A report by the Michigan Office of the Auditor General, released on August 31, 2004, found that personal information contained on machines supporting the licensing, vehicle registration and other financial systems was vulnerable to hackers. Specifically, the audit found security flaws in nine mainframe databases belonging to the state's Automated Information Systems and the departments of State and Information Technology between 2000 and 2003. Michigan Department of State officials acknowledged the flaws, but said that steps have been taken to improve information security. They added that security has been improved since Social Security numbers began being collected for new and renewed driver's licenses in May 2004. Department officials told state auditors they were not aware of their system being hacked into or any information being stolen.
Porn dialler fraudsters find lucrative loophole
A German Internet dialer watchdog site, Dialerschutz, is warning web users about a new porn dialer scam run by Spanish firm Teleflate S.L. The latest scam uses a Java program to automatically consent to users dialing into pornography websites at rates of €30 per hour. Dialerschutz has already informed the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) in Bonn about Teleflate. Dialer services that connect without user consent are illegal in Germany and many other European countries. Fully-patched Microsoft Windows machines should not be vulnerable to the scam, according to Dialerschutz.