Network Security Roundup for July 16, 2003

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MSNBC: Could Your Computer Be a Criminal?16-Jul-03 16:07 ET

Story Highlights:“One thousand home computers hijacked and used to serve up pornography. Perhaps tens of thousands co-opted by the ‘SoBig’ virus, many of them turned into spam machines. Hundreds of other home computers loaded with secret software used to process stolen credit cards. If your biggest computer crime fear was lost or stolen files, think again: Someone may be using your PC to commit crimes.”

Full Story on MSNBC

CNN Money: Burden of Spoof16-Jul-03 09:31 ET

Story Highlights:“If you got an e-mail from someone you didn’t know asking for credit card numbers and personal financial information, would you give it to them? Actually, you might, if you’re not careful. Cyber-criminals have hit millions of Americans with identity-theft attempts that look very much like official information requests from major corporate Web sites.”

Full Story on CNN Money

TechWeb: Personal Security Is IT’s Latest Challenge16-Jul-03 09:41 ET

Story Highlights:“Imagine these nightmare scenarios: A busy manager grabs a Big Mac in a Golden Arches hotspot — with file sharing turned on in his laptop — and a competitor gets a chance to sneak a look into his hard drive. A top exec rushes for a plane and accidentally leaves her Palm at the airport security station. The next guy through the metal detector pockets it, and all of its confidential information.”

Full Story on TechWeb

InternetWeek: U.S. Cybersecurity Efforts Lacking, Says Former Presidential Cybersecurity Advisor Clarke15-Jul-03 17:00 ET

Story Highlights:“The federal government has failed to implement its cybersecurity strategy and is less capable of helping protect the nation’s critical infrastructure than it was a year ago, said Richard Clarke, former special advisor to the president on cybersecurity.”

Full Story on InternetWeek

TechWeb: Internet Security Firm Decries the State of Internet Security16-Jul-03 11:45 ET

Story Highlights:“While overall hacker activity may have declined in the second quarter, that’s not cause to sit back and relax, said Internet Security Systems (ISS) in a report on the state of security. In fact, the number of security incidents continue to climb.”

Full Story on TechWeb

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