Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for January 9, 2002

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

The Register: Flash Gets Its Very Own Virus 08-Jan-02 14:21:14 ET

Story Highlights:“A proof of concept virus which has the potential to infect Shockwave Flash (SWF) files on Web sites has been discovered…”

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“The SWF/LFM-926 virus, which could infect surfers if they download and open the Flash file on their computer, is the first of its kind…”

Full Story on The Register

Computerworld: Microsoft Investigating Alleged Flaw in IE Browser 08-Jan-02 13:58:01 ET

Story Highlights:“Microsoft Corp. said it’s investigating an alleged flaw in recent versions of its Internet Explorer (IE) browser software that could allow attackers to spoof legitimate Web sites, steal content from browser cookies and gain access to certain types of files…”

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“The flaw, which affects IE Versions 5.5 to 6, was first reported to the company Dec. 19 by ThePull, an independent security researcher…”

Full Story on Computerworld

The Register: ‘Punish Software Makers for Bad Security’ – NAS 09-Jan-02 01:06:42 ET

Story Highlights:“Congress should make it easier to punish companies that produce insecure software that puts business and consumers at risk, a panel assembled by the prestigious National Academy of Sciences (NAS) said Tuesday…”

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“‘Policy makers should consider legislative responses to the failure of existing incentives to cause the market to respond adequately to the security challenge…'”

Full Story on The Register

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