Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for May 3, 2002

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

ComputerWorld: Hacker Duo Says They Hack for Sake of National Security 02-May-02 16:51:20 ET

Story Highlights:“A pair of hackers who have been penetrating U.S. government computer systems across the country said they’re trying to call attention to vulnerabilities in national security…”

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“But analysts said they’re probably nothing more than publicity seekers…”

Full Story on ComputerWorld

Wired: A Virus Writer Heads to Prison 03-May-02 02:00:00 ET

Story Highlights:“No matter what happens when he returns to court again on Friday, David Smith is already slated to serve the longest prison sentence ever meted out to a virus writer…”

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“Not that there’s much of a record to beat. Few virus writers are caught, and even fewer serve time…”

Full Story on Wired

ComputerWorld: CERT: Sun Solaris Hole Requires Patch 02-May-02 16:52:04 ET

Story Highlights:“Hackers can potentially exploit a format-string vulnerability in remote wall requests to execute arbitrary code in Solaris, Sun Microsystems Inc.’s version of the Unix operating system…”

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“Sun Solaris Versions 2.5.1, 2.6, 7 and 8 require a security patch to the utility rwall daemon or rpc.rwalld, the CERT Coordination Center at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh said in an advisory yesterday…”

Full Story on ComputerWorld

PCWorld: Security Flaw Found in Flash Player 03-May-02 11:15:26 ET

Story Highlights:“A security hole in the way Macromedia’s Flash player handles ActiveX content could allow an attacker to run the code of their choice on vulnerable systems…”

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“Macromedia is offering a new download of the player which fixes the flaw…”

Full Story on PCWorld

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