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.: FTC Sends Message With $15 Million ChoicePoint Fine: Protect Customer Data - 1st Feb 2006

"Fifteen million dollars in fines, plus regular data security audits and mandated changes to business practices. That's how ChoicePoint Inc. will have to settle charges that its security and record-handling policies were illegal and violated consumer privacy rights when it unwittingly sold 163,000 customer records to fraudsters. And it's a message the Federal Trade Commission hopes to send to companies that don't keep adequate stock of their customer data..."

.: ChoicePoint's Far From Alone In Data Security Dungeon - 1st Feb 2006

"ChoicePoint may be getting all of the unwanted attention, but it's got plenty of company when it comes to suffering from data breaches. The FTC recorded more than 685,000 consumer fraud and identity theft complaints in its database in 2005. Thirty-seven percent of all of the complaints were due to identity theft.

The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, a consumer advocacy organization, reported earlier this week that more than 52 million Americans have had their personal information jeopardized by data breaches since Feb. 15, 2005, when thieves set up bogus accounts using information obtained from ChoicePoint..."

.: Antivirus vendors collaborate on spyware fight - 31st Jan 2006

"A group of security vendors yesterday announced an agreement under which they will work together to establish industry standards for identifying and evaluating antispyware products.

The group, which includes McAfee Inc., Symantec Corp., Trend Micro Inc., ICSA Labs and Thompson Cyber Security Labs, wants to create standard metrics and common samples of spyware programs that third-party testers can use when evaluating antispyware tools..."

.: Vista: Anti-Spyware, Yes. Anti-Virus, No - 31st Jan 2006

"Microsoft officials have been saying for quite some time that Windows Vista will ship with anti-spyware software built into the operating system. But for more than a year, Microsoft's top dogs have been quite clear that Microsoft has no intentions to bundle anti-virus software into the product.

Despite this seemingly straightforward (at least in our minds) delineation, company watchers were all in a tizzy this week over Windows head honcho Jim Allchin's recent proclamation that there would be no anti-virus software bundled with Vista..."
[PC Mag]

.: Countdown for nasty Windows virus - 31st Jan 2006

"PC users have been urged to scan their computers before 3 February to avoid falling victim to a destructive virus. On that date the Nyxem virus is set to delete Word, Powerpoint, Excel and Acrobat files on infected machines.

The Nyxem-E Windows virus first emerged on 16 January and has been steadily racking up victims ever since. Nyxem-E is also known as the Blackmal, MyWife, Kama Sutra, Grew and CME-24 virus..."

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