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Terror Alert Status May Drop; RFID Chips Will Go in Casino Chips; Reward Posted for Ricin Criminal; Times Hacker Pleads Guilty

Jan 09, 20042 mins
CSO and CISOData and Information Security

Terror Alert Status May Drop

The New York Times reports that the Bush administration has seen a downturn in what it considers credible terrorist threats and is considering lowering the nation’s threat status to an “elevated” level after nearly three weeks at high alert.RFID Chips Will Go in Casino ChipsA new generation of casino chips with built-in RFID tags is giving an insight into the way banks and shops could keep track of real money if it were tagged, according to a story in New Scientist. The story reports that the chips will be launched later in 2004 and will allow casino operators to spot counterfeits and thefts, and also to monitor the behaviour of gamblers.Reward Posted for Ricin CriminalThe FBI on Thursday offered a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to an arrest of anyone responsible for leaving a package containing the deadly poison ricin at a post office in October, according to a story written by the AP and published in The story reports that no suspects have been arrested and no illnesses have been reported since the package was found Oct. 15 at the facility serving Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport.Times Hacker Pleads GuiltyThe Washington Post reports that a 22-year-old California man pleaded guilty Thursday to hacking into the New York Times Co. computer network and entering a database containing personal information about Op-Ed page contributors. The paper reports that under a plea deal reached with federal prosecutors, Lamo agreed to serve a prison term of between six months and one year.