UK: The Swiss Institute of Technology, Google and IBM conducted the study and found 600 million users had not updated their browsers. "Failure to apply patches promptly or missing them entirely is a recipe for disaster," the report said. Cyber criminals are frequently using websites to attack users, it added. Reported in BBC
A German court has ruled that banks are liable for phishing attacks on customers. Reported in ComputerWeekly.com
Brazil: Google signed an agreement with Brazilian public prosecutors to help combat child pornography on its social networking site Orkut. Reported in MSNBC
Iran: The death penalty for those who promote corruption, prostitution and apostasy on the internet is being considered by Iran’s parliament. Reported in AsianNews
US: Missouri Governor signed legislation that aims to fight cyber-bullying by updating the state's current harassment and stalking laws to include communication over the Internet and through other electronic means. More
Haryana: Sirsa District Magistrate has ordered all the cafes owners in the district to install close circuit TV cameras in their premises with immediate effect. Reported in Economic Times
Security group fights back against cyber threats
Cisco, Intel, IBM, Microsoft and Juniper Networks will collaborate as part of the new Industry Consortium for Advancement of Security on the Internet (Icasi), which hopes to improve response times to online attacks that target multiple products.
The group asserted that industry cooperation is needed as hackers and other cyber criminals are employing ever more sophisticated techniques to breach security defences.Recent research conducted by Fortify shows that four in five (81 per cent) IT professionals believe that their applications are vulnerable to breaches, with nearly a third of of people working in the sector describing themselves as 'very worried' about the security situation. Reported in BCS
Police caution 13-year-old girl over sex pictures on MySpace
New Zealand: A 13-year-old girl has been cautioned by New Zealand police after sexually explicit pictures of another 13-year-old girl were posted on social networking site MySpace without her knowledge. Reported in Stuff
Is cyber sex really cheating?
US: That's one question raised by Christie Brinkley's sensational courtroom allegations that estranged husband Peter Cook indulged in a secret $3,000-a-month Internet porn habit she claims contributed to the collapse of their seven-year marriage. Reported in NYDailyNews
Who is Christie Brinkley?
Christie Brinkley is more than one of America’s most successful and recognizable models appearing on over 500 magazine covers worldwide. She also excels as an artist, writer, photographer, designer, actress, philanthropist environmentalist, and political activist. Combining her modeling experience with her artistic talents and diverse interests, Christie’s career over the years has been interesting and dynamic.