January 23, 2002 Hospital hacker to be sentenced Sentencing has been scheduled for April 26 for a San Francisco man who has pleaded guilty to hacking into the computers of Catholic Healthcare West to send 30,000 e-mails to employees and associates of the hospital company. Michael Logan, 34, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in San Francisco Friday to sending the e-mail which purported to be from a named employee of CHW and contained insulting statements about that person and other CHW employees, according to the United States Attorney's Office for Northern California. http://sanjose.bcentral.com/sanjose/stories/2002/01/21/daily3.html - - - - - - - - L.A. men charged for role in online piracy ring Two Los Angeles men were charged Tuesday with copyright infringement in a crackdown against a massive software piracy ring that allegedly copied movies, games and other programs and traded them freely over the Internet. http://www.siliconvalley.com/docs/news/tech/001434.htm http://zdnet.com.com/2100-1104-820667.html http://news.com.com/2100-1023-820938.html http://www.usatoday.com/life/cyber/tech/2002/01/23/software-piracy.htm 'DrinkorDie' members charged with piracy http://zdnet.com.com/2110-1106-820671.html - - - - - - - - DoS attack thunders demise of Cloud9 The future of UK Internet Service Provider Cloud Nine's customers is still uncertain after sources within fellow ISP V21 revealed that talks regarding the sale of Cloud Nine's assets are still taking place. Cloud Nine was forced to shut down its operations this week after becoming the victim of a Denial Of Service attack. The company had attempted to repel the onslaught, which included attacks on its e-mail and DNS servers, but on Tuesday it announced that it was closing down, and invited other ISPs to bid for its assets. http://zdnet.com.com/2100-1105-820708.html http://news.zdnet.co.uk/story/0,,t269-s2102988,00.html http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/6/23799.html - - - - - - - - Heckenkamp: 'I didn't feel free anyway' The accused Ebay hacker says a pre-trial Internet ban and a slow legal process prompted him to volunteer for jail. Frustration with the slow pace of his legal proceedings and strict pre-trial restrictions spurred accused Ebay hacker Jerome Heckenkamp to ask a judge to rescind his bail and send him to jail, the 22-year-old imprisoned computer expert told SecurityFocus Tuesday. http://www.securityfocus.com/news/313 http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/55/23788.html - - - - - - - - Dutch royal wedding web chat likely sabotaged The Dutch crown prince and his Argentinian fiancee had to abandon an online chat after receiving a surprising level of interest in their wedding plans. The royal couple had three billion hits in the first minutes of Tuesday's chat session about next week's nuptials, officials said Wednesday. They accused hackers of sabotaging a network that was not prepared to hear from half the world's population. http://www.siliconvalley.com/docs/news/reuters_wire/1740428l.htm http://www.cnn.com/2002/TECH/internet/01/23/neth.royals/index.html - - - - - - - - Tech Company Seeks Identity of Mole A technology company has filed a lawsuit to find out who has been posting company secrets on the Internet. Once they learn the identity, Buffalo-based Computer Task Group Inc. intends to sue for breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty, indicating it thinks the author of the messages is an insider, The Buffalo News reported Tuesday. Known as "Orcale 2002," the Internet user "posted information that contained proprietary and confidential information concerning CTG" that may have affected stock trading, company lawyer Hugh Russ said in papers filed in state Supreme Court. http://www.govtech.net/news/news.phtml?docid=2002.01.23-3030000000005157 - - - - - - - - Databases a soft touch for hackers More than 10 per cent of corporate databases connected to the internet have suffered security breaches in the last year, according to new research. A survey of 750 corporates developing databases conducted by US firm Evans Data found that, against a backdrop of intensified industry efforts to create a more 'trustworthy' computing environment, more than one in 10 corporate databases connected to the web had a breach of security in 2001. http://www.vnunet.com/News/1128592 http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/55/23800.html - - - - - - - - Identity theft leads list of consumer fraud complaints Identity theft was the leading consumer fraud complaint last year, far exceeding gripes about Internet auctions and services. Of the 204,000 complaints compiled by the Federal Trade Commission, 42 percent involved identity theft, the agency said Wednesday. The figures come from a government database that collects complaints from more than 50 law enforcement and consumer groups. http://www.siliconvalley.com/docs/news/tech/032278.htm http://www.wired.com/news/business/0,1367,49952,00.html http://www.newsfactor.com/perl/story/15965.html http://www.cnn.com/2002/TECH/ptech/01/23/identity.theft.ap/index.html - - - - - - - - U.S. Punishes Ukraine for Piracy Seeking to pressure Ukraine into taking more action to eradicate compact disc piracy, the United States imposed trade sanctions Wednesday that will restrict steel and other metal exports. The United States has accused Ukraine of failing to crack down sufficiently on the illegal production of CDs in this nation, which the U.S. record industry estimates costs it some $200 million annually. http://www.wired.com/news/politics/0,1283,49936,00.html http://www.usatoday.com/life/cyber/tech/2002/01/23/cd-crackdown.htm U.S. Says China Lags on Piracy China has some of the highest levels of counterfeit goods in the world and has a long way to go fulfill its promises as a new WTO member to stamp out rampant piracy, a senior U.S. trade official said on Wednesday. "The Chinese are taking the matter seriously but they have a very long way to go," said Joseph Papovich, the assistant U.S. trade representative. http://www.wired.com/news/politics/0,1283,49944,00.html - - - - - - - - Cyberangels preach online safety to East London teens High-tech crime experts are training children from an East London community how to surf responsibly and safely. Underprivileged children in the London borough of Newham are being trained to teach other teenagers in Internet safety. The non-profit-making organisation Cyberangels, based in New York, is coordinating an intensive six-week training course for teenagers on The Carpenter's Estate in East London. The "Teenangels" project targets London's 'best-connected' borough, and aims to devise Internet safety and privacy policies for the community. http://news.zdnet.co.uk/story/0,,t269-s2103033,00.html - - - - - - - - Net Users Warned To Beware Sites With Scripting Holes The failure of major Web sites to fix an old but serious security flaw has prompted the Computer Emergency Response Team to issue a new warning to Internet users: Self-defense may be your only protection against privacy and security-stealing cross-site script attacks. http://www.newsbytes.com/news/02/173873.html - - - - - - - - FBI official laments restrictions on information sharing Federal agencies such as the FBI want to expand their databases and the information available to state and local law enforcement officials but are hamstrung by laws that Congress should amend, an official said Wednesday. http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/0102/012302td1.htm - - - - - - - - Judge Asked To Rule That Morpheus Cannot Be Banned Attorneys for Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and peer-to-peer software developer Music City are asking a federal judge to rule that legal uses for peer-to-peer file sharing software Morpheus mean that it cannot be banned. http://www.newsbytes.com/news/02/173841.html - - - - - - - - Microsoft May Delay Products to Fix Security Microsoft Corp. may delay some products, including its next version of Windows for server computers, to improve security, Vice President Cliff Reeves said Monday. About 7,000 engineers in the Windows operating system, word-processing and e-mail product groups are in security training, Reeves said. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-000005547jan22.story What Billg's new security effort will cost http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/4/23791.html - - - - - - - - Tech firms pitch local govt on homeland Security Homeland security is the new post-Sept. 11 watchword not just for states and localities struggling to prepare for all kinds of potential disasters but also for high-tech companies eyeing likely new markets. With emergency planning top of the agenda for local authorities across the country in the wake of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, firms once focused on the private sector are hoping to grab local officials' attention with newly adapted software. http://www.siliconvalley.com/docs/news/reuters_wire/1740797l.htm - - - - - - - - PGP creator: Surveillance must be curbed Phil Zimmermann, the creator of the Pretty Good Privacy encryption tool, says that widespread surveillance is leading us into an Orwellian future Phil Zimmermann, was in Italy this week for the InfoSecurity conference. ZDNet Italy caught up with him to discuss the technical, social and politic implications of his encryption tool. http://news.zdnet.co.uk/story/0,,t269-s2103029,00.html - - - - - - - - The Hidden Threat to Information Security Software licensing agreements may contain stipulations that could jeopardize your network's security. As security professionals and pundits, we often focus on the technical side of security and are prone to overlooking quieter, but equally sinister, security risks that affect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of our information assets. http://www.securityfocus.com/columnists/55 - - - - - - - - Suit: Personal-info databases should be regulated In the 2000 presidential election, Florida disqualified thousands of voters because a computerized database search identified them as felons who were ineligible to participate in the election. Many of those voters weren't, in fact, felons. They had been charged with misdemeanor crimes and should have been eligible to vote. http://www.usatoday.com/life/cyber/tech/cw2.htm - - - - - - - - City starts 45-day cyber cafe moratorium, tightens rules In response to a fatal stabbing and other crimes at some of this Los Angeles suburb's 19 cyber cafes, the City Council has placed a moratorium on new permits for them. The council on Tuesday also tightened rules aimed at keeping young people out of the cafes on school nights. http://www.siliconvalley.com/docs/news/tech/041364.htm http://www.cnn.com/2002/TECH/ptech/01/23/cyber.cafes.ap/index.html *********************************************************** Search the NewsBits.net Archive at: http://www.newsbits.net/search.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 2000-2002, NewsBits.net, Campbell, CA.