The Star Telegram reports that 3,000 National Guard troops are being pulled from the U.S.-Mexico border. The troops were sent there to protect the border as part of Operation Jump Start, which started in May 2006. The move was unpopular among border-state lawmakers, who sought to maintain the status quo. (See item 13)
Reuters India reports that increased shipping controls on nuclear materials following the 9/11 attacks have led to greater difficulty in shipping radioactive material used in cancer treatments, manufacturing, and fueling nuclear power plants. According to the article, delays caused by the controls are a major deterrent to shipping companies that carry “normal, legal radioactive” cargo. (See item 20)
41. September 20, Computerworld – (National) Would-be hacker vandalizes Vietnam Memorial site. A Vietnam War memorial Web site run by veterans was defaced in recent days by a “hacker” who left messages attacking the U.S., Israel, Armenia and the Kurds, the Washington Post reported in Thursday's issue. According to the Post, visitors to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial site who searched for casualties by date were redirected to a page that displayed the Turkish flag, a short video, and messages in both Turkish and English. One of the messages in Turkish read in translation: “Is there any equal or likeness to our martyrs at Gallipoli?” Someone identified as “Turk Defacer” took responsibility for the hack, which was reported to the site by several hundred visitors. The group that operates the site, the 4/9 Infantry Manchu (Vietnam) Association, removed the defacement and restored the site late Wednesday.
42. September 20, Computerworld UK – (International) Caution urged as gadgets enter the workplace. IT security professionals need to take steps to properly manage how employee-owned consumer devices are used in the workplace, analysts warned at Gartner's IT security summit in London this week. With powerful consumer devices becoming increasingly ubiquitous in the enterprise, and home-working on the increase, Gartner said it was important that technology privileges reflect genuine need to avoid security problems. A survey by Gartner found that 15 percent of businesses will have at least some workers using their own devices by the year-end. A Gartner vice president said it was crucial that the management of user-owned technology reflect the needs of staff carrying out day-to-day tasks, rather than simply the person’s rank within the organization. Individual requirements of users in completing their work, weighed against the security risks they posed, ought to be the judging factors. “It is amazing how most companies focus on the technology they own and not on other devices and who is using them.” One key area of risk being largely ignored was the technology being used by outsourced workers, in spite of the fact they were often handling sensitive data for the company they were serving. It was vital this technology was properly managed, Gartner said.
43. September 20, InfoWorld – (National) Paypal claims it is stemming the tide of phishers. Paypal’s security chief is not ready to claim a victory in the fight against phishing schemes, but he said that his company is slowly turning the tide using a set of new partnerships and technology. Along with its parent company eBay, online payment processor Paypal has long held the inauspicious title of the Web's most frequently spoofed phishing target. However, speaking to the audience gathered at the IDC Security Forum in
44. September 20, Computerworld – (National) SEC subpoenas Jobs in Apple backdating case, report says. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has subpoenaed Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs to give a deposition in the agency's stock-backdating case against the company's former general counsel, Bloomberg reported today. Jobs himself is not under investigation, sources said, but his testimony is wanted by the SEC for the lawsuit it filed against the attorney who left the company in May 2006, shortly before the SEC announced it was looking into option backdating at Apple. The accused was sued by the SEC in April for allegedly granting illegal backdated stock options to Jobs and other executives, then altering company records to cover the deals. She is the only Apple executive still pursued by the SEC. Jobs was issued a 7.5 million share grant in 2001. He agreed to pay the SEC $3.5 million to close his case.
45. September 19, Computerworld – (National) Report: VA's IT security still needs work. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has made some progress since a May 2006 data breach, but it has not completed 20 of 22 recommendations from an internal auditor, according to a report released Wednesday. As of May, the VA had not yet addressed several “critical success factors” for transforming its IT management, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in its report. The VA had only completed two of 22 recommendations from its inspector general following the breach, in which a laptop and hard drive containing personal records of 26.5 million veterans and family members were stolen from a VA employee's home. The VA also needs to improve its IT asset control, the GAO said, referencing a July report showing about 2,400 missing IT devices at four VA locations in 2005 and 2006. While the VA has “many significant initiatives under way,” problems persist, even in the programs meant to fix past problems, the GAO report said. The VA has not completed a comprehensive security management program, recommended by the GAO, and it has not strengthened its critical infrastructure planning process, which was recommended by its inspector general, the GAO said. The VA has encrypted more than 18,000 laptops since the breach, and it is rolling out software that blocks unauthorized data storage devices such as thumb drives from connecting to the VA's network, he said. The agency has also installed software that blocks VA employees from sending e-mail containing Social Security numbers, he said.
46. September 19, RCR Wireless News – (National) MetroPCS goes live in LA. MetroPCS Communications Inc. rolled out service in the
47. September 19, Computerworld – (National) RFID heading to cell phones.
Researchers are exploring ways in which standard wireless devices could become radio frequency identification (RFID) readers and provide easy access to wide range of data. On Wednesday, presenters at RFID World in
48. September 19, IDG News Service – (National) Sprint sees enterprise IT role in WiMax. Sprint Nextel plans to cooperate with enterprises on the rollout of its WiMax mobile broadband network, letting the customers install and own short-range base stations in their buildings with automatic roaming onto the carrier's WiMax network outside. The service, planned for a national rollout next year under the Xohm brand name, is designed to deliver Internet access at megabits per second on a standards-based technology that has been heavily promoted by Intel. For enterprises, it will be similar to Wi-Fi, only more secure and with easy roaming onto a carrier network that spans whole metropolitan areas, said a Sprint official. Sprint has sent out an RFP (request for proposals) for WiMax femtocells, or miniature base stations meant to serve a home or other small area, he confirmed. He expects large enterprises to buy and deploy femtocells for consistent coverage across their offices and campuses, maintaining control over them as they do with current Wi-Fi networks. Sprint will work with enterprises and building owners to provide roaming onto the carrier network from WiMax femtocells or, in some cases, indoor Wi-Fi networks, he said.