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U.S. gets new cyberterrorism security center

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A new private-sector cyberterrorism security center that aims to watch over much of the nation's critical business infrastructure with its own real-time cyberthreat-detection network opened here today at the University of Pennsylvania.

Secunia Advisories

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  • Realplayer/RealOne RAM File Processing Buffer Overflow Vulnerability
  • Mandrake updates for xli and cvs
  • Redhat updates for Firefox and Realplayer
  • Fedora updates for Helixplayer and cvs

Army of zombies invades China

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China's rapid Internet growth has brought with it a somewhat disturbing side effect: multiplying zombies up to no good.

Ameritrade loses 200,000 client files

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Leading online discount broker Ameritrade Holding Corp. said Tuesday it has informed about 200,000 current and former customers that a backup computer tape containing their personal information has been lost.

Open-Source CVS Project Plugs Security Leaks

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Security researchers on Tuesday issued a warning for multiple vulnerabilities in the open-source CVS, a popular program that allows developers to keep track of different development versions of source code.

IRS security flaws expose taxpayer data to snooping

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Security flaws in computer systems used by the Internal Revenue Service expose millions of taxpayers to potential identity theft or illegal police snooping, according to a congressional report released today.

Teenagers struggle with privacy, security issues

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A panel of teenagers speaking at the Computers, Freedom and Privacy Conference told attendees on Friday that they are far more in tune with technology than their parents and have come to understand the issues of security and privacy on the Internet largely without any guidance from educators or their parents.

Web shops face tighter security

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Web shops are being forced to improve the way they handle customer data.

AOL Monitor Accused of Luring 15-Year-Old

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An Internet chat room monitor hired to keep children safe from sexual predators seduced a California girl online and was about to meet her for sex when he was found out by a co-worker, a lawsuit charges.

Battle Against Spam Shifts to Containment

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There's a new strategy in the spam battle: Call it containment. Filters for blocking junk e-mail from inboxes have improved to the point that doing much more will needlessly kill legitimate e-mail, said Carl Hutzler, America Online Inc.'s anti-spam coordinator. So e-mail gatekeepers are shifting gears. Now they're getting more aggressive at keeping spam from leaving their systems in the first place.

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