Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for February 12, 2003

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

The Register: Do It with Spanners – How the Iraq Cyber Attack Will Work 11-Feb-03 06:02:49 ET

Story Highlights:“It was recently revealed that last July President Bush had signed a secret directive covering the development of cyber warfare systems, and providing guidance on their use…”

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“We have no idea why, given that it’s secret, we’ve heard of it, but we’ll let that pass — clearly, if we’re getting the components of cyber warfare in place at this juncture, then we’re probably thinking about Iraq…”

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TechWeb: Intrusion Detection, or Intrusion Prevention? 12-Feb-03 08:47:15 ET

Story Highlights:“Intrusion detection, or intrusion prevention? With a steady stream of announcements from vendors touting one or the other, IT security pros need to know where they stand…”

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“Especially when some are wondering whether passive monitoring can cut it all anymore…”

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The Register: Open and Closed Security Are Roughly Equivalent 12-Feb-03 09:48:07 ET

Story Highlights:“Open and closed approaches to security are basically equivalent, with opening a system up to inspection helping attackers and defenders alike…”

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“That’s the surprising conclusion drawn by Cambridge don Ross Anderson during a well-received talk to a Linux User Group at London’s City University last night…”

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Fairfax I.T.: Viruses and Hoaxes 10-Feb-03 18:02:35 ET

Story Highlights:“Have you received an email about an impending virus from someone that you know, similar to the one below?…”

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“The virus (called jdbgmgr.exe) is not detected by Norton or McAfee antivirus systems. It sits quietly for 14 days before damaging the system. It is sent automatically by messenger and the address book, whether or not you send emails to your contacts. Here’s how to check for the virus and get rid of it…”

Full Story on Fairfax I.T.

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