Tuesday Morning Cyber Corner

IN THE NEWS: BOY SCOUTS INDEX OF "PERVERSION FILES" POSTED ONLINE

PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) -- A lawyer who has represented victims of sexual abuse in lawsuits against the Boy Scouts of America is shedding some Internet light on some of the inner-workings of the organization. Seattle attorney Tim Kosnoff has posted an index of records from what are called the Scouts' perversion files. The index -- posted on the attorney's Web site -- includes a list of 1,900 volunteers who were kicked out of the organization between 1971 and 1991 for allegedly having inappropriate sexual contact with children. The site does not include copies of the actual files. The files were previously released in the 1990s by a California judge and have been written about by news organizations. Similar records created between 1966 and 1985 are expected to be released soon, after a ruling by the Oregon Supreme Court.

IN THE NEWS: DISH NETWORK AGREES ON DEAL WITH GANNETT

McLEAN, Virginia (AP) -- Subscribers with Dish Network can breathe a little easier now. The satellite company and Gannett have agreed on a fee issue that had threatened to leave more than 2 million Dish subscribers in 19 cities without access to local TV stations owned by Gannett. Neither side gave out details about the long-term agreement. The old deal had expired early Monday. Gannett is based in Virginia -- and owns such stations as KUSA-TV in Denver, WXIA-TV in Atlanta and WUSA-TV in Washington, D.C.

ON THE WEB: ALASKA AIRLINES SLOWED BY COMPUTER ISSUE

CYBERSPACE (AP) -- Alaska Airlines had the feel of an old-school airline for a time yesterday -- and that didn't mean they served hot meals and offered everyone blankets. A problem with a fiber-optic cable shut down the airline's ticketing system for five hours. That caused cancellations of flights in Seattle and Los Angeles and caused delays elsewhere. After the computers the airline uses to check in passengers went down, employees had to board travelers manually. In one case, workers stuck handwritten flight numbers to computer monitors.

Online:

Alaska Airlines site: http://www.alaskaair.com

IN STORES: HAX ATTACKS

EAST GREENBUSH, New York (AP) -- It's a video game that's designed to both entertain and inform. And this time, the subject is computer hackers. The goal of "Hax Attacks" is to have players deliver packets of data to a database -- while trying to elude Hax -- the guy who wants to stop you from doing so safely. Hax tries to burden your data packets with viruses or otherwise trick you into making online that can affect your online security. The app is now available on Apple's app store -- and encourages players to such things as developing strong passwords, avoid phishing scams and being aware of viruses.

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Online:

Hax Attacks site: http://www.hax-attacks.com

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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