NewsBits for October 29, 2003 sponsored by, Southeast Cybercrime Institute - ************************************************************ Man Convicted of Selling Phony Computer Modules A Huntington Beach businessman was convicted of criminal trademark infringement Tuesday for selling thousands of counterfeit computer memory modules falsely labeled with Compaq stickers. Tony Minh Nguyen, 37, faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $4 million when he is sentenced on Jan. 26, said Tom McConville, an assistant U.S. attorney who prosecuted him in federal court in Santa Ana. (LA Times article, free registration required),1,4876174.story - - - - - - - - - - Prep School Chief Accused Of Indecent Net Chat With Girls The headmaster at a Manhattan prep school was arrested Monday at his Westchester County home and accused of having indecent online conversations with people he thought were young girls. John Dexter, 60, who heads the Trevor Day School, was being held on $25,000 bail after his arraignment in White Plains City Court on two counts of trying to send indecent material to minors, said Westchester District Attorney Jeanine Pirro. She said that between June and October he entered an otherwise innocuous chat room for teenage girls and sent explicit messages and photos to investigators posing as 14- and 15-year-old girls.,0,3396668.story - - - - - - - - - - Training session prompts two men to turn themselves in The Sacramento Valley Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force scored two major victories in the war against Internet child exploitation as one of its major outreach programs caused two men, one from Alabama and another from West Hollywood, to turn themselves in to local authorities for Internet crimes. The remarkable events occurred during a Cybersafe program presentation by detectives to Stanislaus County employees. The Cybersafe program is designed to educate people on the many aspects of Internet safety, including a primer on Internet crimes against children. - - - - - - - - - - MP unleashes brilliant anti-spam plan Proof that the country is in safe hands with the UK's keenest minds working tirelessly to protect their fellow citizens from the greatest evil of our age - spam - comes with one MP's brilliant solution to spam. Derek Wyatt has been on a jolly to Washington DC as "Chairman of the all party internet group". It was time and taxpayers' money well spent, obviously, because here is Wyatt's suggestion as to how small changes to email addresses could stop spam. - - - - - - - - - - No pirates north of the border The Recording Industry Association of America is suing hundreds of Americans for allegedly sharing copyrighted music on peer-to-peer networks. But so far, their Canadian neighbors have not been targeted for file swapping, even though networks such as Kazaa, Grokster and Morpheus appear to be just as popular north of the border. Activists wring four DMCA concessions,39020651,39117460,00.htm New Ways to Skirt DMCA Legally!,1283,60996,00.html - - - - - - - - - - Survey: Dutch, UK Firms Rank Last in Net Security Despite the weekly emergence of potent new computer worms and viruses, almost a third of businesses in Western Europe have done nothing to combat the latest digital threats, a study released Wednesday said. Dutch and British firms have the most lax approach to digital security matters while German and Swedish businesses are the most secure, according to a survey of 200 IT professionals conducted by the McAfee Security division of software firm Network Associates.,39020330,39117466,00.htm - - - - - - - - - - Center Launched for ID Theft Victims Victims of identity theft can alert banks and credit companies through one-stop dialing, thanks to a pilot program announced Tuesday by the financial services industry. - - - - - - - - - - Panther security patch posted Apple has released Security Update 2003-10-28 for Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) desktop and server systems. Apple's notes accompanying the release state: "Security Update 2003-10-28 addresses a potential vulnerability in the implementation of QuickTime Java in Mac OS X 10.3 and Mac OS X Server 10.3 that could allow unauthorized access to a system." This 592K patch is available for download using the Software Update feature. - - - - - - - - - - Virus researchers' conference in Sydney The Association of Anti-Virus Asia Researchers will hold its third annual conference in Sydney on November 6 and 7, a media release says. AVAR Conference 2003 is designed to bring together technology experts focused on anti-virus and malicious code, the release from conference sponsor Symantec says. The theme for this year's conference is 'Malicious Code', and it will address emerging malicious code threats (viruses, worms and trojans), and the technologies designed to deal with them now and in the future. - - - - - - - - - - Report shows adoption of Secure Digital format Industry group the Internet Home Alliance and consulting firm Aberdeen Group announced Tuesday that consumer use of memory cards and the Secure Digital format are on the rise according to findings from a report conducted by the groups. The postage-stamp-size Secure Digital format has achieved 25 percent U.S. market share in the first half of 2003 and leads all other formats in number of products and product categories the cards are used in. About 1,500 devices use Secure Digital cards. - - - - - - - - - - Microsoft, Security and the Road Ahead "Our goal is simple," Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said. "Get our customers secure and keep them secure. Our commitment is to protect our customers from the growing wave of criminal attacks." Microsoft officials are promising computer users more help in solving security threats that have plagued users of the company's best-known products. But Microsoft will rely on third-party vendors to provide at least some of the solutions. Microsoft announced its new strategies for securing its products in a series of low-key media advisories and keynote addresses earlier this month. Security and web integration is key to Longhorn, says Microsoft PDC: Microsoft will turn off Messenger and turn on firewall,39024655,39116659,00.htm - - - - - - - - - - Officials unveil first phase of foreign visitor tracking system Homeland Security Department officials Tuesday unveiled the first phase of a massive new immigration system to track the comings and goings of millions of annual visitors to the United States.,1282,61010,00.html *********************************************************** 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. For more information see; *********************************************************** Search the Archive at: *********************************************************** The source material may be copyrighted and all rights are retained by the original author/publisher. 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