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.: Data Mining: How Companies Now Know Everything About You - 12th Mar 2011

"Three hours after I gave my name and e-mail address to Michael Fertik, the CEO of Reputation.com, he called me back and read my Social Security number to me. "We had it a couple of hours ago," he said. "I was just too busy to call." In the past few months, I have been told many more-interesting facts about myself than my Social Security number..."
[Time]




.: Report: Malware-laden sites double from a year ago - 8th Mar 2011

"More than 1 million Web sites were believed to be infected with malware in the fourth quarter of last year, nearly double from the previous year, according to figures released today by Dasient. Malvertising, advertising containing malware, also is on the rise, with impressions doubling to 3 million per day from the third quarter of 2010..."
[news.com]




.: New net rules set to make cookies crumble - 8th Mar 2011

"The way websites track visitors and tailor ads to their behaviour is about to undergo a big shake-up. From 25 May, European laws dictate that "explicit consent" must be gathered from web users who are being tracked via text files called "cookies"..."
[bbc]




.: Eight out of 10 web browsers vulnerable to cyber criminals - 18th Feb 2011

"The vast majority of users are not following the basic precaution of installing patches for known security holes, making them a relatively easy prey for identity thieves and other attackers..."
[Telegraph]




.: Major Ad Networks Found Serving Malicious Ads - 13th Dec 2010

"Online ad networksTwo major online ad networks--DoubleClick and MSN--were serving malware via drive-by download exploits over the last week, experts say, after a group of attackers was able to trick the networks into displaying their ads by impersonating an online advertising provider..."
[Threat Post]






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