Will Wright Demonstrates Spore At NASA
Commentary  |  2/8/2008
Below is a video of game designer Will Wright discussing his upcoming game Spore with an audience at the NASA Ames Research Center. Admittedly, this has very little to do with IT, beyond that fact that it involves computers. But it's fascinating technology and I can guarantee you that once it's released late this year, it will be sapping CPU cycles at my house. Happy Friday.
ComScore Says 'Researchware' Isn't 'Spyware'
News  |  2/8/2008
Despite criticism, the company maintains that users appreciate the download accelerators, games, and screen savers that come with the company's tracking software.
Mozilla Issues Firefox Security Update
News  |  2/8/2008
The update addresses 10 security advisories, three of which Mozilla classifies as critical.
Microsoft Plans 12 Security Fixes Next Week
News  |  2/7/2008
Patch Tuesday's Valentine edition will include fixes for seven critical and five important vulnerabilities, as well as a Webcast for customer questions.
Google News Adds Local Content
News  |  2/7/2008
Users can get local news by typing a city name or ZIP code into Google News.
Apple Fixes QuickTime Bug
News  |  2/7/2008
The update addresses a vulnerability in QuickTime's handling of RTSP and restores compatibility with Adobe After Effects.
Security Warning 2008: Top 11 Malware Threats To Watch Out For
News  |  2/7/2008
Here's a heads-up on the evolving security threats we can expect to see in the coming year, including emerging menaces such as badvertising, adsploits, anti-social networking, lieware, and whaling
Google Apps Team Edition Emulates Social Networking Model
News  |  2/6/2008
The search engine's latest software bundle builds a rudimentary social graph where workers can collaborate and share documents.
Time To Kill ActiveX?
News  |  2/6/2008
Microsoft defends its ActiveX technology, but security researchers say it poses too many risks.
CIA Monitors YouTube For Intelligence
News  |  2/6/2008
U.S. spies are looking increasingly online for intelligence and they've become major consumers of social media.
Apple Issues iPhoto Security Fix
News  |  2/5/2008
The bug could have allowed an attacker to entice a victim into subscribing to a maliciously crafted photocast -- a sort of RSS feed for photos.
IT Survey: Employees Have Access To Too Much Information
News  |  2/5/2008
The Ponemon Institute found that 69% of respondents said access policies in their organizations were poorly enforced or ignored.
Media And Tech Companies Overconfident About Security, Survey Finds
News  |  2/5/2008
Still, 49% of those queried said they're falling behind on security threats and only 7% believed their security situation was improving.
Flaws Found In ActiveX Controls Used By Facebook, MySpace
News  |  2/5/2008
US-CERT also issued similar warnings for Yahoo's MediaGrid ActiveX control and the Datagrid ActiveX control.
Google Debuts E-mail Security Services For Business
News  |  2/4/2008
The software bundle includes Google Message Filtering, Google Message Security, and Google Message Discovery.
Computer Security Companies Agree To Testing Standards
News  |  2/4/2008
IBM, Microsoft, McAfee, Symantec, Trend Micro, and Panda Security are among those in Spain this week hammering out details of the anti-malware group.
Google's Answer To MicroHoo: Buy Adobe
Commentary  |  2/4/2008
Moments before being ravished at the hands of Microsoft, Yahoo will have the opportunity to throw its bouquet to the bridesmaids. By tradition, the recipient of this parting shot is next in line for a merger. If Yahoo wants to exact some measure of revenge on its unsolicited suitor, it will aim for the lovely Adobe.
Google Warns Microsoft-Yahoo Deal Endangers Internet
News  |  2/4/2008
Microsoft countered by saying that Google -- not it -- is actually the monopolist.
C-Level Executive Phishing Attacks On The Rise
News  |  2/4/2008
Meantime, the number of phishing campaigns overall fell for the second consecutive month, according to the Anti-Phishing Working Group.
Google Launches Social Graph API
News  |  2/1/2008
By making social data more portable, Google is hoping to make social networks like Facebook and MySpace less relevant.
Microsoft Adds More Security APIs To Windows
News  |  2/1/2008
The goal is to help developers make use of Microsoft's Data Execution Prevention technology, which is designed to guard computer memory against malicious code.

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