NewsBits for September 2, 2004 ************************************************************ N.J. Councilman Arrested In Child Porn Sting A borough councilman was arrested Tuesday for allegedly e-mailing nude photos to two undercover detectives he believed to be 14-year-old girls. Frank Mudry, 39, who is Little Ferry's police commissioner, was arrested by officers from the Passaic County Sheriff's Department Internet Crimes Unit. He is charged with luring and enticing a minor, attempted sexual assault, attempted criminal sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child. - - - - - - - - - - Ex-Benton jailer faces child porn charges A former Benton County jailer faces child pornography charges after dozens of explicit images allegedly were found on his computer after his home was searched last May in an unrelated case. Gary Lee Hilliard Jr., 32, was ordered Wednesday to return to Benton County Superior Court in a week to enter a plea on nine new counts of possession of child pornography. He subsequently posted $20,000 bail. - - - - - - - - - - Copyright Office pitches anti-P2P bill A hotly contested wrangle in Congress over how to outlaw file-swapping networks just took a new twist. The U.S. Copyright Office has drafted a new version of the Induce Act that it believes will ban networks like Kazaa and Morpheus while not putting hardware such as portable hard drives and MP3 players on the wrong side of the law. - - - - - - - - - - Further data security laws on the way Although a US draft bill calling for compulsory annual security audits to be carried out by publicly listed companies has been delayed until early next year, security experts said regulations of this kind are inevitable, both for US and UK firms. - - - - - - - - - - Bagle variant lacks teeth The worm is being thwarted because most of the site from which it attempts to download malware cannot be contacted. Another version of the Bagle mass-mailing computer worm started spreading this week, but it probably won't get far, security experts said.,39020375,39165277,00.htm - - - - - - - - - - Critical Kerberos bugs surface Multiple vulnerabilities have been reported in version five of the widely-used Kerberos authentication protocol. The most serious could be exploited by crackers to gain root control to authentication servers. Exploits are yet to surface and patches are available. All releases of MIT Kerberos 5 up to and including krb5-1.3.4 are affected. At fault are "double-free vulnerabilities" in MIT Kerberos 5 implementation's Key Distribution Center (KDC) program and libraries.,39020375,39165276,00.htm - - - - - - - - - - WinZip warns of security flaws in software Windows clients running the popular WinZip application are at risk from a number of critical security flaws, according to WinZip Computing Inc. and security researchers. The compression/ decompression tool is one of the most widely used piece of software on the Windows platform. - - - - - - - - - - Army urged to step up IT security focus The security threat on DOD networks is growing substantially each day, so much so that on two separate occasions this summer, viruses infiltrated two top-secret computer systems at the Army Space and Missile Defense Command. Army Lt. Gen. Larry J. Dodgen, the command's leader, blamed the viruses, which appeared on the Defense Department's Secret Internet Protocol Router Network, on users and network administrators who were not conducting their jobs in a diligent fashion. - - - - - - - - - - Crime unit helps parents battle Internet predators This article reminds me of a quote by Jimmy Doyle, The Internet is just like the real world. There are bad neighborhoods and good neighborhoods. Parents need to know what can happen and that bad people are coming into their homes. The article is well written and shows how "Internet Predators" look for children on the Internet. This article shows how easy it is for "sexual predators" to locate kids in chat rooms. And should alert parents to the need to understand the perils of the Internet for kids. - - - - - - - - - - Microsoft warns spyware could foul up security update Though Microsoft Corp.'s new security update package is all about protecting systems from worms, viruses and spyware, it can't do much about what's already on computers -- and that could pose a problem. The company is warning users of the Windows XP operating system to check for spyware before downloading the free massive security update, called Service Pack 2. SP2 plays havoc with online banking An Australian bank says installing the Windows update prevents users from logging into its Web interface. St.George Bank may be forced to make changes to its online banking interface as adoption of Windows XP Service Pack 2 becomes widespread among consumers.,39020375,39165283,00.htm WinXP SP2 = security placebo? Why SP2 deserved every shred of the scrutiny XP SP2 glitches to trip up one in 10 upgrades - report Most US firms ignore spyware risk - - - - - - - - - - Oracle patches finally released The database maker has fixed several flaws in its software as it attempts to move to a monthly patching schedule. Database software maker Oracle pushed out a host of long-awaited patches after struggling to organise its software fixes into a monthly release schedule.,39020375,39165278,00.htm - - - - - - - - - - Apache, open-source groups wary of Sender ID The Apache Foundation, an open-source development group, on Thursday pulled its support of the proposed antispam standard Sender ID, saying Microsoft's license requirements are too strict. The move by the group responsible for the popular Apache Web server comes as other open-source developers also voiced reservations about Microsoft's attempts to apply stringent license requirements to its contribution to the spam- fighting technology. - - - - - - - - - - Cybercrime is not limited by boundaries Computer crimes more and more assume transnational, organized and group character. Transnational character of computer crimes poses a certain social threat - a threat to the compound of the national security. Modern technologies gave an impetus to criminal activity as well as to the free trade and economy. - - - - - - - - - - Cutting email cholesterol 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 Alasdair Kilgour, managing director of CommVault UK and Ireland, suggests some preventative steps for IT managers to adopt to reduce the email burden. - - - - - - - - - - Tech threats: the new front in the War on Terror There's little doubt nowadays that the 21st century is shaping up to be a very unstable era in human history. Non-state actors like al-Qaeda are stepping up their fight against nation-states, employing mostly conventional, low-tech solutions to their acts of terrorism. - - - - - - - - - - With black boxes, drivers trade privacy for insurance discounts For two months, Jacob Sevlie's insurance company tagged along whenever he slid behind the wheel of his Honda Accord. An electronic monitor the size of a matchbook closely tracked Sevlie's driving time and behavior. If he had a heavy foot or was a sudden braker, the auto data recorder would betray him. Ensuring the observance of civil rights while collecting of information using technical means - - - - - - - - - - Norwich firm set to track criminals A Norwich-based criminal tagging firm is gearing up for its first satellite tracking case signalling a landmark in British penal history. The bustling nerve centre of Premier Monitoring Services on St Crispin's Road is pivotal in the introduction of satellite devices to keep tabs on sex offenders and prolific criminals. Home Secretary launches satellite tracking for criminals *********************************************************** 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. 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