NewsBits for December 13, 2004 ************************************************************ German police to take 16,000 warez buyers to court German police have exposed the names of thousands of users of an illegal Internet piracy site, in a crackdown on swapping illegal copies of movies, games, music and computer software. Three months ago German police arrested a 46 year-old lawyer who, along with two brothers from Thuringia, offered bootleg software, games and movies through the high speed download service for over a year. - - - - - - - - - - DRam price fixers jailed Four vice-presidents at memory giant Infineon Technologies are going to jail for their involvement in the industry's largest price-fixing scam during 2001 and 2002. The US Department of Justice (DoJ), which has been investigating a number of the major DRam players, announced that the four senior executives entered a plea bargain to pay $250,000 each and serve between four and six months in prison. - - - - - - - - - - A Struggle of 18 Days with 280,000 Text Messages I am very proud that I played a role in creating a new social mood that allows those who did their best to be treated and evaluated properly. As the chief of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agencys Cyber Crime Investigation Squad, police major Kim Jae-gyu, 42, looked exhausted after finally completing his teams 18-day investigation on Friday into exam cheating on this years college entrance exam with suspects using cell phone. - - - - - - - - - - Workplace porn surfers face stiff penalties Over 70 per cent of UK companies have been forced to discipline employees for viewing pornographic images at work, a new study has found. The survey, by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and computer image detection company PixAlert, also found that management is still confused about what is or is not acceptable in the workplace. - - - - - - - - - - Phone viruses widespread in two years Mobile phone viruses will become rife within two years, according to an industry expert. Speaking at anti-virus firm Kaspersky's annual press conference in Moscow, Marc Blanchard, director of Kaspersky's European anti-virus centre, claimed that the recent proof of concept mobile viruses would soon become a real threat. - - - - - - - - - - UK law failing to nail spammers On the first anniversary of the introduction of Britain's Privacy and Electronic Communication regulations, it emerges that not a single offender has yet been brought to book for sending unsolicited junk mail. The UK government's anti-spam legislation has yet to make an impact, 12 months after its introduction.,39020372,39181034,00.htm - - - - - - - - - - Still no cybersecurity czar Absent from a sweeping intelligence reform bill overwhelmingly approved by Congress last week was the creation of an assistant secretary for cybersecurity position within the Homeland Security Department. Despite support from lawmakers, industry officials and others, members of the House and Senate stripped language from the bill at DHS officials' insistence, said Harris Miller, president of the Information Technology Association of America. - - - - - - - - - - Home Office demands massive cybersecurity overhaul The government has warned that police and law makers need to step up their efforts to fight crime on the Internet. A Home Office report called "The Future of Netcrime Now", which it began work on two years ago and published last week, said that police need to try and get ahead of the growing problem of cybercrime if they are to successfully tackle it.,39020330,39181035,00.htm - - - - - - - - - - UK consumers hypocritical over software piracy The vast majority of UK consumers count themselves as 'ethical' while at the same time admitting that they would buy pirated software, new research has found. The YouGov survey commissioned by Microsoft claims that almost nine out of 10 respondents counted themselves as ethical consumers. Yet 43 per cent own goods they know to be counterfeit, and 23 per cent knowingly acquired pirated software. - - - - - - - - - - Toshiba shows practical quantum cryptography Unbreakable cryptography moves closer as Toshiba shows off near-commercial grade quantum photonics. Toshiba Research Europe demonstrated last week what it claims is the world's first reliable automated quantum cryptography system and run it continuously for over a week.,39020357,39181033,00.htm - - - - - - - - - - Two converging worlds: Cyber and physical security Not long ago, government agencies and other organizations had two sets of security guards: one group protecting buildings, offices, labs and other physical structures; the other monitoring networks for hackers and other cybercriminals. But that's changing. - - - - - - - - - - Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice No. 285: Impediments to the successful investigation of transnational high tech crime Technology has both facilitated and impeded the investigation of crime, particularly high tech crime involving computing and communications technologies. On the one hand, computers have enabled vast amounts of data to be searched and analysed quickly, and have permitted documents and files to be scanned and transmitted across the globe in seconds. - - - - - - - - - - Spam rage causes radio reporter to lose her job A Philadelphia radio reporter has quit her job after leaving an angry voicemail with an online lobbying group she believed were spamming her. 27-year-old Rachel Buchman, a freelance reporter for WHYY-FM in Philadelphia, said she became increasingly incensed by what she believed to be unsolicited junk emails from conservative organisation - - - - - - - - - - GPO outlines digital conversion plans The Government Printing Office over the next two years will transform the way it collects, authenticates, stores and shares federal documents. By December 2007, GPO will implement the Digital Content System and update processes for collecting and storing past, present and future government records. GPO officials today outlined their plans in a new strategic plan. To share is human 'BitTorrent' gives Hollywood a headache *********************************************************** 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.