Monday Morning Cyber Corner

IN THE NEWS: HOUSE PANEL WARNS ABOUT CHINESE COMPANIES AND CYBER THREAT

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House Intelligence Committee is warning that American companies should avoid doing business with China's two leading technology firms. The panel says that's because the companies pose a national security threat to the U.S. The companies are Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corporation -- two of the world's leading suppliers of telecommunications gear and mobile phones. Lately, there's been concern over cyber-attacks traced to China. And the House panel report suggests some of the devices made in China may be to blame. The report recommends that U.S. government computer systems not include any components from the two companies -- because it could pose a spy risk.

IN THE NEWS: FDA STEPS UP FIGHT OVER ONLINE MEDS WEB SITES

TRENTON, New Jersey (AP) -- The federal government is taking steps to make the global medicine supply safer. The Food and Drug Administration says it is cracking down on counterfeit and other potentially harmful medicine sold over the Internet. The agency has ordered operators of about 4,100 web sites to immediately stop selling unapproved drugs to U.S. consumers. This past week, the FDA launched a campaign warning consumers that most online pharmacies don't follow laws or follow pharmacy industry standards. It also provided warnings on how to tell the differences between bogus Web sites and legit ones.

ON THE WEB: "PRICE IS RIGHT" GETS FIRST MALE MODEL

CYBERSPACE (AP) -- A Boston man has won an online competition to become the first male model in the history of "The Price Is Right." The long-running CBS game show says Rob Wilson was the winner from among three finalists. Wilson will begin a week-long stay modeling along with the ladies a week from today. The show has been on the air since September 1972.

Online:

CBS site: http://www.cbs.com

IN STORES: DECLINE IN GREETING CARDS

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (AP) -- So, when is the last time you sent or received a greeting card in the mail? If you have trouble remembering -- you probably understand why Hallmark is closing a plant in Kansas that churned out a-third of its traditional greeting cards. That will cost people 300 jobs. In Hallmark says it's closing the plants because people have so many ways to communicate these days other than sending cards through snail mail. These days people are more likely to opt for an e-card or simply clicking "Like" on your Facebook wall if they know about a baby birth, anniversary, birthday -- or other life event.

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Online:

Hallmark site: http://www.hallmark.com

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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