Dear TC Members:

The Computer Society Technical Committee Chairs last met November 19-20, 1996. Several items were discussed:

I also recently received a message about a IEEE/CS member whose America On Line account was canceled because, apparently, someone was using her email address to distribute pornographic materials. She has received no assistance in determining why/how/by whom her email account was compromised. This raises an interesting question regarding the responsibilities of technical professionals in incidents like this. Should they be held responsible for making vulnerabilities in existing infrastructures known to users? For example, apparently some of the on-line "yellow pages" will let you modify their directory information about (other) Internet users. Tell us what you think.

Deborah M. Cooper
TCSP Chair