NewsBits for September 7, 2004 ************************************************************ DrinkorDie suspect to be 'extradited to US' The alleged ringleader of a gang of internet copyright pirates is to be extradited from Australia to the US on multi-million dollar software piracy charges, after all. Hew Raymond Griffiths, 41, of Berkeley Vale, NSW, Australia, was indicted on one count of criminal copyright infringement and one count of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement by a Virginia grand jury last year. US investigators charge that Griffiths rose through the ranks to become leader of the infamous DrinkorDie piracy group, which released a pirated copy of Windows 95, days before its official release and has been getting up to similar antics ever since. - - - - - - - - - - Online pharmacist jailed A Florida man is facing 33 months in prison after pleading guilty to conspiring to distribute a controlled substance. Vineet Chhabra ran a series of websites offering Viagra, diet pills and other controlled drugs. Customers had to fill in online questionaires or complete a telephone interview but did not need to see a doctor or submit a prescription, as required under US law. His sister Sabina Faruqui also pleaded guilty and faces one-year probation. Five others, including a doctor and a pharmacist have already pleaded guilty. - - - - - - - - - - Teenager admits eBay domain hijack A 19-year-old school pupil has reportedly confessed to taking ownership of the domain of the eBay Germany Web site. German police said on Saturday that a 19- year-old from Helmstedt, Lower Saxony, has admitted to hijacking the domain of the eBay Germany Web site and is likely to face charges of computer sabotage, according to ZDNet Germany.,39020375,39165623,00.htm - - - - - - - - - - Man accused of stalking with GPS Police arrested a man they said tracked his ex-girlfriend's whereabouts by attaching a global positioning system to her car. Ara Gabrielyan, 32, was arrested August 29 on one count of stalking and three counts of making criminal threats. He was being held on $500,000 bail and was to be arraigned Wednesday. - - - - - - - - - - First 'warspamming' case reaches court A landmark case in America could establish that spammers really do take advantage of insecure wireless networks. A US citizen is thought to have become the first person to be accused of hacking a wireless network in order to send spam. Nicholas Tombros, 37, is charged under the US CAN-SPAM act, which aims to clamp down on unsolicited junk mail.,39020330,39165719,00.htm 'War Drive' Reveals New York's Hidden Security Flaws,10801,95709,00.html China urged to take action on spam - - - - - - - - - - Zambia set to pass cybercrime law An Internet crime bill in Zambia, which includes provisions that could see convicted hackers facing sentences of up to 25 years in jail, has caused some controversy in the country's IT community but is expected to become law soon. The bill received parliamentary approval and is expected to be signed into law by President Levy Mwanawasa within a month or two. The bill would become the first Zambian law dealing with cybercrime. Aspects of the suppression of cybercrime Internet the new frontier in war on terror - - - - - - - - - - Army rebuilds networks after hack attack The Army has launched a massive multimillion-dollar initiative to secure systems at Fort Campbell, Ky., the home base for the Army's elite attack helicopter units, after its systems were hacked, officials familiar with the initiative confirmed. The project, called the Fort Campbell Network Upgrade, which could cost as much as $30 million, follows the service's enterprise management plan to update all of the fort's computers to Microsoft Corp. Active Directory by January because the company will no longer support the Windows NT 4.0 operating system. - - - - - - - - - - Australia to catch network paedophiles Australian police acting as part of an international "cyber cop" network will be able to track down paedophiles who use the Internet to "groom" or lure children for sex, under new laws passed by parliament. Justice Minister Chris Ellison said it was substantial that children were better protected from online sexual deviants and that the Internet did not become a pipeline of depravity. - - - - - - - - - - Porn at work problem persists A new survey released last week suggests viewing and transmission of pornography at work continue to be a big problem for both companies and employees. The study, conducted by Queen's University in Belfast for porn-filtering firm SurfControl, says one-third of workers admitted passing along porn at some time and half of all workers said they'd been exposed to sexually explicit material by co-workers. China clamps down on Web porn,39020375,39165624,00.htm - - - - - - - - - - Spammers exploit anti-spam trap Some spammers are getting their messages through using techniques designed to spot and stop them. A survey shows that spammers are the biggest users of a technique designed to find out if e-mail comes from the net address it says it does. The system was developed to stop mail senders faking the address in e-mail messages to give them an aura of authenticity and fool spam filters. However, the system is proving good at stopping spoofing and phishing attacks. - - - - - - - - - - WinZip patches security flaw The popular Windows file compression tool has a critical security flaw that could allow a remote attacker to execute malicious code - a fix is now available. WinZip Computing warned last month of a security flaw in WinZip, its compression/decompression tool that runs on the Windows platform. Security firm Secunia has just rated the flaw as "highly critical", the fourth highest out of its five severity levels.,39020375,39165676,00.htm - - - - - - - - - - Microsoft unveils SharePoint Service Pack 1 Microsoft has advised customers using its SharePoint collaborative working products to apply newly released software patches designed to provide performance and security improvements. Spyware interferes with Microsoft patch - - - - - - - - - - Debian rejects Sender ID The Debian Linux group will not deploy the Sender ID anti-spam standard, because Microsoft's licence terms do not fit within its free-software guidelines Developers responsible for the Debian Linux distribution announced on Saturday that they will not implement Sender ID due to Microsoft's insistence on licensing the anti-spam standard. This announcement comes only a few days after the Apache Foundation's refusal to implement Sender ID.,39020375,39165618,00.htm Sender ID loses supporters,39020375,39165420,00.htm - - - - - - - - - - McAfee AV ate my application An Australian software developer has been left fuming after the latest virus definition update from McAfee caused his package to be wrongly identified as a Trojan horse programme. The false positive meant that ISPWizard, an internet setup program wizard, was labelled as the BackDoor-AKZ Trojan by users running the latest update of McAfee's AV software. As a result, ISPWizard is being unceremoniously ripped from users' systems. - - - - - - - - - - RFID tags--demonic tools? When it comes to radio frequency identification tags for humans, the people have spoken. They hate it. CNET recently ran a report on companies with technologies that involve implanting RFID chips under people's skin or inside a bracelet. Advocates say the tags could help paramedics deliver medical help to people in the field, reduce prison violence or give police a way to track victims of kidnapping, a major problem in Latin America. Even Steve Wozniak, the lovable lug of technology, is promoting human tracking in technology developed by his Wheels of Zeus start-up. 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