Crimes & Criminals

IT Security For Libraries First In A Series

IT Security In Libraries
8. Social Media Security
7. Practical IT Security
6. Integrating IT Security In Your Library
5. 20 Common Security Myths
4. How To Stay Safe Online
3. Passwords
2. Privacy
1. IT Security Foundations

Today's post is long on theory. I'll argue that most any library can be a target, and present some ideas on how to make things more secure in your library.
My first post will cover privacy, because I think it's closely related to security, and it's something we as librarians take seriously. Then I'll cover a bunch of ways to stay safe online, how to secure your browser, PC and other things you and your patrons use every day. I'll also cover some common security myths. Then we'll talk passwords: everything has a password now, and I want to make sure we all understand what it takes to make your password as secure as possible. Then we'll talk network security for a bit, followed by hardware and PC security. Then I'll focus on security issues that you'll find in your library. And last, but not least, some things I think you'll find interesting that sysadmins do with servers to make things safer for you, and that you'll never see as an end user. -- Read More

‘Free Culture’ Advocate May Pay High Price

Aaron Swartz, an agitator for free access to information on the Internet, has been charged with illegally downloading more than four million articles from a subscription-only digital storehouse.

Full article in the NYT:
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/25/business/media/aaron-swartzs-web-activism-may-cost-him-dea...

19k papers leaked to protest war against knowledge

19,000 papers leaked to protest 'war against knowledge'
A critic of academic publishers has uploaded 19,000 scientific papers to the internet to protest the prosecution of a prominent programmer and activist accused of hacking into a college computer system and downloading almost 5 million scholarly documents from an archive service.

The 18,592 documents made available Wednesday through Bittorrent were pulled from the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, a prestigious scientific journal that was founded in the 1600s, the protester said.

Internet Activist Charged in M.I.T. Data Theft

Aaron Swartz, a 24-year-old programmer and online political activist, was charged with stealing millions of documents from M.I.T. and JSTOR, an archive of scientific journals and academic papers.

Full story

Librarians under city scrutiny for e-chat

Two members of the Pollard Memorial Library staff in Lowell, MA, are being investigated by city officials for expressing their frustrations with a coworker. During an IM chat, they discussed, apparently in jest, covering for each other if the coworker was found dead.

http://www.lowellsun.com/ci_18475557

This is the latest story in a series of incidents at the Pollard Library regarding safety issues or staff conflicts. In March, the Lowell Sun reported that staff bypassed the Library Director and went right to the City Council to voice their complaints, and were later reprimanded by the Director for improper actions (citation: Lowell library workers silenced for speaking out about safety fears. Lyle Moran. The Sun. Lowell, Mass.: Mar 7, 2011).

Police Bust College Textbook Theft Ring

Police Bust College Textbook Theft Ring
An employee at an off-campus bookstore discovered a theft ring that used doctored textbooks to make quick cash from the Georgia Gwinnett College library, police said.

Four people are accused of orchestrating the plan that involved taking books from the library and cashing them in at Dorks Textbooks in Lawrenceville.

Go read this: women help fuel rise in ebook piracy

How do you know you are doing something wrong?

When 35-year-old women are a problem for your industry. Seriously, does ANYONE really believe that this age-group are pirating ebooks because they ‘hate’ publishers or dislike copyright?

No, they are downloading ebooks from illegal sources because they can’t find legal ones, the prices at legal sites are well beyond what they think are fair or simply because they haven’t been reached by legitimate publishers.

Full story at Teleread

Skimming Off the Top...for a Faux Fireplace??

From North Jersey News: The former director of the Haledon Free Public Library was arrested Friday on an official misconduct charge in connection with online purchases she allegedly paid with library funds.

Judith Erk, currently an assistant librarian at Manchester Regional High School in Haledon, is charged with one count of official misconduct and one count of theft by deception in excess of $75,000. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of up to 10 years in state prison. North Haledon Municipal Court Judge Harold Cook set Erk’s bail at $50,000. It could not be confirmed late Friday if she had posted bail and was free.

Authorities executed a search warrant of Erk’s home Friday morning, according to authorities, where evidence pertaining to the case was recovered. Items seized included electronics, kitchen appliances, jewelry and a faux fireplace.

East Texas Librarian Robbed at Gunpoint

For a jar that contained less than $100.00 --

DAINGERFIELD, TX (KLTV) : An East Texas woman was robbed at gun point in the Daingerfield Public Library just after 9:00 am Monday morning. Police have arrested a a 19 year-old on an aggravated robbery charge.

The suspect entered the library shortly after it opened and requested to use a computer. Earlene Walton was working and agreed to sign him in and get him all situated, since he did not have a library card.

The suspect told Walton that he had forgotten something and left the building. When he returned, he pulled out a gun. Within minutes, the suspect had fled with a jar that friends of the library used to collect donations.

Ex-Revere Library Director Pleads Not Guilty to Embezzelment

Follow up to our story from mid-March, here...

Boston Herald reports: The former director of Revere’s public library has pleaded not guilty to embezzling more than $200,000 from the city (however, he did admit in this article to being a 'shopaholic') .

Robert Rice Jr. was released without bail at his arraignment Wednesday on charges of larceny, fraud and embezzlement, but was ordered to surrender his passport.

Authorities say the 45-year-old Rowley resident used city money to buy items, which he either kept for himself or resold online. The items he allegedly bought with city funds included a replica of a Thompson submachine gun and a camera which prosecutors say he described on purchase orders as books.

The alleged thefts took place between 2005 and his resignation in January 2009.

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