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More on Bittorent

Incredible writeup by Dave Methvin of PC Pitstop PaperGhost writes on it. By the way, no one here is saying that Bittorent is distributing adware. Bittorent isn’t doing anything. It’s doing what it’s supposed to: Allowing the distribution of files. What the big hullabaloo is over is that network that was fairly pristine has been […]

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Direct Revenue blames Bittorent adware on an "intermediary".

(See earlier blog if you don’t know about the Bittorent thing.) This is a rather hackneyed argument. It goes like this: “It’s not us, it’s a rogue distributor“. Really? So who pays the “rogue distributor”? It’s not like MetrixMarketing was alone. They work directly with software developers, after all (from their website: “We work with […]

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Fathers, Daughters, ……… and Spyware

What is it about Fathers and Daughters on the internet? In our family, it is always my Dad who gets all the spyware (my sister hardly gets any). In others, it is Daughters. Here are some examples: – From the Good Morning Silicon Valley Blog: John Paczkowski attributes the following quote to Intel CEO Paul […]

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PC World’s Take on Three Antispyware Tools

The latest review of three antispyware tools: a prerelease version of Sunbelt Software’s CounterSpy 1.5, plus shipping versions of Webroot’s Spy Sweeper 4 and FBM Software’s ZeroSpyware 2005.

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More on the 40,000 million credit card debacle

CNET reports this morning: -The breach occurred because intruders were able to exploit software security vulnerabilities to install a rogue program on the network of CardSystems Solutions. -The malicious code was found by security experts from CyberTrust who did a probe apparently at the request of MasterCard. -CNET also reports that there is speculation in […]

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Security Software for Your Security Software

Interesting perspective from Techdirt on the need for anti-security software. Software that protects against all the security holes in products that are supposed to protect you. Yankee Group just released a new study that reveals the number of vulnerabilities found in security applications has risen sharply for the third year in a row and now […]

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Increase Employee Productivity through Computer Security

A new Maritz Poll highlights the relationship between productivity and security. The Poll, which surveyed IT managers in small and medium businesses, attempts to reveal the repercussions of computer viruses and other security problems and their correlation to downtime on the job. Of those surveyed, nearly all (92 percent) reported that computer performance levels were […]

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Some musings on the 40,000 million credit cards debacle

So only “68,000 customers are at high risk“ As pretty much everyone knows by now, Cardsystems, a credit card processor, has had a security breach which exposed up to 40 million credit card numbers. MasterCard is now saying that 68,000 customers are at “high risk”. Ok, so check your bank statements (and why isn’t there […]

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Security Bulletin Search

Microsoft has put up a site called Security Bulletin Search . Useful for IT managers needing to get the information on patches.

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AV vendors "dropped the ball on spyware"

TechTarget article here. No surprise to the antispyware community.

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