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Twitter contains second worm in a week

Twitter has put a stop to a worm that posted obscene messages to victims' Twitter feeds. It's the second worm attack the site has suffered in a week.

UK survey aims to quantify prevalence of cyber stalking

A U.K. organization is conducting a survey to gauge the prevalence of cyberstalking, an undocumented problem that may be becoming increasingly prevalent.

IBM to open three analytics centers in Europe

IBM said on Thursday it will open three analytics centers in Europe, part of its growing business analytics business highlighted by its $1.7 billion offer earlier this week for vendor Netezza.

Analysts see uptick in Russia-registered spam domains

Researchers are seeing an uptick in the number of spam-related domains from Russian registrars, a sign that cybercriminals are choosing those providers due to lax enforcement.

Applications weakened by third-party code

The use of third-party code in applications represents a big security risk for companies, according to a study from security vendor Veracode.

How much should you spend on IT security?

It may be difficult for enterprises to figure out how much they should spend on IT security, but research analyst Gartner has statistics on how much their peers are spending.

Survey finds low use of Microsoft encryption technology

Microsoft's full-disk encryption feature is not being widely used, even where it is part of the Windows operating system, according to a new survey released by security vendor Opswat.

Twitter fixes cross-site scripting flaw

A serious security flaw was apparently found on Twitter on Tuesday but was quickly fixed.

Microsoft pushes Zune expansion outside the US

Microsoft plans to offer elements of its Zune music and movie services throughout Europe and other countries this fall in conjunction with the release of its Windows Phone 7 operating system.

Facebook quashes mobile phone rumors

Facebook said on Monday it is not building a mobile phone, dismissing a TechCrunch story that it is working on software for a device from a hardware manufacturer.

IETF approves e-crime reporting format

An Internet standards group has approved an electronic crimes reporting format, which may eventually give security researchers a cohesive, broad set of data to gauge online crime.

Police in Europe conduct raids over file-sharing sites

Police across Europe conducted raids on Tuesday against ISPs and private individuals to collect evidence against several websites suspected of offering content to file-sharing networks without permission of the copyright holder.

Security program automatically tracks down missing patches

Secunia has updated its Personal Software Inspector (PSI) with the ability to silently download and apply patches from multiple vendors soon after their release. PSI 2.0 is now available in an open beta test,

Vehicle camera watches the road for stray pedestrians

Mobileye Products has added a pedestrian alert feature to its collision prevention device, warning drivers up to 2.7 seconds prior to a possible accident.

Germany to launch antibotnet program for consumers

Germany will soon launch a service to help consumers remove malicious software from their computers in an attempt to stem the spread of spam-sending botnets.