Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for August 21, 2002


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


Washington Post: U.S. Probes Firm In Security Breach 21-Aug-02 08:35:21 ET

Story Highlights:“Federal law enforcement authorities searched the computers of a San Diego security firm that used the Internet to access government and military computers without authorization this summer…”

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“Investigators from the FBI, the Army and NASA visited the offices of ForensicTec Solutions Inc. over the weekend and on Monday, seeking details about how the company gained access to computers at Fort Hood in Texas and at the Energy Department, NASA and other government facilities…”

Full Story on Washington Post


MSNBC: Stolen Data Reveal Undercover Cops 20-Aug-02 15:20:54 ET

Story Highlights:“Computer intruders have allegedly broken into the online files of a Florida company that provides surveillance technology to the U.S. military, federal agencies and local police forces, and posted confidential information…”

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“Information about undercover narcotics officers, U.S. Secret Service Investigators, Department of Defense special agents and hundreds of other local and federal law enforcement workers was revealed when the data from Audio Intelligence Devices Inc.s files were posted on the Internet…”

Full Story on MSNBC


The Register: Popular MS Download Has Mysterious Vuln 21-Aug-02 04:42:14 ET

Story Highlights:“A certain remote root vulnerability in a Microsoft application called File Transfer Manager (FTM), a gimmick for developers, beta testers and volume license addicts (i.e., most of their corporate customers) alike, is not serious and there’s almost no chance that some wily blackhat has used it against you…”

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“Honestly, you’re safe because ‘Microsoft believes that only a small number of customers actually are at risk…'”

Full Story on The Register


Ananova: US Government ‘Ready To Go After File Swappers’ 21-Aug-02 07:37:05 ET

Story Highlights:“A US Justice Department official is warning the government is prepared to prosecute individuals who pirate music and movies online…”

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“Deputy assistant attorney general John Malcolm told a conference it’s time people understood unlicensed copying is illegal…”

Full Story on Ananova


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