Network Security Roundup for September 3, 2003

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E-Commerce Times: Amazon, eBay, Microsoft Ally To Fight ID Theft03-Sep-03 07:43 ET

Story Highlights:“EBay, and Microsoft are among a group of companies that will work together to fight online identity theft by educating the public about risks. The coalition is being shepherded into existence by the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA).”

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CNN: Teen: Feds Inflated Case in Worm Attack03-Sep-03 09:43 ET

Story Highlights:“A high school senior charged with modifying a version of the Internet worm that crippled computer networks worldwide said the government has exaggerated its case against him, and disputed media coverage that portrayed him as a computer-savvy loner.”

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Washington Post: Americans Fear Cyberattacks from Terrorists, Study Shows03-Sep-03 09:41 ET

Story Highlights:“Nearly half of all Americans surveyed say they are worried that terrorists could launch attacks through the networks connecting home computers and powerful utilities, a study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project found.”

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Security Pipeline: Mass-Mailing Worms: Crime and Punishment03-Sep-03 HH:MM ET

Story Highlights:“Last week’s FBI arrest of Jeffrey Lee Parson, the teenager who brought thousands of PCs to their knees with his variant of the Blaster worm, capped what’s already being called the worst month in virus history and raised a number of questions about virus investigations and punishment for those few malware creators who get caught.”

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TechWeb: GSM Association Downplays Mobile Security Concerns03-Sep-03 10:36 ET

Story Highlights:“The GSM Association is playing down concerns raised by a team of Israeli scientists about the security of GSM mobile calls. The researchers, from the Technion Institute of Technology in Haifa, revealed they had discovered a basic flaw in the encryption system of the GSM (Global System for Mobile) specification, allowing them to crack its encoding system.”

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