Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for April 2, 2003


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


Internet.com: Security Holes in RealPlayer, QuickTime 01-Apr-03 13:04:05 ET

Story Highlights:“Researchers are warning of serious security holes in two popular digital media players — RealNetworks’ RealOne and Apple’s QuickTime — that have put millions of systems at risk…”

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“The vulnerabilities, which are not related, affect the way the media players read certain file types and could leave susceptible systems open to intrusion…”

Full Story on Internet.com


The Register: UK SMEs are Sitting Ducks for Crackers 31-Mar-03 13:03:35 ET

Story Highlights:“More than one million UK businesses are vulnerable to hacker (or more properly cracker) attacks…”

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“According to a study by Microsoft, 65 percent of small and medium-sized businesses in the UK have no form of intrusion detection system, while more than 15 do not have even a basic firewall…”

Full Story on The Register


TechWeb: Enlisting Employees for Enterprise Security 02-Apr-03 08:47:15 ET

Story Highlights:“IT managers know the biggest security threat comes from inside the corporate firewall: employees…”

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“What’s the use of all that patching and perimeter protection when security-challenged staff mindlessly download infected programs, open virus-stuffed e-mail attachments, swap files with black hats, and choose easy-to-guess passwords?…”

Full Story on TechWeb


IDG.net: President’s Cybersecurity Chief Defends Agenda 01-Apr-03 13:01:12 ET

Story Highlights:“U.S. President George W. Bush’s top cybersecurity advisor defended his boss’s Internet security agenda but called for help from everyone from large corporations to individual Internet users to protect the U.S. homeland by protecting their own little piece of cyber turf…”

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“Howard Schmidt, the special advisor for cybersecurity at the White House, defended the president’s National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace, released in mid-February, by saying that it intentionally left most cybersecurity decisions up to private companies…”

Full Story on IDG.net


Fairfax I.T.: Inquiry into Cybercrime Takes Paedophilia Focus 31-Mar-03 01:03:50 ET

Story Highlights:“The exponential growth rate of cybercrime has prompted a parliamentary inquiry into child pornography, fraud and national security threats associated with the internet…”

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“The parliamentary committee on the Australian Crime Commission today called for submissions into cybercrime with public hearings to be held later in the year…”

Full Story on Fairfax I.T.


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