NewsBits for December 18, 2003 sponsored by, Southeast Cybercrime Institute - ************************************************************ NASA sites hit by anti-war hackers NASA's Web sites have been attacked by anti-war hackers, says an online defacement archive. The maintainers of an online archive of defaced Web sites say 13 NASA sites have been modified by anti-war protesters from Brazil.,39020330,39118640,00.htm - - - - - - - - - - Man pleads guilty to hacking into Acxiom An Ohio man pleaded guilty Thursday to hacking into computer records held by Acxiom Corp., a prominent database company that analyzes information for many large businesses. U.S. District Court Judge Susan Dlott accepted the guilty plea of Daniel Baas, 25, of suburban Milford, and ordered him held without bond pending sentencing in about two months. - - - - - - - - - - Scots police in PS10m bootleg raid More than PS10 million worth of counterfeit goods was seized at Ingleston Market, Edinburgh, last weekend in what is being described as one of the biggest counterfeiting raids of recent years. The operation exposed six stalls selling illegal gear including computer games, music CDs, films, and business software discs. - - - - - - - - - - Police in paedo porn sting Police have set up a fake child porn Web site in a bid to identify and catch paedophiles scouring the Net for illegal images. Officers from the UK, US, Canada and Australia are taking part in the international sting operation. At the heart of Operation Pin is a Web site which purports to contain images of child abuse. Anyone who continues to use the site in search of illegal images despite repeated warnings will be nicked. - - - - - - - - - - Be wary of Internet lottery scams The public have been advised not to fall prey to Internet lottery scams.Special officer of the Social Development and Urbanisation, Ministry, Haji Yusoff Jaafar said yesterday while browsing through the Net, he came across a few people who had been cheated and sought his help. - - - - - - - - - - Evesham slapped for spamming Evesham Technology has been given a right old ticking off for bombarding people with unwanted junk email. The UK's advertising watchdog received 22 complaints from people who received spam from Evesham flogging all sorts of computer gear including "PC components and peripherals" and "Introducing Microsoft Windows XP Center Edition". - - - - - - - - - - Argentina Won't Copy RIAA Tactic As in the United States, online music piracy is on the rise in Argentina. But in contrast to the efforts of the Recording Industry Association of America, the trade group representing major labels here has not employed a flurry of lawsuits to deter the spread of illegal file trading.,1412,61531,00.html - - - - - - - - - - Mother Nature Recruited for War on Cyber Terror "Adapting the idea of diversity in biology to computers may not make an individual computer more resilient to attack," says Carnegie Mellon professor Dawn Song, "but it aims to make the whole population of computers more resilient in aggregate." It's not nice to fool Mother Nature, but scientists who are fooling with the mechanisms of Mother Nature's wrath are developing a clever tool to fend off malicious viruses, slippery worms, and other nasty cyber attacks. - - - - - - - - - - VeriSign acquires security service provider "In addition to being a world-class company in its own right, Guardent is a perfect strategic fit," said VeriSign chief executive officer Stratton Sclavos. "By combining forces, we will solidify VeriSign's leadership in network security," he said, adding that with Guardent's customer base, vulnerability management technology and security expertise, the merged company will be better able to serve customers. - - - - - - - - - - Is Wireless Security a Lost Cause? "WPA is better than WEP, but we still have a way to go before true wireless network security," Robert Moskowitz, senior technical director of ICSA Labs at TruSecure, told the E-Commerce Times. "A lot of cryptologists don't like WPA because it's based on older ciphers." - - - - - - - - - - What to watch in 2004 Each week asks a different expert to give their views on recent virus and security issues, with advice, warnings and information on the latest threats. This week's security correspondent Iain Thomson reads his tea leaves and offers his predictions for 2004. - - - - - - - - - - Pak wants end to misuse of ITCs against any religion Federal Minister for Information Technology Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari Wednesday said Pakistan had urged the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) to declare as misuse of the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) any negative propaganda against religion or portraying any religion, its followers or its elements of faith in an offensive manner. - - - - - - - - - - Work starts on national gun register Work has finally started on the national gun register, seven years after it was first recommended. Systems integrator Anite is developing the Firearms Licensing Management System that will link into the Police National Computer (PNC), allowing police forces across the country to share information about licensed guns. 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