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Japanese shrine offers protection for computers

Japanese shrine offers protection for computersTokyo - In high-tech Japan, not only programmers provide protection from viruses and other computer bugs, but also the gods.

At Tokyo's Kanda-Myojin Shinto shrine, the faithful can bring their computer and have the priests use centuries-old ceremonies to ask the gods for help and protection for their computer, a shrine spokesman said Friday.

The shrine is located near the Akihabara quarter, Tokyo's technology hub and popular destination for geeks and lovers of the latest electronic gadgets.

‘Trusted notary’ sites may help protect against hack attacks

‘Trusted notary’ sites may help protect against hack attacksLondon, Aug 27: Scientists at Carnegie Mellon have found a way to thwart hack attacks that intercept data passing from a personal computer to a website.

Since the "man-in-the-middle" attacks involve hi-tech hackers who have total control over data streams, such activities are hard to spot.

The defence mechanism involves sites designated as trusted "notaries".

Software compares responses received by trusted websites and tells users if it looks like data is being intercepted.

Britain faces thousands of cyber attacks on key utilities every day

Cyber SecurityLondon, August 23: The Government of Britain has said that thousands of cyber attacks are being carried each day on key utilities in the country by criminals and terrorists, some of them backed by foreign states.

According to a report in The Times, computer networks controlling electricity supplies, telecommunications and banking are being attacked thousands of times a day in a new cyber war in Britain.

3 in 4 online banking sites have widespread security flaws

Washington, July 23: A large percentage of online banking sites have at least one design flaw, which in turn, can make customers vulnerable to cyber thieves when it comes to their money or even identity, finds a new study led by an Indian-origin researcher.

Atul Prakash, a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and doctoral students Laura Falk and Kevin Borders examined the Web sites of 214 financial institutions in 2006 and found that 75 percent of them had security flaws.

According to the study’s researchers the design flaws aren''t bugs that can be fixed with a patch, in fact, they stem from the flow and the layout of these Web sites.

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