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永利网:It's an e-scoop!

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By Paul Marks THE Internet grew up as a news-breaking medium in 1998, thanks largely to the Net newshound Matt Drudge. Newsweek had been sitting on the tale of President Bill Clinton’s indiscretions with Monica Lewinsky for months when the Drudge Report webzine (http://www.drudgereport.com) alerted the world to the story. The Net also carried independent counsel Kenneth Starr’s protracted report on the affair. Starr’s team learnt the lesson of the Louise Woodward debacle in 1997, when the British nanny challenged her conviction for murder. After Massachusetts judge Hiller Zobel ordered his decision on Woodward to be disseminated on the Web, the world logged on, overloaded the servers and phone lines, and . . . crash, no one was any the wiser. This time, Starr’s Net-savvy aides ensured the report was widely carried on servers around the world. The result: a fairly seamless delivery. But while the Net grew in stature as a news medium, security is still an issue. In March, New Scientist reported on the alarming ease with which e-mail identities can be forged. Number-based e-mail addresses, as used by CompuServe, are being harnessed by fraudsters to solicit credit-card details and passwords from unsuspecting new users. And a popular e-mail software package, ICQ, was found to be worryingly prone to forged identities and password theft. Confidence wasn’t helped by a plan—from Nortel of Canada and the British energy supplier United Utilities—to provide ultrafast access via electricity mains. The system broadcast users’ personal data by radiating radio frequencies from street lamps. More on these topics: