Scarlet Pruitt

Scarlet Pruitt is a reporter for the IDG News Service.

New worm lures users with 'breaking news'

Internet users alarmed over news of Michael Jackson's death or dark conspiracies behind the demise of Pope John Paul II should perhaps just be worried that they received another new e-mail worm. Researchers at security firm Sophos...

Cybercriminals get a 10-year jail sentence

U.K. authorities sentenced two men to a total of 10 years in prison for Net fraud.

Cybersecurity group looks to Europe for help

Paul Kurtz, executive director of the Cyber Security Industry Alliance, was in Europe last week to talk about the advocacy group's work and the need for more attention to cybersecurity issues.

Hotmail takes a tougher stance on spam

Microsoft Corp. is throwing the full weight of Hotmail behind its Sender ID e-mail authentication technology by sidelining incoming mail when it fails to pass a Sender ID check.The software maker has begun warning Hotmail users with...

Google confirms work on Internet payment service

Google Inc. has confirmed that it is developing an online payment system, although it says it has no plans to take on eBay Inc.'s PayPal service. Following media speculation about such a move, the chief executive of the Web search...

Microsoft names new international head

Microsoft Corp. named a new head for its international operations on Monday, in a move that underscores the software maker's increasing focus on global sales, and emerging markets in particular.Jean-Philippe Courtois has been...

Sony licenses DC Comics, Matrix for online games

Sony Online Entertainment Inc. (SOE) is looking to expand its online game portfolio by tapping into Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Inc.'s DC Comics and Matrix movie properties. SOE said Friday that it has entered exclusive...

U.K. government is target in e-mail attack

Critical infrastructure providers in the U.K. are being targeted in Trojan e-mail attacks designed to steal sensitive information such as passwords and documents, a national infrastructure security agency warned Thursday. Tailored...

U.K. government is target in e-mail attacks

U.K. critical infrastructure providers are being targeted in e-mail attacks, a national security agency warns.

Mytob writers could be creating a super bug

Virus writers responsible for the recent rash of Mytob worm variants could be working on creating a super worm, a security researcher warned Friday. The "HellBot" group behind the Mytob worms write programming instructions in their...

Mytob writers could be creating a superbug

The HellBot group behind the Mytob worms is writing programming instructions in their code that mirror the way developers work, according to Sophos security consultant Carole Theriault.

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