November 4, 2002 Five more indicted in child porn ring An Indiana man is one five men indicted on charges of participating in an international child pornography ring that transmitted pictures of children in their care on the Internet. The case is being prosecuted in U-S District Court in Fresno because the lead defendant, Lloyd Alan Emmerson, is a chiropractor in neighboring Clovis. James Lee of Frankfort, Indiana has been accused. With the new indictments, a total of 20 men and women across the United States and Europe have been charged with conspiring to sexually exploit children.,1375,VCS_226_1517179,00.html - - - - - - - - Police Arrest Costume Store Owner On Child Porn Charges The owner of a prominent Nashville Costume store is in jail facing child pornography charges. Officers made the arrest Thursday afternoon at Performance Costumes and Hair Salon on Church Street. The charges involve a 15-year-old male victim who worked at Performance, police said. Police arrested Thomas Parsons, 47, at the business Thursday afternoon. Parsons was charged with three felony counts, which include recording a minor in a sex act and transmitting the video over the internet. - - - - - - - - TEACHER IN PORN QUIZ A TEACHER is being questioned by police in connection with a child pornography probe. The 37-year-old man from Tyneside was arrested at his home. He was given police bail, but has been suspended from his teaching post while detectives investigate. A local education spokesman said the arrest was not connected to the school but concerned alleged activities on the Internet. - - - - - - - - Priest sentenced to 27 months in child porn case A Baltimore priest who pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography through interstate commerce has been sentenced to 27 months in prison. Thomas A. Rydzewski, 35, was an associate pastor at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen before he was arrested Dec. 12 at the rectory. His arrest was part of a nationwide sting called "Operation Candyman," which resulted in criminal charges against more than 89 people in 26 states.,0,972713.story - - - - - - - - Former Fire Chief Gets Weekends In Jail In Child Porn Case Burton Arrested Two Years Ago. A former Montgomery County fire chief has been sentenced to five weekends in jail for possessing child pornography. James Burton was arrested two years ago after his wife said she found computer disks with more than 100 sexual images of children in a cabinet at the North End Fire Co. in Pottstown. Burton pleaded guilty two months ago. He told a judge that a fire company official had given him the images to investigate another volunteer firefighter. - - - - - - - - Florida Lawyer Charged in Offshore Sports Betting Case J.B. Van Hollen, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced today the unsealing of an indictment that charged David Hampton Tedder, age 56, of Winter Springs, Florida, with conspiracy to violate the Wire Wagering Act, and conspiracy to commit money laundering. - - - - - - - - Melvern, Ohio Man Sentenced for Defrauding Bidders on eBay Emily M. Sweeney, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, today announced that Roger L. Harvey, Jr., age 28 of Melvern, Ohio, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Donald C. Nugent in connection with Harveys recent convictions in two separate federal criminal cases. Harvey was sentenced to 36 months in prison on each case, with the sentences to run concurrently. - - - - - - - - Man Sentenced for Selling Fake Sports Memorabilia on eBay Gregory F. Van Tatenhove, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Patrick K. O'Toole, United States Attorney for the Southern District of California, Norman Jarvis, Special Agent in Charge, United States Secret Service, Louisville, Anthony J. Crawford, Inspector in Charge, United States Postal Inspection Service, Mid-Atlantic Division, Denise Rubin, Special Agent in Charge, Criminal Investigation Division, Internal Revenue Service, San Diego, California, and William Gore, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, San Diego, California, jointly announced today the sentencing of a Richmond, Kentucky man on four federal charges of mail fraud and income tax evasion. - - - - - - - - FORMER ENGINEER RECEIVES 2 YEARS IN PRISON FOR THEFT OF TRADE SECRET JAMES B. COMEY, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and KEVIN P. DONOVAN, the Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI's New York Office, announced that TIMOTHY KISSANE was sentenced today to two years in prison for theft of a trade secret in connection with his prior employment at System Management Arts Incorporated ("SMARTS"), a software company based in White Plains, New York. - - - - - - - - Axe man hacks man over hacking fears A family friend who linked the PCs of two brothers together was attacked with an axe after one suspected he'd hacked into his machine, a Scottish court heard today. John Wilson, 36, unemployed, attacked John Evans, an oil company analyst, after inviting him over to quiz him over his suspicions last January. - - - - - - - - Thieves rack up city's phone bill The phone calls were placed through the East Palo Alto City Hall phone system over a five- day period in July. Destination of the calls: the Philippines. Only problem was, city officials say no one at City Hall had placed them. They say an AT&T investigation revealed that it was the work of high-tech hackers who managed to break into the city's phone system and rack up $30,000 in unauthorized calls before the city's long-distance carrier detected the fraudulent activity. - - - - - - - - Braid virus winds its way through e-mail A new mass-mailing computer virus known as W32.Braid has slowly spread among PCs over the weekend, said U.K. e-mail service provider MessageLabs. Although the company has seen only 43 copies of the virus--indicating an extremely slow start--W32.Braid shares some attributes of the widely spread Klez family of viruses and could have similar success. Among the similarities, both viruses forge a fake sender address in the e-mails they use to propagate themselves, which makes finding infected PCs more difficult. - - - - - - - - German secret service taps phones, bills buggees A software error is being blamed for an incident in which mobile phone users discovered they were being bugged by German secret squirrels. According to reports last week, some customers of mobile phone operator O2 noticed an unusual phone number on their bills they didn't recognise and a call charge associated with the number. When they tried to call the number they heard a recorded message telling them they couldn't use the number. - - - - - - - - FBI says DNS server attacks came from U.S., Korea THE DISTRIBUTED DENIAL of service (DDoS) attacks against 13 of the Internet's core servers has been traced to computers in the U.S. and Korea, according to statements made by U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) director Robert Mueller. The FBI director, who made the statements while speaking at a conference in Falls Church, Va., would not elaborate on what information his agency has obtained, saying that the investigation was ongoing. - - - - - - - - SBC Center to Focus on Net Hackers SBC Communications Inc., one of the nation's largest Internet service providers, plans to create a laboratory to test methods of defeating viruses and attacks on Web sites. The decision to create the research center, to be announced today, was endorsed by a top official of a government Internet security board.,0,774971.story - - - - - - - - Leahy's Refusal to Act Shields Child Pornographers Bush Demands Zero Tolerance for Kiddie. Child pornography, the Supreme Court has ruled, can be a good thing. The point was made in Ashcroft v. Free Speech Coalition, an April decision demonstrating what a dark and destructive force the court has become. "Pictures of what appear to be 17-year-olds engaging in sexually explicit activity," Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the majority in Ashcroft, "do not in every case contravene community standards." - - - - - - - - Future Hacking: How Vulnerable Is the Net? As a new safety precaution, the organizations that operate the Internet's root servers will add more servers to each system. This will make each location less vulnerable to DDoS attacks. In a recent report on terrorism, the CIA stated, "Cyberwarfare attacks against our critical infrastructure systems will become an increasingly viable option for terrorists." According to the report, various terrorist groups, including al-Qaeda and Hizballah, are becoming more adept at using the Internet and computer technologies, and the FBI is monitoring an increasing number of cyber threats. - - - - - - - - Internet users 'at risk' from poor Web sites Consumer International claims that many health, finance and price-comparison Web sites are guilty of a wide range of dodgy practices. Many Web sites are putting surfers at risk by providing information that is inaccurate and misleading, research published on Monday claimed.,,t269-s2125246,00.html - - - - - - - - Growing popularity of CD burning, illegal song-swapping cuts into online music sales The growing popularity of CD burning and illegal song-swapping over the Internet has cut into online music sales, sending them tumbling 25 percent this year, according to a survey released Monday. Internet sales of prerecorded music, such as CDs and cassette tapes, reached $545 million through the third quarter, well behind last year's total of $730 million for the same period, according to the study conducted by research firm comScore Networks. - - - - - - - - Email deletion bug bites Norton Internet Security A serious bug within Norton Internet Security 2003 is responsible for the unexplained deletion of emails for some users. Symantec is aware of the problem with the latest version of its security suite and is working on a fix. It promises to deliver a patch through its LiveUpdate automatic updating facility this week. The company has downplayed the significance of the problem by saying it affects a small number of people. - - - - - - - - Nokia secures business cell phones Nokia on Monday unveiled several tools and interfaces aimed at giving cell phones a greater role within corporations. Some of the new tools from the Finnish cell phone maker are designed to enhance security for workers connecting to corporate networks remotely; other products are intended to help manage privacy. - - - - - - - - A New Cryptography Uses the Quirks of Photon Streams The quirky world of quantum physics, where mathematical elements can hold multiple values and objects can be in several places at once, is heading toward commercial products. A start-up company, MagiQ Technologies, plans to announce today a cryptogaphy or code system that uses a technology called quantum key distribution to thwart eavesdropping on a fiber optic communication channel. The company, based in New York, says it has a working model of its system and will have a commercial version available in the second half of next year. (NY Times article, free registration required) - - - - - - - - Chinese launch access-card requirement for Internet cafe users A Chinese province has required Internet cafe users to buy access cards that identify them to police, further tightening official monitoring of who uses the Internet and what they do online, a police spokesman said Monday. The system was installed in all 3,200 Internet cafes in the central province of Jiangxi last month, said the spokesman, who works with the police computer crime division in the provincial capital of Nanchang. - - - - - - - - 'Intrusion prevention' raises hopes, concerns New intrusion-detection systems that go beyond monitoring attacks to actually blocking them have network executives intrigued, but some worry that the devices could quash legitimate traffic, cause network latency and present a single point of failure. - - - - - - - - Math discovery rattles Net security Will Manindra Agrawal bring about the end of the Internet as we know it? The question is not as ridiculous as it was just two months ago. Prof. Agrawal is a 36-year old theoretical computer scientist at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, India. In August, he solved a problem that had eluded millennia of mathematicians: developing a method to determine with complete certainty if a number is prime. - - - - - - - - Critics: 'Trusted computing' threatens consumer freedom To thwart hackers and foster online commerce, the next generation of computers will almost certainly cede some control to software firms, Hollywood and other outsiders. That could break a long-standing tenet of computing: that PC owners ultimately control data on their own machines. Microsoft calls its technology ``Palladium.'' Intel dubs it ``LaGrande.'' An industry group that includes these companies, IBM, Hewlett-Packard and 170 others terms it ``trusted computing.'' *********************************************************** Search the Archive at: *********************************************************** 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 ( should be cited as the source of the information. Copyright 2000-2002,, Campbell, CA.