WS>>NewsMax.com: The Latest from Charles Smith & Cyberwar
carl william spitzer iv
cwsiv_2nd at JUNO.COM
Tue May 20 14:12:50 MDT 2003
From: NewsMax.com <newsmax at newsmax.sparklist.com>
Yet another e-mail attachment virus is making the
rounds. The "LOVEGATE.C" virus reportedly plants a back
door inside infected computers allowing a hacker to access
the system later. The virus sends the Internet address of
the infected computer to a location in China. The virus
also reproduces by sending copies of itself from infected
machines using their local address book. The FBI is inves-
tigating, but so far no help from Beijing.
Anti-virus companies have already released software
code to defeat and remove the virus. It is suggested that
you frequently update your anti-virus software and run it on
a regular basis.
The golden rule for e-mail attachments applies: NEVER
OPEN AN ATTACHMENT THAT YOU ARE NOT EXPECTING. It is far
better to delete an e-mail with an attachment than infect
your computer with a virus. Always confirm attachments with
the person who e-mailed you. Keep in mind this virus may
come from a person you know who has had their machine infec-
GREAT FIREWALL OF CHINA
The lack of cooperation by Chinese authorities on
catching the individuals behind LOVEGATE is not the only bad
news coming from the Far East. It is clear that Beijing is
certainly not an Internet-friendly city. According to a
study by the Harvard Law School, China has the most censor-
ship of the Internet on Earth. Chinese users are regularly
denied access to over 18,000 Web sites. Visiting a banned
Web site can bring up to 5 years in jail.
China also recently arrested two Web site developers,
Li Yibin and Liu Di. The Chinese People's Armed Police have
charged both Web developers with "participating in an ille-
gal organization." The arrests are part of a crackdown by
the communist government against Internet developers and
users. According to Amnesty International, China recently
arrested 33 users for expressing their views on the Net.
WHO SAYS SPAM DOESN'T WORK?
Two Iraqi army officers have defected and surrendered
to U.S. military authorities. The two officers, one from a
tank unit in the north and the other from an infantry unit
in the south, both cited recent SPAM e-mails by U.S. Special
Forces teams as helping them to leave the Iraqi army. Both
officers also noted that most of the soldiers in their
respective units were preparing white flags in anticipation
of the upcoming war with America.
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