ZDTV to Launch New Show: "CyberCrime" to Highlight Online Security and Privacy Issues
Symantec to Sponsor Weekly Series by ZDTV's High-Tech Crime Unit
San Francisco-November 9, 1999 ZDTV today announced it will
launch a new weekly half-hour show, "CyberCrime," sponsored by
Symantec, beginning the first week of February 2000. This
fast-paced, innovative show will provide an in-depth look at the
dangers facing computer users in the digital age. As a reliable
source for consumers and network professionals, "CyberCrime" will
feature news and commentary on a broad spectrum of issues,
including hacking, fraud, viruses, privacy, sex crimes, software
piracy, and censorship.
Luke Reiter and Alex Wellen will host the new program. Reiter is a
former Assistant District Attorney in the Homicide Investigations
Bureau of Queens County, New York. Wellen is an experienced
intellectual property and antitrust litigator from the New York firm of
Pennie and Edmonds, LLP.
On "CyberCrime," Reiter and Wellen will expand their groundbreaking
work for ZDTV News. Since the network's launch in May 1998 the
two have provided daily reports on high-tech security and privacy.
At the forefront of an emerging field, Reiter and Wellen are
responsible for breaking several national news stories on topics such
as the Melissa computer virus, hacker Kevin Mitnick's guilty plea,
and a hospital's voice-mail security flaw that exposed patients'
medical records to the public.
In the past year, the team served as technical consultants for an
episode of NBC's critically acclaimed crime drama "Homicide: Life on
the Street." In addition, they provided editorial assistance to other
national news outlets, including CNN, ABC News, and the popular
newsmagazine "Dateline NBC."
"'CyberCrime' will cover issues that affect consumers on a daily
basis, as well as larger issues that could potentially bring the Net to
its knees," said Greg Drebin, ZDTV's senior vice president of
programming and production.
Symantec and "CyberCrime" will also provide a unique interactive
experience for viewers. To help ensure a safe computing experience
on the Internet, Symantec will offer a free security check-up for all
"CyberCrime" viewers. The check-up will scan the viewer's PC for
the top ten Internet security threats facing computer users as
identified by Symantec. If any security "holes" are detected,
viewers will have immediate solutions recommended for closing
Viewers will be able to see just how pervasive security threats are
by checking the statistics at the "CyberCrime" Web site,
www.cybercrime.com or www.symantec.com, once the program
gets underway. During the show, Reiter and Wellen will also report
on the number of viewers with specific security issues. All of this
information will be captured and reported anonymously to guarantee
the privacy of "CyberCrime" viewers. Finally, ZDTV and Symantec
will maintain the information for the entire first year of the program
so viewers can see how security threats are increasing as more
people flock to the Web and as broadband adoption grows.
"By sponsoring 'CyberCrime', we hope to educate corporations and
consumers about the security threats they face online with the
Internet's increasing amount of potentially dangerous, malicious, or
inappropriate content," said Dana Siebert, Symantec's executive
vice president of worldwide sales, marketing, and services.
Joe Gillespie, ZDTV's executive vice president and chief operating
officer, said "Just as ZDTV is the most credible channel to produce
this programming, Symantec's global leadership in Internet security
technology positions them as the natural sponsor."
ZDTV is a 24-hour cable television channel about computing,
technology, and the Internet designed to appeal to viewers from
the computer novice to the technology expert. Produced in its
digital state-of-the-art studios in San Francisco, ZDTV's
programming ranges from daily industry news to features on
emerging technologies. Specific shows include Internet Tonight, The
Money Machine, ZDTV News, Call For Help, GameSpot TV, The
Screen Savers, Fresh Gear, Big Thinkers, Computer Shopper, and
Silicon Spin. The channel's integrated Web site, ZDTV.com,
enhances the programming and encourages viewer interaction
through e-mail, live chat and video mail. Through the ZDTV 3Com
Netcam Network, the channel and Web site have created an
integrated community that appears on air and contributes to ZDTV's
programming. ZDTV is a unit of Ziff-Davis, Inc. (NYSE: ZD, ZDZ),
and is one-third owned by Vulcan Ventures.
650 Townsend Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 - tel 415.551.4500
- fax 415.551.4801 - www.zdtv.com
Symantec is a world leader in Internet security technology and technology
solutions that help companies manage and support workforces that use laptop
computers and other mobile devices.
The company is a leading provider of software products for the consumer market
and is rapidly growing its presence as a provider of solutions to enterprise organizations
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