Daily Cybercrime and Security Report for November 8, 2001


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


ZDNET: U.S. Prepares to Launch Cyber Offensives 08-Nov-01 07:49:58 ET

Story Highlights:“Even as it fights in Afghanistan with bombs and guns and allies on horseback, the U.S. military is gearing up to use computers and code as potentially decisive weapons in the next phases of its campaign…”

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“The goal would be to disable air defense systems, scramble enemy logistics and perhaps infect software through tactics being honed by a joint task force…”

Full Story on ZDNET


CNN: Denial-of-Service Attacks Expected 07-Nov-01 14:51:51 ET

Story Highlights:“There is a high probability that the U.S. critical computer infrastructure, such as the Web site of the U.S. Department of Defense, is being targeted for Distributed Denial of Service attacks by cyberprotestors…”

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“Online protests, both pro- and anti-United States, have been frequent since September 11, but have largely been limited to Web site defacements…”

Full Story on CNN


ZDNET: New FBI Top 20 List: MS IIS Stays on Top 08-Nov-01 04:49:30 ET

Story Highlights:“The prestigious SANS Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, working with the FBI, has developed a top 20 list of common vulnerabilities that leave Internet sites open to attacks…”

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“The list includes descriptions of the vulnerabilities, the recommended means to fix them, and descriptions of any products that managers can use to help plug the holes or…”

Full Story on ZDNET


CNN: Is Your PC Watching You? Find Out! 07-Nov-01 14:51:49 ET

Story Highlights:“If you have a teenager at home, there’s a good chance the brat knows more about the inner workings of your PC than you ever will…”

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“As dismaying, you may have a Trojan on your PC that’s letting some hacker (also a bratty teenager) gain access to your PC…”

Full Story on CNN


The Register: ICANN Scraps Conference Agenda, Goes Big on Security 07-Nov-01 13:15:58 ET

Story Highlights:“ICANN has ditched plans to discuss several controversial issues surrounding the Internet at its next conference, and is devoting the agenda to security matters…”

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“ICANN’s changed agenda, a result of the 11 September disaster, makes clear that the intention to exclusively cover security issues has taken precedence over issues such as…”

Full Story on The Register


The Register: Linux Security Self-censorship Ominous 07-Nov-01 12:29:40 ET

Story Highlights:“First, Microsoft’s Scott Culp argued in an essay that security researchers shouldn’t reveal the nature of security holes in software…”

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“Culp may have found an unexpected ally in his war against full disclosure: Linux’s second-in-command, Alan Cox…”

Full Story on The Register


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