Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for December 13, 2001


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


CNN: FBI Confirms ‘Magic Lantern’ Spy Project 13-Dec-01 08:52:57 ET

Story Highlights:“An FBI spokesman confirmed Wednesday that the United States government is working on a controversial Internet spying technology, code-named ‘Magic Lantern,’ which could be used to eavesdrop on computer communications by suspected criminals…”

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“‘It is a workbench project’ that has not yet been deployed, said FBI spokesman Paul Bresson…”

Full Story on CNN


LATimes: Internet Founder Warns on Security 12-Dec-01 02:08:26 ET

Story Highlights:“One of the Internet’s founders said Wednesday there were important weaknesses in the Bush administration’s plans to build an ultra-secure government network and to encourage companies to make computers safer for consumers…”

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“Vinton G. Cerf, widely recognized as a ‘father of the Internet’ for co-inventing one of its communications technologies, warned against a White House proposal to have software companies automatically…”

Full Story on LATimes


Information Week: SECURITY: New IT Services Being Rolled Out 11-Dec-01 15:08:07 ET

Story Highlights:“Growing interest in disaster recovery and worries about ever more aggressive cyberattacks have companies putting IT security under the microscope…”

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“The firms Computer Sciences Corp. and Guardent Inc. are trying to capitalize on this trend by expanding their service lines…”

Full Story on Information Week


The Register: Buffer the Overflow Slayer 13-Dec-01 08:59:32 ET

Story Highlights:“A buffer overflow vulnerability in login programs used by Sun Solaris and IBM AIX systems could allow crackers to take control of servers…”

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“The flaw arises from the way System V derived implementations of Login work in conjunction with remote access protocols such as Telnet and Rlogin, which are enabled by default on most Unix platforms…”

Full Story on The Register


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