April 4, 2002 Federal Way Man Accused of Luring Teen Across the Internet An Internet chat room and a missing 13-year-old girl are the elements in a cross-country crime unfolding in Federal Way. Police say a local man lured the girl from Texas to his apartment. Federal Way police say Jason Cox, 34, not only lured her to Washington, but he raped her four times. He is now facing a multitude of charges, including child rape and charges linked to having explicit photos of children on his computer. To make matters worse, police and neighbors fear there may be other victims. http://www.komotv.com/stories/17661.htm - - - - - - - - A Sickening Discovery Pierce County prosecutors suspect a 24-year-old man, Neil Grenning, who is already accused of raping a 4-year-old South Tacoma boy, may have had other victims. Police served a search warrant and checked the hard drive of Grenning's computer. They say they found 3,000 sexually explicit child pornography pictures. Tacoma police spokesman Jim Mattheis says the children in the pictures ranged in age from babies to teenagers. He also indicated there are signs that Grenning may be in some of those pictures. http://www.komotv.com/stories/17658.htm - - - - - - - - Roanoke County man to serve 10 years in child porn case Last year, police seized Damewood's computer, CD-ROMs and disks from his residence at Bent Creek Apartments. A Roanoke County [Va.] man convicted of using the Internet to send child pornography was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison. John Marvin Damewood Jr., 42, pleaded guilty in November to two counts of distributing sexually explicit material involving children and one count each of producing and reproducing sexually explicit material involving children. Damewood was caught when he sent illicit images to a New Hampshire police detective, authorities have said. http://www.roanoke.com/roatimes/news/story128441.html - - - - - - - - S.F. man pleads guilty to impersonating baseball stars A San Francisco man has pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges for impersonating baseball shortstops Derek Jeter and Nomar Garciaparra to btain baseball bats and then selling them on eBay, claiming they were used by the players. Herbert John Derungs, 31, entered his plea Monday to six charges of wire and mail fraud before U.S. District Judge James Ware in San Jose. Derungs was ordered detained after entering his plea and could face a sentence of as long as 30 years in prison when he is sentenced on July 1. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2002/04/03/BA208486.DTL - - - - - - - - AOL Says Spam Case Victory Sets 'Landmark' Precedent Officials at America Online believe the Internet giant's legal victory over a large "spam" distributor lays the groundwork for other Internet providers to more effectively combat unsolicited e-mail on their own networks, an AOL spokesman said Wednesday. "We think this is a landmark settlement," AOL spokesman Nicholas Graham said. "The settlement puts these kinds of business models on notice." http://www.newsbytes.com/news/02/175669.html http://www.vnunet.com/News/1130626 - - - - - - - - Labels accuse Technicolor of piracy A recording industry trade group said Thursday that it has sued Technicolor, one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of music and video programming, for allegedly producing pirated CDs of major artists. In its complaint, the Recording Industry Association of America alleges that Technicolor's plant in Camarillo, Calif., has knowingly copied and distributed pirated CDs from artists such as 'NSync, the Backstreet Boys, Celine Dion, Will Smith, Amber, Lauryn Hill, Marc Anthony and Julio Iglesias. Representatives for Technicolor, a unit of Thomson Multimedia, were not available for comment. http://news.com.com/2100-1023-875803.html http://www.newsbytes.com/news/02/175659.html http://www.wired.com/news/business/0,1367,51557,00.html - - - - - - - - Chinese Pop Stars Protest Piracy Pop stars from Taiwan and Hong Kong joined thousands of protesters on Thursday to call for tougher government action against compact disc piracy which they say threatens the survival of the local music industry. Wearing black T-shirts and "No Piracy" emblazoned across white headbands, the protesters urged the Taiwan government to set up a police task force to stamp out CD piracy and for courts to hand out tougher sentences. http://www.wired.com/news/culture/0,1284,51552,00.html - - - - - - - - Interior's Internet service remains offline Four months after a judge pulled the plug on the Interior Department's Internet access, Interior Secretary Gale Norton still can't send e-mail. She's not the only one. Her entire office remains off-line, as do the government agencies responsible for American Indian affairs and mining on federal land. "We're all hurriedly sending smoke signals" to cope with lack of Web access, joked Nedra Darling, spokeswoman for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. "We're doing a lot more faxing. We're making a lot more phone calls, and doing a lot more mailing." http://www.usatoday.com/life/cyber/tech/2002/04/04/interior-internet.htm http://www.nandotimes.com/technology/story/343247p-2832210c.html - - - - - - - - Judges end library Net porn trial on skeptical note A two-week federal trial to determine how far the government can go to protect children from pornography on library computers ended Thursday with judges openly concerned about whether the latest online smut law from Congress infringes on free-speech rights. The Children's Internet Protection Act, or CIPA, which supporters view as the government's best shot yet at reining in online smut, requires public libraries to install filtering software on all computers or lose federal technology funding. http://www.usatoday.com/life/cyber/tech/2002/04/04/library-porn.htm Librarian: Filters Are Fab The American Library Association's view of Internet filtering is undeniably blunt: Oppose it. A statement approved by the association's leadership five years ago said that a well- filtered library "is inconsistent with the U.S. Constitution and federal law and may lead to legal exposure." So when Congress tried to coerce libraries into installing blocking software, the ALA sued to overturn the law. http://www.wired.com/news/politics/0,1283,51544,00.html - - - - - - - - 'Rent-A-Hacker' Site Says It Offers Cracking For Hire A group of Chicago Web site operators say they will break into school, government and corporate computers and alter records, for fees starting at $850. But at least one security expert thinks the operation probably is a scam. Among the services promised by Chicago-based 69 Hacking Services, is changing "bad grades" and other records on elementary, high school or college computer systems. The site is co-owned by a 23-year-old identifying himself as Akbar "Andy" Hooda. http://www.newsbytes.com/news/02/175667.html - - - - - - - - Weak crypto casts shadow over ecommerce US export restrictions and local legislation on cryptography still casts a shadow over the security of ecommerce site even years after regulations to permit the use of strong encryption. That's according to a survey of SSL servers by Netcraft, carried out last month, which discovered 18 per cent of supposedly secure servers use potentially vulnerable key lengths. http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/23/24711.html - - - - - - - - Use of spam in political campaign spurs debate First, glossy political hit pieces were stuffed in mail boxes. Then came programmed pre-recorded phone messages from candidates at all hours of the day. Now, Californians -- and voters across America -- may face a new barrage of unwanted political appeals: campaign e-mails invading in- boxes alongside spam for porn sites and pyramid schemes. http://www.siliconvalley.com/mld/siliconvalley/2994127.htm - - - - - - - - Judge rules against cybersquatter A company that registered an Internet domain name using the trademarked name of Ernest and Julio Gallo Winery, then used it to call the company the "Whiney Winery" violated the wine maker's trademark, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday. The case began when Spider Webs registered the domain "ernestandjuliogallo.com". The California-based wine company asked them to transfer the name, but the company refused. The winery filed suit in February 2000 and six months later Spider Webs began posting information on the dangers of alcohol consumption. http://www.usatoday.com/life/cyber/2002/04/04/cybersquatter.htm - - - - - - - - IBM, AT&T release free Internet privacy tools International Business Machines Corp. said Wednesday it is releasing free software that will allow companies to automate their Internet privacy practices, while AT&T Corp. has free software to alert Web surfers to different privacy settings on Web sites. The announcements come at a time when U.S. government and industry movements toward providing consumers greater protection of their personal information on the Internet have been rolled back in light of concerns over terrorism and national security. http://www.siliconvalley.com/mld/siliconvalley/news/editorial/2997058.htm http://news.zdnet.co.uk/story/0,,t269-s2107714,00.html http://www.cnn.com/2002/TECH/internet/04/04/ibm.privacy.reut/index.html http://www.wired.com/news/privacy/0,1848,51553,00.html http://www.newsfactor.com/perl/story/17121.html http://www.usatoday.com/life/cyber/tech/review/2002/4/04/net-privacy.htm - - - - - - - - Sentencing Study Probes Hacker Motives A computer savvy law professor on the United States Sentencing Commission launches a rare study that may decide how hackers are sentenced in federal court. The courts may someday treat recreational hackers with a gentler justice than malicious intruders and cyber thieves, depending on the results of a study being spearheaded by a member of the government commission responsible for setting federal sentences. http://online.securityfocus.com/news/363 - - - - - - - - Brilliant CEO: Nothing to worry about Kevin Bermeister's Brilliant Digital Entertainment has become a household name in Internet circles almost overnight. But the company's chief executive didn't plan on it happening so quickly. Brilliant, a small, California-based software company, has sold 3D advertising and modeling software for several years. But Monday, the company revealed that it had entered a more ambitious business, called Altnet, aimed at distributing content online using peer-to-peer technology. http://zdnet.com.com/2100-1105-875711.html http://news.zdnet.co.uk/story/0,,t269-s2107708,00.html http://news.com.com/2008-1082-875620.html Morpheus: Secret detour tech just a test http://zdnet.com.com/2100-1106-875960.html - - - - - - - - Is your e-mail watching you? Watch out--the spam choking your e-mail in-box may be loaded with software that lets marketers track your moves online, and you may not even be aware that you've been bugged. Web sites have long planted bits of code called "cookies" on consumers' hard drives to tailor Internet pages for returning visitors and better target ads. Now, enhanced messages that share the look and feel of Web pages are being used to deliver the same bits of code through e-mail, in many cases without regard for safeguards that have been developed to protect consumer privacy on the Web. http://news.com.com/2100-1023-875992.html - - - - - - - - Managing IDS in Large Organizations: Part One With industrys widespread adoption and integration of intrusion detection, it has become clear that intrusion detection systems (IDSs) are an integral part of an organizations infrastructure. Large government organizations and major companies have deployed, or are in the process of deploying, enterprise-wide IDS solutions. As they begin to roll out and subsequently administer IDSs, companies are experiencing numerous obstacles related to deployment, management, data collection, and data correlation. http://online.securityfocus.com/infocus/1564 - - - - - - - - Two-way pagers fight terrorism Not very high-tech, but it seems to work. Massive airport security systems, such as x-ray machines and baggage inspectors, seem to be getting all the attention. But a small, relatively simple device just might end up being the weapon of choice in the war against terrorism and airport crime. BlackBerry pagers are trickling into the hands of airport cops on both coasts, allowing instant wireless access to national crime information data. And according to people familiar with the initial pilot project, the pagers, produced by Research in Motion, have gotten rave reviews. Everybody seems to love them. http://www.msnbc.com/news/733565.asp - - - - - - - - Industry, pentagon square off in spectrum debate As government officials convened a summit Thursday to discuss the thorny issues surrounding better management of U.S. airwaves, the same arguments that have plagued the debate for years once again took center stage at the Commerce Department. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) convened the Spectrum Management and Policy Summit "to give everyone a vision to tackle the old problems of the past in a new kind of way that would make everybody's life better," said Commerce Secretary Donald Evans. http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/0402/040402td2.htm - - - - - - - - Seven F.B.I. Employees Fail Polygraph Tests for Security About seven F.B.I. employees with access to highly classified information have been unable to pass polygraph examinations administered as part of the bureau's stepped-up security program after the arrest last year of a senior agent as a Russian spy, F.B.I. officials said today. At a meeting with reporters at Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters, Robert S. Mueller III, the director, said that about 700 bureau employees had been given polygraph exams in the aftermath of the arrest of Robert P. Hanssen, who has pleaded guilty to spying for Moscow. http://www.nytimes.com/2002/04/04/national/04HANS.html?todaysheadlines FBI expands employee lie-detector tests http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/0402/040402m1.htm - - - - - - - - AltaVista in "Bible club" web search porn outrage Let's face it, it's difficult enough to protect web-surfing kids from a barrage of filth and pornography without apparently innocent search engine queries pointing your impressionable offspring to the hardest XXXX sites on the web. Beware, then, of AltaVista and its propensity for displaying porn banners in response to any query containing the word "club" in quotes. Type in "bible club" and verily, those who are seeking out the word of God shall be rewarded with a link to Baroda Bible Club which Brings You The Word Of God. Grace be with you and peace from God our Father and from our Lord Jesus. Amen. Unfortunately, they are also rewarded with a raunchy banner showing a young lady whose cup clearly runneth over. http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/6/24710.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.