Network Security Roundup for December 12, 2003

Wired News: Virginia Nabs Two Big Spammers11-Dec-03 18:32 ET

Story Highlights:“Two North Carolina men were indicted for violating the state’s junk e-mail law by sending thousands of e-mail pitches for investments, software and other products, in what prosecutors said was the nation’s first felony charges for unsolicited e-mail. Jeremy Jaynes, 29, who uses the aliases of Jeremy James and Gaven Stubberfield, and Richard Rutowski each face four felony counts of transmission of unsolicited bulk electronic mail, Virginia Attorney General Jerry W. Kilgore said Thursday.”

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The Register: DVD Jon Appeal Ends: Verdict Before Xmas11-Dec-03 20:21 ET

Story Highlights:“The appeal trial of Jon Lech Johansen ended yesterday in Norway, with prosecutors repeating their demand for a suspended custodial sentence. Johansen circumvented the CSS encryption scheme on DVDs, allowing him to watch movies he had already bought on his Linux computer. Johansen was acquitted in January. The judge is expected to deliver a verdict on December 22.”

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Sydney Morning Herald: Doubts Cast on SCO Claims of Denial of Service Attack11-Dec-03 7:45 ET

Story Highlights:“The website of the SCO Group, which has filed a lawsuit against IBM over breach of contract, suffered a large scale distributed denial of service attack in the early hours of Wednesday, US time, the company said … IT professionals have, however, cast doubt on SCO’s claims as the operating system on which its website is hosted, Linux, has the ability to block all SYN attacks. Additionally, it has been pointed out that Cisco, the router manufacturer, has patches in place for its hardware to prevent such attacks.”

Full Story on the Sydney Morning Herald Cybercrime: Education, Not Legislation, the Answer12-Dec-03 12:33 ET

Story Highlights:“Legislating against electronic crimes such as spam and ID fraud will not reduce the problem; instead, education for small businesses and consumers and cooperation between countries is the answer, according to two major industry groups, who launched a consultation paper on the subject on Thursday.”

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The Register: UK Firms Drowning Beneath Tide of E-Crime12-Dec-03 8:11 ET

Story Highlights:“UK businesses are drowning beneath a rising tide of computer crime, says Microsoft which is coming to the rescue with new chums the National High Tech Crime Unit, Business Watch and the British Chambers of Commerce. Almost half of UK small firms suffer at least one malicious security breach every year, ranging from major hacking incidents to small-scale email security issues and theft of hardware and intellectual property, according to Microsoft.”

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