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A recent government study has shown that many people are put off from using the internet because they are wary of being targeted by hackers and identity thieves.
The government’s Get Safe Online study has revealed that more people are afraid of becoming the victims of cyber crime than they are of being burgled or mugged.
Three Russian hackers accused of attacking British online casinos and bookies have been handed hefty prison sentences and fines, according to local news agency RIA Novosti.
A new US study has shown the risks that surfers are taking when using social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook.
The study, conducted by enterprise IT management company CA and the National Cyber Security Alliance, reveals that users of such sites are vulnerable to hackers and identity thieves.
This summer saw David Miliband, secretary of state for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, launching the government’s first experiment with wikis, only for the move to be scrapped after the “accidental or malicious editing or removal of material” by pranksters.
But the wiki is now open again, albeit with tighter moderation and registration policies, and Miliband has promised to continue testing new ways to engage with the public via the web.
We talked to him to find out more...
The rise of social networking sites and citizen journalism has been a wonderful breath of fresh air, connecting people and ideas as well as shifting the balance of power away from established institutions back to individuals whose voices are now more likely to be heard .
Online communities such as Myspace are becoming a major target for spyware creators, security company Webroot has warned.
The group says spyware infection rates have returned to 2004 peak levels as cyber criminals focus on new distribution channels such as social networking sites.
Google is facing its third and probably not its last court appearance this year over click fraud, after the filing of a new class action lawsuit in Pennsylvania.
Samuel Lassoff, the owner of two US websites, has accused the search giant of exposing publishers to click fraud through a breach of contract, negligence, unjust enrichment and unfair business practices.
UK web shoppers will spend £6.25 billion on groceries a year by 2010, an increase of 235% over last year, according to a study by Paypal.
Research by the payment firm suggests British online spending will double to £39 billion, with the grocery sector taking the lion’s share of the market.
Scammers have fooled thousands of British consumers into paying for non-existent summer holidays online, the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) has warned.
The Metropolitan Police has launched an investigation into at least five UK-based websites pretending to sell package holidays to European destinations.