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The Web: World Cup soccer spam hooligans

Nearly 12 times more viewers are expected to follow the World Cup on the Internet and TV than eyed the Super Bowl this winter, a spokesman for famed messaging filtering firm -- an e-mail goalie, if you will -- Postini Inc. tells The Web. "Viewers are more likely than usual to send and receive e-mails or instant messages about the World Cup," said the Postini spokesman, based in San Carlos, Calif. "Potentially tens of millions of them in the next month, creating inherent risks." Experts tell The Web that there will be an increase in spam -- especially World Cup-themed viruses, phishing expeditions and denial-of-service attacks in the coming weeks. Heavy message flows -- from regular Jose Seis Pack communicating with their mates -- will also strain computer networks. Accordingly, company IT departments are taking proactive, preventive measures, including the following, to protect their corporate networks from this new form of soccer hooligan: -- Filtering out all e-mail that references the World Cup...

ยป PhysOrg.com - 01-06-2006

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