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>

          LOVEGATE VIRUS

          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-
     ted.


          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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