8/31/2005

Man faces new charges in ChoicePoint ID theft

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A Nigerian man has been indicted for infiltrating consumer-data company ChoicePoint to fraudulently access financial records of consumers in a still-widening case that has spurred calls for tighter regulation of the personal information business.

Oluwatunji Oluwatosin, who had already been sentenced to 16 months in prison in the ChoicePoint case, now faces 22 more charges, Los Angeles prosecutors said Tuesday.

The additional counts came as authorities broadened their investigation of data theft at ChoicePoint and said they expected more people to be charged in the case.

Source: ZDNet

Analyst Leaks iPod Phone Launch Details

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Secret plans for the launch of an iPod phone have been leaked in advance of the official Apple launch, it is believed by an industry analyst.

Apple is expected to announce today a partnership with Motorola, the handset company, and Cingular Wireless, the mobile service provider, to market a mobile telephone that doubles as a digital music player.

According to Mr Entner, the first iPod phone will be available in two models, with either 512MB or 1GB of storage. The larger model can hold up to 240 songs. The handsets will reportedly be the first in a series called “Rokr”.

Source: Times Online

Google Ads Go Offline To Print

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Google is expanding its lucrative Internet advertising network into the print world in a bold attempt to capture traditional ad dollars.

The search king is quietly testing the waters of print advertising sales, according to executives at several companies that have bought the ads. Google recently began buying ad pages in technology magazines, including PC Magazine and Maximum PC, and reselling those pages–cut into quarters or fifths–to small advertisers that already belong to its online ad network, dubbed AdWords.

Source: News.com

MS Released Phishing Filter and Games Add-Ins

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MSN today unveiled two new MSN® Search Toolbar Add-ins, enabling people to customize their toolbar to their specific interests and providing a smarter searching and browsing experience. These latest add-ins for MSN Search Toolbar include a beta of the Microsoft® Phishing Filter Add-in, which helps protect customers from potential risks of phishing Web sites and online identity theft, and the Games Add-in, providing one-click access to some of the Web’s most popular online games via MSN Games.

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MSN buys into Net calling future

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Microsoft plans to announce Tuesday that it has purchased a small Internet calling start-up called Teleo, as part of a move to expand the capabilities of MSN Messenger.

The move comes as all the major portal and IM companies are moving more heavily into Internet calling. Last week, Google launched its own instant-messaging service, dubbed Google Talk, with a focus on voice chatting.

Source: News.com

8/30/2005

Zotob Arrest Breaks Credit Card Fraud Ring

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Turkish authorities have linked one of the suspects in the Zotob worm case to individuals thought to be part of a credit card fraud ring, according to the FBI.

Atilla Ekici, a 21-year-old Turk who used the nickname “Coder,” may be affiliated with people thought to be part of a credit card fraud ring in Turkey, an FBI representative said on Tuesday. Ekici was one of two men arrested last week for allegedly unleashing several computer worms, including the Zotob worm that disrupted businesses worldwide two weeks ago.

Turkish authorities have identified about a dozen individuals thought to be involved in credit card fraud. “It is believed that these individuals have links to Coder,” the FBI representative said. “The investigation is still ongoing, but there is no indication these people actually wrote or distributed the Zotob worm.”

Source: News.com

PayPal Founder Slides To A New Venture

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Max Levchin, co-founder and former CTO of PayPal, announced today the public beta launch of his new venture, Slide.

Slide is a free downloadable desktop program that indexes photos on the user’s hard drive, automatically groups them into intuitive channels, and plays them back via a unique always-on ticker interface. Because of this innovative scrolling “photo playback” model, users can rediscover and enjoy images they would rarely see otherwise. With just one click users can choose to share any photo or invite both registered and unregistered friends and family to subscribe to entire channels of photos. Simple access controls allow users to manage the privacy of their photos.

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Men Arrested For Writing Zotob Linked To 20 Viruses

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One of two men arrested last week over the Zotob worm outbreak has been linked to the creation of 20 other viruses.

Farid Essebar, 18, a Russian-born Moroccan resident, was arrested by investigators last Thursday, less than two weeks after Zotob worms exploited recently-discovered Windows flaws to disrupt high profile organisations around the world. Essebar was allegedly paid by his supposed accomplice, Atilla Ekici, to create the worms. Ekici has been arrested in Turkey by police investigating the case.

Essebar is believed to use the nick-name “Diabl0″, a phrase embedded inside the Zotob-A worm. Sophos researchers have determined that over 20 other viruses include the “Diabl0″ handle, including numerous variants of the Mytob worm (a code cousin to Zotob) as well as a MyDoom variant, MyDoom-BG.

Source: The Register

Site Allegedly Exposes British Secret Agents

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The U.K. Foreign Office is slamming an anti-secrecy activist who listed online alleged spies and secret agents.

New York-based activist John Young named 276 alleged MI6 agents–including former Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown–on his Cryptome Web site over the weekend. The list claims Ashdown was an MI6 agent in Geneva in the 1970s.

It is not the first time such information has been published on the Internet, and Foreign Office policy is to neither confirm nor deny the accuracy of such lists. But a Foreign Office representative slammed its publication for potentially putting lives in danger.

Source: News.com

Opera Browser Giving Free Registration Codes

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Opera LogoToday, Opera launches its online party, specifically designed for its large community following. As a sign of gratitude for the community’s continuing support, Opera will give away complimentary registration codes for 24 hours. At the party site, people can also chat with Opera employees (including the CEO and CTO), play games, check out the history of the Opera browser, download music made by employees and send in their greetings. In addition, people can check out what happened at midnight at Opera’s anniversary party….

Get your free registration code here

Creative Wins Patent For MP3 Player Interface

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Creative Technology said Tuesday it has been awarded a patent for a user interface found in its portable media players and in competing devices, such as Apple Computer’s iPod.

The digital entertainment company said that on Aug. 9 it received U.S. Patent No. 6,928,433, described as “automatic hierarchical categorization of music by metadata.” Creative applied for the patent–which it has dubbed the “Zen Patent,” named for its Zen music player–on Jan. 5, 2001.

According to a Creative press release, the interface “enables selection of at least one track in a portable media player as a user sequentially navigates through a hierarchy using three or more successive screens on the display of the player.” For example, when a person selects the name of an artist, the player than displays a list of albums for that artist. Selecting the album name then brings up a list of the album’s tracks.

Source: News.com

UK To Ban Violent Porn

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UK ministers are considering plans to make downloading violent sexual images from the net a criminal offence. Distributing footage depicting rapes or other so-called extreme pornography is illegal (under the Obscene Publications Act 1959) but current laws do not allow prosecution for simple possession. This contrasts with laws on the possession of images of child abuse.

A new offence of possessing violent and abusive pornography, punishable by up to three years imprisonment, is under consideration Home Officer Minister Paul Goggins told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. He said such images were abhorrent and had no place in society.

Source: The Register

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