Archive for November, 2011

By Matt Cullina,

Kids practically live online these days, and they spend a lot of their time playing games on Facebook and their smartphones.

So I’m heartened to see the Federal Trade Commission that mobile applications must conform to federal children’s privacy regulations.

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True. Cyber crime now impacts more than 50,000 people an hour. That’s three times more than the 15,300 babies born hourly.

Buyer Beware

It’s a scary statistic, and one worth noting as the holiday shopping season approaches. As more shoppers turn to their laptop, iPads and mobile phones to get items crossed off their list, thieves are on the prowl to hack into systems to obtain customer information – email addresses, passwords, credit card data, PayPal account info, etc.

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A massive cyber attack on American infrastructure is the 21st-century equivalent of the neutron bomb. All buildings remain standing but systems inside them are rendered useless. Human beings aren’t killed on a large scale, but few, if any, are left standing either. And while this sounds pretty dire, it’s quite likely some segment of this nation will at some time be shut down by cyber terrorists.

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By Ondrej Krehel, Identity Theft 911

In an earlier post we talked about how malware is built to morph or change to avoid detection. This time we’ll look at what security firms are doing about it.

The short answer is heuristics or self-educating computer programs.
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By Matt Cullina,

Parents of gamers have likely caught wind of the hype surrounding two fall arrivals: Battlefield 3 (released Oct. 25) and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (out Nov. 8). These so-called shooter games are the latest installments to two established and—in the case of Call of Duty, wildly successful—video game series. that MW3 would sell 16 million copies and Battlefield 8 million copies by year-end.
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If you’re a senior citizen who suspects you’ve been scammed in a financial fraud, or if you are the adult child of a senior facing a possible financial scam, a new hotline may help you report the problem and get help.

But you’ll have to act fast. The hotline will only be open for one day: Nov. 10. And the hours will be limited, too. The hotline will only operate between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

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