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Tiger Eastwood

Online Fraud and Identity Theft: Transact Safely - Symantec Corp. - 0 views

    Online fraud is a type of cybercrime that uses email, web sites, chat rooms or message boards. There are many different types of online fraud, including phishing and pharming scams, which use forged e-mails and Web sites to trick recipients into giving out personal information such as credit card data, social security numbers, and passwords.

    When armed with a little technical advice and common sense, you can prevent online fraud. Symantec recommends following these basic steps to avoid becoming a victim of online fraud:


    Consider disabling file sharing on your computer.

    Be careful about opening attachments, especially from unknown senders.

    Familiarize yourself with a Web site's privacy policy, especially if you are asked to provide confidential and/or personal data.

    Review bank and credit card statements regularly.

    Install and regularly update software firewall, antivirus, and anti-spyware solutions. We recommend Norton Internet Security for comprehensive protection.

    Keep your Windows operating system and all your applications updated with the latest security patches.

    Create strong passwords and protect them carefully or consider using password protection software. Norton Internet Security encrypts passwords for secure storage, monitors them for unapproved usage, and notifies you when a Web site offers secure login capabilities.

    Lock your home mailbox.

    Shred bank and credit card statements and other financial data before disposal.

    Check your bank and credit card statements monthly.

    Strong passwords have eight characters or more, and use a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols.

    Take advantage of your right to a free annual credit report.

    If you think you've become a victim of ID theft or cybercrime, report it to the proper authorities immediately. Visit the following websites for more information:


    Don't provide personal data to a
Toni Heading

Norton Scientific Reviews: Symantec source code leaked by hackers - 0 views

    A group of hackers who call themselves the Lords of Dharmaraja, (and is associated with Anonymous) have published the source code of Symantec, a digital security firm know for the Norton antivirus program and pcAnywhere, raising concerns that others could exploit thesecurity holes and try to control the users computer.The release of the source code came after the 'extortion' attempt failed as Symantec did notcomply with their numerous deadlines.Negotiations through email messages between a representative of the hacker group,YamaTough, and someone from Symantec were also released online. The exchange of messages are about Symantec's offer to pay USD 50,000 for the hackers to stop disclosing thesource code and announce to the public that the whole Symantec hack was a fake, which madethem a subject of mockery for appearing to buy protection.Both sides admitted that their participation was just a trick.The hackers denied any extortion aim, saying that they never intended to take the money andwere going to publish the source code whatever happens; they simply want to humiliate them sothey played along. While Symantec said that they are not actually the one in communicationwith the hacker, but a law enforcement agent.The long negotiation worked to the favor of Symantec as they have been able to come up withpatches to theirNorton and pcAnywhere programs. Symantec has advised their users to stopusing the softwares in the meantime until they have issued more patches for them.Symantec released a statement saying that they have always been prepared for the leak of thesource code so they've made and distributed hotfixes on January to secure their users.The drawn-out negotiation is an obvious sign of a law enforcer on the other line. Delaying tacticsis one of their assets to obtain insight into the enemy. More importantly, it will create moretransactions where paper trail will be left along the way -- utilizing persons who have beeninvolved in the process and the records themsel
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