NewsBits for December 16, 2003 sponsored by, Southeast Cybercrime Institute - ************************************************************ Man to face trial following new Internet crime laws A 23-year-old Brisbane man has been committed to stand trial in the Queensland District Court charged with using the Internet in an attempt to procure a child for sex. The case represents one of the first prosecutions under new laws. Irfaan Azeen Mohammed from Carindale on Brisbane's southside was arrested by police at the Southbank Parklands earlier this year. It is alleged he had organised to meet a 13-year-old girl he had met in an Internet chat room after discussing sexual acts. - - - - - - - - - - TEXAS MAN SENTENCED IN CHILD SEX CASE A 62-year-old man from Sanger, Texas, has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to crossing state lines to engage in sex with a girl he believed to be 13 years old. Prosecutors said Lester Ray Nichols admitted that he met a girl known as "Erika" on the Internet in June and discussed traveling to Wichita to engage in a sexual relationship with her. The girl was actually a detective for the Exploited and Missing Child Unit. Nichols was ordered to forfeit a Jeep Wrangler, a camcorder, a digital camera and a laptop computer. - - - - - - - - - - Pair accused of child porn locked up until trial Two federal defendants separately accused of child pornography charges will remain in custody until their trials, according to court officials. Magistrate Judge Harold McKee detained Damon Thomas Pickard, 36, of Bullard, and Erick Dale Rhodes, 27, of Tyler, until their trial during their initial appearance and detention hearings Tuesday afternoon. Court documents report a federal grand jury indicted the pair on Dec. 2, charging Pickard with distribution of material involving the sexual exploitation of minors and possession of material involving the sexual exploitation of minors.Both indictments, officials said, stem from the execution of search warrants at each man's residence. Investigators with the FBI and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, component of the Longview Police Department, discovered computer files containing visual depictions of children under the age of 18 engaged in sexual explicit conduct. - - - - - - - - - - Internet tip lands Alamo man in jail A local man was arrested Friday on hundreds of counts of possession of child pornography and multiple counts of distribution of child pornography, thanks to a tip from a national child protection group and alert security personnel at Yahoo. According to a press release from the 12th Judicial District Attorney's Office, Derryl Stutz, 54, of 20 Stonewood Drive, just south of Alamogordo, was arrested Friday and charged with 500 counts of possession of child pornography, fourth-degree felonies, and 19 counts of distribution of child pornography, third-degree felonies. In the press release, received Monday morning, the DA's office said Stutz, who is, according to Holloman Air Force Base Public Affairs, a civilian employee with the 46th Test Group, was arrested after an investigation by New Mexico State Police. The information allegedly indicated that Stutz was posting child pornography on a Yahoo group Internet page. - - - - - - - - - - Youth Leader Held On Porn Charges The head of the Amherst Boys and Girls Club has been charged with possessing child pornography. During a meeting Sunday with members of the club's board of directors, Richard Britt, 51, said he had sexually explicit materials in his apartment, Lt. Ronald Young said. The board members removed two computers that were in Britt's apartment and found a number of images that had been downloaded from Web sites, Young said. After finding the pornographic images, the board voted to turn the material over to police, Young said. - - - - - - - - - - Teenager arrested on child porn charges Licking County Sheriff's Deputies arrested a 17-year-old Granville boy on Monday on 10 felony child pornography charges. The teenager had 10 computers that bore images of boys ranging in age from 11 to 17 years old, said Licking County Sheriff's Detective Erik McCort. Alltel Communications notified authorities the juvenile visited sites with child pornography, McCort said. Although investigators are uncertain where the images originated, they do know they were downloaded from a specific web site, McCort said. - - - - - - - - - - Dutch web host aided porno typosquatter Dutch web hosting company PGW Internet Solutions aided cyber scammer John Zuccarini in directing children looking for Disneyland, Harry Potter or Bob the Builder to explicit porn sites instead. The Register discovered that thousands of Zuccarinis websites - including, and - were hosted from the Netherlands by PGW and its adult hosting company - - - - - - - - - - Phishing tipped to fly in 2004 Email scams that lure bank customers into divulging personal details will become even more common next year, according to banking officials. Banking officials and computer security experts predicted on Monday the wave of cyber scams targeting the financial services sector will soar in 2004 as the industry braces for a new onslaught of fraud schemes.,39020375,39118567,00.htm Tulsa Police's Cybercrime Tip of the Week Be aware there is currently an email circulating titled Citibank E-mail Verification and is actually criminals in Japan trying to get you to enter your Debit Card Number and Password: - - - - - - - - - - Sun fined for illegally exporting computers to China A Bay Area technology giant is facing heavy fines for shipping some of Silicon Valley's technological wizardry to China, where it was used for military purposes. Sun Microsystems Inc. and its subsidiaries must pay $291,000 in fines for a variety of overseas shipments, including those to China, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced Monday. - - - - - - - - - - Bush signs legislation against spam President Bush signed legislation Tuesday meant to stem the flood of unwanted e-mail pitches that irritate Internet users and drain the economy. "Spam, or unsolicited e-mails, are annoying to consumers and costly to our economy,'' White House spokesman Scott McClellan said after Bush signed the bill. `,10801,88306,00.html,1283,61622,00.html Bush OKs spam bill--but critics not convinced - - - - - - - - - - Canada ruling won't stop music lawsuits A ruling in Canada declaring downloading music through peer-to-peer services legal, but uploading illegal, may do little to prevent the music industry from taking its own action against file swappers. That's because the country's industry group, the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA), is in lockstep with its U.S. counterpart's plan to sue individual file swappers. And last week's ruling by Canadian regulators will not pose a formidable barrier for CRIA to begin its own round of litigation, according to a legal analyst. European RIAA-style anti-file swap lawsuits 'inevitable' - - - - - - - - - - `Flag' to deter digital TV piracy could be costly, inconvenient Chances are that the high-definition television under the tree this year contains an unadvertised feature -- the ability to respond to commands from broadcasters to prevent your favorite TV shows from being sent over the Internet. The technology won't be called upon until at least 2005, when broadcasters will likely start including an electronic marker in the digital signal of over-the-air shows. Home electronics will be instructed to encrypt that signal while sending it between devices -- and block it from being sent beyond that home network. No, Really, You Can't Copy These,1367,61625,00.html - - - - - - - - - - The Second e-Crime Congress, 24th and 25th February 2004 The National High Tech Crime Unit (UK) presents the second e-crime congress which will take place at the Victoria Park Plaza Hotel, London, on the 24th and 25th February 2004. - - - - - - - - - - Cisco releases security patch for Aironet Aironet wireless access point users faced a rushed upgrade following a Cisco security alert two weeks ago. The vulnerability in Aironet 1100, 1200 and 1400 access points could allow an intruder sniffing a wireless network to capture encryption keys being transmitted as plain text in corporate networks using SNMP network management servers.,10801,88309,00.html - - - - - - - - - - 'Gouging' memo leaves Diebold red-faced The archive of internal correspondence from the politically-connected ATM giant Diebold - which is bidding for many electronic voting contracts across the US - is a gift that keeps on giving. Diebold has its own answer to critics who want a verifiable paper trail. Incredibly, the e-voting terminals don't leave behind such information. - - - - - - - - - - Cyber threats risk net's future The hunger in poor nations for going online is not without danger. With improved access, comes the threat of ever more internet security violations. Security was one of the many issues discussed in Geneva. As delegates at last week's UN net summit in Geneva focused on how information technology can be used to improve the lives of the poor, others highlighted the issue of safe surfing. - - - - - - - - - - Nessus, Part 2: Scanning Nessus is a vulnerability scanner, a program that looks for security bugs in software. There is a freely available open source version which runs on Unix. Tenable Security has also recently released a commercial version for Windows called Newt. Boasting over 1200 checks for individual security vulnerabilities, Nessus is a wonderful tool to help track down and eliminate security problems. - - - - - - - - - - School face scanner to search for sex offenders Face-scanning technology designed to recognize registered sex offenders and missing children has been installed in a Phoenix school in a pilot project that some law enforcement and education officials hope to expand. *********************************************************** 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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