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NEWS - June 27, 2005

by roddy32 / June 27, 2005 12:28 AM PDT
Worry, but don't stress out over data theft
Published: June 26, 2005, 4:55 PM PDT
By Henry Fountain
The New York Times

The theft of computer data at an Arizona company that put as many as 40 million credit card accounts at risk for fraud may have been the largest case of stolen consumer information yet.

But the incident, which was revealed last week and may have occurred months ago, surely will not be the last. In fact, the theft was only the latest in a series of incidents, not all of which involved criminal activity. Earlier this month, for example, United Parcel Service lost data tapes with personal information on nearly four million customers of Citigroup.

The problem of keeping data secure "exists on lots and lots of levels," said Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington. "You begin to see that the United States has an enormous problem that is spiraling out of control."

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I'm innocent, says Indian in UK bank data scandal
by roddy32 / June 27, 2005 12:30 AM PDT
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Published: June 25, 2005, 10:20 AM PDT
By Reuters

NEW DELHI--An Indian computer worker accused of selling the bank details of more than 1,000 people to a British newspaper says a friend had asked him to give a CD to a Briton to earn extra money, but he had no idea of its contents.

Twenty-four-year-old Karan Bahree, still on probation after starting his 10,000 rupee ($230) a month job in April, denied any wrongdoing in a one-and-a-half page handwritten explanation to his company, Infinity eSearch, local media reported on Saturday.

Infinity's lawyer told the Indian Express it was likely Bahree did not know how important the information on the CD was.

"He has written that he was supposed to get three pounds ($5.50) per information," the Express quoted Depak Masih saying.

"Bahree...thought he could earn some extra money this way by utilizing his free time."

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To catch a thief
by roddy32 / June 27, 2005 12:32 AM PDT
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Published: June 25, 2005, 5:39 AM PDT
By Tom Zeller Jr.
The New York Times

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.--Over the last eight months, there seemed to be at least 140 different men and women living in the same apartment at 2978 Nostrand Ave., in Brooklyn. Every one of them appeared to have a credit card and an insatiable appetite for jewelry from the glittering collections hawked on ShopNBC, a shopping network based in this suburb of Minneapolis.

So it was particularly satisfying for Joan Radtke, the director of credit at ShopNBC, when a postal inspection agent in New York called to say that a 22-year-old man had been arrested Wednesday morning at the Nostrand Avenue address, partly on the basis of information provided by ShopNBC.

"That made our day," said Radtke, whose small team of fraud investigators had been catching and blocking hundreds of apparently fraudulent orders from the Brooklyn apartment. Her team began feeding that information to postal inspectors and other law enforcement officials after ShopNBC was first defrauded of $2,000 worth of rings last November. The 140 or more orders used widely varying names and card account numbers, but the same address.

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Supreme Court rules against file swapping
by roddy32 / June 27, 2005 2:02 AM PDT
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By John Borland, CNET News.com
Published on ZDNet News: June 27, 2005, 8:45 AM PT

The Supreme Court handed movie studios and record labels a sweeping victory against file-swapping, ruling Monday that peer-to-peer companies such as Grokster could be held responsible for the copyright piracy on their networks.

In a unanimous decision, the justices ruled companies that build businesses with the active intent of encouraging copyright infringement should be held liable for their customers' illegal actions.

"We hold that one who distributes a device with the object of promoting its use to infringe copyright, as shown by clear expression or other affirmative steps taken to foster infringement, is liable for the resulting acts of infringement," Justice David Souter wrote in the majority opinion.

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Cable wins Supreme Court battle
by roddy32 / June 27, 2005 3:18 AM PDT
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Published: June 27, 2005, 7:43 AM PDT
Last modified: June 27, 2005, 8:30 AM PDT
By Marguerite Reardon
Staff Writer, CNET News.com

The cable industry can breathe a sigh of relief, as the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that cable companies will not have to share their infrastructure with competing Internet service providers.

In a 6-3 decision, the court overturned a federal court decision that would have forced cable companies to open up their networks to Internet service providers such as Brand X and EarthLink. The majority opinion was written by Justice Clarence Thomas. Dissenting justices were Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Antonin Scalia and David Souter.

The decision will likely not affect consumers immediately, since cable companies have long been exempt from having to share their networks. But ISP supporters believe that over the long term, the decision will hamper competition and will ultimately lead to higher broadband prices for consumers.

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Computer Assoc. Considering Name Change for Fresh Start
by roddy32 / June 27, 2005 3:53 AM PDT
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By Reuters
June 27, 2005

NEW YORK, June 27 (Reuters)?Computer Associates International Inc. said on Monday that it was launching an advertising campaign as it tries to shake off an accounting scandal stain.

The software maker, which last year settled with the government for past accounting problems, said it was considering using "CA" as its formal name and may also alter its logo.

"I can see this as the first baby step," Don Friedman, CA's chief marketing officer, said. "We are trying to change the conversations and the perception of CA."

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CA buys firewall developer Tiny Software
by Donna Buenaventura / June 27, 2005 4:18 AM PDT
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Computer Associates International Inc. (CA) announced Monday its acquisition of Tiny Software Inc., a Santa Clara, California, developer whose firewall software will be added to CA's eTrust security portfolio. Financial terms of the all-cash deal were not disclosed.

Six-year-old, privately held Tiny had a staff of less than 20, all of whom have joined Islandia, New York-based CA, said Sam Curry, CA's vice president of eTrust security management. The acquisition closed in late May, and CA is continuing to sell Tiny's software as stand-alone products. Tiny also had an OEM (original equipment manufacturer) relationship with licensee customers, including Microsoft Corp. and Unisys Corp. CA will offer the technology to its own OEM partners, Curry said.

CA plans to incorporate Tiny's firewall technology into its Integrated Threat Management platform, an under-development product CA plans to launch later this year. The idea is to bundle various desktop protection technologies into one system with a common interface. The platform will launch with CA's antivirus and antispyware technology, and a later version will add Tiny's firewall software, Curry said.

http://security.itworld.com/5014/050627catiny/page_1.html

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UConn finds hacking program on server
by Donna Buenaventura / June 27, 2005 4:36 AM PDT
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The University of Connecticut is notifying 72,000 students, staff and faculty as a precaution after officials found a computer-hacking program in a server at the school.

The server contains names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, phone numbers and addresses for anyone with an account that allows access to the school's computer network. The personal information was not in a readable format, officials said.

University officials found the computer-hacking program this week and said it had been placed in a server at the school in 2003. They do not believe any information was compromised although there was an opportunity for someone to access it.


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Trace 2 unearths risks in Office files
by roddy32 / June 27, 2005 7:03 AM PDT
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Published: June 27, 2005, 11:39 AM PDT
By Joris Evers
Staff Writer, CNET News.com

In its first release, the Trace scanning tool brought to light hidden data in Microsoft Office documents. With Trace 2, the update released on Monday, Workshare has expanded the free software to also flag data such as Social Security numbers, credit card numbers and financial information in documents--data that could signal potential privacy and regulatory compliance violations. "Users simply can't keep track of all the things that can get them into trouble," said Ken Rutsky, a spokesman for Workshare.

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Spam buster Postini to add IM filtering
by roddy32 / June 27, 2005 7:48 AM PDT
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Published: June 27, 2005, 2:42 PM PDT
By Joris Evers
Staff Writer, CNET News.com

E-mail security provider Postini is branching out. In the third quarter, the Redwood City, Calif.-based company plans to introduce a hosted spam- and virus-filtering service for instant messaging, Andrew Lochart, senior director of marketing at Postini, said Monday. Postini has licensed technology from IMlogic, a specialist in instant-messaging security and compliance, for the service, Lochart said. Details of the licensing agreement are not being disclosed.

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