11% of identity fraud is online

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A study from the Better Business Bureau found that only 11% of identity theft involves online methods. Half of, just over 5% of the total, online identity theft comes from spyware installed on users machines. As comparison, greater than 30% comes as a result of a lost purse or wallet. Second and third on the… Read more »

Iranian blogger sentenced to 14 years

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Arash Sigarchi, a 28-year-old journalist, was sentenced by Iranian courts to 14 years in prison. His ‘crimes’ are listed in a 12 page document, and the crimes range from espionage to insulting the country’s leaders. It appears that the conviction stems from a blog Sigarchi was publishing that was critical of arrests of journalists by… Read more »

US Military may shut down garage door openers

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What would you do if you came home tonight and your garage door wouldn’t open? Probably what most people do: cuss at it and then go inside for some fresh batteries. But, what if that didn’t work. What if all of a sudden the frequency your trusty opener has been using was claimed by someone… Read more »

Typing style may be new password

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Researchers at Louisiana Tech and Penn State found that the way you type can identify you, and can be as unique as eye color or speech patterns. While they do not feel it can fully take the place of passwords, it can add an additional layer of security. Source: TuscaloosaNews.com – Researchers: Typing Style Can… Read more »

Virus writers targeting cars

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Lexus Landcruiser 100 models LX470 and LS430 are apparently vulnerable to a new virus spreading through the on-board cell phone. The virus appears to only affect the navigation system. Fortunately, the brake and steering systems are not under total control of the computer. But, it’s a scary thought that a future virus may be able… Read more »

Amazon.com looking to create photo yellow pages

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Amazon.com introduced the first phase of a new service called A9.com Yellow Pages. With this release, the phone directory includes 20 million images from 10 cities to make it easy to find what you’re looking for. When the user clicks on a business; they are shown contact information, a map, reviews, and a photo of… Read more »

Friday the 13th asteroid will miss the Earth

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A couple of days ago I wrote about an asteroid that had about a 2 percent chance of impacting the Earth on April the 13, 2029; a Friday. New observations now rule out a possible collision. Using pictures from last March, the Near Earth Object Program stated that the asteroid no longer poses a threat… Read more »

Talk about an unlucky Friday the 13th

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An asteroid has been rated as a level four threat to the Earth on a scale out of 10. This marks the first time that an asteroid has been rated higher than 1. Currently, there is a 1 in 45 chance that this asteroid will collide with the Earth on Friday, April 13th, 2029.

Santy worm blocked by Google

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Google, responding to pleas from anti-virus companies, has shut down a virus that uses the search engine to find victims. The Santy virus uses the search engine to find vulnerable phpBB sites to spread to. An estimated 40,000 sites have been infected by last Tuesday. Google is assuring users that they are not at risk… Read more »