Network Security Roundup for October 21, 2003 Symantec Purchases SSL VPN Maker SafeWeb21-Oct-03 11:57 ET

Story Highlights:“Antivirus and computer security company Symantec has purchased SafeWeb for $26m (15.5m). SafeWeb makes technology which gives workers secure, remote access to network resources over the internet. The purchase will add a well-regarded SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) virtual private network (VPN) product to Symantec’s stable of network security and management tools.”

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BusinessWeek Online: ‘Phishing’ Is Foul on the Net21-Oct-03 4:31 ET

Story Highlights:“Dubbed ‘phishing’ in the Web vernacular, an increasingly common type of scam entails cybercrooks posing as legitimate businesses asking users for key personal information. The perpetrators spray e-mail by the millions to random addresses using domain names of popular e-mail services such as, and These messages request that recipients give up their passwords, account numbers, and other key information.”

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BBC: Computer Viruses Rampant in China21-Oct-03 3:56 ET

Story Highlights:“If you use a computer in China, the chances are that you have to do battle with a virus sooner or later. Official figures quoted by the Xinhua state news agency show that about 85% of computers were infected with a computer virus this year. The main reason for the spread of the viruses was increasing use of the internet and e-mail, said the survey.”

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CNN: Woman Sentenced for Reading E-Mail of Husband’s Ex-Wife19-Oct-03 9:46 ET

Story Highlights:“A judge sentenced an Arizona woman to 60 days home detention for intercepting her husband’s ex-wife’s e-mail, saying the penalty is a warning to others who might be tempted to do the same. ‘Privacy is still a cherished value,’ U.S. District Judge Richard P. Matsch said in sentencing Angel Lee, 28, of El Mirage, Arizona.”

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The Register: Victoria’s Secret To Pay Up for Poor Privacy21-Oct-03 11:23 ET

Story Highlights:“New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has sorted through Victoria Secret’s dirty undies and is set to doll out a $50,000 fine to the company for online privacy violations. Spitzer has spent several months looking into charges that the Victoria’s Secret Web site allowed shoppers to take a peek at other customers’ orders.”

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