EDUCAUSE | 2 Nov 01:22 2002

Edupage, November 01, 2002

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TOP STORIES FOR FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 01, 2002
  FBI Traces Attacks on Internet
  Recent Internet Attacks May Open Door for More
  Madster Ordered to Track Songs
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  12-Hour Rule Officially Dead
  Judge Accepts Microsoft Settlement
  Report Ranks Security of Operating Systems

FBI TRACES ATTACKS ON INTERNET
Last week's attacks on the Internet's root servers have been traced
to computers in the United States and Korea, according to a statement
from FBI Director Robert Mueller. The distributed denial of service
(DDOS) attacks targeted all 13 of the Internet's root servers,
disabling as many as 9 of them temporarily. Because they are home to
large numbers of computers and broadband access users, the United
States and Korea are common sources of DDOS attacks. Mueller offered no
details about the investigation or whether the FBI has identified any
suspects. Experts noted that even if the computers involved in the
attack could be identified, finding the people behind the attack is a
more difficult proposition because hackers are often able to gain
remote access to and control of others' computers.
IDG, 1 November 2002
http://www.idg.net/ic_961320_1794_9-10000.html
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EDUCAUSE | 5 Nov 00:45 2002

Edupage, November 04, 2002

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TOP STORIES FOR MONDAY, NOVEMBER 04, 2002
  EU, African Nonprofit Look to Linux
  New Technology Said to Take Wi-Fi to Another Level
  Survey Shows Online CD Sales Falling
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  UC Santa Barbara Bans Two Versions of Windows
  Researchers Work to Preserve Languages
  Hewlett-Packard Spearheads Program for Users with Disabilities

EU, AFRICAN NONPROFIT LOOK TO LINUX
System integrator Netproject, a UK-based company, won a contract last
week from the European Union to study the feasibility of moving some
member countries' operating systems to Linux. Currently the countries
use Microsoft operating systems, but many involved have come to regard
Microsoft's pricing and short upgrade cycles as too expensive.
Separately, SchoolNet Namibia, a nonprofit trying to bring technology
to schools in Namibia, rejected an offer from Microsoft to switch to
Windows from Linux. A letter from the organization criticized the
software maker for suggesting that the nonprofit pay $9,000 for Windows
XP, even while offering a discount on Office. The two announcements
came as a number of Microsoft customers have raised concerns about
cost, pointing to open-source alternatives as significantly cheaper. A
spokesman from Microsoft argued that when all costs of ownership are
considered, open-source is not necessarily cheaper than Microsoft.
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EDUCAUSE | 7 Nov 00:55 2002

Edupage, November 06, 2002

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TOP STORIES FOR WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 06, 2002
  Court Rejects Privacy Claim
  Studies Predict Slow Start to Tablet PCs
  Security Group Accesses Classified Navy Databases
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  OASIS Approves SAML Standard
  EU Continues Probe into Microsoft
  IBM Ups Storage Capacity for Laptop Hard Drives

COURT REJECTS PRIVACY CLAIM
Last week the Virginia Supreme Court denied a motion filed by America
Online to prevent the ISP from disclosing the identity of one of its
users. Nam Tai Electronics alleges that 51 people, among them an AOL
subscriber, libeled the company. Nam Tai subpoenaed AOL for the user's
identity, and AOL filed the motion in California to avoid having to
release that information. After the California court rejected the
motion, AOL appealed to the Virginia Supreme Court, which upheld the
lower court's ruling. David Sobel of the Electronic Privacy
Information Center was disappointed that the court had "punted on a
very controversial issue." He said the ruling could have serious
repercussions for how users regard free speech on the Internet.
IDG, 5 November 2002
http://www.idg.net/ic_962018_1794_9-10000.html

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EDUCAUSE | 9 Nov 00:59 2002

Edupage, November 08, 2002

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TOP STORIES FOR FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 08, 2002
  Government Looks for Hidden Links among Data
  VeriSign Makes Changes to Protect Root Servers
  FCC Widens Spectrum for 3G
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  Letter Urges Universities Not to Monitor File Sharing
  Internet2 Demonstrates Streaming without Interruptions
  Government Contract Supports Secure Software Development

GOVERNMENT LOOKS FOR HIDDEN LINKS AMONG DATA
The U.S. Office of Homeland Security is looking for technology tools
that could identify "nonobvious relationships" among data held in
various government agencies and even in the private sector, without
sacrificing privacy or violating laws. The goal is to uncover leads for
potential investigations into threats to national security. Researchers
from government, industry, and academia are involved in the project.
The technology would not examine data but would look at descriptions of
the kind of data held in each location. After possible connections are
identified, the data would be subject to further analysis. Steve Cooper
of the Office of Homeland Security said such a process would avoid
having to reveal large amounts of classified data and would address
concerns over control of information.
Federal Computer Week, 6 November 2002
http://www.fcw.com/fcw/articles/2002/1104/web-home-11-06-02.asp
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EDUCAUSE | 11 Nov 23:46 2002

Edupage, November 11, 2002

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TOP STORIES FOR MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2002
  ICANN Proposes Accepting Applications for New Domains
  Studios Launch Fee-Based Movie Download Service
  Bill Would Fund Technology Standards
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  Report Envisions Fundamental Changes in Higher Education
  Antenna Said to Improve Wireless Security
  Two Companies Release Updated SE Linux

ICANN PROPOSES ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR NEW DOMAINS
Stuart Lynn, president of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names
and Numbers (ICANN), said he supports creating three new so-called
"sponsored" domains, as early as next year. Unsponsored domains, such
as dot-com and dot-org, are open to anyone. Names in sponsored domains
are limited to specific groups, such as museums for dot-museum and
employee-owned co-ops for dot-coop. The ICANN board of directors could
vote on the proposal next month. Karl Auerbach, a member of the ICANN
board, disagrees with the plan to add only sponsored domains. Auerbach
contends that as many domains should be added as the market can
sustain.
Washington Post, 11 November 2002
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A38130-2002Nov11.html

STUDIOS LAUNCH FEE-BASED MOVIE DOWNLOAD SERVICE
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EDUCAUSE | 14 Nov 01:07 2002

Edupage, November 13, 2002

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TOP STORIES FOR WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2002
  House Approves Cybersecurity Bill
  Microsoft Creates National Security Position
  U.S. Authorities Indict London Man for Hacking Military Computers
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  Professors Design Online Science Course, Including Lab
  Supreme Court to Hear Free-Speech Case
  Web Filtering Goes to the Supreme Court

HOUSE APPROVES CYBERSECURITY BILL
After approval last month in the Senate, the Cyber Security Research
and Development Act passed the House this week. It now goes to
President Bush, who is expected to sign the bill. If passed, the bill
would provide nearly $1 billion for research and training for efforts
to improve cybersecurity. Colleges and universities would receive
significant funding to train students as network security experts and
to support the migration of technology and expertise from the academy
to industry.
Washington Post, 13 November 2002
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A47774-2002Nov13.html

MICROSOFT CREATES NATIONAL SECURITY POSITION
Microsoft announced it has created a new position, federal director of
homeland security, that will be filled by Thomas Richey, a retired U.S.
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EDUCAUSE | 16 Nov 01:31 2002

Edupage, November 15, 2002

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TOP STORIES FOR FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2002
  Deposits from Wireless Auction to Be Returned
  Dot-Kids Measure Passes Congress
  Encryption Technique Said to Be Unbreakable
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  Report Says Linux Has More Security Flaws than Windows
  Congress Approves Royalty Deal with Webcasters
  IBM Aims for Wireless Web Services

DEPOSITS FROM WIRELESS AUCTION TO BE RETURNED
Companies including Verizon Wireless, Cingular Wireless, VoiceStream
Wireless, and AT&T Wireless Services will receive refunds of
approximately $490 million held as deposits on portions of spectrum
bought at an auction held by the Federal Communications Commission
(FCC). Verizon Wireless had sued the FCC, complaining about delays in
transferring the spectrum. The FCC has already returned nearly $3
billion in down payments on the bids, which totaled $16 billion. The
agency's new decision gives companies 45 days to cancel their bids and
receive refunds.
New York Times, 14 November 2002 (registration req'd)
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/11/15/technology/15PHON.html

DOT-KIDS MEASURE PASSES CONGRESS
The Senate and the House of Representatives have passed the Dot-Kids
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EDUCAUSE | 19 Nov 00:52 2002

Edupage, November 18, 2002

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TOP STORIES FOR MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2002
  Federal Court Approves Increased Surveillance
  Cybersecurity Comment Period Ending
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  California Unveils Plans for Optiputer
  Lindows Operating System Now Available
  .Net Server Postponed

FEDERAL COURT APPROVES INCREASED SURVEILLANCE
A three-judge panel of the federal appeals court ruled Monday that the
increased surveillance measures indicated by the USA Patriot Act are
not unconstitutional. The ruling overturns a decision by the Foreign
Intelligence Surveillance Court in May, ordering that court to issue a
new ruling approving the surveillance. The intelligence court was
created in 1978 to monitor federal government surveillance done for law
enforcement reasons. The American Civil Liberties Union, which had
sought restrictions on the new governmental powers, was disappointed
with the ruling, saying it suggests that the intelligence court "exists
only to rubber-stamp government decisions."
Wired News, 18 November 2002
http://www.wired.com/news/politics/0,1283,56454,00.html

CYBERSECURITY COMMENT PERIOD ENDING
Monday is the deadline for submitting comments on the Bush
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EDUCAUSE | 21 Nov 01:30 2002

Edupage, November 20, 2002

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TOP STORIES FOR WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2002
  Homeland Security Bill Includes Internet Provisions
  Report Gives U.S. Agencies Failing Grade for Security
  Group Aims for Standards for Office Documents
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  Study Estimates Plagiarism Rate in Australian Higher Education
  Online Advanced-Placement Courses for High School Students
  Comment Period Opens for DMCA

HOMELAND SECURITY BILL INCLUDES INTERNET PROVISIONS
The bill creating the Department of Homeland Security, which recently
passed Congress, includes provisions affecting cybersecurity and tools
for enforcing such. The bill expands sentencing for convicted
cybercriminals, allowing for sentences of life in prison if an
electronic attack causes or attempts to cause death. The bill also adds
protections for Internet service providers that turn over subscribers'
information to the government "in good faith," even when a warrant has
not been issued for that information. Also included in the Homeland
Security Bill is a provision that allows the government to trace
e-mails and Internet traffic without any court approval if a
cyberattack is happening.
New York Times, 19 November 2002 (registration req'd)
http://www.nytimes.com/pages/technology/text/index.html

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EDUCAUSE | 23 Nov 01:49 2002

Edupage, November 22, 2002

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TOP STORIES FOR FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2002
  Contempt Motion Filed against Madster
  Swapping Music Online Can't Be Stopped, Say Researchers
  IBM Announces Hosted Applications
  Microsoft SQL Server Targets Business Intelligence
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  Government Shuts Down PubScience
  SUNY Nanosciences Center Gains New Partner
  Power Reduced on WLAN Link
  Judge Warns of Expansion of Intellectual Property Law

CONTEMPT MOTION FILED AGAINST MADSTER
Record companies and music publishers have asked U.S. District Judge
Marvin Aspen in Chicago to hold the Madster online file-sharing service
in contempt of court for failing to comply with a pretrial injunction
to stop copyright infringement. The motion was filed a week after
Madster told Judge Aspen that it was "impractical" to comply with the
injunction issued last month. The plaintiffs asked the judge to appoint
someone to shut down Madster until it complies with the order and to
cut off the estimated $45,000 a month that Madster collects from its
users. The suit demands that Madster filter copyrighted works from its
file-sharing system, as a federal judge in San Francisco required
Napster to do in 2001.
Los Angeles Times, 22 November 2002 (registration req'd)
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