Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for August 5, 2002

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

TechWeb: Wireless Security: Why Worry? 05-Aug-02 09:50:47 ET

Story Highlights:“How serious an issue is wireless security?…”

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“A couple of months ago, leading academics, business executives, and government officials gathered in Washington to discuss their wireless worries…”

Full Story on TechWeb

CNN: DefCon: Expert Suggests Hacking Back 05-Aug-02 10:06:15 ET

Story Highlights:“Striking back against a computer that is attacking you may be illegal under United States law, but a security researcher says people should be allowed to neutralize one that is unwittingly spreading destructive Internet worms like ‘Nimda…'”

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“Worms are a form of self-propagating virus that once set in motion can wreak havoc by taking control of other machines and then use these to launch attacks on the wider Internet…”

Full Story on CNN

MacCentral: DEF CON: Hackers Called Truthseekers, Problem-Solvers 05-Aug-02 09:10:25 ET

Story Highlights:“Hacking is not about creating viruses, breaking into computer systems or even rainbow-dyed hair, but is instead about the search for truth, critical thinking and the pursuit of knowledge, according to Richard Thieme, an author, consultant and former Episcopal priest, who addressed attendees at Def Con in Las Vegas…”

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“Thieme discussed hacking in its original meaning — the discovery of and mucking about with the basic components of any system, rather than the more popularized definition that connotes malicious computer use…”

Full Story on MacCentral

BBC: Online Paedophiles Traced by Police 05-Aug-02 14:04:11 ET

Story Highlights:“Police in the West Midlands have developed software to trace people accessing sexual images of children on the internet…”

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“The computer package sets up dummy internet sites, which apparently contain child pornography…”

Full Story on BBC

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