International phone hacking ring busted

New Jersey and Italian authorities busted an international telephone hacking ring on Friday, uncovering a scheme to steal phone services from thousands of companies throughout the world. Five people were arrested in Italy and three others in the Phillipines were indicted by a federal grand jury. The five suspects in Italy, all Pakistani citizens, allegedly financed the ring and used the phone access to fund Islamic fundamentalist groups. Two Phillipine nationals and a Jordanian citizen, who were arrested in March 2007, were charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, unauthorized access to to computer systems, and possession of unauthorized access devices. The group allegedly hacked into IT systems to steal access codes, which let them route calls using the victims' telecommunications networks. (Computerworld)

Windows 7 to go without IE in Europe

 In an effort to appease regulators, Microsoft is planning to strip Internet Explorer (IE) from European versions of Windows 7. On the company's policy blog, Microsoft Vice President Dave Heiner said that Microsoft is making the change to ensure that it complies with European competition laws and also meet its 22 October worldwide launch date. In January, the European Commission rebuked Microsoft for bundling IE in its operating system, making a preliminary ruling in a litigation case that's still pending. Microsoft said that European versions will be identified with an 'E' at the end of the Windows brand, and PC manufacturers will have the option to install Explorer or a different browser. The company also acknowledged that its approach might change depending on the European Commission's decision. (CNet)

New attack targets networks using non-routable IP addresses

 Security researcher Robert Hansen has developed a new attack that uses JavaScript backdoors to attack internal networks that use non-routable IP address spaces. Hansen, also known as Rsnake, said in a white paper that the attacks require only a minimum comprehension of virtual private networks, iFrames, and backdoors to carry out. He outlined several potential attacks, which rely on long-term caching used by some browsers and IP space collisions that happen when two different networks use the same address space. (Threatpost)

Army lets troops access Facebook, but not YouTube

The US Army has relaxed restrictions on access to some social networking sites, including Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr. An operations order issued on 18 May lets troops on military bases visit sites that had previously been inaccessible. The Army said it reversed itself to give soldiers the option to share their experiences online and "tell the Army story." Delicious and Vimeo were also granted access. The change excludes some military bases overseas, and several other sites such as YouTube, MySpace, and MTV are still blocked. (Wired)

Congested ISPs attack customers' malware to preserve bandwidth

Some ISPs have found ways to thwart heavy malware infections affecting customers on their networks by installing new systems that identify infected computers and quarantine them until the problems are resolved. According to IDG News Service, True Internet in Thailand and NetCologne in Germany have set up systems that police the network for suspicious traffic, including computers that are consuming large amounts of bandwidth for spam or direct denial-of-service attacks. True Internet, which has partnered with Trend Micro, redirects users to a notification page and provides system-cleaning options so they can reconnect to the network. NetCologne's system uses a honeypot to identify compromised computers. (PC World)

French panel rejects "three strikes" law

French legislators struck down the country's controversial "three strikes" proposal against online copyright violators on Wednesday, calling the law unconstitutional. The Constitution Council ruled that the law violated the basic principle of presumed innocence until proven guilty, adding that freedom of speech was a legislative issue. France's Internet file-swapping law would have let copyright holders submit complaints to the France High Authority (HADOPI), which would then pass on warnings to violators. A third violation would have resulted in service disconnection, forcing individual subscribers to disprove the allegations. The council's ruling essentially forces copyright holders to submit grievances through courts rather than administrative means. It's also a major blow against media corporations' push for three strikes laws; the France legislation was considered a precedent-setting law that would have helped establish tough anti-piracy rules worldwide. (Ars Technica)

Virtual telescope provides detailed glimpse of chaotic point in space

European astronomers have used networking technology to create a virtual telescope with better resolution than any single telescope currently available. The project, called Express Production Real-time e-VLBI Service (ExPRES), is part of the European VLBI Network's effort to study SS433, a point in the Milky Way where a star and a possible black hole orbit each other, causing massive gas activity. The project includes 16 radio telescopes located on six continents. The telescopes deliver data to the network at 1 Gbit per second to a supercomputer in The Netherlands, which combines the signals into real-time video. (PhysOrg)

Google introduces Android scripting environment for phones

Developers can now edit and run scripts on Android devices with the Android Scripting Environment (ASE), which Google introduced this week. ASE uses a simplified interface that lets developers use many of the same functions available on regular PC Android applications, including making phone calls, sending text messages, and scanning bar codes. Developers can write scripts in Python, Lua, and BeanShell. According to Google's open source blog, ASE was created to let developers work away from their PCs, letting them try out ideas wherever they happen to be. (The Register)

Chinese finalists lead way in TopCoder contest

A Chinese teenager won the most coveted prize in the TopCoder Open software contest last week, leading a large contingent of Chinese finalists. Bin Jin, 18, who goes by "crazyb0y," won the algorithm competition, which included solving three problems labeled easy, medium, and hard. Roughly 4,200 people participated in the contest, with 70 finalists chosen for a tournament in Las Vegas. Of those finalists, 20 were from China, 10 from Russia, and two from the US. The contest is sponsored by the US National Security Agency, which often hires people who perform well. (Computerworld)

Canada won't regulate Internet content, for now

A Canadian regulator ruled Tuesday that Internet streaming is considered broadcasting and can be treated the same way as television and radio, but turned down a levy proposal that would have required ISPs to contribute funds for creative content. The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) upheld a regulartory exemption for Internet in place since 1999, deciding that regulation would curtail innovation in a medium that is still growing. Many ISPs and companies, such as Google, that opposed the levies were pleased with the decision, but the CRTC left open the possibility that the levies could be introduced some time in the future. (Ars Technica)

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