Network Security Roundup for September 23, 2003

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

TechNewsWorld: Tech Pros Get To Know Their Enemy23-Sep-03 07:33 ET

Story Highlights:“A team of hackers furiously peck away at their keyboards, launching a late-night assault on a computer network. While one batters through a creaky Internet address, another filches important documents from the company’s database. But it isn’t what you think.”

Full Story on TechNewsWorld

ABCNews: Cyber Threat23-Sep-03 09:45 ET

Story Highlights:“Evildoers commandeer thousands of home computers, creating a virtual army that knocks down chunks of the Internet. Computer infections hit a nuclear plant, crash a 911 system, snarl train service and shut down ATMs. A neighborhood glitch compromises air traffic control computers. It’s all happened before, security experts say. Luckily for America, it hasn’t happened all at once — yet.”

Full Story on ABCNews Firms Still Leave Security to Chance20-Sep-03 16:06 ET

Story Highlights:“Too many companies are still leaving the security of their websites to chance — adopting an ‘it couldn’t happen to us’ attitude rather than implementing robust security on their site and servers.”

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Security Pipeline: Protect Yourself from Swen and MSBlaster II23-Sep-03 08:04 ET

Story Highlights:“With the fast-paced spread of the Swen worm and ongoing concerns that a second MSBlaster worm will soon strike, a variety of security experts and analysts made recommendations Friday on ways to detect and remove the first, and thwart the second.”

Full Story on Security Pipeline

BBC: ‘Relentless’ Pace of Hack Attacks23-Sep-03 10:54 ET

Story Highlights:“Over an eight-week period two dummy websites, one with a firewall and one without, suffered thousands of attacks. On average the unprotected website was attacked more than 2,000 times per week and the protected site more than 200 times.”

Full Story on BBC

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