NewsBits for April 25, 2003 sponsored by, Southeast Cybercrime Institute - ************************************************************ Verizon ordered to ID two accused of piracy A federal judge Thursday ordered Verizon Internet Services to turn over the names of two customers accused of Internet piracy. The ruling, which Verizon vowed to appeal, could have broad implications for the millions of people who use popular, yet legally dubious, file-swapping services such as Kazaa or iMesh. It reaffirms the right of the recording industry or any copyright holder -- to force an Internet service provider to turn over the names of individual subscribers suspected of downloading unauthorized copies of music, movies or television shows.,1,51784.story,1412,58620,00.html Judge: File-swapping tools are legal Federal judge rules Morpheus, Grokster not liable for piracy - - - - - - - - - - Hudson man gets 52 years for pedophilia, child porn A Hudson man has been sentenced to 52 years in prison for sexually assaulting a young child and taking pornographic pictures of children. George L. Rosa, 32, pleaded guilty in Lincoln County court to criminal pedophilia and possessing child pornography. The case started nearly a year ago when a 7-year-old child told a school nurse Rosa was sexually abusing him. That led investigators to his home, where they seized a computer that contained pornographic images of children. Rosa traded those pictures over the Internet, prosecutors said. - - - - - - - - - - Ripon man sentenced for downloading, viewing child porn Used improperly, computers are the greatest evil we have in this world a judge said Wednesday before sentencing a man convicted of viewing and downloading child pornography on his computer. Fond du Lac County Circuit Court Judge Richard Nuss placed Ben Solheim, 26, of Ripon, on probation for six years. He was convicted in February on two counts of possession of child pornography. Four other similar counts were dismissed and read into the record. - - - - - - - - - - Jefferson man convicted on porn charges A Jefferson man who authorities said took explicit pictures of a 12-year-old girl in Nevada, Mo., was convicted Wednesday on child pornography charges, U.S. Attorney Todd Graves said. Gary L. Smith, 36, was convicted on three counts in a federal bench trial after he waived his right to a jury trial. Smith was convicted of enticing a minor into sexually explicit conduct, transporting photographs of the conduct in interstate commerce, and reproducing the images for distribution. Smith took sexually explicit photographs of the girl in a Nevada hotel room in February 2001, then posted the images on the Internet and offered them for sale, Graves said. One photograph was exchanged over the Internet for other sexually suggestive material, he said. - - - - - - - - - - Tacoma police raid 12 homes for child porn Police officers raided 12 homes in and around the city yesterday morning, confiscating computers and other items that might hold evidence of child pornography. Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum said there were no arrests but the investigation is continuing. Tacoma detectives have been investigating the case since February, when Dallas police investigators alerted them to several people in the area who may have accessed a child pornography Web site based in Russia. None of the 12 men whose residences were searched had any connection besides accessing the Web site. - - - - - - - - - - Employers in the gun over email porn Employers who do not take steps to block offensive spam from arriving in workers' inboxes may be open to sexual harassment claims from their staff. Pornographic or offensive images appearing on a worker's screen by way of unsolicited or junk email (spam) could also qualify as evidence of a "hostile work environment", a situation contravening the Human Rights Act. - - - - - - - - - - Student Insult Web Site Closed Operators blame public outcry over postings of crude, malicious rumors. A Web site that published crude and malicious rumors about Southern California middle and high school students was shut down Thursday after a public outcry from parents and students., a 3-year-old Web site run by Western Applications, a Nevada-based corporation, had featured links for chat rooms about nearly 100 Southern California middle and high schools with postings referring to students as "whores," "sluts" and "losers.",1,2302961.story - - - - - - - - - - Ombudsman joins in attacks over ILA fiasco DfES guilty of 'serious maladministration' of government training scheme. The Parliamentary ombudsman has panned the running of the Individual Learning Accounts (ILA) scheme, criticising the poor security revealed exclusively by last year. The government scheme was a popular way of gaining basic IT skills, but proved wide open to fraud by bogus training agencies. - - - - - - - - - - Cisco warns of Catalyst bug Cisco has warned users of a bug in version 7.5(1) of its software that leaves its popular Catalyst 4000, 6000 and 6500 switches vulnerable to hackers. The weakness allows hackers to bypass password protection and alter the configuration of the switches. - - - - - - - - - - What's BGP got to do with Internet security? The Internet was not built with security in mind; it was built with communication in mind. In the same way that Tina Turner wailed that love is nothing but "a second-hand emotion," security is an Internet afterthought. The issues with the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) are a case in point. BGP is the interdomain routing protocol of the Internet. Its primary purpose is to route Internet traffic, not to ensure the secure delivery of said traffic. Accidental misconfigurations of BGP can interrupt Internet connectivity and create havoc. It's conceivable that BGP could become the target of attacks that could disrupt Internet services on a large scale.,10801,80608,00.html - - - - - - - - - - Windows guru--hackers to hire At the Microsoft Server 2003 launch in London this week, ZDNet UK interviewed Rob Short, the vice-president of Windows Core Technology. Responsible for the overall engineering and management of the Windows kernel, Short talked about what makes Server 2003 different from previous Windows products, where Unix and Linux still have the advantage, hackers, application compatibility, performance and security. *********************************************************** Computer Forensics Training - Online. An intense, 150 hour, instructor lead program that teaches you computer forensics and helps prepare you for the Certified Computer Examiner exam. 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