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Computer Viruses and Organized Crime: The Inside Story

Internet security experts are divided on the source and purpose of computer viruses and worms like Blaster and SoBig. But some government agencies are investigating a possible connection between the increasing spread of infected computers and organized crime. Recent trends are leading many experts t...

Microsoft Passport and the Future of Authentication

Microsoft's .NET Passport, one of the largest online authentication services in operation, has more than 200 million active accounts and handles more than 4 billion authentications per month. As a whole, Microsoft's .NET Passport service is a collection of Internet-based technologies designed to mak...

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The Insider’s Guide to Overclocking

Computer hobbyists for years have tweaked their computers' innards to squeeze out extra bits of performance. Known as overclocking, the practice has long been a holy grail to users who demand maximum performance from their systems. But overclocking a system poses hazards to the hardware, maki...

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Beyond Biometrics: New Strategies for Security

Biometric security devices -- which authenticate a person's identity on the basis of physical characteristics, such as a fingerprint -- have been available in one form or another for 30 years. But biometrics technology for computer security might never achieve widespread use because of the predomina...

Denial of Service – Exposed

Analysts credit advance warning about the Blaster worm, in addition to Microsoft's clever rewriting of standard Internet-connection protocols, as the weapons used in defeating a denial-of-service attack against the software company's Windows help Web site on August 16th. The Blaster worm, which infe...

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Microsoft’s Advanced-Research Division Comes of Age

Last month Microsoft hosted a summit to discuss major computing problems. The event has become an annual showcase for new research projects and for the massive dollar endowments that Microsoft's advanced-research division -- called Microsoft Research, or MSR -- provides to a worldwide network of uni...

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Profile of the Superworm: SoBig.E Exposed

The SoBig.E worm, released two months ago on the Internet, continues to spread among unprotected computers. Some Internet security analysts fear that this latest variant of the SoBig family -- much like future variants of the new Microsoft Blaster worm that began to proliferate early this week -- wi...

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