April 30, 2002 Swarthmore Student Arrested for Child Porn Charges A Swarthmore College student was arrested after his computer was found to have at least 500 child pornography images, according to court papers. Ivan Maxwell Boothe, 20, a sophomore from Clarksdale, Ariz., was charged Monday with 500 counts of sexual abuse of children and related offenses following an investigation by the Delaware County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Police said in court papers that Boothe was caught after he sent pornographic images to a detective posing as a 15-year-old boy. Boothe's lawyer, Joseph Fiorvanti, did not return a message left on his answering machine Monday night. http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/news/04302002_nw_swarthmore.html - - - - - - - - Canadian pleads guilty to $60 mln online fraud A Canadian man pleaded guilty Monday to participating in an online Ponzi scheme that bilked some 13,000 investors out of nearly $60 million in what officials said was one of the largest Internet investment fraud cases in the nation. The U.S. Attorney's office for the Eastern District of California and the FBI said Cary Waage, 26, pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering relating to the Internet-based Tri-West Investment Club. http://www.siliconvalley.com/mld/siliconvalley/news/editorial/3162608.htm - - - - - - - - Teen Accused Of Web Fraud Faces More SEC Charges A California teenager already accused of running a $1 million Internet scam also ran an online stock manipulation scheme that netted tens of thousands of dollars, the Securities and Exchange Commission says. Cole A. Bartiromo, 17, "conducted an Internet pump-and-dump scheme that manipulated the stock price of fifteen publicly traded companies" from May 14 to July 5 of last year, the SEC alleged in an amended complaint filed Monday. http://www.newsbytes.com/news/02/176244.html - - - - - - - - EarthLink cofounder pleads guilty to fraud charges EarthLink Inc. cofounder Reed Slatkin pleaded guilty Monday to 15 federal counts relating to a fraud scheme that bilked investors out of at least $254 million. Slatkin, 53, who also served as a financial adviser to celebrities, business executives and socialites, pleaded guilty to five counts of mail fraud, three counts of wire fraud, six counts of money laundering and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice. Sentencing was scheduled for Sept. 23, said Thom Mrozek, spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office. http://www.siliconvalley.com/mld/siliconvalley/news/editorial/3164059.htm http://www.nandotimes.com/technology/story/386092p-3073438c.html - - - - - - - - Man accused of defrauding eBay customers files for bankruptcy An Oakland County figurine business owned by a man accused of bilking thousands of dollars out of eBay customers has filed for bankruptcy protection. Retired Figurine Exchange Inc. filed April 12 for Chapter 7 liquidation in federal court in Detroit. Meanwhile, federal agents are still searching for the owner, Stewart C. Richardson. A warrant accusing him of wire fraud was issued in February. http://www.siliconvalley.com/mld/siliconvalley/news/editorial/3169627.htm - - - - - - - - Hackers Continue 'Early Warning' Attacks On U.S. Web Sites A team of hackers, cutting a wide swath of Web- site defacements across the country in what they say is the interests of national security, added servers from Sandia National Laboratories, the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to a list of conquests today. As of a Newsbytes deadline today, some of the Internet-connected servers that a team calling itself the Deceptive Duo claimed to have compromised were still sporting the pair's call for tougher security at "critical infrastructure" operated by government agencies, banks, airports and large corporations. http://online.securityfocus.com/news/384 http://www.newsbytes.com/news/02/176256.html - - - - - - - - U.S. says Ukraine is top intellectual property abuser Ukraine's persistent failure to crack down on the piracy of compact discs and other optical media products has put it at the top of the list of the world's worst abusers of intellectual property rights, the United States said Tuesday. In an annual report, the U.S. Trade Representative's office said piracy in Brazil and Taiwan also cost U.S. copyright holders 232 hundreds of millions of dollars each year. http://www.siliconvalley.com/mld/siliconvalley/news/editorial/3169419.htm - - - - - - - - Online banks: Prime targets for attacks Late one recent Sunday night, an executive at a midsized financial services firm received the kind of call everyone in the industry dreads: a demand for $1 million, or else the brokerage's network would crash the next day with a surreptitiously installed program. The firm's security team spent a frenzied night searching for the pernicious code but failed to find it, and the system went down for an hour in the morning. The executive's phone rang once more: The caller threatened to crash the system again, but this time during peak trading hours. The brokerage, in this case, paid up. http://zdnet.com.com/2100-1106-895079.html Banks: A veil of safety http://news.com.com/2009-1017-893226.html - - - - - - - - Worms--who's the deadliest of them all? The latest fast-spreading versions of the Klez worm have so far infected more than 7 percent of PCs worldwide, surpassing totals chalked up by previous threats such as SirCam and Nimda, according to a new survey by an antivirus company. Panda Software scanned more than 2,000 PCs around the world and found that 7.2 percent had the H or I versions of the Klez worm, said Patrick Hinojosa, chief technical officer for the Glendale, Calif. based company. http://zdnet.com.com/2100-1105-894791.html - - - - - - - - Industry lambasts snooping law costs The Home Office must say how much it will pay towards the black boxes that ISPs will have to install under the terms of the RIP Act, say ISPs and businesses. The UK government is facing a backlash from industry over its draft code of conduct for the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, which gives law enforcement officials the power to tap digital communications. http://news.zdnet.co.uk/story/0,,t269-s2109430,00.html - - - - - - - - WinAmp bug opens door to MP3 viruses The digital music player contains a vulnerability that could allow hackers to attack a PC via infected MP3 files. A glitch with the popular WinAmp software for playing digital music files could allow an attacker to embed malicious code into an MP3 file, potentially damaging the user's PC and infecting other MP3s. http://news.zdnet.co.uk/story/0,,t269-s2109397,00.html http://news.com.com/2100-1023-895429.html http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/55/25075.html - - - - - - - - Miller Brewing Co. fights family for rights to Web domain "It's Miller Time" is a popular slogan used by Miller Brewing Co. to market its lager, but it was the Miller family of San Mateo County that had first dibs on the phrase as an Internet domain. Repeated efforts by the Milwaukee brewer to force the family to give up millertime.com prompted Mark Miller and his family to file a complaint against Miller Brewing in U.S. district court. http://www.nandotimes.com/technology/story/387321p-3079659c.html - - - - - - - - No Stone Unturned, Part Three This is the third installment of a five-part series describing the (mis)adventures of a sysadmin named Eliot and his haphazard journey in discovering The Way of Incident Response. As we left off last time, Eliot had just begun compiling a list of tools that would be helpful in incident investigation when he was interrupted by a call from Dave, a sys admin with a branch office on the West Coast. Dave had asked for Eliot's assistance with an apparent incident. Now, having begun an investigation, Eliot was baffled and had asked Dave for some clarifying information. No Stone Unturned, Part Two http://online.securityfocus.com/infocus/1561 No Stone Unturned, Part One http://online.securityfocus.com/infocus/1550 - - - - - - - - Information-sharing bill on fast track in House Rep. Jane Harman on Tuesday predicted that legislation to boost information sharing among federal agencies and state and local governments would be ready for House floor action within the next several weeks. The bill, H.R. 4598, would direct federal intelligence agencies such as the FBI and CIA to share information about possible terrorist attacks with the nation's governors, mayors, law enforcement personnel and "first responders" to emergencies. http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/0402/043002td2.htm - - - - - - - - Rep. Davis proposes quicker review of security technology Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., plans to introduce legislation this week to help organize and speed the federal government's evaluation and implementation of various technologies for homeland security and anti-terrorism efforts. Davis, who chairs the House Government Reform Technology and Procurement Policy Subcommittee, said he will introduce a bill Wednesday to establish a program at the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) to help the government leverage security innovations. http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/0402/0430002td1.htm *********************************************************** 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. 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