Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for August 16, 2002

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

Washington Post: Sleuths Invade Military PCs with Ease 16-Aug-02 08:08:37 ET

Story Highlights:“Security consultants entered scores of confidential military and government computers without approval this summer, exposing vulnerabilities that specialists say open the networks to electronic attacks and spying…”

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“The consultants, inexperienced but armed with free, widely available software, identified unprotected PCs and then roamed at will through sensitive files containing military procedures, personnel records and financial data…”

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MSNBC: FBI Agent Charged with Hacking 15-Aug-02 20:08:42 ET

Story Highlights:“Igor Tkach, an investigator with Russias Federal Security Service, or FSB, started criminal proceedings against FBI Agent Michael Schuler for unauthorized access to computer information, according to the Interfax news agency…”

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“The agency reported the complaint had been forwarded to the U.S. Justice Department and that the FSB was awaiting a response…”

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CNN: Catching Crooks with E-mail Evidence 16-Aug-02 09:59:17 ET

Story Highlights:“Not since the glory days of letter-writing, before the advent of the telephone, have people committed so much revealing stuff to written form as they do in the age of computers…”

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“All those e-mail messages and electronic files are a treasure trove of evidence for law enforcement officers, whether they are targeting terrorists, crooked CEOs or local drug dealers…”

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The Register: MS Soft-Pedals SSL Hole 16-Aug-02 13:13:35 ET

Story Highlights:“A Microsoft security PR bulletin dealing with the recent SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificate hole reported by Mike Benham goes out of its way to assure Windows users that there’s little to be concerned about…”

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“The recent negative talk about it hasn’t been properly ‘balanced’ (i.e., approved by the Marketing Department), apparently…”

Full Story on The Register

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