Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for December 18, 2002

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

CNN: Teen Gets ‘A’ for Hacking School Computer 18-Dec-02 09:12:43 ET

Story Highlights:“It was a breeze for 15-year-old Reid Ellison to hack into his high school’s computer grading system…”

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“But what to do once he broke in took a bit more ingenuity. You see, Reid already has a perfect 4.0 grade point average at Anzar High School in San Juan Bautista, California…”

Full Story on CNN

Fairfax I.T.: New Windows Network Worm Detected 17-Dec-02 20:12:46 ET

Story Highlights:“Anti-virus software maker F-Secure has issued an advisory about a Windows network worm spreading through shared folders…”

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“The worm is known as Lioten or Iraq_Oil…”

Full Story on Fairfax I.T.

MSNBC: Web Surfers Vulnerable to Flash Flaw 17-Dec-02 20:11:12 ET

Story Highlights:“A flaw found in Macromedia’s animation software leaves Web surfers vulnerable to attack when they visit an Internet site or, possibly, open an e-mail…”

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“The vulnerability, found by security firm eEye Digital Security, allows an attacker to create a hand-edited Macromedia Flash, or SWF, file that can compromise a PC or Macintosh if its user views the file with the Shockwave Flash Player plug-in for Internet Explorer, Netscape or other browsers…”

Full Story on MSNBC

The Register: Multiple Vulns in MySQL, Upgrade Now 17-Dec-02 16:24:07 ET

Story Highlights:“Security researchers urge admins to update MySQL database servers, following the discovery of a set of potentially troublesome security flaws…”

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“The vulnerabilities could allow attackers to crash unpatched versions of the popular open source database server, inject malicious code on servers or hack into accounts without a password…”

Full Story on The Register

Wired: One Man’s Info War on al-Qaida 18-Dec-02 02:00:00 ET

Story Highlights:“In a case that shows both the risks and rewards of vigilante tactics, an American man has hijacked two Web addresses apparently used by al-Qaida to laud terrorist attacks…”

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“But some said the Minnesota man’s actions, like those of other patriotic hackers, could hinder rather than help the U.S. government’s war on terrorism…”

Full Story on Wired

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