July 6, 2000 Private bank e-mail goes awry What do a tiny bulletin board service in Virginia and one of Spain’s largest banks have to do with each other? Far too much. Jim Caldwell has been running Bulletin Board VA — BBVA.com, for short — for about four years, with a steady trickle of Web traffic. But last fall, when Banco Bilbao Vizcaya of Spain merged with Argentaria SA, the two formed BBVA. And ever since, Caldwell, in his tiny rural Virginia BBVA.com office, has been receiving hundreds of e-mails — some with sensitive bank information — destined for Spain. http://www.msnbc.com/news/429181.asp - - - - - - - - - - - - - Taiwan To Create Cyberwarfare Center - Report Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense will set up a cyberwarfare center to study strategic and tactical information warfare to threats from Beijing, according to a report from the country's national news wire. According to the report by the Central News Agency, the Ministry of National Defense will establish the center and an emergency task force to study possible defenses against cyberwarfare and draw up response plans in the case of emergency. http://www.newsbytes.com/pubNews/00/151751.html - - - - - - - - - - - - - Crypto Users Can't See FBI.gov The question goes unanswered a week after users of a commercial privacy service found themselves unable to access the Federal Bureau of Investigation's fbi.gov site. "You can't access fbi.gov if you have a Freedom 'nym' running," confirmed Dov Smith, spokesman for Zero-Knowledge Systems, which runs Freedom.net, the privacy service affected by the problem. Zero-Knowledge began an investigation after postings by users of Freedom mentioned the problem last week on the "cypherpunks" mailing list, a popular discussion forum for privacy and encryption enthusiasts. The company and the FBI have yet to find a likely cause, which could be political or technical in nature. http://wired.com/news/technology/0,1282,37425,00.html - - - - - - - - - - - - - FBI raises security issues on NTT-Verio acquisition The Federal Bureau of Investigation has raised national-security concerns about a Japanese company’s attempt to acquire a U.S. Internet service provider, signaling the government’s increasing worry about the globalization of, and its loss of control over, telecommunications networks. In recent years, the FBI and other security agencies have raised concerns about their ability to maintain surveillance over telecommunications networks being acquired by companies based outside the U.S. Now, law-enforcement officials appear to be moving to extend their influence to Internet deals, which generally aren’t regulated by the Federal Communications Commission but come before an obscure Treasury panel called the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. http://www.msnbc.com/news/429428.asp - - - - - - - - - - - - - U.S. firms silent over Chinese Net arrest U.S. Internet companies, which often cite information technology as the key to promoting free speech in China, have responded with resounding silence to an urgent call for help from a human rights group concerned about the detention of a Chinese Web site operator. New York-based Human Rights Watch asked foreign companies involved in developing China's Internet to protest the detention of Huang Qi, who faces a long prison term for posting on his web site information that offended the government. http://www.mercurycenter.com/premium/front/docs/chinanet06.htm - - - - - - - - - - - - - Has 'Safe Harbor' Been Scuttled? In a move that signals the international concern over online privacy isn't waning, the European Parliament this week voted down the proposed "Safe Harbor" agreement that would have allowed the export of electronic data regarding European citizens to the United States. http://www.techweb.com/wire/story/TWB20000706S0014 - - - - - - - - - - - - - Internet pornographer reported target of fraud inquiry Internet pornographer Seth Warshavsky, whose Internet Entertainment Group Inc. is one of the leading online porn companies, is under investigation by the federal government, according to a published report. The Washington Post reported in Thursday's editions that Warshavsky and his company are being investigated for possible credit card fraud and income tax evasion. http://www.mercurycenter.com/svtech/news/breaking/merc/docs/072328.htm - - - - - - - - - - - - - India, China mobile networks face fraud threats Mobile phone service operators in China and India face large scale fraud problems because of their surging user base, an industry expert said. ``The vulnerability as far as Chinese networks and Indian networks are concerned is due to the fact that they are new operations,'' David McSweeney, chairman of the Asia-Pacific Fraud Forum for GSM mobile networks, told Reuters on Wednesday. http://www.mercurycenter.com/svtech/news/breaking/merc/docs/079694.htm - - - - - - - - - - - - - A Fight to Ban Cellphone Spam Hundreds of unsuspecting AT&T wireless subscribers in April protested when spam trickled from their PCs to cellular phones. AT&T customers with cellphones equipped for text messages became irate when they assumed the three loud beeps made by their cellphones was to alert them of a family emergency -- not a promotion for cellphone accessories. http://wired.com/news/politics/0,1283,37376,00.html - - - - - - - - - - - - - Defending against Outlook viruses Melissa and the Worm.ExploreZip virus were slaps in the face to Microsoft Outlook users. But the ILoveYou virus, which struck during the spring, appears to have been the real wake-up call. And not only for companies using the technology on corporate networks. Microsoft and other vendors have also sprung into action by rushing out security patches to help fend off new worm viruses whose target is Outlook and whose signature is rapid propagation. http://www.nwfusion.com/archive/2000/99914_07-03-2000.html - - - - - - - - - - - - - AOL Accused Of Privacy Violations America Online Inc. has been accused of violating the rights of its subscribers by using the Netscape Web browser to capture the Web surfing activities of AOL subscribers. A class action lawsuit was filed on Friday in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York (New York City). The lawsuit also names Netscape Communications Corporation as a co-defendant and is seeking damages based on the number of users of the Netscape Web browser. http://www.newsbytes.com/pubNews/00/151732.html - - - - - - - - - - - - - Ars Technica recently posted a thorough examination of Windows 2000 security issues and protocols savvy users can use to protect their PCs from being transformed into a staging ground for malicious DDoS attacks. This article is worth the few cups of coffee it requires to diligently read it, and I'd encourage PC monomaniacs to devote a moment or two of their time to it. http://arstechnica.com/tweak/win2k/security/begin-1.html - - - - - - - - - - - - - Web security: Know the enemy When I planned my opening keynote speech for last week's eWEEK/DCI Web Security Summit in Boston, it seemed natural frame it in terms of the primary threats to an e-commerce presence. At the head of my list of troubles were The Persistent Attacker and The Unaware User. Over the course of the three-day conference, both of these threats were illuminated by several of our speakers. As to living in the mind of the attacker, we were pleased to give our conference attendees a Q&A session with a real live example. eWEEK Labs Director John Taschek hosted a surprise appearance by Luis Mora, the Gibraltar-based security consultant who successfully cracked our security challenge site last fall. http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/comment/0,5859,2598106,00.html *********************************************************** The source material may be copyrighted and all rights are retained by the original author/publisher. The information is provided to you for non-profit research and educational purposes. Reproduction of this text is encouraged; however copies may not be sold, and NewsBits (www.newsbits.net) should be cited as the source of the information. Copyright 2000, NewsBits.net, Campbell, CA.