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Study: DoS attacks frequent, hit personal PCs

Denial of Service (DoS) attacks are launched against commercial Web sites, but also against Internet infrastructure, small countries and home PCs at the rate of nearly 4000 per week, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Califo...

FBI charges 90 in Net scam busts

Federal and state criminal charges will be brought against roughly 90 individuals and companies for crimes including wire fraud, mail fraud, bank fraud, money laundering and software piracy related to Internet scams, the US Federal Bureau of Investig... stops mirroring Web site defacements, the nonprofit Internet security site that has long hosted copies, or mirrors, of hacked Web pages will no longer feature defaced sites, the group announced Monday in a statement on its Web site.

Microsoft, McAfee forge .Net alliance

Microsoft and antivirus and security firm announced an alliance Tuesday that will see McAfee incorporate some of Microsoft's .NET technologies into its offerings and also support Microsoft's suite of "Hailstorm" services, which are tied to...

Microsoft, McAfee forge .NET alliance

Microsoft Corp. and antivirus and security firm Corp. announced an alliance Tuesday that will see McAfee incorporate some of Microsoft's .NET technologies into its offerings and also support Microsoft's suite of "Hailstorm" services, which...

Worm tries to fix infected Linux systems

A new worm spreading on Linux systems throughout the world is, counterintuitively, trying to do some good. The worm, called Cheese, attempts to fix any damage created by the Lion worm which plagued Linux servers in March.

Worm protests Sri Lankan violence

Mawanella is a small town in Sri Lanka. Never heard of it? Thanks to a new worm making the rounds Thursday, it's likely that you'll hear about it soon.

Xbox set for 8 November US release

Microsoft's Xbox video game console will be available in the US on 8 November at a price of $US299, the company announced Wednesday at the E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) gaming show in Los Angeles.

New worm spreads disguised as virus warning

Antivirus companies have long cautioned users against opening unexpected e-mail attachments or attachments sent by strangers, but thanks to a new e-mail worm spreading this week, antivirus companies can add themselves to the list of not-to-be-trusted...

Microsoft fixes bugs in IIS -- again

It must be not be much fun to work on Microsoft's Internet Information Services 5.0 (IIS) these days. The first two weeks of May saw the discovery of a number of security flaws in IIS, including ones that might lead to denial of service (DoS) attacks...

As Napster use fades, alternatives come on strong

Napster's attempts to comply with court mandates and move to a copyright-friendly system are leading users to abandon the service in favor of a myriad of smaller, lower-profile alternatives, according to a new report by high-tech research firm PC Pit...

Microsoft admits flaw in Windows 2000 server software

Microsoft on Tuesday acknowledged that an "extremely serious" flaw in an obscure extension included in Windows 2000 could allow a hacker to gain complete control of any system running both Windows 2000 and the company's Internet Information Services ...

US, Chinese hackers continue Web defacements

Two days into what was supposed to be a 'cyberwar' launched by Chinese hackers in retaliation for the death of Chinese pilot Wang Wei, a number of US government Web sites have been defaced, but groups of US hackers have entered the picture as well, h...

Webnoize: Napster downloads drop 36 per cent in April

Thanks to filters instituted to comply with court orders, MP3 downloads from Napster were down 36 per cent in April compared to March, according to a report released Tuesday by Internet entertainment research firm Webnoize.

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