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NewsBits for July 1, 2004

Boy, 16, Is Arrested Under Film Piracy Law
A 16-year-old boy was arrested at a Chatsworth movie
theater early Wednesday after an employee wearing
night-vision goggles caught him videotaping "Spider-
Man 2," Los Angeles police said. The boy was booked
under a state law enacted earlier this year that
makes videotaping in a movie theater punishable by
up to one year in jail, with a maximum fine of $2,500,
according to police.
(LA Times article, free registration required)

'Fahrenheit' Web leaks add fuel to controversy
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Students Allegedly Hack Into School Psychologist's Computer
Two Long Island students were charged with illegally
accessing a high school psychologist's computer and
tampering with other students' psychological evaluations,
officials said. Christopher Kabacinski, 18, and Ryan
Webb, 16, both students at Carle Place High School,
allegedly learned the psychologist's password and
used it to log on to the school's computer network.
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Man Admits Counterfeiting $100 Bills Made On Color Copier
A Parsippany man admitted in federal court Tuesday
to trying to pass off counterfeit $100 bills he
produced using a color copier purchased at a computer
store, the U.S. Attorney's office announced. Martin
Siris, 58, was arrested Feb. 27 at Meadowlands
Racetrack in East Rutherford, after authorities
said he placed an $800 bet with the photocopied
bills. Secret Service agents found another $5,000
in bogus bills that Siris was carrying, and then
$200,000 in photocopied fakes he had stashed in
a safety deposit box, authorities said.
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California man sentenced on child porn charges
A California man convicted of e-mailing obscene
messages and photos to a young girl in Jeff Davis
Parish has been sentenced to five years in prison
at hard labor. Stephen Anderson, 62, of Oceana,
Calif. was convicted in the 31st Judicial District
Court this week on three counts of pornography
involving juveniles and one count of contributing
to the delinquency of a juvenile.
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Midland: Former officer sentenced
A sobbing and contrite former Midland policeman,
William Andrew "Andy" Glasscock, was sentenced
to 15 1/2 years in federal prison Tuesday after
pleading guilty to two charges stemming from his
Christmas Eve 2003 arrest by Odessa police and
Texas Rangers. Glasscock, 52, attributed his fall
to "a sexual addiction" that led him to allegedly
drug and rape women, spy on a pubescent girl in
his bathroom and traffic in Internet child
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Web criminals hit Betfair with DDOS attack
UK Internet betting site Betfair said on Wednesday
afternoon that it had been attacked by Web-based
criminals. In an statement posted on its site,
Betfair told its users that it been the victim
of a distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack.
DDOS attacks are used by malicious Web users to
prevent a server from functioning properly by
flooding it with traffic.
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Nigeria failing to tackle 419ers
Roughly 200 Nigerians are currently serving jail
terms for advance fee or 419 fraud around the world,
Malam Nuhu Ribadu, chairman of the Nigerian Economic
and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), told a
seminar in Abuja this week. But in Nigeria itself
not a single person has been sentenced yet. About
500 suspected fraudsters are currently detained by
the commission in various detention centres across
Nigeria, but they still await trial, according to
afternoon daily P.M. News.
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Tracking of E-Mails Held Legal
In an online eavesdropping case with potentially
profound implications, a federal appeals court ruled
it was acceptable for a company that offered e-mail
service to surreptitiously track its subscribers'
messages. The case involves a now-defunct online
literary clearinghouse, Interloc Inc., which was
acquired in 1998 by Alibris Inc., an Emeryville,
Calif.-based online rare-book broker. Interloc made
copies of the e-mails sent to its subscribers by rival
Amazon.com Inc. An Interloc executive was subsequently
indicted on an illegal wiretapping charge.
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Net Firms Not Liable for Piracy in Canada
The music industry suffered a legal defeat Wednesday
when the Canadian Supreme Court rejected its contention
that Internet companies should pay royalties for pirated
music. The court rejected an argument that Internet
service providers must pay royalties to musicians and
their publishers to cover music their customers download.
It concluded that the Internet companies were mere
conduits of the information.

'Controlled' music copying okay - record industry group
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IP address fight in N.J. worries ISPs
A New Jersey State Court ruling in a case involving
the use of Internet Protocol addresses by a Web
hosting firm is causing alarm among some network
operators who believe it may create a dangerous
precedent. University Communications Inc.,
a Parsipanny. N.J.-based Web hosting company,
earlier this week secured a temporary restraining
order that allows it to continue using its current
IP addresses -- even after terminating its contract
with the assigning service provider.
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Spam still presents technology and enforcement challenges
In case you had not noticed it, spam has not
disappeared in the six months that the CAN-SPAM
Act has been in force. By various estimates,
spam now accounts for well over 80 percent of
all e-mail and still clogs servers and in boxes.
According to the spam filtering company Commtouch
Inc. of Mountain View, Calif., the number of spam
outbreaks per day increased by 43 percent during
the first half of 2004, from 350,000 each day to

Junk mail host nations named and shamed
Appeals court upholds Washington state spam law
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Auditors: DHS flunks wireless security
The Homeland Security Department's failure to
impose security controls on its wireless data
exposes sensitive information to potential
eavesdropping and misuse, the department's
inspector general said. The department agreed
to tighten its wireless security in accord with
the IG's recommendations. As a department that
is part of the government's intelligence community,
many DHS agencies handle sensitive and classified
information at various levels affecting
counterterrorism and law enforcement functions.
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FBI opens new computer crime lab
The FBI opened a new lab Tuesday dedicated to
detecting computer-related crimes and training
federal, state and local police to catch Internet
pedophiles, frauds and thieves. It is the second
such lab the FBI has opened in the United States,
and it will serve one of 50 computer crime task
forces that have been set up around the country to
increase cooperation among law enforcement agencies.
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No nudes on .nu: official
The operators of the .nu TLD have taken mighty
exception to a recent report by Secure Computing
which claimed that the tiny sun-kissed island of
Niue was the repository for three million pages
of Web depravity. .NU Domain Ltd - the US-based
.nu custodian - is to take legal action against
Secure for "making false claims that .NU Domain
is hosting millions of pages of pornographic
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Brightmail tackles zombies
Brightmail, a maker of antispam tools, released
this week a new version of its software, which now
includes features designed to deal with zombie PCs.
One way that Brightmail's new software, Anti-Spam
6.0, filters spam is through maintaining lists of
spammers' IP addresses, which it calls a Reputation
Service. It gathers information on spammers by
setting up "honey pots"--fake e-mail accounts on
the Web designed to attract spambots trawling for
new addresses to spam.
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Microsoft security flaws renew calls to switch browsers
It's been a bad week for many users of Microsoft Corp.'s
nearly ubiquitous Internet Explorer browser. A pair
of virus attacks exploiting its vulnerabilities has led
security experts to recommend that Web surfers consider
such alternatives as Mozilla and Opera.
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Usenix: Experts debate security through diversity
Most of those on hand for a debate on OS and browser
diversity like the idea. The sheer number of worms
and viruses directed at Microsoft Corp.'s Windows
operating system and Internet Explorer browser have
many in the computer industry wondering whether the
cyberworld would be more secure if more users relied
on alternatives to Microsoft's products.
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Third-generation security
Today's security challenges call for a third-generation
security strategy. Each week vnunet.com asks a different
expert to give their views on recent security issues,
with advice, warnings and information on the latest
threats. This week Dave Roberts, co-founder and vice
president of strategy, product management and marketing
at Inkra, explores how virtualisation technology is
making layered security a reality.
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At Delta, tracking bags with radio tags
Delta Air Lines says it will use radio frequency
identification technology to end the problem of
lost luggage for its customers and save itself
up to $100 million annually. The company announced
that it is to spend between $15 million and $25
million to launch an RFID system across its U.S.
network. When the system is installed, it will be
able to track bags from airport check-in counters,
where the RFID tags will be attached, until they
are dropped off at the baggage carousel at the
customer's destination.
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Lawmakers back full funding for data-sharing center
The Homeland Security Department's nerve center for
analyzing and sharing information about potential
terrorist threats would receive significant funding
next year under pending legislation. The House and
Senate have proposed matching President Bush's
request for $35 million to fund the Homeland Security
Operations Center in fiscal 2005. The House passed
its bill, H.R. 4567, on June 18 by a vote of 400-5;
the Senate measure, S. 2537, is awaiting floor action.
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Colorado to require microchip implants in dangerous dogs
Colorado dog owners beware: A state law goes into
effect today that requires implanting a microchip
in dogs that injure someone. It's the latest use
of the tiny device already inserted under the
skin of millions of pets across the country.
These microchips are commonly used for reuniting
lost pets with their owners.
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Some military bases on alert for Coke's GPS promotion
There's a new security threat at some of the nation's
military bases -- and it looks uncannily like a can
of Coke. Specially rigged Coke cans, part of a summer
promotion, contain cell phones and global positioning
chips. That has officials at some installations worried
the cans could be used to eavesdrop, and they are
instituting protective measures.
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