Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for December 20, 2001

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

ABCNews: Destructive Computer Program Hidden in Holiday Greeting 19-Dec-01 15:54:56 ET

Story Highlights:“Computer security experts warn a new holiday-themed computer virus is winding its way through the Internet today…”

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“The worm, known by several names including W32.Zacker.C and W32.Maldal.C, is similar to the recent Goner worm in that it attacks computers that run Microsoft’s Windows operating systems and Microsoft’s Outlook e-mail program…”

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CNN: U.S. Government Adopts New Encryption Standard 19-Dec-01 08:22:43 ET

Story Highlights:“The federal government’s recent decision to adopt the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) for securing sensitive information will trigger a move from the aging Data Encryption Standard (DES) in the private sector, users and analysts said…”

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“But don’t expect it to happen overnight, they added. Technology standards bodies representing industries such as financial services and banking need to approve AES as well, and that will take time…”

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Internet Week: IT Managers Look For Safety, Efficiency 17-Dec-01 16:05:49 ET

Story Highlights:“Many IT organizations are wrapping up projects begun when times were flush, but now managers will only consider spending on what’s most important to their business…”

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“For internal systems and applications, the emphasis in 2002 will be simple: Batten down the hatches, maximize the use of existing hardware and software, and make sure everything is secure…”

Full Story on Internet Week

CNN: Steganography, Next Generation 19-Dec-01 02:00:27 ET

Story Highlights:“Steganography, the science of burying secret messages within something innocuous, has endured bad publicity recently, with unsubstantiated rumors of missives from Osama bin Laden hidden in images on websites…”

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“But the good guys can play, too. A new steganography-based technique hides barcodes inside pictures and could help create forgery-proof identity documents…”

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