NewsBits for February 6, 2004 sponsored by, Southeast Cybercrime Institute - ************************************************************ Missing teen's Net meeting A teenage girl who went missing South West on Saturday night may have gone to meet a man she met on the Net, according to police. According to the girls mother, Deborah Cameron, Carmen left her home in South West London to go to an under eighteens disco on Saturday night. However, she told a friend she was travelling to Neasden to meet a man she had met on the Internet. - - - - - - - - - - Man charged in Internet sex assault of child case Police are asking for additional victims to come forward in an Internet-related sexual assault case. Scott G. Willecke, 33, of Menasha, is currently in the Manitowoc County Jail on a charge of second-degree sexual assault of a child. A criminal complaint alleges Willecke had consensual sexual contact last fall with a 13-year-old girl he met using Yahoo Messenger. Willecke traveled to Two Rivers in September to meet the girl. The victim initially told police she believed Willecke was 17 or 18 years of age. Later, she told police Willecke may have been in his 20s, the criminal complaint said. - - - - - - - - - - Guardsman arrested in Internet sex sting A Rhode Island National Guardsman on leave from Iraq was one of two men arrested in an Internet child sex sting. Stanley Winman, 45, of Rhode Island, was arrested last week after setting up a meeting with a 14-year-old girl he met on the Internet, police said. The girl was actually an undercover police officer trolling the Web for child predators.,0,1135897.story - - - - - - - - - - Child porn doc is struck off A doctor who downloaded 1,301 pornographic images of children has been struck off the Medical Register. Dr Michael Dovey, 63, of Gee Moors, Bristol, subscribed to an American web site in 1999 using a password almost identical to his NHS number. He pleaded guilty to 13 specimen counts of making an indecent photograph or pseudo photograph of a child when he appeared before Bristol Crown Court last May. - - - - - - - - - - Robberies, rapes up via online date sites Serious crimes involving online dating sites grew nearly 40 percent last year from 2002, but child prostitution and kiddie porn remain the biggest scourge, the National Police Agency said Thursday. A total of 1,746 cases related to online dating sites were made in 2003, up by 15 from the previous year. The 2003 figure is about 17 times the number reported in 2000, according to data compiled by the NPA. - - - - - - - - - - Web Site Monitors Men Trying To Arrange Sex With Kids Online Is a pedophile living in your neighborhood? A controversial Web site may have the answer. It's a Web site that actually catches local men trying to arrange sex with kids online, KMBC's Jeremy Hubbard reported. The Web site is called He said its staff basically catches pedophiles in the act in chat rooms, then publishes their pictures, names, addresses, and phone numbers, for everyone to see. And yes, there are several men from our area on the Web site. - - - - - - - - - - Piracy fighters raid offices of Sharman, others A music industry group on Friday raided the Australian offices of peer-to-peer companies Sharman Networks and Brilliant Digital Entertainment, along with the homes of key executives and several Internet service providers. Music Industry Piracy Investigations obtained a so-called Anton Pilar order Thursday from Justice Murray Wilcox, and began raiding premises in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria on Friday searching for documents and electronic evidence to support its case against the peer-to-peer companies.,1367,62192,00.html - - - - - - - - - - 419ers get a taste of Texas Justice May we humbly request your immediate and urgent attention to tell you the story of a Nigerian e-mail scammer convicted of wire fraud in Houston, Texas? One Ambrose Kizito Agwuibe was found guilty by a federal jury for trying to scam people with a new version of the 419 ruse. Agwuibe would ask people for help pushing a box containing $22 million through US Customs at Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport. Victims of the deal were promised a percentage of the cash if they would claim it, the AP reports. What do you get if you cross a 419er with 3000 oxen? - - - - - - - - - - MyDoom-ed PCs still prey to hackers Victims of the MyDoom virus may still be vulnerable. While the focus of much of the attention awarded MyDoom focused on the DOS (denial of service) attacks it launched against SCO, the virus also left a backdoor open on infected computers that may still be ajar. Microsoft dooms MyDoombut not the next worm Reacting belatedly to the MyDoom worms that bombarded e-mail systems and its own Web site this month, Microsoft Corp. yesterday released a software patch that removes MyDoom.a and .b from 32-bit Windows 2000 and XP systems. Mydoom lesson: Take proactive steps to prevent DDoS attacks,10801,89932,00.html - - - - - - - - - - Most antivirus vendors had already provided similar patches. Microsofts free download of Doomcln.exe also restores access to antivirus sites that were blocked if a user opened the malicious executable .ZIP file in a MyDoom e-mail. Also, the tool removes a back door that the so far unknown worm authors could use for spamming and other purposes; Microsofts promised $250,000 bounty has gone unclaimed. But the company cautioned that Doomcln cannot protect users against future MyDoom variants or other malware. - - - - - - - - - - Clueless office workers help spread computer viruses Busy or apathetic employees are accelerating the spread of viruses and potentially costing UK businesses millions in clean-up charges, according to a survey out today. Two-thirds of the 1,000 people quizzed by market researchers TNS in January admit they are not aware of even the most basic virus prevention measures. Complacency the biggest security risk, says Sun - - - - - - - - - - Leniency may encourage more hackers A UK-based hacker found guilty of breaching the systems of a US government web site was given a community service sentence rather than a fine or imprisonment this month, leading experts to warn that such light penalties could encourage more hacking. - - - - - - - - - - Remedies for Internet Fraud Millions of people around the world now buy and sell through Internet auctions sites like eBay, hoping that whoever is on the other end is trustworthy and will send the required merchandise once payment has been made. Recently, two Estill Springs residents were named in sealed indictments for allegedly stealing between $10,000 and $60,000 from PayPal, an eBay subsidiary that handles online payments for a wide variety of Internet sites. - - - - - - - - - - Microsoft Wants Spammers to Pay a Price Microsoft Corp., which has declared war on unsolicited electronic mail, is aiming to raise the cost of spam for senders with a new technology. It costs virtually the same to send one message as it does 1 million. In a research project called Penny Black, the software maker is looking at ways to make it difficult for spammers to spread offers for get-rich-quick schemes, porn and penis enlargement products.,1,379371.story,1377,62177,00.html Interview: Intel's approach to security - - - - - - - - - - FCC likely to limit Net telephony regulations The Federal Communications Commission has reached an agreement with the FBI permitting the commission to approve an Internet telephony company's request to limit regulation of its day-to-day operations. An FCC official confirmed Friday that the commission won't further delay a vote on the petition filed by's Free World Dialup, a voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) provider, scheduled for review at next Thursday's monthly meeting. - - - - - - - - - - Unholy trio of RealOne Player holes unearthed RealOne Player users tricked into running maliciously constructed media files could surrender control of their machine to crackers because of three security vulnerabilities revealed this week. Real Networks has acknowledged the problems and issued fixes - which users strongly urged to apply.,39024655,39118220,00.htm,10801,89930,00.html - - - - - - - - - - Security flaw found in common firewall software Two dangerous software flaws that could become attractive targets for hackers have been discovered in widely used computer-security software made by Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. If hackers create programs to exploit the flaws, which security experts found in Check Point's firewall and virtual-private network software, they could wreak havoc on the corporate networks they're designed to protect.,2071,NPDN_14901_2633095,00.html - - - - - - - - - - Footprints on the disk Computer-derived evidence has become a feature of court proceedings. Ed Halliwell spoke to an expert whose job it is to interpret the findings for a jury. Provisions for computer-derived evidence have been part of English law since 1968, but it was not until last year that the potential impact of information technology on court proceedings became widely apparent.,13270,1140813,00.html - - - - - - - - - - Great Taste, Less Privacy A patron walks into a bar and orders a drink. The bartender asks to see some ID. Without asking permission, the barkeep swipes the driver's license through a card reader and the device flashes a green light approving the order. The bartender is just verifying the card isn't a fake, right? Yes, and perhaps more.,1848,62182,00.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. The information is provided to you for non-profit research and educational purposes. Reproduction of this text is encouraged; however copies may not be sold, and NewsBits ( should be cited as the source of the information. Copyright 2000-2004,, Campbell, CA.