Security Alert News Reporter   

     JUNE 2004                           LANGHORNE, PENNSYLVANIA, USA                Volume 1, Issue 02
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    Here's our "Security Alert News Reporter" for June,  2004
  The "News Reporter" is published periodically to keep you up-to-date on the latest information we gather for avoiding and surviving the hectic hacker attacks on your computer security and personal identity that take place constantly on the internet.
Latest Virus Threats  reported June 12, 2004 by McAfee:
 Full descriptions including  virus characteristics, symptoms, aliases and removal instructions are available by clicking on each of these two links:
   Since the arrival of Sasser, more than a half dozen new worms and several versions of each—Cycle, Gaobot, Bobax, Korgo, Kibuv and Sdbot, are circulating on the internet.

The Gaobot and Wallon worms attempt to exploit Windows vulnerabilities from earlier security bulletins. But the most insidious threats are still the e-mail viruses Netsky.P, Bagel.X and Dumaru.

Sasser.B remains at the top of the active infectious lists, despite the fact that Microsoft reports the number of downloads of the MS04-011 update, which could block a Sasser infection, is four times the amount of previous Free downloads.

If you haven't updated and haven't been infected by Sasser yet, you're lucky. Update now. Try the FREE scanning and removal tool available on the Firewalls and Virus Protection website at STINGER. It also checks for about
40 or more other active viruses and worms


Look for the STINGER Icon


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Privacy Theft  'Hottest' issues everywhere you turn today are about 'Phishing' (pronounce that like FISHING) and Brand Spoofing (both of which should be pronounced 'Theft") And well they should be.

"Phishing" describes a combination of techniques used by cyber crooks to bait people into giving up sensitive personal data such as credit card numbers, social security numbers, bank account numbers, dates of birth and more.

There's a new Article about the dangers of phishing on the Firewalls website. It's a SCAM that works extremely well
for 2 basic reasons. Read the article and learn how to best protect yourself from the theft of your Identity.

"Brand spoof spam" scams increased nearly 500% since January, and by 51 times since May 2003.

That’s according to research by SurfControl, a London-based e-mail filtering company. The company described a new trick used by brand spoof spammers, a fake address bar that appears in an e-mail recipients' Web browser and makes these e-mail scams look even more legitimate. (Think eBay, PayPal, Microsoft, and more)

The increase in such dangerous spam is linked to the continuing growth of the Internet and unwary e-mail users. Spammers are flocking to offshore 'bullet proof' Web
hosting companies not governed by U.S. laws, who guarantee they won't be shut down. The growth of viruses like MyDoom,  give spammers the ability to send e-mails anonymously through compromised machines,

Following the usual guidelines will help protect you from brand spoofing and phishing threats:

 Do Not share confidential information in response to
        unsolicited emails.

Never follow links to an unsolicited or suspicious

Make sure that all of your anti-virus operating system
       software is up to date.  
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Family Security  The Federal Trade Commission of the United States Government has many publication relating to protecting the security of your family, both on the internet and off. They are FREE at their website. Check out their pages covering Consumer (family) protection HERE

   There are some interesting discussions and helpful family related links on the 'Identity Theft' pages at the
Firewalls-and-virus-protection website, including some very recent updates.

  If you are concerned for your own security and that of your family, visit the 'Identity Theft' pages HERE

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Publications  Here's a way you can help your family and friends

We are repeating this announcement because of the interest level it created after presenting it in the last issue of the News Reporter and because of its popularity, we will continue to create similar reports that can be downloaded, printed and shared. When the next publication is available, a
brief special announcement will be sent to our subscriber community with downloading information. 

 Many people using the internet wonder if their firewalls and virus protection are good enough to keep them safe. For those of you who have visited our Firewalls site, you
know that the information there is all directed toward
keeping you safe from hacker and cracker attacks.

Because it isn't always convenient to share your computer with family and friends, we have excerpted an important chapter from our Firewalls site and created a small downloadable report that can easily be printed and distributed to the people you'd like to help avoid 'virus grief'.

    You can download it from this link

It's a 9 page, easy reading guide. The download includes a ReadMe page with instructions for unzipping and using
your Acrobat Reader, and even a link to the Adobe website where you can get
your own free Acrobat Reader if you don't already have one.

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Free Resources  There is really no reason for anyone not to have the latest Firewall, anti-virus, spam blocking, and spyware removal software installed on their computers. You can download all of these programs, and more, mostly for FREE, from our Firewalls-and-Virus-Protection website.

    They're there for the taking. If you need to block Spam, check the links on the 'Spam and Spyware' page. Same thing for Cookie Crumbling tools, Spyware protection, etc.

    Start at the Firewalls page and check out each page, downloading what you need as you go through the whole site.

    The 'Articles and Reports' section has some recent interesting and helpful additions. We encourage you to visit it, too. There are regular updates to this section of our site.

    Same thing for protective software. We add it whenever we find tools that will benefit our site visitors. It would be a good idea to bookmark and check back regularly so that your don't miss newly added items.

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  Reviews (of the news).

         We think that this is very good news!

A U.S. House subcommittee approved a bill this month that would regulate computer "spyware," forcing software makers to notify consumers before installing some kinds of monitoring programs on their PCs.

The bill, introduced by California Republican Mary Bono and New York Democrat Ed Towns, is one of several targeting the kinds of annoying or potentially dangerous applications known as "spyware," "adware" or "malware."

Bono and Towns' H.R. 2929 , now renamed the "Securely Protect Yourself Against Cyber Trespass Act," was amended in committee to bar practices such as key logging--a way of spying on computer users' actions by recording every stroke on the keyboard--and the display of advertisements that can not be closed.

Bono and Towns' bill will be heard next by the full House Energy and Commerce Committee. A similar bill has been introduced in the U.S. Senate, and is currently being reviewed by the Commerce Committee there.

                          Also Good News


Organized by the Internet Users Association and Panda Software and under the slogan “Ridding the Planet of Viruses”, the campaign has been set up to make the Internet a safer place for users

The campaign is available at and in the eight most widely-spoken languages, covering 86.4% of Internet users

Internet users can access the information, training and solutions they need to protect their PCs against Internet threats until July 31 on the campaign site

This open initiative has both private and public support in over 50 countries. Any individual, company or entity can join in and help promote this initiative

We are proud to announce the family of websites is actively participating in this vitally important campaign to Rid the Planet of Viruses

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