Entries in Network (5)


Now’s a Good Time to Network

David De Lossy/Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- As the end of the year approaches, many people think about their prospects for the future and possibly switching jobs.

With office parties and Christmas gatherings for friends and families, job experts say this is a good time to network.

“I can’t emphasize enough the importance of networking and staying connected with people,” says Jane Trnka, executive director of the Career Development Center at the Rollins College MBA program in Winter Park, Fla.  “It’s not just at an office but when you go to social gatherings, you go to games, if you go to different organizational meetings, those are all great opportunities to meet with people to connect.”

Job seekers, she tells ABC News Radio, “need to feel comfortable and confident about talking about themselves, their skills, their talents and what they bring to the table for an employer.”

When approaching someone, keep any job pitch brief.

“If you talk more than 30 or 40 seconds you might get that glazed look over the other person’s eyes, so you want to make sure that you keep them engaged,” Trnka says.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Sony CEO: Can't Guarantee Security of PlayStation Network

Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures(TOKYO) -- The top executive at Sony says he can't guarantee the security of the company's video game network or any other web-based system.

Sony chief Howard Stringer says no network is 100 percent secure from the world of cybercrime, this after parts of its PlayStation Network were shut down for weeks. The hack potentially exposed vital personal data of some 70 million users to criminals. Speaking to reporters, Howard Stringer calls the online game outage a hiccup, but says Sony is no closer to finding the hackers who broke in.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Sony PlayStation Network Further Delayed

Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures(TOKYO) -- PlayStation network users will have to wait a little longer. Sony is holding off on restoring the service so that it can conduct additional testing to make sure that personal data is safe.

Last month, Sony admitted that the PlayStation network had been hacked, and the accounts of more 100 million customers compromised.

No word on how much longer the network would be down.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Fed's Disable Cyber-Crime Computer Network that Stole Millions 

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The FBI and the Justice Department say they have disabled a "botnet" of more than two million computers infected with malicious code that Eastern European cyber criminals may have used to drain millions of dollars from bank accounts around the world.

The victims include a Tennessee defense contractor that had $241,000 stolen from a bank account, a Michigan real estate company that lost more than $115,000, a South Carolina law firm that had $78,000 taken from accounts and a North Carolina investment firm that lost $151,000 from fraudulent wire transfers, according to court documents.

U.S. authorities continue to combat the network of remotely controlled computers called the "Coreflood" botnet, which has secretly recorded computer users' keystrokes to compromise vast amounts of banking and financial data. Botnets are armies of so-called "zombie" computers, often ordinary people's machines, that have been hijacked by hackers and ordered to vacuum up private information from bank accounts, credit card data, email services and social media sites.

Coreflood is believed to have been operating since 2002 and has resulted in an unknown number of U.S. bank accounts being broken into with losses that could be in the hundreds of millions of dollars, according to FBI officials.

The Justice Department and FBI filed a civil complaint against 13 "John Doe" defendants, charging them with wire fraud, bank fraud and illegal interception of electronic communications. Investigators will seek to identify the "John Does" as the investigation continues.

The FBI and Justice Department also have executed search warrants to seize Internet domain names believed tied to be the control servers for the Coreflood program.

The botnet has stolen vast amounts of funds from bank accounts in the United States, FBI officials said, and could have stolen hundreds of millions of dollars worldwide.

Investigators received a temporary restraining order from the district court allowing them to seize control of the infected computer servers to try to further dismantle and disable the Coreflood botnet. According to Justice Department officials, the server that will seek to counter Coreflood will be run by the Internet Systems Consortium, a non-profit group that works on Internet infrastructure and security issues.

FBI officials say that Coreflood program still will be present on victims' computers, but those victims can take action to remove the malicious software through proper security measures.

In a press release Wednesday, DOJ noted, "The public may go to the following sites operated by U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) and the Federal Trade Commission, respectively: and"

Microsoft also has developed malicious software removal tools to remove botnets including Coreflood.

Although FBI officials declined to say where the Coreflood botnet originated, previous media reports and cyber-security experts have traced it to cyber criminal gangs in Russia. Researchers at Dell SecureWorks claim they were the first to trace Coreflood to a computer crime ring from Russia. Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Gordon Snow, the assistant director of the FBI's Cyber Division, spelled out how Russia and Eastern Europe were a hotbed of computer crime.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio 


iPhone Coming to Verizon Wireless

Photo Courtesy - Aaron Katersky/ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The anticipation is finally over. Verizon Wireless announced Tuesday it will begin selling Apple's iPhone 4 on Feb. 10. Qualified Verizon Wireless customers will be able to pre-order the iPhone online on Feb. 3.

The announcement means Verizon will break the exclusive hold AT&T has had on the device since the June 2007 launch.

While those loyal to Verizon celebrated the long-awaited option for one of the most popular smart-phones in the world, tech aficionados say some of the features are lacking. There are also some concerns over how millions of new iPhone customers will affect Verizon's network for other users.

AT&T iPhone users have long complained of dropped calls and slowdowns, particularly in major cities. AT&T began limiting data usage last summer. iPhone users had previously enjoyed unlimited data plans.

Verizon has said it has built its network to prepare for the new users.

The Verizon iPhone will be similar to the current iPhone 4 but will use Verizon's CDMA technology and 3G network. The phone will allow customers to use their phone to connect up to five wi-fi enabled devices, with its new "Personal Hotspot" feature.

iPhone pricing for Verizon customers is identical to the current models available with AT&T service: $199 for the 16GB model and $299 for the 32GB model with a new two-year contract.

The iPhone 4 will be available at Verizon Wireless stores, Apple stores and the websites of both Verizon and Apple.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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