- DE - Internet-Ring zum Kinderporno-Tausch aufgeflogen +/-
(Heise) Die Polizei hat einen international organisierten Kinderporno-Ring auffliegen lassen. Rund 100 Beschuldigte aus dem In- und Ausland sollen kinderpornografische Bilder im Internet ausgetauscht haben. Am frühen Mittwochmorgen seien zeitgleich die Wohnungen der Verdächtigen in elf Bundesländern sowie einigen europäischen Ländern durchsucht worden, teilte das Landeskriminalamt in Hannover mit. Dabei stellten die Ermittler unter anderem Computer und Dateien sicher.
- UK - MP calls for violent porn ban +/-
(BBC) An MP is to call for greater control on violent internet porn sites, following the murder of Brighton teacher Jane Longhurst. Graham Coutts killed the teacher to 'satisfy a bizarre and macabre fantasy' after spending hours viewing images of women being strangled and raped, Lewes Crown Court decided. After he was jailed for life, Jane's mother Liz, from Reading, called for the sites to be banned. Now her MP, Martin Salter, is to table a Parliamentary Early Day Motion on the subject, and hopes to get at least 100 MP's to support a ban. See also Net closes on 'sick' website porn;
- UK - Scotland - Executive deaf to call for internet porn study +/-
(Scotsman) After the conviction of an internet-obsessed Scot for murder, the Scottish Executive said it had no intention of re-assessing the issue of lurid websites and their links to violent crime.
- US - False Domain Info May Mean Jail +/-
(Wired) Congress may crack down on businesses and people who provide false information when they register a website, proposing huge fines and extra jail time for those who violate copyright and trademark law. Backers say the bill, known as the Fraudulent Online Identity Sanctions Act, targets only those who lie when submitting data to domain-registration databases and then go on to break federal laws. Co-sponsors Reps. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and Howard Berman (D-California) hope the law will help copyright holders track down those who sell counterfeit merchandise on the Web, set up "phisher" sites to con unsuspecting Internet users into turning over credit card and PIN numbers, or illegally offer copyright works for download. They also hope the bill will curb malicious spammers and prevent the registration of domain names that are knockoffs or misspellings (such as www.wirred.com) of legitimate companies.
- DE - Biometrie: die Praxis ruft +/-
(Heise) Die Biometrie ist drauf und dran, als Zugangskontrolle in Firmen und als Identifikationsvehikel im Pass- und Visawesen in großem Maßstab eingesetzt zu werden. Nicht nur der Start eines Pilotprojekts am Frankfurter Flughafen zur Identifikation per Iris-Erkennung, das Innenminister Otto Schily publikumswirksam einläutete, rückt dies ins Interesse der Öffentlichkeit: Das Fazit einer zweitägigen Veranstaltung, die der Verband für Sicherheitstechnik unter dem Titel "Biometrische Verfahren im praktischen Einsatz" in Hamburg organisierte, war ebenfalls eindeutig.
- EU - Handbook of Legislative Procedures of Computer and Network Misuse +/-
(EDRI-gram) Study for the European Commission, Directorate-General Information Society, by Rand Europe. The Handbook is designed to help European Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRT) deal with incidents and operate in a European environment with divergent legal codes dealing with computer crime and misuse. Particular attention is devoted to the examination of the content of the Council of Europe's Cybercrime Convention and the proposed European Framework Decision on Attacks Against Information Systems. The publication contains an analysis of legislation in each EU member state in the area of computer crime. A summary table is also provided together with the law enforcement points of contacts and reporting mechanisms.
- The Virus Underground +/-
(New York Times) Virus-writing is no longer exclusively a high-skill profession. By so freely sharing their work, the elite virus writers have made it easy for almost anyone to wreak havoc online. When the damage occurs, as it inevitably does, the original authors just shrug. We may have created the monster, they'll say, but we didn't set it loose. This dodge infuriates security professionals and the police, who say it is legally precise but morally corrupt. A 10-page article by Clive Thompson.
- US - VeriSign works to ID kid surfers +/-
(CNET News.com) VeriSign plans to unveil a digital identity program for school-age children, which it says will bolster online safety for the growing number of young Web surfers. The Net infrastructure and security company and partner i-Safe America, a group that educates children about online safety, will demonstrate the use of digital IDs at a Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee luncheon and technology fair in Washington, D.C.
- JN - Serious crimes tied to online dating up 37% +/-
(Kyodo News) Serious crimes, including murder, robbery and rape, linked to online dating sites rose 37% in 2003 from the year before to 137 cases, the National Police Agency (NPA) said. The number of all online dating sites-related crimes came to 1,746 cases.
- UK - Downloads outsell DVDs and vinyl +/-
(BBC) Sales of legal music downloads have reached a new high to become the second most popular singles format in the UK. More than 150,000 downloads were sold last month, exceeding sales of 12-inch, seven-inch and DVD singles, the Official Charts Company reported. This included a record 50,000 downloads in the week after the 19 January launch of online music service MyCokeMusic. CD singles remain the most popular singles format, however, with 341,461 sold during that week.
- US - Sex in the workplace +/-
(Arnall Golden Gregory LLP) Nearly one-quarter of American workers have used company computers for sexual or romantic purposes. In a poll, 24 percent of workers revealed that they have used company computers to visit X-rated Web sites, participate in steamy chat rooms or exchange romantic notes. In response, employers are increasingly banning employees from visiting sex-related sites and from participating in romantic relationships between supervisors and subordinates.
- Cheapskate's Guide to a Safe PC +/-
(Wired) If you're wondering what lunacy your computer might contain but aren't in the mood to fork over a few hundred bucks for software that can examine and secure your system, fret not. There are plenty of free tools available for download that do a good basic job of purging and protecting computer systems. And some of these tools, such as SpamBayes, Spybot and the Mozilla Web browser, work better than similar commercial products. [Ed: SpamBayes works - if your network administrator will let it ...]
- EDRI-gram newsletter +/-
(EDRI) EDRI-gram is a bi-weekly newsletter about digital rights in Europe. Currently EDRI has 14 members from 11 European countries. EDRI takes an active interest in developments in the EU accession countries and wants to share knowledge and awareness through the EDRI-grams. All contributions, suggestions for content or agenda-tips are most welcome. Newsletter editor: Sjoera Nas . EDRI-gram subscription: web interface e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: subscribe.
- Queryster All-In-One +/-
(Web Search Guide) Queryster is a new search tool that gives quick access to individual search engines through a "map" of search engine logos. Click on the logo for the engine you wish to search and enter the search terms. You can customize the "map" to have the search engines you want from a list of 25. Under Tools, Queryster has options for people search, business search and many other tools. This makes it a better-than-average All-In-One tool.
- Visualizing Paris, Barcelona and other Cities +/-
(Search Engine Watch) Wanadoo Maps has added a new twist to online yellow pages in Europe: photos of thousands of buildings in France and Spain. In France, the photos are available via France Telecom's Yellow Pages site, Pages Jaunes. The directory features pictures of building facades for all listed street addresses in France's nine largest cities, including Paris, Lille, Marseille, Bordeaux and Nice. Photos of four cities in Spain are available at the QDQ Media Callejero Fotografico web site: Madrid, Barcelona, Seville and Valencia.