NewsBits for March 23, 2004 sponsored by, Southeast Cybercrime Institute - ************************************************************ Recording industry sues 532 more alleged file swappers The recording industry sued 532 people Tuesday, including scores of individuals using computer networks at 21 universities, claiming they were illegally sharing digital music files over the Internet.,1412,62769,00.html New Zealand to 'legalise CD piracy' - music biz Retailers warned of 'digital shoplifting',39020375,39149817,00.htm RIAA website nears week-long outage,10801,91555,00.html - - - - - - - - - - Three held over casino 'scam' Three people have been arrested on suspicion of winning more than PS1 million ($1.8 million) at a London casino using high-tech trickery, police say. The Metropolitan Police said two men and a woman, all from Eastern Europe, had been arrested on suspicion of obtaining money by deception through gambling. - - - - - - - - - - Demon founder bailed on blackmail charges Cliff Stanford, founder of Demon Internet and Redbus, was in court yesterday charged with blackmail and "email poaching". Stanford was granted bail and must reappear on 14 May. The charges relate to accusations that he intercepted emails from Redbus chairman John Porter. - - - - - - - - - - Lock down gambling sites, go to jail A new Justice Department policy threatens to jail security professionals who help lock down online gambling sites anywhere in the world. For example, you're a computer security expert who's hired by an offshore casino in the Cayman Islands to develop a security and authentication technology. Your client is a licensed Cayman casino that has been operating for over 30 years, and wants to make a foray into online gaming. - - - - - - - - - - IE flaw exposes weakness in Yahoo! filtering Flaws in the filtering technology used by Web-based email services make it possible for hackers to smuggle viruses past defences. Israeli security outfit GreyMagic Software warned today that this "severe security" vulnerability could allow attackers to run code of their choice, "simply by sending an email to an unsuspecting Hotmail or Yahoo! user". - - - - - - - - - - Lieberman blasts Bush cybersecurity plan Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) charged the Bush administration with "lassitude and lack of leadership" in securing the nation's critical computer systems infrastructure. In a March 19 letter, Lieberman, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee and a frequent critic of the White House's homeland security efforts, characterized the administration's National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace as little more than vague generalities, without timeframes, deadlines or performance benchmarks. The strategy was originally announced February 2003. White House strikes back at former counterterrorism adviser,10801,91561,00.html - - - - - - - - - - One in three firms suffer hacking attempts One in three of the UK's biggest companies has suffered hacking attempts on their websites in the last year, a government-sponsored survey has revealed. EU to lose billions through spam and viruses,39020330,39149804,00.htm - - - - - - - - - - Big four accounting firms join in cyber-risk effort A consortium of companies that includes the Big Four accounting firms and at least one large insurer is quietly working on a cybersecurity risk measurement framework for large enterprises, Computerworld has learned. The Risk Preparedness Index is being developed by the newly formed Global Security Consortium, which so far includes PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young LLP, Deloitte & Touche LLP, KPMG International and insurance giant AIG International Inc.,10801,91450,00.html - - - - - - - - - - Privacy Maven Now Works for Feds The Transportation Security Administration has appointed a vocal critic of its privacy practices to write its privacy policies, perhaps in a move to placate congressional critics and privacy advocates.,1283,62763,00.html Panel: Industry, government must cooperate on privacy - - - - - - - - - - Savvy seniors see through spam scams Symantec, a California company that sells Norton anti-spam and antivirus software, asked 1,000 Internet users last month how they handled unsolicited e-mail offers that promise such things as a ramped-up sex drive or easy money. To its surprise, the 65-plus set is the most likely to ignore the claims. Anti-spammers press for own domain - - - - - - - - - - Eutelsat denies rogue diallers accusation Angry victims of rogue diallers which ring expensive satellite numbers are blaming the wrong company, Eutelsat says. The satellite telephone provider blames the confusion on billing software which mistakenly names it as the origin of the calls. - - - - - - - - - - Clever Critter May Detect Hard-Drive Failures "Essentially, what we are trying to do is save the life of the computer hard drive," says Michael Bigrigg, a project scientist at CMU's Institute for Complex Engineered Systems (ICES). "Hard drives get hot, and the sensor is designed to pick up the slightest temperature variation." - - - - - - - - - - Share information securely One of the largest priorities for modern organizations remains information sharing with a vast ecosystem of external entities, ranging from business partners to suppliers and customers. In a wake of a landslide of security threats and breaches, the question that is top of mind for information sharing architectures is securitygenerally around how to best extend organizational boundaries and where to centrally locate shared data. Shredder sales soar on fears of identity theft - - - - - - - - - - Why you should sweat the small stuff It's never a good night for the IT department when the first person to get hit by a new virus is the CEO. That's exactly what happened when the W32.Blaster Internet worm slipped onto the notebook of ABM Industries Inc. chief Henrik Slipsager. Slipsager was booting up during a business trip in Los Angeles in August 2003 when the error message that defined the Blaster popped up, paralyzing his machine and millions of others across the globe.,10801,91509,00.html - - - - - - - - - - Internet Providers Should Find Their Way to IMAP If it weren't irreplaceable, e-mail would be intolerable. Spam and viruses are all a pain, but the biggest hassle with e-mail is simply managing the volume of it all. Answer this, forward that, file the other thing -- then try to keep track of it all on more than one computer: It's like a checkbook that will never be balanced. - - - - - - - - - - Caravan denies implication in international terrorism The telecommunication company Caravan is not involved in support of the terrorists' website, a press release of the telecommunication company informs. On March 22 "Novye Izvestya" and some other information sources announced that Caravan had placed the website of the terrorist organization HAMAS at their servers. Hamas has chosen Russia - - - - - - - - - - National criminal intelligence net slowly takes shape Next month, a pair of law enforcement networks will link up with U.S. intelligence agency systems to share sensitive but unclassified information. The Regional Information Sharing Systems network ( and the FBIs Law Enforcement Online (LEO) already are linked and let member agencies share law enforcement data. - - - - - - - - - - Scots police add robo-reporting The Strathclyde Police force has gone live with an automated report filing system that allows officers to file reports from their handsets or mobile phones, reducing time spent on paperwork. - - - - - - - - - - Autopsy minus the scalpel If a group of Swiss researchers has its way, some autopsies of the future will be performed without a single slice into the body. The Virtopsy, or "virtual autopsy" developed by Michael Thali and colleagues at the University of Berne's Institute of Forensic Medicine, is a scalpel-free procedure that uses the latest in medical imaging technology to provide a complete three-dimensional view of the inside and outside of the body. *********************************************************** Computer Forensics Training - Online. 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