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NEWS - January 24, 2006

Notre Dame probes hack of computer system
By Greg Sandoval, CNET News.com
Published on ZDNet News: January 23, 2006, 6:40 PM PT

Two computer-forensic companies are helping the University of Notre Dame investigate an electronic break-in that may have exposed the personal and financial information of school donors.

The hackers may have made off with Social Security numbers, credit card information and check images, Hilary Crnkovich, Notre Dame's vice president of public affairs, told CNET News.com. She declined to disclose how many donors may be at risk.

"The (computer) server that was potentially affected was taken offline immediately," Crnkovich said. "The university continues to explore safeguards and precautions to ensure something like this doesn't happen in the future."

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Do Web filters protect your child?

In reply to: NEWS - January 24, 2006

By Alorie Gilbert, and Stefanie Olsen, CNET News.com
Published on ZDNet News: January 24, 2006, 4:00 AM PT

Millions of parents around the country rely on Web filtering software to shield their children from the nasty side of the Internet--porn, predators and other unseemly phenomena.

But according to the U.S. Justice Department, Web filters are not enough to protect minors. The agency voiced its concern about the technology last week as it geared up to defend an antiporn law that's under attack from civil liberties advocates.

The case, which deals with the 1998 Child Online Protection Act, grabbed attention Thursday after the department subpoenaed Internet search companies, including Google and Yahoo, for millions of search records.

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'Botmaster' pleads guilty to computer crimes

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Published on ZDNet News: January 24, 2006, 5:38 AM PT

A 20-year-old accused of using hundreds of thousands of hijacked computers, or "bot nets," to damage systems and send massive waves of spam across the Internet, pleaded guilty to federal charges on Monday.

Jeanson James Ancheta, who prosecutors said was a well-known member of the "Botmaster Underground"--a secret network of hackers skilled in "bot" attacks--was arrested in November in what prosecutors said was the first such case of its kind.

The Los Angeles-area man pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy, damaging computers used by the U.S. government and fraud. He had been scheduled to stand trial later this year on a 17-count indictment.

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