Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for May 22, 2002

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

MSNBC: State Dept. Virus Exposes System Flaw 21-May-02 20:05:45 ET

Story Highlights:“When the State Department sent out a computer virus to an e-mail list devoted to travel warnings last weekend, the incident exposed a larger shortcoming in the agencys security…”

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“According to the company that manages the mailing list, the State Department list had been set up to allow anyone to send a message to all recipients including journalists, foreign diplomats, overseas nationals. The virus proved it would have been easy for someone to send out a fake global travel warning in the name of the State Department…”

Full Story on MSNBC

The Register: SQL Server Worm Throttles Bandwidth 22-May-02 06:05:35 ET

Story Highlights:“Database admins are warned to bolt up the security of their Microsoft SQL Servers after the discovery of a worm which infects machines with default passwords…”

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“The Spida worm attempts to locate and login to Microsoft SQL Servers with the default SQL administrator account, ‘SA’, and a blank password…”

Full Story on The Register

BBC: Waging War on Computer Viruses 22-May-02 05:05:54 ET

Story Highlights:New net technologies present opportunities for more than just entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. Virus writers like them, too…”

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“Almost every novel internet technology, from e-mail to peer-to-peer networks, has been exploited by virus writers and vandals keen to cause havoc…”

Full Story on BBC

ComputerWorld: International Group Eyeing IT Security Principles, Standards 21-May-02 08:45:11 ET

Story Highlights:“An international body representing more than 30 nations, including the U.S., is developing a set of information security principles intended to help in the development of IT security standards, best practices and potential security-related laws…”

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“The merits of that effort by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) was examined today at a U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) workshop on information security…”

Full Story on ComputerWorld

Wired: The Beauty and Grace of a Worm 22-May-02 04:05:26 ET

Story Highlights:“Computer viruses are both the medium and the message in a museum exhibit documenting the history and future of unwelcome and uninvited virtual visitors…”

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“Code and culture are the focus of “I Love You Computer_Viren_Hacker_Kultur,” a three-week special exhibition opening at the Museum for Applied Art in Germany on Thursday…”

Full Story on Wired

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