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Symantec tracking new malicious computer worm

Symantec Security Response is warning users about a new, malicious computer worm that comes in the form of an e-mail with the subject line, “Here you have.” The e-mail requests the recipient to click on an embedded link that appears to be a pdf hosted on the Internet. But when the e-mail recipient clicks on the link, it instantly downloads and launches the malicious worm without the computer user’s knowledge.

The most dangerous celebrities in Web search

If you’re looking for Cameron Diaz, Julia Roberts or Jessica Biel online, look out! The movie stars top the latest list of the most dangerous celebrities to search for online, according to new research by computer-security software maker McAfee Inc. Get the full story »

Intel agrees to buy McAfee for $7.68B

Chip maker Intel says it has agreed to buy computer-security software maker McAfee Inc. for $7.68 billion, or $48 per share. Intel Corp., which is based in Santa Clara, Calif., said the deal highlights “that security is now a fundamental component of online computing.” Get the full story »

S. Korea, U.S. cyberattacks do no damage

Hundreds of computers that helped cause a wave of outages on U.S. and South Korean government websites last July launched new attacks on the same sites, but no major interference was reported, police said Thursday.

The computers were programmed to attack every July 7, according to police, so this year’s assault appeared to be a continuation of last year’s, which began over the July 4 holiday weekend in the U.S. but reached South Korea on July 7. Get the full story »