NewsBits for April 10, 2006 ************************************************************ Hacker gets 40 years of jail A Spanish man faces up to 40 years in jail for hacking hundreds of thousands of euros from bank accounts being extradited from Argentina. Jose Manual Garcia Rodriguez, 24, is accused of breaking into bank accounts after illegally obtaining passwords from the owners. - - - - - - - - - - U.S. Military Secrets for Sale at Afghan Bazaar No more than 200 yards from the main gate of the sprawling U.S. base here, stolen computer drives containing classified military assessments of enemy targets, names of corrupt Afghan officials and descriptions of American defenses are on sale in the local bazaar. (LA Times article, free registration required),1,3455016.story - - - - - - - - - - Huge DVD piracy factory uncovered Five people have been arrested in a police raid on what is thought to be the largest DVD piracy factory discovered in the UK. The Metropolitan Police's film piracy unit found more than 60 DVD copying machines and 30,000 blank discs in the search of the east London premises. Officers said the factory in an industrial estate in Leyton was capable of producing 2,700 DVDs an hour. - - - - - - - - - - Trial begins in Florida Xbox slayings Kay Shukwit is still trying to cope with the August 2004 deaths of her daughter and five of the young woman's friends, who prosecutors said were beaten to death with aluminum bats over an Xbox video game system. - - - - - - - - - - Domain registrar exposes customer data A database problem with a U.S. domain name registrar exposed sensitive financial and personal information relating to thousands of domain name registrations, a Dutch company said Friday. - - - - - - - - - - Homeland Security official confesses to child porn The Homeland Security official who was arrested this week on cyber child sex charges made a "full confession" to investigators, the man in charge of the investigation said. Polk County, Fla., Sheriff Grady Judd said that after Brian Doyle's arrest Tuesday, the deputy press spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security "confessed and acknowledged, although it was off-tape, that he did like young girls." - - - - - - - - - - Comstock man sent to prison in child-porn case A 69-year-old local man with a previous record as a sex offender was sentenced to up to seven years in prison Friday for child pornography and using a computer to commit a crime. - - - - - - - - - - Man Gets Four Years For Possessing Child Porn A Silver City man accused of possessing child pornography has agreed to a plea bargain. Edward Werner, 64, originally was charged with 156 counts of possession of child pornography. He pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual exploitation of children and one count of failing to register as a sex offender. - - - - - - - - - - Airman gets 60 days for child porn downloads A judge denies a deferred plea for what the defendant says was a mistake. A Bellows Air Force Station airman who downloaded graphic movies of young children being raped and sexually abused has been sentenced to 60 days in jail by a Circuit Court judge. - - - - - - - - - - Man pleads guilty to child porn charge A Bangor man charged with sexually abusing five girls at different times in his Husson Avenue apartment pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court to one count of possession of child pornography. - - - - - - - - - - Pornographer: 'I can't change' Milton man who remorsefully claimed that he never can change his ways pleaded guilty on Wednesday afternoon to participating in an international online child pornography ring. - - - - - - - - - - Child porn teacher can carry on working Protests have greeted a judge's decision not to ban a teacher from working with children despite a conviction for making and possessing indecent images of youngsters. Mark Jordan, 34, was assistant director of music at Kimbolton School, an independent school near Huntingdon where boarding fees are PS16,500-a-year, when police found child pornography on his computers. - - - - - - - - - - Scout Leader Arrested On Child Porn, Rape Charges A Boy Scout leader in Delaware has been arrested on child pornography and rape charges. The suspect is John Rohrer, 63, of Claymont. - - - - - - - - - - Man arrested in child-porn case A Daytona Beach man accused of downloading hundreds of images of children engaged in sex acts was captured Wednesday night trying to cross from Mexico at a U.S. border in Arizona, police said.,0,6783852.story - - - - - - - - - - Fayetteville man facing several child porn charges A Fayetteville man faces several charges for allegedly downloading numerous images of child pornography on his computer during February and March. Thomas Marvin Ferriel, 24, of 741 S. Erika was charged Thursday by the Washington County Prosecutors Office with 10 counts of distributing, possessing or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child. - - - - - - - - - - Local Wife Turns in Hubby for Child Porn A Clinton Township woman turned her husband into police after she discovered child pornography on their home computer. Police arrested the man, who they say admitted to storing the porn, which contained explicit images of children from infant to school aged. The couple has a 3-year-old daughter, but police do not think she was harmed. The man is being held on a $25,000 bond. His wife has since filed for divorce. - - - - - - - - - - Technician Tip Leads To Child Porn Arrest A tip from a computer technician with Geeks on Call has helped police in Naperville, Ill., arrest a man on child pornography charges. Police said the technician, hired by the suspect to repair his computer, found pornographic pictures of children and informed police, reports the Arlington Heights Daily Herald. - - - - - - - - - - Tapes contain child porn Video tapes seized from a large marijuana grow operation in Shawnigan Lake contain images of child pornography, police confirmed Thursday. The tapes are part of a large investigation of child sexual assault and child pornography that led Saanich police and Shawnigan Lake RCMP to a multi-million dollar marijuana grow operation at a rural property on Renfrew Road in late March. - - - - - - - - - - Child Porn Found At After-School Program Police are searching for suspects after child pornography was found at a Boston after-school program. Officers said a worker at the Dimock Smart Kids After School Program discovered the pictures on a printer and called police. - - - - - - - - - - Child porn suspect loses ruling Mexican prosecutors are preparing for the return from the United States of a wealthy Cancun businessman whose child-sex and pornography case gained notoriety last year after a journalist who wrote a book about the allegations was arrested. - - - - - - - - - - Comcast records cited in Web child-porn case Comcast, the nation's largest broadband provider, allegedly discarded computer records that could have led authorities to someone in Colorado who was distributing a movie of a 2-year-old child being raped, an investigator testified in Congress on Thursday.,1299,DRMN_15_4602351,00.html Strong Dissent in Porn-Related Computer Search Case - - - - - - - - - - Matheson pushing Net porn-tax act As stories of Internet child pornography linger in Washington, Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, is trying to get more support for a Internet pornography tax bill he introduced last year.,1249,635198288,00.html - - - - - - - - - - 'Huge' Market for Child Porn Victimizes Younger Kids The "shockingly huge consumer market" for child pornography is increasingly centered around very young children, some as young as 18 months old, according to the chairman of a group dedicated to preventing the exploitation of children. - - - - - - - - - - Nigerian 419 scam stole the most money off Internet Americans lost a record amount of money to Internet fraud last year, with the infamous Nigerian 419 scam nabbing the largest sums from individuals, according to new federal crime statistics. Americans reported losing an all-time high of $183 million to Internet fraud in 2005, up 169 percent from $68 million the previous year, the Internet Crime Complaint Center said last week. - - - - - - - - - - Lawmaker may revisit computer security law Recent criticism of the federal law governing agencies' policies on information technology security has attracted the attention of a key legislator. - - - - - - - - - - Police blame law for Net crime China's police are struggling to clamp down on rampant Internet crime in the face of vague and inadequate laws, senior police say. "The most common crimes involve theft, racketeering, fraud of on-line resources and services, mass disruption and inconvenience to the public," said Xu Jianzhuo, deputy director of the Internet security bureau under the Public Security Ministry. - - - - - - - - - - NASA strives to tighten its cyberspace presence NASAs chief information officer has outlined a policy governing NASAs publicly accessible Web sites that states the portal will now serve as the agencys sole online source of information. - - - - - - - - - - Sudoku used as bait for adware download It's common practice for hackers to attempt to trick users into visiting maliciously constructed websites by offering either warez or smut. These pages are designed to exploit various software vulnerabilities in order to install malware onto victims' machines. - - - - - - - - - - Virus threatens PCs running Linux or Windows Hackers have released a sample code for a virus that could infect both Linux and Windows PCs. The virus, which was given the double name Virus.Linux.Bi.a/ Virus.Win32.Bi.a, was reported Friday by security firm Kaspersky Lab. - - - - - - - - - - to post ads aimed at promoting online safety Popular online social networking hub on Monday said it will begin displaying public service ads aimed at educating its users, many of them teens, about the dangers posed by sexual predators on the Internet. A police detective shows teens and their parents that they're not as safe on MySpace as they think - - - - - - - - - - Oracle releases, then pulls, zero-day database exploit code Oracle Corp. appears to have accidentally released details about an unpatched security vulnerability in its database software, including sample code that could be used to exploit the problem. Details of the vulnerability were published last Thursday in a note that was briefly posted to Oracle's Metalink customer support portal.,10801,110387,00.html - - - - - - - - - - Cyberattackers can exploit Pentium self-defense our computer could hand itself over to cyberattackers when its trying to cool off. That warning galvanized the information technology security experts gathered this week at the CanSecWest/core06 conference here. Experts: Intel-Based Macs Could Invite More Exploits IBM bakes security into processors,70630-0.html - - - - - - - - - - Military branches can now IM The Army, Navy and Air Force now have secure enterprisewide instant messaging (IM) among the three branches, officials from the company providing the technology said today. - - - - - - - - - - McAfee unafraid of Microsoft security push In June, Microsoft is expected to launch Windows OneCare Live, which is the company's long-anticipated entry into the consumer antivirus space. The company plans to charge $49.95 a year to shield up to three PCs against viruses, spyware and other cyberthreats. - - - - - - - - - - Coalition shares ideas for implementing standard IDs A coalition of government agencies and private companies has given the Homeland Security Department broad recommendations for implementing requirements of a 2005 law on standardized identification. - - - - - - - - - - Internet devices threaten NSA's ability to gather intelligence legally Among the threats facing the National Security Agency are Al Qaeda, the Iraqi insurgency, and eBay. Yes, eBay, the online auction house. Not because its members sell state secrets, but because of a company that eBay purchased last year -- Skype. - - - - - - - - - - Don't let your data fall into the wrong lap If your laptop computer is stolen, you could lose a lot more than just a piece of hardware. That became obvious to more than 196,000 current and former employees of Hewlett-Packard recently when a laptop storing their sensitive personal data was stolen from a car in a Palo Alto restaurant parking lot. - - - - - - - - - - Heads spy on teachers Teachers are preparing to protest against surveillance cameras and microphones that are being installed in classrooms across the UK. Surveillance firm Classwatch has installed more than 50 CCTV systems with microphones across Hertfordshire alone, said the Times Educational Supplement on Friday. - - - - - - - - - - Reporters group concerned about Web censorship Reporters Without Borders has expressed concern about Singapore's moves to control political debate on the Internet ahead of parliamentary elections. ``Once again the Singapore authorities are showing their determination to prevent the holding of a genuinely democratic debate on the Internet,'' the Paris-based media advocacy group said in a statement. *********************************************************** 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. 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