11/25/2005

Cyberterror ‘overhyped,’ security guru says

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Fears of cyberterror could actually hurt IT security, a threats expert asserts.

Bruce Schneier, who has written several books on security and is the founder of Counterpane Internet Security, told ZDNet UK that officials claiming terrorists pose a serious danger to computer networks are guilty of directing attention away from the threat faced from criminals.

“I think that the terrorist threat is overhyped, and the criminal threat is underhyped,” Schneier said Tuesday. “I hear people talk about the risks to critical infrastructure from cyberterrorism, but the risks come primarily from criminals. It’s just criminals at the moment aren’t as ’sexy’ as terrorists.”

Source: News.com

Kazaa given deadline to alter system

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

An Australian court has given file-sharing network Kazaa until December 5 to either filter copyrighted music from its system or shut down, music industry officials said on Thursday.

The imposition of the deadline follows a ruling in September by the judge in Sydney that Kazaa users were breaching copyright and that the network’s owners had to modify the software.

Other global peer-to-peer (P2P) services, which distribute data between users instead of relying on a central server, also have come under fire from courts in recent months.

Kazaa’s operators, Sharman Networks, had appealed the judgment. But according to music industry trade group IFPI, the Australian court said that to avoid complete shutdown Kazaa must, as a first step, put in place a keyword filter system within 10 days.

Sharman Networks had said it could not control the actions of an estimated 100 million users.

“It’s time for services like Kazaa to move on — to filter, go legal or make way for others who are trying to build a digital music business the correct and legal way,” IFPI Chairman John Kennedy said in a statement.

Source: Yahoo

SETI@home Becomes Part of BOINC

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

On December 15th the Seti@home project will stop issuing new work to members and integrate with BOINC, the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing. Once members have moved over to the BOINC client they can divide their computing time between such projects as climate prediction, search for gravitational signals emitted by pulsars and yes, you can still look for the aliens

Source: Slashdot

Google extends searching offline

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Google may already be dominant on the web but now it is stretching its wings to the physical world as well.

Google Space, at Terminal One of London’s Heathrow airport, will allow people to log onto the net and check e-mail while they wait for flights.

For Google, the space will be used to test its myriad product launches on the public.

“We see it as a huge focus group,” said Lorraine Twohill, Google’s European director of marketing.

“For many of our users, we have always been something in their computers and they have never actually met us,” she said.

With trained Google staff on hand at the booth, it will be a chance to road-test some of its new product launches and get invaluable feedback.

Source: BBC

Verizon Wireless Sues Another Spammer

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Unwanted text messages from a Florida-based travel company were sent recently to 98,000 Verizon Wireless customers, according to a new lawsuit filed by the operator.

The Verizon Wireless litigation highlights an unfortunate circumstance for the 200 million U.S. cell phone subscribers. Spam on cell phones is becoming a fact of life in the U.S., despite aggressive defensive tactics by operators.

Even though cell phone spam is still relatively limited, it’s nonetheless particularly heinous and forcing operators to get a handle on it sooner, rather than later. That’s because their subscribers often pay a few pennies for each incoming message. Spam to a PC using a wired Internet connection doesn’t create this particular financial side effect.

Source: eWeek

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