Network Security Roundup for August 6, 2003

Stay on top of the fast-moving world of network security with ECT News Network’s daily roundup of breaking news.

TechWeb: Security Guard06-Aug-03 13:32 ET

Story Highlights:“Once burned, lesson learned, the adage goes. So why do IT departments keep getting burned by the same security issues? In large part, it’s the nature of the beast: network security is a moving target, with parameters and conditions shifting with each software version or patch deployment, hardware upgrade, merger or acquisition, and every new hire who receives a logon. The situation is further tempered by pressure to stay cost-effective, on budget, and on schedule.”

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The Register: Memory Sticks Are the Latest Security Risk06-Aug-03 12:28 ET

Story Highlights:“Memory sticks have been branded as the latest security risk by security firm SecureWave, whose intrusion prevention technology can be used to control the use of the popular devices in corporate environments.”

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Fairfax I.T.: Hacktivism Through the Eyes of an Infiltrator05-Aug-03 16:02 ET

Story Highlights:“Pakistani hacktivists are paying hackers from Western countries up to $US10,000 ($A15,000) to break into Indian websites, according to one of India’s best-known ‘ethical’ hackers. Ankit Fadia, a New Delhi-based computer security adviser, says he infiltrated the group of 15 to 20 hackers and learned that Westerners were earning $US500 to $US10,000 — money supplied by Pakistani intelligence agencies — to deface Indian websites with anti-India or pro-Pakistan slogans.”

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The Age: Hacking It Against the Hackers05-Aug-03 17:32 ET

Story Highlights:“Steve knew something was wrong when the commands he typed into his computer stopped working properly. Then came a surge in the network traffic from his PC, and his fears were realised — his machine had been hacked. ‘You sort of feel dirty. It’s like having your house robbed,’ he says.”

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Computer World: Vendor Coalition Touts File Validation Plan as Security Measure05-Aug-03 10:56 ET

Story Highlights:“A coalition of vendors led by Portland, Ore.-based Tripwire Inc. today announced an initiative to build a File Signature Database (FSDB) that would allow users to validate the authenticity of files that make up their software systems and applications. The effort, which is meant to allow companies to better monitor and correct any accidental or malicious file changes that could compromise security, includes several well-known charter members.”

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