Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for April 30, 2002


A daily survey of the latest cybercrime news from around the world.


InformationWeek: Ready! Aim! Hack! 29-Apr-02 18:51:27 ET

Story Highlights:“U.S. military cadets put their security know-how to the test last week as the National Security Agency, the Army, and the Air Force tried to hack into academy networks…”

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“It was part of the second-annual Cyber Defense Exercise, in which cadets from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the Air Force Academy, the Naval Academy, the Coast Guard Academy, and the Naval Postgraduate School competed in a real-world environment…”

Full Story on InformationWeek


ABCNews: Beating Identity Thieves 29-Apr-02 15:24:38 ET

Story Highlights:“In 1999, someone stole a credit card from Sallie Twentyman’s mailbox, then used it to steal her identity, applying for many more credit cards online including one at Providian.com, which promised approval in five minutes…”

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“Providian said it has improved its systems for catching identity thieves since then. But as Twentyman found out, the Internet has made identity theft and fraud a lot easier not just to get credit cards and merchandise with stolen identities, but also to uncover personal information…”

Full Story on ABCNews


Wired: Klez: Don’t Believe ‘From’ Line 30-Apr-02 02:00:00 ET

Story Highlights:“Some Internet users have recently received an e-mail message from a dead friend. Others have been subscribed to obscure mailing lists. Some have lost their Internet access after being accused of spamming, and still others have received e-mailed pornography from a priest…”

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“They’re actually experiencing some of the stranger side effects of the Klez computer virus…”

Full Story on Wired


The Register: WinAmp’s ‘Malicious MP3’ Vuln 29-Apr-02 16:20:55 ET

Story Highlights:“Users of NullSoft’s popular WinAmp player should upgrade to version 2.80 to avoid a vulnerability reported on the BugTraq mailing list…”

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“What we have here is a buffer overflow condition which can be exploited, with some difficulty, by using the ID3v2 tag which contains information about the audio file, such as artist, title, images, etc…”

Full Story on The Register


The Register: Netscape Blows Off New Vuln Warning 30-Apr-02 02:47:51 ET

Story Highlights:“A recent advisory from GreyMagic Software demonstrates a minor file access vulnerability in Netscape and Mozilla for Windows, very much like the recent one affecting MS Internet Exploder…”

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“No doubt it will be patched soon and without great difficulty. The potential for malicious exploitation is modest…”

Full Story on The Register


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