Network Security Roundup for August 4, 2003

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CBS News: E-Mail Worm Wiggles into Explorer04-Aug-03 08:38 ET

Story Highlights:“Microsoft is warning of a computer worm that exploits a flaw in its Internet Explorer browser. A security bulletin on the company’s Web site says Microsoft is investigating a ‘mass mailer worm,’ dubbed W32/Mimail(at)MM. The bulletin says the worm spreads through e-mail if recipients open an attached zip file, then open an HTML file inside the zip file.”

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PCWorld: Security Flaws Under the Microscope01-Aug-03 19:51 ET

Story Highlights:“A study unveiled at the Black Hat Briefings conference in Las Vegas paints a grim picture of network security problems. Among the study’s surprising results: Some kinds of computer security vulnerabilities — especially ones with an aggressive ‘exploit’ (something that takes advantage of the vulnerability, such as a worm or virus) — may plague computer networks indefinitely.”

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MSNBC: Hand-Held Devices Said Easy To Hack03-Aug-03 15:48 ET

Story Highlights:“Software is now widely available to allow people to steal passwords and other information from popular Palm-based computers, especially when they connect to other computers to share data, said Bryan Glancey, a manager at wireless security services provider MobileArmor of St. Louis, Missouri.”

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Fairfax I.T.: Sobig Variant Was Most Frequent Worm in July04-Aug-03 05:31 ET

Story Highlights:“A variant of the Sobig worm, Sobig-E, was the most frequently occurring worm/virus tracked by anti-virus software maker Sophos during the month of July.”

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CNN: Student Accused of Hacking into School’s System04-Aug-03 09:30 ET

Story Highlights:“A graduate student is accused of hacking into the University of Michigan’s computer system and using information from more than 60 students and professors to forge e-mails and get copies of final exams.”

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