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GOP staff had access to private Democrat files
Infiltration of files seen as extensive, according to Boston Globe
Confidential Democratic files in the Senate Judiciary Committee were not password protected
This security glitch dates back to 2001
When Democrats took control of the Senate after the defection from the GOP of Senator Jim Jeffords
A technician hired by Patrick Leahy, Democrat of Vermont,? apparently made a mistake
?Anyone could access newly created accounts on a Judiciary Committee server shared by both parties
According to Republicans, their computer technician informed his Democratic counterpart of the glitch, but nothing was done
Low level staffer scanned and printed files.
Some were released to the press regarding court nominees, particularly ?Estrada?
He has resigned to go back to school
Beware of Hotel Hackers
High speed Internet connections are springing up everywhere
Both wired and wireless
Many are set up as a single network neighborhood
So you can see the other ?guests? on the network
Look at shared subdirectories
Copy files, view pictures, etc.
Use their machines for a mail server of spam
Many laptops have shared directories to transfer files to/from the desktop
Providers can isolate each guest, but most don?t
You can either use Network Neighborhood to view the other guests
Serious hackers can use NNap to perform port scans them
Closing your ports is as important as, locking the door
Site of the Week: www.allofmp3.com
Russian MP3 download site now in English
Selling MP3 songs in with two billing methods
1 cent per megabyte (or around 5 cents a song)
$14.95/month unlimited downloads
Accepts Paypal payments.
Superbowl Pepsi Ad to Feature Downloaders
20 teens sued by the Recording Industry Association of America will appear in the Pepsi superbowl Pepsi ad
Ad kicks off a two-month offer of up to 100 million free ? legal ? downloads from Apple?s iTunes
Background music ?I Fought the Law?and the law won.?
The teens say ?We are still going to download music for free off the Internet.?
Announcer says ?Announcing the Pepsi iTunes Giveaway?
Computer Sleuthing Aid Troops in Iraq
Use techniques pioneered by big city police departments
Use software to predict location and timing of attacks
Study clusters of attacks for the time of day, day of week, location
Reroutes convoys to avoid hotspots
Uses three programs to record data on every bomb blast, every suspect detained, every tip recorded, digital fingerprints of suspects
Beginning to see patterns emerge
Commercial Off The Shelf Software (COTS)
Analyst?s Notebook by I2 Ltd, Cambridge, UK. ( www.i2.co.uk)
Identifies factors contributing of an issue
Evaluates probable cause
Increases ability to rapidly achieve a broad-based understanding of complex issues
Crimelink by Precision Computing Intelligence, Arizona, ( www.pciusa.us)
Compiles independent and unrelated data into orderly understandable formats
Supports photos, chart annotations, documents, audio, video of people and entities
Don?t Get Hooked by Phishing
E-mail scam requests info with fake form (PayPal)
Scam artists call as ?credit card reps? to verify account info (Visa, Mastercard)
Don?t fill out forms asking for critical data like SSN, password, account numbers
Don?t answer questions from callers asking for same info
Also shred sensitive financial data
DOJ Wants VoIP Wiretap Powers
DOJ urging FCC ?not to minimize? importance of wiretapping VoIP
Part of FCC?s broad ranging discussion of VoIP regulatory structure
Traditional telecom regulatory models do not apply
Pricing and Taxation
Communication Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) which requires facilities for lawful surveillance
FCC is expected to rule of the issue in 2004
Cyberbrain Behind Dean?s Campaign
Meet Zephyr Teachout
Wired 32-year old farm girl from Norwich, Vermont
Went to Yale as a track star, then Duke Law School,
Had 32 jobs before she arrived at Dean headquarters.
Known as ?Queen of the Dean Geek Corp?
Her vision is
Self-organization through peer-to-peer interaction using Meetup.com ( meetup.com)
No central controls
Meetings organization by supporters through connection sites like
Created Dean Space ( deanspace.org) a set of tools for dynamic website development. Based on Drupal ( drupal.org), an open source content management system.
Also using open source php for web development
Lucrative Domain Names
Tiny island of Niue, located off the coast of New Zealand
Niue was all but wiped off the map at the end of last week when cyclone Heta sent 300kph winds and 20-metre waves smashing into a population of just 1,200 people. Perhaps 500 will remain
Over 100,000 .nu domains have been registered, mostly to the Swedes since "nu" means "now" in Swedish.
It also means "naked" in French but the French porn industry has yet to really cotton onto the domain.
Most successful domain name launch
Tuvalu Islands (population: 11,300)
The official rule, set up by Jon Postel in the early days of the Internet, is that if a country is included in the international list of countries (International Country Code Standard ISO 3166-1) then it is given a domain.
Four of the 243 quoted country code top-level domains don?t even have anyone living on them.
USB Printer Ports Finally on Wireless Access Points
The problem with home network printing
Netbios print sharing can be complicated with firewall, requires
Netbios over SPX/IPX, or
Port 137 passthrough
One computer always on
Network printers and print servers expensive
Print server on access point is cost effective and convenient
802.11g Options: Dlink DI824VUP, Netgear FWG114P, IOGear GWA501, SMC2804WBRP-G
Voice over IP Lab setup for Masters in Telecommunications
Wireless security classes make antennas, design wireless link between Tysons and Woodbridge
Security classes most popular at the undergrad level
Masters Degrees e-Business, Telecommunications
Bachelor Degrees in IT, Business Administration, and Hospitality
Associated Degrees in Digital Design and Animation, Web Services and e-Business, Networking and Security, Culinary Arts, Hospitality, and Business Administration
Phone number: 800-444-0804