Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for October 25, 2002

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

InternetWeek: Report: Monday’s Attack on Internet Was First of Two 24-Oct-02 14:06:17 ET

Story Highlights:“Monday’s distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack on the Internet’s 13 root domain name servers was the first of two attacks that day, both successfully repelled…”

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“The second DDOS attack started at about 11 pm Eastern time, and targeted the name servers for Internet top-level domains including .com, .biz, .info and country-code domains such as .uk for Great Britain and .ca for Canada…”

Full Story on InternetWeek

PCWorld: Microsoft Patches Lingering Win XP Hole 24-Oct-02 23:18:41 ET

Story Highlights:“Microsoft has responded to criticism from users and quietly issued a software patch for a major security vulnerability in Windows XP, reversing its earlier stance that users must install Service Pack 1 to plug the hole…”

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“The security hole exists in the Windows XP Help and Support Center and affects the Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Professional, and 64-Bit Edition operating systems…”

Full Story on PCWorld

The Register: Kerberos Bug Bites 25-Oct-02 08:17:29 ET

Story Highlights:“A flaw has been identified in certain implementations of the widely used Kerberos authentication protocol…”

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“The flaw could be exploited by crackers to gain root access to authentication servers…”

Full Story on The Register

The Register: E-card Slimeware Delivers Pr0n 25-Oct-02 05:13:12 ET

Story Highlights:“It’s no coincidence that one of the most recent Trojan horse programs to enter the FBI’s bi-weekly rogues gallery of malicious code is named after an Internet porn company…”

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“The program, dubbed ‘Cytron’ by the bureau’s National Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC) and some anti-virus vendors, is a covert browser plug-in that gives Internet Explorer users something they probably don’t want: more pop-up ads, promoting a slew of adult websites…”

Full Story on The Register

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