SKorean police say Google collects personal info

The Associated Press reports that Google Inc. collected e-mails and other personal information from unsecured wireless networks in South Korea while taking photographs for its Street View mapping service, police said Thursday. In May, the American search giant announced that it had inadvertently collected fragments of people’s online activities from unsecured Wi-Fi networks in more than 30 countries, a disclosure that prompted investigations around the globe…

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Google Apps adds two-step verification

InformationWeek reports that Google on Sept. 20 plans to offer its users improved security through the introduction of a two-step login verification process. Initially, two-step verification will be available to Google Apps Premiere, Government, and Education edition users, at no extra charge. But Google plans to make the technology available to all its users in the coming months, once the company is confident it can scale the technology to meet demand. Google is expected to make the announcement at an enterprise conference called Atmosphere, which is being held in a hotel near Paris, France…

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Fake antivirus software a growing online threat, Google says

Google said April 27 that fake software security programs rigged to infect computers are a growing online threat with hackers tricking people into installing nefarious code on machines, AFP reports. An analysis of 240 million web pages by the internet search giant during the past 13 months revealed that fake antivirus programs accounted for 15 percent of malicious software it detected. “The Fake AV threat is rising in prevalence, both absolutely and relative to other forms of web-based malware,” Google said in its findings. Fake antivirus peddlers rig web sites to frighten visitors with pop-up messages warning that supposed scans have found dangerous malicious software on their machines. The scam goes on by selling victims programs that hackers claim will fix the purported problems but in fact plant nefarious computer code on their machines. Such transactions also leave credit card information in the hands of cyber crooks. “Surprisingly, many users fall victim to these attacks and pay to register the Fake AV,” Google said…

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