Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for October 24, 2002

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

ComputerWorld: Major Net Backbone Attack Could Be First of Many 23-Oct-02 20:36:08 ET

Story Highlights:“The distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attack launched Monday against all 13 of the Internet Domain Name System (DNS) root servers failed to bring down the Internet…”

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“But that doesn’t mean more attacks won’t follow and succeed where this week’s attack failed, according to experts, some of whom said the federal government needs to step in to secure the Net infrastructure…”

Full Story on ComputerWorld

Washington Post: Bush Backs New Online Protections for Children 24-Oct-02 15:49:02 ET

Story Highlights:“President Bush, remarking that it’s a ‘sick world,’ called yesterday for an increase in federal funding and new legislation to combat online predators who stalk children in cyberspace in hopes of sexually molesting them…”

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“On a day off in Washington between campaign swings for the midterm elections, Bush listened to experts speak at the White House about child pornography and its spread on the Internet…”

Full Story on Washington Post

MSNBC: Hackers Target Wireless Networks 23-Oct-02 12:10:15 ET

Story Highlights:“Technology sophisticates who specialize in exposing corporate-security lapses will orchestrate a world-wide ‘war drive’ to strut their stuff Saturday…”

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“In 25 locales in seven countries from Alberta, Canada, to New Zealand, they plan office-building drive-bys armed with laptops, radio scanners and antennas, aiming to intercept signals from the ever-spreading wireless networks used to connect corporate computers with each other and the Internet…”

Full Story on MSNBC

The Register: Claranet Drops Virus Outbreak Blocker 24-Oct-02 17:10:00 ET

Story Highlights:“Claranet, the leading British ISP, this week abandoned its first line of defence against email-borne viruses following performance issues with its in-house developed technology, its global mail filter…”

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“Claranet continues to market to business users a separate service which uses more sophisticated virus scanning and filtering…”

Full Story on The Register

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