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Uncover the Hidden Spies On Your Computer with a FREE PestScan. (Pest Patrol) The Authority in Spyware Protection.

Home PCs not as protected as owners think:
Average Home User's PC Rife with Spyware, Weak on Security, Too (25 October 2004) A survey from America Online and the National Cyber Security Alliance found that the average home user's PC is not as secure as its owner may think. (USA Today) Byron Acohido and Jon Swartz.

Computer hacker gets prison term:
Man sentenced to 2 1/2 Years in Prison for Accessing Computer Systems without Authorization, (The Cincinnati Post, Online edition) Kimball Perry.

Sing Sing for Singapore pirates:
Singapore's parliament is considering amendments to the country's Copyright Act which would impose a maximum sentence of 6 months in jail and a fine of S$20,000 (US$12,000) for people convicted of Internet piracy for the first time. Repeat offenders would face three years in jail and fines of S$50,000 (US$30,000). ( Corresondents in Singapore

Phishing attacks powered by 'just five' zombie networks
CipherTrust recently published research claiming that all phishing attacks on the Internet are conducted with the use of one of five zombie networks, or botnets. Each botnet comprises roughly 1,000 PCs. In addition, the research shows that 70% of zombie PCs are also used to send spam. (ZDNet UK) Graeme Wearden

Remote Access Trojans Are Driving the Spam Problem
Nearly one-third of all spam circulating the Web is relayed through PCs that have been compromised by Remote Access Trojans (RATs), according to Sophos. (

What your CEO thinks about security (and how to change it)
Larry Ponemon serves as a board member of the Security Leadership Institute, a think tank which recently talked with CEOs about their perception of the value of security to their enterprise. Ponemon offers some issues IT professionals can raise in meetings with CEOs that will engage their attention. (Computerworld) Advice by Larry Ponemon

5 Things you can do right now to improve network seurity
How to stop blaming everyone else and resolve 99% of your own security problems in five easy steps. (MCP Magazine)

The 2004 Security Survivor's Guide
Be wary of products that claim to do it all. (Internet Week)