January 24, 2003 Man pleads innocent in weapons technology case A Chinese citizen charged with illegally shipping missile guidance technology to China's military pleaded innocent Thursday during an arraignment hearing in federal court. Qing Chang Jiang, also known as Frank Jiang, was dressed in an orange Santa Clara County Jail uniform. A translator helped him communicate with his lawyer, and he did not speak directly to the judge during the brief hearing. Jiang, who was arrested Jan. 10, was indicted Tuesday on one charge of violating U.S. export code. He faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted. http://www.nandotimes.com/technology/story/733373p-5348485c.html - - - - - - - - FBI investigating theft of data on international students by hacker University of Kansas officials said Thursday they believe the "hole" that allowed a computer hacker to download personal information about 1,450 of the school's international students has been patched. "While no one can guarantee the absolute security of electronic data, I am confident that we have closed the temporary 'hole' in our system, which occurred while we were enhancing our computer security," said Robert Hemenway, the university's chancellor. http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/2003-01-24-records-hacked_x.htm http://www.nandotimes.com/technology/story/734845p-5355931c.html - - - - - - - - G.R. attorney caught in Internet sting A Grand Rapids attorney is in jail, and his office computer was seized, after investigators say he used an Internet chat site to lure a young girl to a sexual rendezvous. That young girl was actually an undercover cop. It's the type of case we hear more and more about these days. An alleged predator propositions an underage girl for sex over the Internet, only to find out it's a cop on the other end of the line. This time, it's a local attorney caught in the sting. http://www.woodtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=1097834&nav=0RceDYZt - - - - - - - - LaPorte businessman charged in sex sting A prominent member of the LaPorte community was charged Thursday with trying to seduce who he thought was a 13-year-old girl over the Internet and another child sex-related offense. Douglas Leathem, 63, was charged in LaPorte Circuit Court with Class C felony child solicitation and Class D felony possession of child pornography. He was arrested Wednesday and was still being held in the LaPorte County Jail on $25,000 bond late Thursday. Leathem has been a member of the LaPorte County Public Library Board for almost two years. He's also an associate director for the Small Business Development Center in Portage, Ind. http://www.southbendtribune.com/stories/2003/01/24/local.20030124-sbt-FULL-D1-LaPorte_businessman_.sto - - - - - - - - Man arrested in attempted rendezvous with underage 'child' A Williamstown man showed up at a Vineland hotel recently, a bouquet of red roses in hand, hoping to rendezvous with an underage child he met on the Internet, authorities said. What William Edward Oldham, 25, found instead, were detectives ready to arrest him, according to reports. According to Cumberland County Prosecutor Arthur Marchand, Oldham, of the 100 block of Lindale Avenue, was arrested Wednesday at the unnamed Vineland motel after making arrangements to meet with a child whom he believed to be under the age of 16, with the purpose of engaging in sexual acts. http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/cumberland/012403RENDEVOUS.html - - - - - - - - HI-TECH WHIZ-KID DENIES PORN RAP A COMPUTER expert whose firms tracked perverts on the internet was caught carrying child porn by police at an airport, a court heard. Former university lecturer Stephen Whitelaw, 39, was stopped by customs officers at Glasgow Airport on April 28, 2001, and asked if he was carrying any prohibited material, Paisley Sheriff Court was told. Whitelaw, whose company produces software to trace paedophiles using the web admitted having a CD rom containing pornographic images. http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/page.cfm?objectid=12564351&method=full - - - - - - - - Man who lured girl on Internet gets jail A Bucks County man ensnared by members of a Montgomery County task force that protects children from adults on the Internet will spend at least four months in jail for attempting to have unlawful contact with a minor. Stephen Mark Tornetta, 29, of Jamison, was sentenced to four to 23 months in the Montgomery County Correctional Facility, to be followed by three years probation, after he pleaded guilty to a felony charge of criminal attempt to have unlawful communication with a minor. Judge Richard J. Hodgson ordered Tornetta, who will be eligible for the prisons work-release program, to report to the jail on Feb. 16 to begin serving his sentence. http://www.pottstownmercury.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=6788241&BRD=1674&PAG=461&dept_id=18041&rfi=6 - - - - - - - - Suspended sentence for child porn convicted A father of one from Belfast has been handed down a suspended sentence today after admitting downloading child pornography. Howard Alexander David Reid, 44, from the Holywood Road, east Belfast, was at Downpatrick Magistrates Court today to receive a suspended sentence for down- loading over 1,000 images from the internet. Reid also pleaded guilty to another charge of indecently exposing himself to a group of children in Donaghadee, Co Down. Families of the children who had witnessed the exposure voiced their dismay at the sentence, and one described it as a "total disgrace". http://www.4ni.co.uk/industrynews.asp?id=6846 - - - - - - - - Man accused of taking stalking into modern age A man accused of using a satellite tracking device to trace the movements of his ex-girlfriend after their breakup entered an innocent plea Thursday to stalking and other charges. Paul A. Seidler, 42, of Kenosha was denied a request for his release on signature bond. He remained held in lieu of $50,000 bond on charges of felony burglary, second-degree reckless endangerment and stalking. Connie Adams testified at an earlier hearing in Kenosha County Circuit Court that Seidler stalked her relentlessly for months with the aid of a global positioning system device that police later found planted under the hood of her car. http://www.nandotimes.com/technology/story/733107p-5347006c.html - - - - - - - - UK WHOIS service suspended after rogue attack Nominet UK was forced to suspend its WHOIS service last night after a rogue attempt to copy the entire registry of .uk domains. Spammers are thought to be behind attempts to copy the WHOIS database, which started last week. Last night, though, the attack was so severe that Nominet - the national Registry for all domain names ending .uk - had no choice but to suspend the service. The service was suspended at 11.00pm and re-started at 7.45am this morning. http://online.securityfocus.com/news/2129 - - - - - - - - Senate blocks funding for Pentagon database Saying they feared government snooping against ordinary Americans, senators voted Thursday to block funding for a Pentagon computer project that would scour databases for terrorist threats. By a voice vote, the Senate voted to ban funding for the Total Information Awareness program, under former national security adviser John Poindexter, until the Pentagon explains the program and assesses its impact on civil liberties. http://www.siliconvalley.com/mld/siliconvalley/news/editorial/5020808.htm http://news.com.com/2100-1023-981945.html http://www.msnbc.com/news/863874.asp?0si=- OASIS lays groundwork for security info sharing http://zdnet.com.com/2110-1105-981641.html - - - - - - - - Music execs vow to go after ISPs in piracy war Music industry officials on both sides of the Atlantic Friday vowed to keep up the fight against online music swapping, piling pressure on Internet service providers (ISPs) to police their networks. The issue of whether Internet and technology companies should be compelled to assist the major music labels in the fight against piracy, which is blamed for slumping CD sales, was headline news this week at the music industry's annual confab in the French resort town of Cannes. http://www.siliconvalley.com/mld/siliconvalley/news/editorial/5024811.htm - - - - - - - - A $55,000 Net scam warning Think youre too smart to be fooled? So did this veteran Internet user. Hes a veteran Internet user, and an accomplished dentist. He has a friend in the FBI, and they have discussed Internet crime. Bruce Lachot is not your typical Net scam victim. But in November, just after the birth of his third child, Lachot decided his family needed a larger car. He was tempted by a great deal on a new BMW M5, and optimistically wired money to the German seller. http://www.msnbc.com/news/854552.asp - - - - - - - - AT&T spam filter loses valid e-mail AT&T WorldNet this week activated a risky spam-filtering technique that it shortly had to defuse after subscribers discovered they were losing legitimate e-mail. Late Wednesday night, the Web access provider instituted a new junk e-mail filtering rule in an attempt to stanch an ever-rising tide of unsolicited commercial messages to its subscribers, which number in the millions. But because of the unreliable nature of the technique, some messages from friends and colleagues to AT&T subscribers were never delivered, without either sender or recipient being notified of the missed message. http://news.com.com/2100-1023-982118.html - - - - - - - - Activist says his Web addresses are worth time in jail An anti-abortion activist who has registered Web site addresses derived from the name of the Washington Post said he would go to jail rather than give them up. The registered domain names include "thewashingtonpostjesus.com" and "the washingtonpostchristian.com." http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/2003-01-24-domain-jail_x.htm - - - - - - - - The Race to Kill Kazaa The servers are in Denmark. The software is in Estonia. The domain is registered Down Under, the corporation on a tiny island in the South Pacific. The users - 60 million of them - are everywhere around the world. The next Napster? Think bigger. And pity the poor copyright cops trying to pull the plug. http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/11.02/kazaa.html - - - - - - - - Gates: The State of Microsoft Security In previous Microsoft releases, product features typically were enabled by default. However, Gates wrote, "Today, we are closely examining when to pre-configure products as 'locked down,' meaning that the most secure options are the default settings. A year after announcing that security would be Microsoft's (Nasdaq: MSFT) Latest News about Microsoft top concern, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates has issued an e-mail detailing the company's efforts to make its products more secure. In the document, Gates concluded that "there is still more to do -- at Microsoft and across our industry." http://www.newsfactor.com/perl/story/20564.html http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/computersecurity/2003-01-24-gates-security_x.htm - - - - - - - - SunScreen, Part One: An Overview of the Sun Microsystem Firewall SunScreen is Sun Microsystem's firewall that runs under the Solaris operating system. It is the latest version of Sun's long line of firewall software that allows administrators to provide firewall capabilities to the Solaris operating system. SunScreen 3.1 is available in a full version which can be purchased from Sun Microsystems or a "lite" version which could be downloaded from Sun's Web site. With the release of Solaris 9, Sun has now bundled the SunScreen software with the OS. http://online.securityfocus.com/infocus/1660 - - - - - - - - Government denies ID card climbdown The Home Office admits that it may yet decide against entitlement cards, but insists this is not a u-turn. Reports claiming that the government might be preparing for an embarrassing u-turn on the issue of entitlement cards have been firmly rejected by Home Office officials. http://news.zdnet.co.uk/story/0,,t269-s2129305,00.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. 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