Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for March 10, 2003

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

InformationWeek: Rising Threat 10-Mar-03 03:39:05 ET

Story Highlights:“Just two days after the Department of Homeland Security officially opened its doors, government- and business-security managers scored a victory of sorts with a successful public-private effort to combat a potential threat to more than 1.5 million e-mail systems around the world…”

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“The work served as a dress rehearsal for the kind of cyberattacks the government expects will increase as geopolitical tensions rise and a war with Iraq looms…”

Full Story on InformationWeek

The Register: Windows Root Kits a Stealthy Threat 07-Mar-03 06:03:11 ET

Story Highlights:“Barron Mertens admits to being puzzled last January when a cluster of Windows 2000 servers he runs at an Ontario university began crashing at random…”

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“Mertens didn’t know it at the time, but the university network had been compromised, and the mysterious crashes were actually a lucky break — they gave away the presence of an until-then unknown tool that can render an intruder nearly undetectable on a hacked system…”

Full Story on The Register

MacWeek: Security Holes Found in Google’s Blogger 07-Mar-03 11:03:39 ET

Story Highlights:“Pyra Labs Inc. patched a number of security holes in its Blogger Web-based publishing tool that could have enabled a hacker to publish thoughts on Web logs owned by others…”

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“The holes were discovered by celebrated hacker Adrian Lamo, who reported them to Pyra, according to a statement on the Blogger Web site…”

Full Story on MacWeek

CBS News: Massive Hack Attack in Texas 07-Mar-03 06:03:01 ET

Story Highlights:“Hackers broke into a University of Texas database and stole the names, Social Security numbers and e-mail addresses of more than 55,000 students, former students and employees…”

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“A preliminary evaluation found no evidence the information was used to illegally obtain credit cards or withdraw money from bank accounts…”

Full Story on CBS News

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