Network Security Roundup for October 30, 2003

TechNewsWorld: Network Vulnerability and the Electrical Grid30-Oct-03 7:21 ET

Story Highlights:“The power blackout that struck the northern United States and Canada in August shocked industry executives into acknowledging the need to upgrade outdated grid circuitry and power-generating equipment. However, analysts and security experts now are warning that the outmoded, intrusion-prone computers used to control the grid pose a greater risk than the aging grid infrastructure.”

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Wired News: E-Vote Software Leaked Online29-Oct-03 20:00 ET

Story Highlights:“Software used by an electronic voting system manufactured by Sequoia Voting Systems has been left unprotected on a publicly available server, raising concerns about the possibility of vote tampering in future elections. The software, made available at, is stored on an FTP server owned by Jaguar Computer Systems, a firm that provides election support to a California county.”

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Macworld: Jaguar Security Alert30-Oct-03 9:26 ET

Story Highlights:“Serious security risks have been identified in Mac OS X 10.2.8 and below. Digital security consultant @stake has published three security advisories outlining the issues with pre-Panther versions of the OS. One vulnerability means that an attacker can cause Mac OS X to crash by specifying a long command line argument, and possibly execute commands as root.”

Full Story on Macworld

SecurityFocus: Unlucky Phisher Pleads Guilty29-Oct-03 17:34 ET

Story Highlights:“An Ohio woman whose credit card fraud schemes began to unravel when she unwittingly spammed an off-duty FBI computer crime agent pleaded guilty to a federal conspiracy charge Tuesday, and potentially faces years in prison. Helen Carr, 55, admitted in a federal court in Virginia to conspiring with colleagues in the spam community to send mass e-mails to AOL subscribers purporting to be from the company’s security department.”

Full Story on SecurityFocus

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