December 10, 2002 OSU Student Faces Child-Porn Charges An Ohio State University student faces numerous charges after he allegedly told police that he collects child pornography. Brock Joseph Newton, 24, was arrested at his off-campus apartment last week and was charged with 46 counts of pandering, disseminating and downloading child porn and another 46 counts for possession of child porn. TX Man convicted of child porn charges Man Sentenced For Child Porn Charges Involving His Own Daughter Monte man to serve 100 days in porn case - - - - - - - - DALnet debilitated by DoS attacks DALnet, one of the world's biggest IRC service providers, has apologised to its users for disruptions caused by an unusually fierce DDoS attack over the weekend, whose effects are continuing to be felt. "It is a sad fact that it has been somewhat difficult to connect to DALnet for some time," a notice to its users explains. "There are several reasons for this, including ongoing attacks and a loss of servers. - - - - - - - -, felled by DOS Attack and are back on air, after recovering from a "HUGE" Denial of Service attack. This is the explanation for what went wrong with the sites which were offline most of yesterday, posted in service announcement on the support forum. - - - - - - - - Alleged DeCSS hacker faces two years Norway is prosecuting a teen for allegedly violating a law that bans the circumvention of a computer security system without permission: He wanted to watch his own DVD on his own PC Jon Johansen, a Norwegian teen, goes on trial Monday for allegedly bypassing DVD anti-copying technology.,,t269-s2127262,00.html - - - - - - - - Defense rests in copyright trial An oversight by the U.S. company that sells software products for a Russian corporation charged with violating the controversial 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act may have undermined one of the prosecution's key allegations. Testifying as the final witness before the defense rested its case in federal court Tuesday was Ryan Dewell, director of technical services for Register Now!, an Issaquah, Washington, re-seller for Moscow-based Elcomsoft Co. Ltd.,,t269-s2127281,00.html Drop that E-Book or I'll Shoot! Russian programmer calls his code-cracking 'absolutely legal' - - - - - - - - Aussie Can Sue Over U.S. Internet Story In a landmark case, Australia's highest court on Tuesday gave a businessman the right to sue for defamation in Australia over an article published in the United States and posted on the Internet. The ruling against the Dow Jones & Co. publishing company - the first by a nation's highest court to deal with cross-border Internet defamation - could affect publishers and Web sites worldwide. Some 190 nations allow defamation cases.,,t269-s2127271,00.html,1367,56793,00.html - - - - - - - - Insecure networks targeted by paedophiles Companies who neglect the security of their IT systems could unwittingly be hosting pay-per-view child pornography, according to Britain's National Hi-Tech Crime Unit. The head of the UK's National Hi-Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) has warned that UK companies with poor IT security could unknowingly be hosting child pornography on their servers.,,t269-s2127310,00.html - - - - - - - - Hi-tech crime threatens UK plc - survey British companies consider sabotage of data or networks, virus attacks and financial fraud as a real threat to the future of their business. A survey of 105 firms conducted by NOP for the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) yielded reports of more than 3,000 separate incidents with virus attacks accounting for 1,305. Hacking and Denial of Service attacks accounted for one in five (20 per cent) of all attacks. Employee sabotage of date and networks were cited as particular problems by many firms. - - - - - - - - Trojans Declare War on PC Users Bugbear is highly infectious. It uses just about every infection trick any virus has ever used, including email, attaching to programs and worming its way over a network. A security Relevant Products/Services from IBM crisis is emerging in the world of computing. This year will prove to have been the worst yet for hacking, and next year will probably be even worse. - - - - - - - - Honduras votes to ban violent video games According to an Associated Press report, the Honduran Congress has voted unanimously to pass legislation that will ban the sale and distribution of "violent" games if the law is signed by the president. The games specifically mentioned in the law are Mortal Kombat, Resident Evil, Turok, House of the Dead, Duke Nukem, Shadowman, Quake, Killer Instinct, Doom, Legacy of Kain, Street Fighter, and Perfect Dark. - - - - - - - - Senate Closes Accidental Anonymizer Never let it be said that the United States Senate has done nothing for Internet privacy. Network administrators for the U.S. government site shut down an open proxy server over the weekend that for months had turned the site into a free Web anonymizer that could have allowed savvy surfers to launder their Internet connections so that efforts to trace them would lead to Capitol Hill. A proxy server is normally a dedicated machine that sits between a private network and the outside world, passing internal users' Web requests out to the Internet. - - - - - - - - Pirates still thrive in Vietnam after trade pact Eight days after the latest James Bond thriller ``Die Another Day'' was released in the United States, pirated DVD versions of the movie shot with camcorders were being hawked for a little over $1 in Vietnam's capital. Other major Hollywood films, such as ``Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,'' ``Road to Perdition'' and ``Signs'' are also up for grabs in a nine- square-metre (97-square-foot) shop next door to Vietnam's Trade Ministry office. Movie studios target pirated DVDs sold via online auction sites Anti-Pirates - now they're coming for your kids - - - - - - - - ISPs buckle under copyright cases Some ISPs can tell which movie is about to be released just by looking at the complaints they receive from the studios. As the problem grows, ISPs are seeking immunity from prosecution. Internet service providers (ISPs) are reporting rapidly increasing incidences of take-down notices for copyright infringement material, in contrast to a diminishing number of requests to remove defamatory material from sites they host.,,t269-s2127279,00.html - - - - - - - - New Tools for Domestic Spying, and Qualms When the Federal Bureau of Investigation grew concerned this spring that terrorists might attack using scuba gear, it set out to identify every person who had taken diving lessons in the previous three years. Hundreds of dive shops and organizations gladly turned over their records, giving agents contact information for several million people. "It certainly made sense to help them out," said Alison Matherly, marketing manager for the National Association of Underwater Instructors Worldwide. "We're all in this together." (NY Times article, free registration required) - - - - - - - - Security monitoring swamps data centers Firewalls, filters and intrusion detection systems have proliferated to the point that data center managers are being inundated by terabytes of uncorrelated security reports, Computer Associates International Inc.s Ron Moritz said in an interview today. Events have forced network managers to buy into the concept of multiple lines of defense, said Moritz, CAs senior vice president for security, a certified information systems security professional and a founding member of the IT Information Sharing and Analysis Center formed by presidential order in 2000. - - - - - - - - Anti-pornography filters can block some health sites Different ways that schools, libraries and parents apply filtering software to block pornographic Web sites determine whether these programs interfere with people looking up health subjects on the Internet, according to a new study by health researchers. The study found that filtering software set to an ``intermediate'' blocking level -- commonly found in schools and libraries -- limited access to about 5 percent of more than 3,000 health sites. - - - - - - - - The Privacy Standard PGP 8.0 is out now, and copies will be cheap through the holidays. Pretty Good Privacy has had a roller-coaster past, but now the company is hoping its new software can help it climb back to the peak of encryption technology. PGP is offering PGP 8.0, encryption software the company says is meant for the masses. The release comes a few months after the beta version was circulated.,24195,3410121,00.html - - - - - - - - New IT Strategy: Stopping Viruses at the Gate "In the past, many companies relied on desktop Relevant Products/Services from Intel antivirus software to protect against malicious code, but that approach is no longer sufficient on its own, IDC senior analyst Brian Burke told NewsFactor..." "Antivirus firm Trend Micro (Nasdaq: TMIC) Latest News about Trend Micro champions a different strategy: The company aims to filter viruses at the corporate gateway, stopping them before they ever reach the desktop..." - - - - - - - - Nigerian 419 fraudster baiting - Olympic sport? Those readers who agree with us at El Reg that Nigerian 419 fraudster baiting desrves recognition as an Olympic sport will find plenty to chuckle about at the The Graham Douglas Fraud Masterclass - a classic chronicle of Lagos-based scammers being led gently up the garden path to ridicule. The man with access to the obligatory vast deposit of unclaimed wedge is in this case one "Dr Graham Douglas". He clearly thinks he's onto a winner with gullible victim Norman Bettison, who spookily shares a name, address and fax number with the Chief Constable of Merseyside Police. - - - - - - - - Securing Outlook, Part One: Initial Configuration Larry Lieberman is a busy guy. He's been on the city council of University City, Missouri for decades, and he's always been extremely responsive to his constituents. But email has really changed his life. Instead of writing letters or calling, nowadays his constituents send him email - a lot of email. Every day, his inbox fills with questions, praise, complaints, and requests, and Larry answers it all using his email client of choice - Microsoft Outlook. But then one day Larry got the virus. - - - - - - - - Report suggests ID alternatives A national identification system is one approach to strengthening identity security, but a white paper published by a coalition of government organizations also proposes a "confederated" system in which Americans could use multiple identifiers for clusters of agencies and/or businesses. This approach would enable individuals to sign on to an account once and have access to different accounts among several entities they commonly transact with, according to the National Electronic Commerce Coordinating Council's (NECCC) white paper. - - - - - - - - Government completes iris-scanning trial Passport Office evaluates biometrics for smartcards The government has taken a major step towards the introduction of ID cards in the UK with the public trial of biometric technology and smartcards for the UK Passport Service. Over the past two months, passport applicants visiting the Passport Service headquarters or a specially selected post office in Knightsbridge, London, were asked if they were willing take part in the trial. *********************************************************** Search the Archive at: *********************************************************** The source material may be copyrighted and all rights are retained by the original author/publisher. 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