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by Kevin Newcomb

November 24, 2004

Google has filed its first click fraud lawsuit, charging a Texas-based Web site and its owners generated fraudulent clicks on ads in its AdSense program, causing Google to pay them for useless traffic to its advertisers.

The lawsuit, filed last week in a California Superior Court, alleges that, beginning in August 2003, Auction Experts International and its founders Sergio Morfin and Alexei Leonov clicked on AdSense ads and paid up to 50 individuals to do the same.

Washington Post

by Brian Krebs

November 23, 2004

Hackers co-opted several popular Web sites including comedycentral.com over the weekend, using them to infect thousands of computers with a virus that can be used to steal passwords, bank accounts and other personal information.

Displaying an increasingly sophisticated approach to online theft, the hackers gained control of a German online advertising services firm and served up thousands of Internet ads designed to send visitors to one of several Web sites where the hackers had installed the virus. Hackers also can use the virus to plant programs on victims' computers that send out spam, flood monitors with pop-up advertising or attack other Web sites, said security researchers who analyzed the code.

internetnews.com

by Sean Michael Kerner

November 22, 2004

New move in virus battle renders banner ads susceptible to MyDoom variant. A chilling turn in the war against viruses appeared over the weekend. It looks like viruses are now being spread unsuspectingly through Web sites via compromised ad servers.

The SANS Institute Internet Storm Center on Saturday reported that a 'high profile UK website' was among those that had been hit. On Sunday, The Register confirmed on a note on its site that, "early on Saturday morning some banner advertising served for The Register by third-party ad serving company Falk AG became infected with the Bofra/IFrame exploit."

V Myths

by Rob Rosenberger

November 16, 2004

"I have Handwritten this [resignation] letter," U.S. attorney general John Ashcroft told the president on 2 November, "so its confidentiality can be maintained."

"Handwritten" to maintain "confidentiality." Ashcroft didn't even trust the security of his home PC, let alone the classified laptop he takes on road trips!

The Herald-Mail Company (MD) - [Archive Subscription Required]

by Wanda T. Williams

October 18, 2004

TrueVoteMD, an election integrity group opposing the state's electronic touch-screen voting machines, is fighting the state's decision to not grant poll-watching credentials to group members for the Nov. 2 election.

"Electronic voting machines are vulnerable to human error and tampering," said Linda Schade, co-founder of the Tacoma Park, Md.-based group of approximately 3,000 members. "We're hoping to educate voters and document the problems that people have."

USA Today (NC)

October 16, 2004

Four schools in the University of North Carolina system will participate in a pilot program that allows them to download music, movies and other copyrighted material on the Internet for free.

The Register (UK)

by Lester Haines

September 15, 2004

A "world-beating" biometric scanner system which was intended to remove the stigma of claiming free school meals has been removed from a school in Sunderland - after failing to deliver on its cutting-edge promise.

The Venerable Bede Church of England School in Ryhope deployed the CRB Solutions' kit in its canteen as a way of identifying pupils anonymously by cross-referencing their retinas with a database. Apparently, this spared kids entitled to free grub from ridicule and lambastation at the hands of their peers.

USA Today (IL)

by Debbie Howlett

September 9, 2004

A surveillance system that uses 2,000 remote-control cameras and motion-sensing software to spot crimes or terrorist acts as they happen is being planned for the city.

The high-definition, motorized cameras can rotate 360 degrees and include night-vision capability. They will be mounted on buildings and utility poles across the city. The city is also considering allowing private companies to join the network, for a fee. Officials said the system size is nearly limitless.

Guardian Unlimited (UK)

by Tim Radford

September 7, 2004

Two of the seven million dollar challenges that have baffled for more than a century may be close to being solved

Mathematicians could be on the verge of solving two separate million dollar problems. If they are right - still a big if - and somebody really has cracked the so-called Riemann hypothesis, financial disaster might follow. Suddenly all cryptic codes could be breakable. No internet transaction would be safe.

Washington Post

by Cynthia L. Webb

July 16, 2004

The Bush administration has sent the embattled CAPPS II airline passenger screening program back to the hangar for a major overhaul, a decision that civil liberties advocates have applauded as a win for privacy rights.

The New York Times reported that the government "is pressing ahead with a new computer system that will rely on government databases."

      
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