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IP report

- Intellectual property piracy report issued by U.S. Trade Representative.

Italian Police Capture Mafia Boss But Crime Flourishes in Italy

- The arrest of Salvatore Lo Piccolo is a rare success in the fight against the Sicilian Mafia, which has shown its resilience over the years.

Head of MI-5 Says Al Qaeda Grooming British Homegrown Terrorists

- British intelligence has identified 2,000 people with links to international terrorism.

Global Jihad, One Hit at a Time

- If the automated counting program is accurate, one of the main Internet sites for the al-Aqsa Martyr’s Brigade has registered more than 2 million hits. Sixty-two thousand people have visited a site of Palestinian Islamic Jihad. These are just two of the thousands of Internet sites dedicated to spreading jihadist sentiment.@ SM Online has links to some of the monitoring sites.

Osama: The Making of a Terrorist.

- The face of terrorism today is Osama bin Laden. Yet for all the publicity surrounding him, he remains an elusive figure who has become larger than life throughout the Muslim world. Merely mentioning his name evokes adulation among his devotees and revulsion in the Western world. When he issues a video or audiotape, terror alerts spike all over the world. Therefore, knowing as much as possible about him is useful for those  tasked with trying to counter his activities and those of his supporters. This book is an excellent effort to do just that.

Quick Bytes: Governance best practices

- Governance, risk management, and compliance (GRC) have become buzzwords since the passage of legislation like the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. But what exactly do they mean? And how should companies promote their effective use? A white paper from The Compliance Consortium, a year-old international group working to create GRC best practices, answers these questions.

Quick Bytes: Five steps to cybersecurity

- In a new paper, the Business Software Alliance calls on lawmakers to take five steps to deter cybercrime: Ratify the Council of Europe’s Convention on Cybercrime; improve cross-jurisdictional cooperation to make investigating cyberattacks in other countries easier; ensure that law enforcement has the proper tools and training to fight online lawlessness; create a presidential commission on organized cybercrime and identity theft that will make recommendations for raising awareness of, and fighting, these problems; and increase enforcement by setting up an inter-agency organized task force to fight phishing, spam, spyware, and other online threats.

Governance best practices

- Governance, risk management, and compliance (GRC) have become buzzwords since the passage of legislation like the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. But what exactly do they mean? And how should companies promote their effective use? A white paper from The Compliance Consortium, a year-old international group working to create GRC best practices, answers these questions. In the paper the group defines seven operational concerns, from establishing policies, procedures, and controls to implementing continuing process improvement. It also provides a dozen questions for board members and senior managers to consider.  @  Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance: An Operational Approach is at SM Online.

Islamic idealogy

- The oft-quoted Sun Tzu urged warriors to know their enemy. “Soldiers” in the war on terrorism would thus do well to get into the minds of Islamic terrorists. To that end, the Hudson Institute, a Washington, D.C. think tank, has issued Current Trends in Islamist Ideology, which pulls together the thoughts of various Islamist leaders and groups. For instance, the war in Iraq has melded together elements of Islamist ideology, including anti-Americanism, the excommunication of Muslims perceived to be collaborating with the United States, the view of the Iraq war as a “return home” for Muslim fighters after years in exile, and the transformation of ummah—the brotherhood of Muslim believers—into a political and strategic unit. Other chapters explore the ideologies of South Asian jihadi groups, radical Islamist ideologies in Southeast Asia, the penetration of Islamist ideology in Britain, the beliefs of Al-Jama’ah Al-Islamiya, and more.

Can I See Some ID?

- I.D. Checking Guide: United States & Canada Edition and I.D. Checking Guide: International Edition depict driver’s licenses from all over the United States and the world. Most states are in the process of updating their licenses and have two or three styles of valid licenses. The guide depicts each license design that is valid this year. The cost of the U.S./Canada edition ranges from about $13 to $23, depending on the number of copies purchased. The international title ranges from about $22 to $35. @ For more information, go to SM Online.

EU to Outlaw Internet Terrorism

- Measure seeks to shut down "virtual training camps."

Quick Bytes: Kill the zombies

- The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is working with dozens of organizations around the world to put pressure on Internet service providers (ISPs) to take voluntary steps, such as quarantining infected computers to try to reduce the onslaught of spam sent through so-called “spam zombies,” computers that have been hijacked to send spam.

Quick Bytes: Security product holes.

- The late gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson once wrote, “Kill the head and the body will die.” For IT professionals, the phrase might be reconfigured “Kill the security products and the network will die,” as was the case with last year’s Witty worm that targeted security software and infected systems worldwide in 75 minutes. Such attacks on security software are increasing, according to the Yankee Group’s
 




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