Show of 8-17-2002

  • Cell Phone Discussion (Continued)
  • FCC Rules that Digital Tuners must be included by 2007
    • Designed to speed adoption of HDTV
    • Conventional, Digital, HDTV Technologies
  • Record Labels Sue ISPs over site
    • China-based Listen4ever.com is dispensing mp3s
    • Vivendi, Sony, RCA, Warner participated in the suit
    • Plaintiffs included AT&T, Cable and Wireless, Sprint, UUNet and others
  • Catching crooks with e-mail evidence is mounting
    • Noted examples
      • Arthur Anderson
      • John Walker Lindh, Taliban fighter
      • Daniel Pearl arrest
    • Best way is for police to make an image of the harddrive for analysis
      • Even turning on the computer corrupts the information legally
      • Difficult to totally remove evidence from hard drive
      • Deleting, reformatting, re-partitioning all leave data in place
      • Special programs rewrite and erase multiple times to get rid of data
    • Best way is to burn the hard drive, according to some experts.
  • Military Computers cracked by security firm
    • Unclassified computers connected to Internet
      • Simple or no passwords
      • File sharing with no password
      • Private email, correspondence, quasi-classified data found
    • Search began at US Army?s Fort Hood
    • From there they accessed internal networks of other bases
    • No secure network cracked
    • DoD will now move security surveillance to the desktop level
  • Wi-Fi Honey Pot set up in Washington DC
    • SAIC, a government contractor, launched the first organized wireless honeypot
    • Looking first at 802.11b, set up a hot spot in a well-traveled area
    • No serious hacking discovered so far
  • Registrars Rally behind ICANN
    • ICANN has been heavily criticized in recent months
    • Board of Director selection is the main bone of contention
    • Name space decisions hotly contested
    • Now 44 of the ICANNs registrars have issued a letter of support for the organization
  • LAN Parties Grow in Popularity
    • Gamers like to battle together in the same room
    • Computer connected by high speed LANs
    • QuakeCon is a popular program by ID software for the LAN party
    • Attended a LAN party in Carnac France a few weeks ago
  • Dell now sells computers without OS
    • Takes advantage of new MS licensing agreement
    • Includes a copy of FreeDOS, uninstalled, to meet the letter of the agreement
    • Popular with corporate users who must erase and reinstalled licensed software
  • Russians Accuse FBI of Hacking
    • Russia?s Federal Security Service filed charges against FBI agent Michael Schuler
    • Lured two Russian hackers to US in November 2000 and accessed their computers without authorization.
    • The pair had infiltrating PayPal and other pay schemes
    • The Scam
      • The pair were offered job with the fictitious firm Invita if they could prove their skills
      • They logged onto their computers in Russia to begin the demo.
      • The FBI logged all keystrokes
    • US judge rules that Russian law does not apply to US
  • LinuxWorld Held this week
    • LinuxWorld Website
    • IBM, Sun, HP, Dell all claiming to be first with Linux
    • Linux is now viewed as a production server
    • Redhat marches to support open source
    • Unveiled legislation (Digital Software Security Act–DSSA) that requires CA to only use open source software
    • Bumper stickers (Convicts should make license plates, not computer software)
    • Bumper sticker (Would you buy a car with the hood welded shut?)
  • Stratford News
    • Next Start ? September 9th
    • Emphasis in Grad Program (telecommunications, security, e-business)
    • Emphasis in Undergrad Program (complex webdesign, wide area networks, security)