Briefs: Top 10 Internet Threats

BOSTON (06/02/2000) - The SANS Institute released a list of the 10 most critical Internet security threats to information technology workers. They include vulnerable Common Gateway Interface programs, application extensions installed on Web servers and overflow weakness in sendmail.

SANS also posted the five worst security mistakes committed by users, such as opening unsolicited e-mail attachments without verifying the source. More information about these lists can be found at

Online Sales Edge Up

The Department of Commerce said online commerce sales rose 1.2% in the first three months of this year to $5.26 billion, from $5.198 billion in the fourth quarter of last year. However, online sales represented only 0.7% of $747.8 billion in overall retail sales during the first quarter. This is the second time the Commerce Department has released estimates of online retail sales.

Study: People Won't Pay for Online News

Fifty-five percent of people who use the Internet would be unwilling to pay for online news services, according to results of a study by InsightExpress LLC in Greenwich, Connecticut. Of the 300 respondents to the survey, 27% go online for local news, 27% for world news, 25% for national news, 8% for sports news, 5% for business news and 5% for financial news.

Nasdaq Stocks Start Trading in Hong KongIn a pilot program that started last week, seven Nasdaq stocks - Amgen Inc., Applied Materials Inc., Cisco Systems Inc., Dell Computer Corp., Intel Corp., Microsoft Corp. and Starbucks Corp. - began trading on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong. As a result, it will become less expensive for Hong Kong traders to buy and sell these stocks, which will be traded in Hong Kong dollars. The stocks will continue to be listed and regulated on the Nasdaq Stock Market in the U.S.

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