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November 24, 2003

Some Debian servers were found to have been compromised...

In particular the following machines have been affected:<ul><li>master (Bug Tracking System) </li><li>murphy (mailing lists) </li><li>gluck (web, cvs, people) </li><li>klecker (security, non-us, web search, www-master, qa) </li></ul>Some of these services are currently not available as the machines undergo close inspection. Some services have been moved to other machines ( for example).

Silicon Valley Biz Ink

November 24, 2003

The Duluth office eliminated all chart-pulling, increased the immunization rate to 99 percent and decreased call turnaround time to less than 20 minutes. Drug refill time decreased to 20 minutes.

Spam Haus

November 23, 2003

The Spam Definition and Legalization Game

Reports on everything related to Spam.

The Age (AU)

November 23, 2003

The US House of Representatives has overwhelmingly voted to curb the spread of unsolicited internet junk mail.

By a vote of 392-5, the lower US chamber approved the Can-Spam Act of 2003 that will allow millions of Americans to block unsolicited commercial email traffic or so-called "spam" that has become at best a nuisance and at worst a threat to millions of internet users around the world.


by Elizabeth Heichler

November 22, 2003

California weighs in, and presidential candidates are challenged to comment.

A host of computer scientists and activists have joined forces to form the National Committee for Voting Integrity (NCVI) and to throw down a gauntlet to presidential candidates, inviting them to take a stance on electronic voting.

The Mercury News (CA)

by Nedra Pickler

November 22, 2003

The Michigan Democratic Party's plan to allow Internet voting in its presidential caucus won approval Saturday from national Democrats.

For the first time, the Michigan party will allow those participating in the Feb. 7 caucus to have the option of selecting their favorite presidential candidate over the Internet, in addition to voting by mail or in person.

The Mercury News (CA)

by Sue McAllister

November 22, 2003

A computer holding the names, addresses, Social Security numbers and account numbers of thousands of Wells Fargo customers was stolen from a consultant's office in Concord earlier this month.

Wells Fargo sent letters last week telling customers about the theft of their confidential information. The customers affected by the burglary are from many states and all have personal lines of credit with the bank.

The Mercury News (CA)

by Jon Ann Steinmetz

November 21, 2003

It's easy to find tips on how to deal with spam -- set up inbox filters, install some software, that kind of thing.

But today we have a lesson on what not to do, courtesy of some guy in Sunnyvale who got his butt hauled in by the FBI for allegedly threatening employees of a Canadian spam company. (Hint: when you find yourself typing "bullet in your head," think long and hard before hitting the send key.)


November 21, 2003

Wells Fargo Offers Reward

Wells Fargo & Company is offering a reward of $100,000 for information that can help police track down a burglar who stole customer records from one of its Concord bank branches earlier this month.

China Tech News

November 20, 2003

This second list in two months comes after many of the original list's offenders cleaned themselves up and were removed from China's first list of errant Internet Protocol (IP) addresses.

On September 9, 2003, CNNIC and the Internet Society of China published a list of dozens of IP addresses around the world that were responsible for sending spam, or unsolicted commercial email to China-based servers. Since that date, CNNIC has removed 119 IP addresses from that first list because those IPs have ceased to be sources of spam. And one month later on Nov 9, CNNIC published a second list of "Spam Servers", with 172 IP addresses in all. [List included]

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