Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for April 18, 2002

A daily survey of the latest cybercrime news from around the world.

MSNBC: New Klez Worm Squirms Across Net 17-Apr-02 15:45:35 ET

Story Highlights:“A new variant of the Klez worm managed to squirm into computers in some parts of Asia on Tuesday and appeared to be spreading in the United States as of Wednesday…”

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“Alternately known as Klez.g, Klez.h and Klez.k, depending on the security advisory thats referring to it, the worm has its own e-mail engine to mass mail itself to potential victims, and it also attempts to deactivate some antivirus products…”

Full Story on MSNBC

Wired: Another Big MS Browser Hole Found 17-Apr-02 11:41:26 ET

Story Highlights:“Internet Explorer users who click their browser’s back button open the Windows operating system to a malicious hack attack…”

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“When users hit the back button on Explorer’s toolbar, the browser’s security settings for the ‘Internet’ zone can be bypassed, and the browser will automatically execute malicious code embedded into a site’s URL…”

Full Story on Wired

IDG.net: Microsoft Defends Baseline Security Analyzer Tool 17-Apr-02 16:51:42 ET

Story Highlights:“Responding to escalating criticism that its new Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) vulnerability file scanning product is not up to snuff, Microsoft says users finding difficulty with the new software tool may be misinterpreting the results of the freeware product’s findings…”

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“Released last week by the Redmond, Wash.-based software giant, MBSA, a more user friendly version of HFNetChk built around a new GUI, has come under attack by some users claiming that the tool uncovers holes that may have already been discovered and corrected by HFNetChk…”

Full Story on IDG.net

TechWeb: Cookies Take a Bite Out of Security 17-Apr-02 16:51:30 ET

Story Highlights:“As if IT managers didn’t have enough security headaches, the rise of Web site-based intrusions has risen over the last year, with aggressive cookies and pop-up-spawned spyware leading the charge…”

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“Those aren’t the only problems. Hackers also can take advantage of poorly coded Web site softwareincluding unencrypted cookies, shopping carts, or vulnerable CGI scriptsto invade users’ computers…”

Full Story on TechWeb

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