[NewsBits] NewsBits - 08/29/01 (fwd)
- August 29, 2001
Clear and Present Danger? Government Warns that Its Computer Systems
Need Security Improvements. Are computer hackers getting the upper hand
on the U.S. government? That's what a government official is saying
today at House subcommittee hearing in San Jose, Calif., as Congress
scrutinizes the government's current level of security in the wake of a
series of recent computer attacks.
CBI demands action on cybercrime The Confederation of British Industry
calls for more government action after finding that fear of Internet
crime is stopping businesses getting online. The UK's top business
leaders are calling upon the government to take action against
cybercrime, warning that many firms are still refusing to put their
business online for fear of losing money or reputation.
DISA chief says DOD's Code Red defense worked The director of the
Defense Information Systems Agency today said the decision to block
public access to many Defense Department Web sites because of threats
posed by the Code Red computer virus limited damage to servers and let
the department keep its systems running. Access was blocked for several
weeks this month.
Defense to create post for spectrum management The Defense Department
will appoint an assistant deputy chief information officer for spectrum
management to help the department as it wrangles with industry over the
use of radio frequency for wireless applications.
New Defense CIO to focus on future warfare The Defense Department's
newly named chief information officer said Friday that using technology
to transform warfare is one of his top priorities. John Stenbit, the
new assistant secretary of Defense for command, control, communications
and intelligence, who also serves as the Defense Department CIO, said a
new vision of future warfare will provide the impetus for the
transformation of the Pentagon's information systems.
EMC chief points up data access effect on war Mike Ruettgers sees an
interesting link between information technology and the length of time
the United States has engaged in wars. "There seems to be a correlation
between how long it takes you to move the information and how long wars
last," said Ruettgers, executive chairman for EMC Corp. of Hopkinton,
Mass. "Conflicts have been reduced from decades and years down to
Researchers discover new method of stealth computing Uncovering a new
but relatively benign Internet vulnerability, researchers tricked Web
servers around the world into solving math problems without permission.
Unlike hackers who exploit flaws to gain direct access to machines, the
University of Notre Dame computer scientists created a simple virtual
computer by relying on the protocols used in everyday Internet
Consumers Will Keep Copyright Guards In Check - Report It's possible
that a legal and commercial war is looming over the digital content
landscape. Copyright holders and media businesses are devising ever
more draconian technologies to protect their wares from bootleggers,
while consumers struggle to maintain their rights to use purchased CDs,
DVDs and e-books in the manner they choose.
Lawyer Lessig raps new copyright laws The desire of entrenched
commercial interests to control information is crushing the spirit of
innovation that allowed the Internet to blossom, Stanford Law School
professor and technology pundit Lawrence Lessig said Wednesday.
Copyright and patent law, ostensibly designed to protect innovation, now
have become tools large companies can use to maintain their dominance
and control, Lessig said in his keynote address at the LinuxWorld
Conference and Expo. http://news.cnet.com/news/0-1003-200-7004860.html
Floodgates opened on .info cybersquatting complaints Cases have started
to trickle in, but a flood of up to 12,000 complaints is expected for
the dodgy domain claims. Afilias and the World Intellectual Property
Organization (WIPO) yesterday opened the floodgates for complaints about
cybersquatting in the new .info top-level Internet domain.
Now everybody can be a spy Proliferation of tiny cameras raises privacy
concerns Peter Karlson, a Boston-area technology executive, bought an
X10 wireless color video camera shortly after he drove up the driveway
to his Cape Cod vacation house and discovered that a fallen tree had
been leaning on his garage for a whole week. Now he has two X10 cameras
so he can monitor his Cape house from a computer in his Boston-area
Voice of America considers anti-censorship tech Voice of America is
considering new technology to allow Chinese citizens access to Web sites
now banned by their government. Currently, Chinese government firewalls
block many Western Web sites, including some Voice of America sites.