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New Internet grave threat

Date: December 27, 2006

There is a new and grave threat to companies selling proprietary wares and services online: Their brand can be tarnished and customers stolen by a keystroke. With the Web now the shopping mall of choice for time-crunched consumers, cyber-thieves are "dressing up" Web sites and tweaking competitors' domain names to capture unsuspecting shoppers.

The more sophisticated scammers are criminals who electronically embed specially coded software programs on the browsers of PCs. Simply clicking on to a Web site link can plant code in a computer that takes command of its browser. These bugs hijack a search and redirect it to ...

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