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FTC to investigate spyware, other Internet risks

Feb 10, 20063 mins

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FTC to investigate spyware, other Internet risks, 02/09/06

The Internet industry needs to create “self-regulatory regimes” and come up with new technologies to battle online dangers such as spyware, said Deborah Platt Majoras, chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission Thursday.

Security Weblog: Forrester’s spyware evaluation, 02/09/06

It takes a bit of nerve to voice an opinion about any part of the IT security market, but consultancy Forrester Research is speaking up on spyware and protections against it in a report the Cambridge, Mass.-based consultancy issued last month. In the …

Internet linked to 91 suicides in Japan last year, 02/09/06

The number of people in Japan who died though Internet-linked suicides hit a record 91 persons in 2005, Japan’s National Police Agency said Thursday.

Microsoft buys FutureSoft Web filtering software, 02/09/06

Microsoft Thursday said it was buying Web filtering software called DynaComm i:filter from FutureSoft.

Fraunhofer develops tool against online music piracy, 02/09/06

Fraunhofer Institute has developed prototype technology to help curb the sharp rise in online music piracy, which, ironically, has been enabled through another invention of the renowned German research group: MP3 audio compression.

Security Weblog: A new idea: Stop me before it’s too late, 02/08/06

While vendors are always updating products and services, God bless ’em, it’s not often you get to hear about a security firm daring to try something really new and admitting they might not make it because what they plan won’t be easy. But that’s what …

Cartoons prompt spike in Danish Web hacks, 02/08/06

The furor over a Danish newspaper’s publication of cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammed is being felt on the Internet, where hackers have struck down and defaced hundreds of Danish Web sites over the past week, according to a Web site that tracks …

IronPort appliance blocks Web-based threats, including spyware, viruses, keyloggers and …, 02/08/06

IronPort Monday announced a new appliance designed to keep Web-based threats, including spyware, viruses, keyloggers, and phishing, from entering an organization.

SonicWall buys MailFrontier for $31 million, 02/08/06

SonicWall is expanding its security expertise into e-mail security with the $31 million purchase of MailFrontier, an e-mail security specialist.

Attack code published for Firefox flaw, 02/08/06

A hacker Tuesday published code that exploits a vulnerability found in the latest version of the Mozilla’s Firefox browser.

Liberty Alliance adds 15 new members, 02/08/06

The Liberty Alliance, a consortium of users and vendors developing identity standards, Wednesday added 15 new members to drive the group deeper into global telecom and government.

Microsoft reports two bugs, third identified, 02/08/06

Microsoft is warning of two bugs in its software that could potentially give unauthorized control or access over a person’s computer, while a third problem has been highlighted by a security research company.