NewsBits for March 12, 2004 sponsored by, Southeast Cybercrime Institute - ************************************************************ Teen accused of bilking eBay customers A teenager is accused of defrauding more than $4,500 from customers of the popular Internet auction site eBay. Gregory Klimeck, 19, of Flowery Branch, is accused of advertising an ATI Technologies All-in- Wonder video card on the Web site and accepting 20 payments, ranging from $75 to $263.50, without delivering the promised item, according to court records. - - - - - - - - - - BJ's Wholesale suspects credit card leak BJ's Wholesale Club Inc. revealed Friday that it is investigating a possible computer system break- in that may have exposed its customers' credit card account information. - - - - - - - - - - Fresh virus attack expected today AN ANTI virus company has found a message inside a Netsky worm variant that warns of trouble today. Panda Software said that the text tucked inside the Netsky.k worm, which first appeared Monday, indicates a new attack. The text says that the 11th of March is "skynet day", referring to the name of the software, which took over the world in the flick Terminator 3. NetSky variants spark search for code Trojans rise in the virus war - - - - - - - - - - Hacking Inquiry May Head to Justice Dept. The Senate's investigation into how Republicans got access to Democrats' computer memos should be turned over to the Justice Department for possible criminal prosecution, lawmakers said Thursday.,1,6343190.story - - - - - - - - - - FBI adds to wiretap wish list A far-reaching proposal from the FBI, made public Friday, would require all broadband Internet providers, including cable modem and DSL companies, to rewire their networks to support easy wiretapping by police. The FBI's request to the Federal Communications Commission aims to give police ready access to any form of Internet-based communications. If approved as drafted, the proposal could dramatically expand the scope of the agency's wiretap powers, raise costs for cable broadband companies and complicate Internet product development. - - - - - - - - - - House Democrats score DHS on IT inadequacies Democrats on the House Homeland Security Committee say the new department is not doing enough to defend the nations information infrastructure or to leverage IT in its own activities. The administration should have as its goal nothing less than network-centric homeland security akin to network-centric warfare, which proved so successful in the Iraq conflict, the Democrats said in a recent report. - - - - - - - - - - Feds slap cuffs on Google stock scammer The FBI has arrested a Dutch man in connection with a $2.8m stock fraud. Shamoon Rafiq, who has been living in New York City since October 2003, sold non-existent Google stock prior to the company's impending IPO. - - - - - - - - - - EC seeks to stamp out Net child porn, racism and spam The European Commission is investing 50m in cleaning up the Net with a three-year programme, Safer Internet Plus. Its main aim is to improve the protection of children and minors, but it will also cover a broader range of areas of illegal and harmful content and conduct of concern are covered, including racism sand violence. - - - - - - - - - - DirecTV accused of threatening consumers in anti-piracy campaign DirecTV is using a national campaign against satellite TV piracy to extort millions of dollars from innocent consumers, according to a racketeering lawsuit filed this week in federal court. - - - - - - - - - - Hackers and web stores E-commerce is the cause of the record growth of crimes, VeriSign reports. Turnovers of web stores increase rapidly but computer crimes grow faster. VeriSign company, an official administrator of .com and .net domains published regular report on criminal activity over the Internet. Statistics shows increase in attacks, Internet fraud and using other's credit cards (identity theft). Hacker attacks become more and more frequent due to impetuous spread of e-commerce. - - - - - - - - - - Office update clogs spam filters A recent update for Microsoft's Office software is blocking several popular spam filters, and software makers are scrambling to find a fix to the fixes. The problems have occurred since the release earlier this week of Service Pack 3 for Office XP and 2000, which are recent versions of Microsoft's widespread productivity package. The patches and big fixes in SP3 included a number of security fixesfor Office's widely used e-mail client, Outlook. MSN Messenger, Hotmail on the fritz - - - - - - - - - - Unravelling the IP enforcement debate Analysis This week the European Parliament voted to enact the Intellectual Property (IP) Enforcement Directive. This legislative framework for dealing with piracy and theft of coptyrighted goods is now sent to the member states, which have two years to enact laws which comply with the directive. The vote was welcomed by industry and the EC as readily as it has been condemned by civil libertarians. - - - - - - - - - - Firm Seeks to Win Over Police to DNA-Based Strategy Florida company says its technology can aid in narrowing searches for suspects. But some experts doubt accuracy of racial prediction. At airports or company meetings, he studies faces, eyes, complexions. And sometimes, he just can't resist. "You look like an interesting mix," he'll say to strangers. "Can we test your DNA?" 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