09/24/2007 - Deftly, the author ties established forensics principles, developed for physical crimes like murder, to the new field of computer forensics. He explains Locard’s exchange principle, which states that any criminal activity involves an exchange between the criminal and the victim or the crime scene. Fingerprints, hair, fibers, or DNA get left behind, as do digital clues lurking in slack space or swap files
09/24/2007 - A bill (H.B. 1205) introduced in the Missouri House of Representatives would make it illegal to alter or falsify drug or alcohol test results. The bill would also create the crime of transporting a biological sample or adulterant with the intent of falsifying test results.
09/21/2007 - Most bank robbers wear a mask or otherwise attempt to disguise themselves when they carry out their robberies. Likewise, online miscreants are eager to put on another persona when they launch attacks or send spam.
09/21/2007 - Unlike the bricks-and-mortar world, where you can lower your risk of becoming a victim of crime by staying out of dangerous neighborhoods, digital threats are fairly equally dispersed. Crimeware can—and probably does—arrive several times a day into your e-mail’s inbox, and an unpatched computer can pick up a “drive-by” infection simply by visiting an infected site. If you want to learn more about online fraud and crimeware, visit a new Web site from Symantec that offers detailed explanations of well-known as well as nascent threats. It also includes prevention tips and advice about what to do if you are victimized. There are even some demonstrations of phishing, pharming, and Trojan horses, as well as some quizzes that will let you test your knowledge of the online threatscape. The rich resources and explanations make it A Site to See.
09/20/2007 - A new bill (H.B. 146) introduced in the Virginia House of Delegates would prohibit anyone who is carrying a concealed weapon into a restaurant or club from consuming alcohol on the premises. Certain people would be exempt under the bill including the owner of the premises in question and law enforcement officers. Members of target-shooting organizations and gun-collecting clubs would be exempt only if their weapons are unloaded and securely wrapped.
09/19/2007 - Cole and his team wanted to examine the changing nature of hackers and malicious-code writers, and the communities in which they work. As a basis for their research, the Symantec team looked specifically at an increasingly widespread Trojan horse program called Bancos that targets customers of some Latin American banks and tries to steal their account passwords.
09/19/2007 - Some crimes, like the counterfeiting of pharmaceuticals, are difficult for a country to fight alone. The World Health Organization (WHO) is urging countries to unite against this growing problem, which not only hurts corporations and raises drug prices but also injures or kills the victimized patients. In a new concept paper, WHO "seeks to launch discussions on a mechanism of effective international collaboration for combating counterfeit drugs," to include the adoption of guidelines and standards. The group would be known as the International Medical Products Anti-Counterfeiting Taskforce (IMPACT). The paper lays out proposed objectives and principles for IMPACT, covering topics ranging from amendment of national laws to the use of tracking technology. @ SM online takes you to the paper.