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Lock 'Em Up!

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In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Lock 'Em Up!
2. Today's Top Story
    - Ridge Sees IT Challenges For Homeland Security
    Related Stories:
    - U.S. Senate Goes After Spyware
    - Sony Rootkits: A Sign Of Security-Industry Failure?
    - Apple ITunes, QuickTime Face Flaws
3. Breaking News
    - Sun Jumps On Open-Source Database Bandwagon To Boost Solaris
    - Golden Oldies: Used IPods Are Hot E-Commerce Item
    - Authors, Publishers Argue Over Google's Library Project
    - Contactless Credit Cards Work In The 'Blink' Of An Eye
    - Microsoft Makes Windows Validation Plug-In For Firefox
    - HP Fourth-Quarter Profit Falls On Restructuring Charge
    - RFID Goes To The Races--In NASCAR Tires
    - NetSuite Spruces Up E-Commerce Apps
    - Cisco Buying Set-Top Vendor Scientific-Atlanta
4. In Depth: Windows' 20th Anniversary
    - 20 Years Of Windows
    - The Making Of Windows 1.0
    - Windows Steps And Missteps Through The Years
    - Windows Time Line
    - The Future Of Windows
5. Voice Of Authority
    - New Hope That U.S. E-Health-Record Effort Is Real
6. White Papers
    - Federated Identity: A Buyer's Guide
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
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Quote of the day:
"The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do."
-- B.F. Skinner



1. Editor's Note: Lock 'Em Up!

Good news on the anti-crime front: more spammers, phishers, and other rippers-off of little old ladies are getting caught and going to jail.

Recent enforcement efforts include:

  • Six more people pleaded guilty on charges related to the so-called "Shadowcrew" scam operation that investigators say was one of the largest phishing rings ever. The operation had about 4,000 members who dealt with at least 1.5 million stolen credit-card numbers and caused more than $4 million in losses, federal prosecutors said.
  • Peter Moshu of Florida, the so-called Timeshare Spammer, was found guilty of sending millions of unsolicited E-mails that tried to pry personal information by offering brokerage services for people interested in selling their time-share vacation homes. For his trouble, he's getting a year in federal prison and will have to pay $120,000.
  • The United Kingdom's "Weaselboy" spammer--don't you just love these names?--was sentenced to six years in prison. The 23-year-old sold bogus domain names and threatened to kill anyone who tried to shut down his scam. Moreover, the loser also put his own family at risk; he operated all of this out of his dad's house. Businesses that complained about his actions were flooded with millions of spam messages in retaliation, and he even threatened police.
  • It's only through this kind of successful enforcement effort that there's even a chance of stemming the tide. Kudos--and many thanks--to the federal, state, local, and international law-enforcement personnel involved, and for the cooperation and other behind-the-scenes efforts that are inevitably required to make these kinds of charges stick.

    When the spammers and phishers are in jail, they might be able to get their hands on at least one computer-related device, if a vendor has its way. A new RFID-enabled phone is being offered to correctional facilities for prepaid or direct-bill telephone service geared toward inmates, to automatically identify and bill the caller.

    In the meantime, here's a longer-term approach to security I'm hoping that more universities will adopt. This past weekend, Iowa State University hosted a hacking competition for its students, who were charged with protecting and defending a business-oriented network from threats. That's really our best long-term strategy, to train these upcoming IT security professionals more thoroughly than ever and to teach them how to think like the bad guys.

    Speaking of training, it seems like that's what's needed to tackle a related security issue--that of, um, intellectually challenged employees. Two stories plumb this field: one about employees unknowingly sending risky E-mail messages that can do some serious legal damage to their employers, and another is about office workers stealing supplies. You might want to keep an eye on your pencils and Post-it notes.

    To read more of my thoughts on these issues, please check out my blog entry and let me know what you think.

    Johanna Ambrosio
    jambrosio@cmp.com
    www.informationweek.com


    2. Today's Top Story

    Ridge Sees IT Challenges For Homeland Security
    Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge says problems in IT are obstacles to the department fulfilling its mission.

    Related Stories:
    U.S. Senate Goes After Spyware

    Earlier anti-spyware bills have stalled in Congress.

    Sony Rootkits: A Sign Of Security-Industry Failure?
    One analyst wonders why it took so long to catch onto Sony's use of rootkits on CDs and whether customers may have a false sense of security.

    Apple ITunes, QuickTime Face Flaws
    On Tuesday, Apple released a security update to iTunes 6 for Windows; a bug reported by eEye, however, wasn't addressed in that fix.


    3. Breaking News

    Sun Jumps On Open-Source Database Bandwagon To Boost Solaris
    Sun says there are now 3.3 million registered users of its open-source Solaris 10.

    Golden Oldies: Used IPods Are Hot E-Commerce Item
    A busy online market has sprung up as users looking to upgrade seek to dispose of their older models.

    Authors, Publishers Argue Over Google's Library Project
    At a panel discussion this week, one legal scholar maintained that Google's plans do constitute fair use, but an author's representative wasn't buying it.

    Contactless Credit Cards Work In The 'Blink' Of An Eye
    Chase Bank USA is testing Visas and MasterCards with RFID technology called "blink," which eliminates the need for purchasers to sign and swipe. Instead, the buyer just waves the card in front of a scanner.

    Microsoft Makes Windows Validation Plug-In For Firefox
    The plug-in, which can be installed in any Mozilla-based browser, does the duty of an ActiveX command that ensures Windows software is legal.

    HP Fourth-Quarter Profit Falls On Restructuring Charge
    Aside from the one-time expense, all the company's business units--from personal computers and printers to enterprise servers and software--reported revenue growth.

    RFID Goes To The Races--In NASCAR Tires
    The technology, embedded in the sidewall, will be used to help race managers track and return thousands of leased tires.

    NetSuite Spruces Up E-Commerce Apps
    Among the new features of the hosted suite for E-retailers: an analysis of leads driven to their sites from Google's search engine.

    Cisco Buying Set-Top Vendor Scientific-Atlanta
    The $6.9 billion deal is Cisco's second-largest acquisition ever and is a huge bet that video is the next online "killer app."

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    4. In Depth: Windows' 20th Anniversary

    20 Years Of Windows
    Sunday marked the 20th anniversary of Microsoft Windows. We take a look back at the highs and lows of the most popular, vilified, and controversial operating system in the world.

    The Making Of Windows 1.0
    Think Microsoft's development and release of Windows 1.0 was smooth? Think again.

    Windows Steps And Missteps Through The Years
    Take a trip down memory lane with Windows' best and worst moments.

    Windows Time Line
    An outline of major Windows happenings, along with computing milestones and world events for reference.

    The Future Of Windows
    A sneak peek at Vista, Blackcomb, and beyond.


    5. Voice Of Authority

    New Hope That U.S. E-Health Record Effort Is Real
    There is at least one subject where this reporter and President Bush are on the same general page, and that's regarding the need for this country's health-care system to rid itself of its addiction to paper. Marianne Kolbasuk McGee explains more in her blog entry.


    6. White Papers

    Federated Identity: A Buyer's Guide
    Organizations look to federated identity technologies to link their partners and other constituents without the burden of managing their identities and credentials, while also easing access to partners' applications.


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