Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for November 14, 2002

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

MSNBC: Bill Could Jail Hackers for Life 13-Nov-02 11:18:46 ET

Story Highlights:“A last-minute addition to a proposal for a Department of Homeland Security bill would punish malicious computer hackers with life in prison…”

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“The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday evening voted 299 to 121 to approve the bill, which would reshape large portions of the federal bureaucracy into a new department combining parts of 22 existing federal agencies, including the Secret Service, the Coast Guard, and the FBIs National Infrastructure Protection Center…”

Full Story on MSNBC

Wired: Study Makes Less of Hack Threat 14-Nov-02 02:00:00 ET

Story Highlights:“Despite the panting about ‘cyberterrorists,’ and despite the scare mongering about venomous hackers preying on fragile federal networks, attacks on government computer systems are declining worldwide…”

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“In the United States, reported intrusions into government networks fell from 386 in 2001 to 162 in the first 10 months of 2002. Worldwide, such attacks have declined by about a third — from 2,031 last year to a projected 1,400 today…”

Full Story on Wired

Wired: MS Takes Hard Line on Security 14-Nov-02 02:00:00 ET

Story Highlights:“Microsoft’s security honcho has a message for Windows users: Let’s roll…”

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“Craig Mundie, who oversees the company’s Trustworthy Computing initiative, told an audience Wednesday that in response to the threat of terrorist cyberattacks, Microsoft would deploy security fixes to its installed base of hundreds of millions of computers worldwide in the coming year — even if those fixes break applications in use by customers…”

Full Story on Wired

The Register: MS Touts Free Security Toolkit for SMEs 14-Nov-02 15:18:16 ET

Story Highlights:“Microsoft today released a security toolkit designed to help Britain’s medium-sized businesses evaluate their security needs…”

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“The toolkit, available to order free from Microsoft’s UK site, includes resources and tools which deal with both desktop and infrastructure issues…”

Full Story on The Register

InternetWeek: Software Blocks Virus Spread by Encrypting E-Mail Address Books 14-Nov-02 10:45:15 ET

Story Highlights:“SentryBay plans on Monday to introduce software designed to block many e-mail viruses by encrypting e-mail addresses in Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express…”

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“Many viruses, such as Klez and Sircam, work by mining Outlook for e-mail addresses and e-mailing copies of themselves to those addresses…”

Full Story on InternetWeek

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