Network Security Roundup for October 15, 2003

VNUnet: DoS Attack Warning for Windows 2000/XP15-Oct-03 7:03 ET

Story Highlights:“Security experts are warning of a flaw that could allow hackers to launch a denial of service (DoS) attack against PCs running Windows 2000 and XP. The vulnerability, in the Microsoft Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service, was discovered by security firm Internet Security Systems (ISS). ISS warned that the flaw affects PCs even with the most current Windows patches installed, including computers patched against the devastating RPC flaw described in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS03-039.”

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Wired News: Feds Cramming Privacy Reports15-Oct-03 5:00 ET

Story Highlights:“For the first time ever, nearly every government database is undergoing top-to-bottom scrutiny. Soon good government groups and even citizens will get a look into how these systems work and what data they contain. While many of the agencies running the largest database systems already have missed the deadline for submitting initial privacy impact reports, privacy groups and federal agencies’ privacy officers say that the new process, not the deadline, is what matters.”

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The Register: UK To Crack Down on Net Scams15-Oct-03 8:37 ET

Story Highlights:“The UK has forged closer ties with Canada, Australia and New Zealand in a crackdown on Internet scams. In the past, UK consumers have been suckered into such cons as Canadian lottery scams (in which people are told they’ve hit the jackpot but need to hand over taxes or a handling fee) and other ‘dubious e-mail approaches urging people to part with their money.’ Now the UK government is to share information over fraudsters.”

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CNET: ISS Unveils All-in-One Security Device14-Oct-03 21:08 ET

Story Highlights:“Network protection firm Internet Security Systems announced on Tuesday that it would focus on securing companies with all-in-one products that integrate firewall, intrusion-detection and antivirus software to better detect and block threats. The firm boasted that the family of products, called Proventia, will simplify the administration of network security and better catch digital attacks, even previously unknown ones.”

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