Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for December 2, 2002

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

InformationWeek: New Worm Adds Insult to Injury 27-Nov-02 18:44:04 ET

Story Highlights:“Antivirus vendors are warning users about a new e-mail worm that has the potential to wreak havoc on computer systems and call the user “foolish” while it does its damage, possibly even deleting every file on an infected hard drive…”

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“Most antivirus vendors have updated their software to stop the worm and have made removal tools available for those already infected…”

Full Story on InformationWeek

CNN: Tackling Identity Theft 27-Nov-02 11:44:51 ET

Story Highlights:“It’s all we’ve been hearing from computer security specialists since September 11: Be on the lookout for threats from outside your network…”

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“Hackers and terrorists engaging in the dark arts of cyberspace could do a lot of harm. Yet one of the big techno-scare stories of the week involves a threat that came from within…”

Full Story on CNN

WashingtonPost: Bush Signs $900 Million Cybersecurity Act 27-Nov-02 15:43:07 ET

Story Highlights:“President Bush has signed legislation dedicating more than $900 million over five years to security research and education to protect the nation’s technology infrastructure against hackers and terrorists…”

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“The Cyber Security Research and Development Act will establish computer security research centers and fellowship programs at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)…”

Full Story on WashingtonPost

InformationWeek: Chart a Plan for Security 25-Nov-02 20:11:12 ET

Story Highlights:“I.T. departments are under pressure to cut their operating costs, but they’re also being asked to improve and standardize information security…”

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“Because security doesn’t come cheap or easy, technology managers need to chart a clear plan to effectively assess and strengthen security…”

Full Story on InformationWeek

The Register: WLAN Security Is Still Work in Progress 29-Nov-02 19:24:36 ET

Story Highlights:“IT managers are cautiously optimistic that wireless networks will — over time — become as secure as today’s local area networks, but security concerns are still holding back deployment of the technology…”

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“Those are the main findings of a limited (but still informative) survey of IT security manager attitudes on the deployment of 802.11b (wireless) networks by security consultancy Defcom released this week…”

Full Story on The Register

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