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New internet fraud

Date: February 23, 2006

As the ever-expanding age of the Internet develops further, so do the problems, such as identity theft and computer viruses, that accompany it. University Information Technology Services provides Indiana University students with information about security to prevent identity theft over the Internet and even free anti-virus software for IU students at its Web site. Now, however, even that might not be enough protection for users.

Alex Tsow, a graduate student of computer science, has conducted research that shows students should not only be wary of suspicious "phishing" e-mails, but also of suspicious hardware that can perpetuate the attacks.

Phishing is a method of identity theft in which a created Web site mimics a legitimate company's and deceives the user into providing his or her personal information, Tsow said.
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