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Senate Expands Anti-Terror Surveillance; Microsoft Says Passport Was Flawed; FTC Accuses Do-Not-Call List Site of Foul Play

May 09, 20032 mins
CSO and CISOData and Information Security

Senate Expands Anti-Terror Surveillance

Law officers investigating suspected spies or terrorists could wiretap lone foreigners even if they can’t be linked to a government or terror organization, under a bill passed by the Senate, according to a story in today’s Washington Post. The Post reports that proponents have described the bill as the “Moussaoui fix” because investigators in the weeks preceding the Sept. 11 attacks were unable to establish any connection between al-Qaida and Zacarias Moussaoui, the lone defendant charged as a conspirator with the 19 hijackers. Microsoft Says Passport Was Flawed

an admission that could expose the company to a hefty fine from US regulators, according to a story in the Boston Globe. The Globe reports that Microsoft said it fixed the problem early yesterday, after a Pakistani computer researcher disclosed details of it on the Internet.

Microsoft acknowledged a security flaw yesterday in its popular Internet Passport service that left 200 million consumer accounts vulnerable to hackers and thieves

FTC Accuses Do-Not-Call List Site of Foul PlayMercury News. The Merc reports that the FTC said the Web sites were misleading because the agency

when it sets up the do-not-call registry this fall will not accept registrations from third parties.

The Federal Trade Commission said Thursday that it filed a complaint in U.S. District Court in San Francisco against the Novato owner of two sites that promised to register consumers for the federal do-not-call list, according to a story in the