Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for August 20, 2002

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

ComputerWorld: Plans Emerging for National Security Data Sharing 20-Aug-02 05:21:48 ET

Story Highlights:“They may not be the Continental Congress, but the hundreds of IT experts from the defense and intelligence communities who gathered here yesterday bandied about a series of ideas and plans no less important to the future of the nation…”

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“Only blocks from the spot where the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence, more than 900 government and private-sector officials met to discuss ongoing efforts to improve collaboration and information sharing among the hundreds of federal, state and local agencies tasked with emergency response in the event of future terrorist attacks…”

Full Story on ComputerWorld

The Register: Sprint Security Faulted in Vegas Hacks 20-Aug-02 05:08:41 ET

Story Highlights:“Citing the “compelling, credible testimony” of ex-hacker Kevin Mitnick, state officials urged Nevada regulators to force a series of dramatic security reforms on Las Vegas telephone company Sprint of Nevada last week, as final arguments were filed in the case of an in-room adult entertainment operator who believes he’s being driven out of business by phone hackers…”

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“Sprint would be required to retain outside computer security consultants, launch a security training program for company employees, develop a process for detecting a deterring intrusion attempts into its network, and begin documenting its security investigations…”

Full Story on The Register

FairFax I.T.: Cracking the Hackers’ Code 19-Aug-02 14:08:23 ET

Story Highlights:“If your organisation suffered a computer crime in the past few years and reported it to AusCERT, it was probably an attack from outside your walls…”

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“Nearly 90 per cent of Australian organisations that reported an incident were attacked externally, according to the 2002 Australian Computer Crime and Security Survey. This is the first time the threat of being attacked from outside surpassed the likelihood of an assault from inside…”

Full Story on Fairfax I.T.

InternetWeek: Quadrasis Delivers Security for XML, Web Services 19-Aug-02 12:59:41 ET

Story Highlights:“Hitachi’s security unit Quadrasis on Monday delivered a new ‘firewall’ platform that sits at the edge of an enterprise network and inspects and secures XML and Web services traffic…”

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“Although Web services give enterprises great flexibility to exchange data and integrate application both inside and outside the firewall, XML protocols via the Internet are sent in the clear, and are thus inherently insecure…”

Full Story on InternetWeek

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