NewsBits for October 13, 2004 ************************************************************ EBay laptop swindler gets 4 years in prison What federal prosecutors called the nation's marquee Internet fraud case concluded Tuesday with the sentencing of eBay laptop swindler John P. Leary to more than four years in prison.In addition to a 50-month term to be served at Nellis Federal Prison Camp, a federal minimum security facility in North Las Vegas, Nev., Leary, alias Russell Dana Smith, was ordered by U.S. District Judge Tena Campbell to pay nearly $885,000 in restitution to his victims. - - - - - - - - - - Technology hinders fraud investigations Increasingly sophisticated technology is making serious fraud harder to investigate, according to the Serious Fraud Office (SFO). In an interview with Computing, SFO Assistant Director Peter Kiernan, said new remote networked technologies and storage intense laptops, mean investigators have to search for more information sources and locations when tracking down fraudsters. - - - - - - - - - - Seven critical in MS October patch batch Microsoft yesterday released 10 new security bulletins to fix multiple components in its Windows operating system and applications. Redmond's October patch batch brings nine security updates (six critical, three important) for Windows and one critical update needed to correct a flaw in the Excel component of Office. Two of the Windows fixes cover critical vulns for Exchange Server 2003. In addition, there's an update to last month's notice about a serious flaw involving Microsoft's processing of jpeg image files, which only affects Office XP applications for users running Windows XP SP2. - - - - - - - - - - Ridge statement sows confusion on cybersecurity chief The technology industry stands behind its call for an assistant secretary for cybersecurity in the Homeland Security Department, even as confusion grows over what the department is planning. Cyber-Security to Get Higher-Profile Leader DHS mulls shift in cyberczars power Homeland security CIO to gain funds, clout Defense CIO stresses congressional dialogue - - - - - - - - - - Industry warned to tackle cyber-crime INDUSTRY must get to grips with the increasing threat posed by hi-tech crime or face potentially disastrous consequences, according to the director of a leading European technology think-tank. Robert Urry, director of the Cyber Tools On-Line Search for Evidence (CTOSE), an EU-funded research project headquartered in Edinburgh, told a conference in the city yesterday that existing piecemeal defence against computer crime was making targets out of legitimate business. - - - - - - - - - - Broadband progress raises security issues Poor consumer awareness around broadband security is putting the UK at risk, according to the director of the government's National Infrastructure Security Co-ordination Centre. - - - - - - - - - - Korean Cyber Crime Unit Trains Foreign Experts Police officers from other countries are coming to Korea to learn about the countrys advanced cyber crime investigation techniques. A French delegation consisting of computer experts from Frances national police agency and prosecutors' office visited a police agency in Seodaemun, Seoul on Tuesday. They have come to learn about types of cyber crimes, case studies, investigative techniques and operation of the cyber crime center in Korea during their five-day visit. - - - - - - - - - - UCLA File Swappers in Quarantine UCLA has developed a new process of identifying and disciplining copyright infringers on peer-to- peer networks, providing schools with another tool to crack down on illegal file sharing. Jim Davis, the university's associate vice chancellor of information technology, testified last week about the UCLA Quarantine project before the House Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property.,1412,65227,00.html - - - - - - - - - - Prosecutor resigns over hacked PC A leading Dutch prosecuter resigned yesterday after hackers entered his mail box and revealed yet another classified letter addressed to the public prosecutor's office. This was the second security lapse in recent days for Joost Tonino, a specialist prosecutor in white collar crime. Just last week Tonino was left red faced after it emerged he had put his old PC out with the trash. - - - - - - - - - - Security chief quits Microsoft Stuart Okin, the public face of Microsoft UK's security work, has resigned from the software giant. In an email sent by Okin on Wednesday afternoon and seen by ZDNet UK, he revealed he was "moving on to pastures new" after eight years at Microsoft. When contacted by ZDNet UK, he said that the transition was "just a career move".,39020330,39170225,00.htm - - - - - - - - - - Vonage talks about 911 advancements Vonage, an Internet phone service provider, and emergency telecom specialist Intrado say together they've conducted successful trials of an advanced means of making emergency phone calls using the Internet. Details of the work in Rhode Island, and the two companies' future plans for it, will be unveiled Thursday in Washington, D.C., where Vonage will also discuss its participation in a major industry-led forum to improve the nation's 911 system. - - - - - - - - - - Locked out--and locked up--on the Net? (series of articles) Outages put a crimp in access at online payment site PayPal and the Gawker celebrity-spotting blog. Also: Microsoft's latest security warnings. *********************************************************** 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.