The Security Blotter

President nominates new CIA director. President Bush chose Air Force General Michael Hayden to replace Porter Goss as CIA chief. Goss resigned May 5 after 19 months on the job amid reports of sagging morale at the intelligence agency. Hayden’s military background, Bush’s domestic spying program and ongoing turf wars over responsibilities between the Pentagon and the directorate of national intelligence are expected topics during confirmation hearings, The New York Times reported.

The personal data of 26.5 million veterans are stolen. A laptop and external drive was stolen from the home of a Department of Veterans Affairs computer analyst who violated agency policies by taking them home, according to CNN. The data included names, Social Security numbers and dates of birth but not health or financial data. As authorities investigated the incident, the employee was put on administrative leave.

Plagiarism costly to Raytheon CEO, Harvard student. Raytheon declined to give CEO William H. Swanson a raise, and cut his stock benefits for next year by 20 percent, after Swanson acknowledged he had lifted some ideas for his book Swanson’s Unwritten Rules of Management from a 1944 engineering text. Swanson retains his job. In another plagiarism case, Little, Brown and Co. recalled 50,000 copies of Harvard student Kaavya Viswanathan’s young adult novel after similarities were noted between it and another author’s work, and nixed a two-book deal, The Boston Globe reported.

Botnet creator gets 57 months in jail. A 21-year-old man who launched Internet-based “botnet” attacks to sell to spammers and other malware purveyors received the sentence after pleading guilty to four felonies. Jeanson James Ancheta of Downey, Calif., said he controlled Windows PCs to serve online ad software, The Washington Post reported.

Ex-Enron chiefs found guilty. A Houston jury on May 25 found Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling guilty of fraud and conspiracy, The New York Times reported.

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