Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for July 17, 2002

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

CNN: Feds Devise Cybersecurity Standard 17-Jul-02 09:42:15 ET

Story Highlights:“The Pentagon, the National Security Agency and private organizations have developed security standards for Microsoft Corp.’s most popular business computer operating system in order to stop the most common assaults against federal networks…”

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“The government was to announce the standards Wednesday to show federal computer engineers how to alter Microsoft’s Windows 2000 operating system to make it more secure…”

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The Register: Congress Approves Life Sentences for Crackers 16-Jul-02 07:29:53 ET

Story Highlights:“The US House of Representatives has approved a bill which raises the penalty for computer crime to a maximum of life imprisonment…”

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“Crackers who put lives at risk, either knowingly or through “reckless” behaviour, could be sent to jail for life under measures in the Cyber Security Enhancement Act, which the house yesterday passed an overwhelming majority by 385 votes to three…”

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The Register: NetIQ Claims Detects Hacktivismo Tool 17-Jul-02 06:07:21 ET

Story Highlights:“Systems management and web analytics firm NetIQ Corp has released two security updates designed to help IT managers detect the Camera/Shy steganography tool, released last week by hacker activist group, Hacktivismo…”

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“Camera/Shy is a Microsoft Internet Explorer-based stenographic encryption tool that enables users to publish sensitive information by embedding it within ordinary gif image files, and also to detect and extract data that has been hidden using the tool…”

Full Story on The Register

MSNBC: Student Charged with Hacking University System To Boost Grades 17-Jul-02 09:54:35 ET

Story Highlights:“A university student broke into her school’s computer system and gave herself passing grades in three courses…”

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“Darielle Insler, 22, allegedly changed her grades in a math and a science class from Fs to As. She also is accused of changing an incomplete grade to a passing one in an education class…”

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