Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for August 8, 2002

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

E-Commerce Times: The Password Is… Confusion 08-Aug-02 07:08:14 ET

Story Highlights:“For Web travelers seeking to lighten their load of usernames and passwords, help has generally been slow to arrive…”

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“Some relief for the forgetful has come in the form of functions — installed on popular operating systems — that serve to ease the mental burden of those surfing from a single computer…”

Full Story on E-Commerce Times

BBC: Net Security Threats Turn Devious 08-Aug-02 10:00:51 ET

Story Highlights:“There is a computer in the anti-virus research lab of McAfee that has suffered the attentions of more malicious programs than almost any other PC on Earth…”

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“It, and a couple of others, get infected with any novel viruses that turn up at the anti-virus lab to help the researchers find out how the malicious programs work and how to combat them…”

Full Story on BBC

MSNBC: Security Flaw Hits Multiple OSs 07-Aug-02 15:02:57 ET

Story Highlights:“Security researchers have warned of a flaw in communications software that could allow attackers to take over computers running Windows, Mac OS X and Unix-based operating systems, as well as those with Kerberos authentication systems…”

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“The problem is widespread because it affects some implementations of XDR (external data representation) libraries, used by many applications as a way of sending data from one system process to another regardless of the systems architecture…”

Full Story on MSNBC

PCWorld: Security Flaw Found in Symantec Firewall 06-Aug-02 22:30:06 ET

Story Highlights:“A vulnerability has been discovered in Symantec firewall products that would let a knowledgeable attacker hijack any connection to Symantec’s software-based or appliance-based firewalls, thereby potentially gaining unauthorized access to internal corporate resources…”

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“The discovery was made by security services firm Ubizen July 3, which contacted Symantec about the vulnerability…”

Full Story on PCWorld

InfoWorld: Distributes SecurityCenter with P-to-P Apps 07-Aug-02 17:30:20 ET

Story Highlights:“ is looking to take advantage of the popularity of peer-to-peer file-trading applications to spread its SecurityCenter tool, which will be distributed with a pair of such programs starting within 30 days…”

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“The SecurityCenter is a security information service that gives users a real-time view into the status of Internet threats…”

Full Story on InfoWorld

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