Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for February 3, 2003

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

CNN: Experts: Microsoft Security Gets an ‘F’ 01-Feb-03 06:34:04 ET

Story Highlights:“Computer security experts say the recent ‘SQL Slammer’ worm, the worst in more than a year, is evidence that Microsoft’s year-old security push is not working…”

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“‘Trustworthy Computing is failing,’ Russ Cooper of TruSecure Corp. said of the Microsoft initiative. ‘I gave it a “D-minus” at the beginning of the year, and now I’d give it an ‘F…'”

Full Story on CNN

The Register: Cyber Attacks Down, But Vulns Soar 03-Feb-03 14:34:12 ET

Story Highlights:“The level of cyber attacks decreased for the first time in the second half of 2002, dropping six per cent…”

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“That’s according to Symantec’s Internet Threat Report, published today, which bring together data gleaned from the security firm’s acquisition of SecurityFocus and RipTech with its other sources for the first time…”

Full Story on The Register

Fairfax I.T.: eBay Account Hijacked, Bidders Bilked in ‘Rampant’ Fraud 02-Feb-03 18:02:53 ET

Story Highlights:“For a couple of days last month, someone was auctioning Sony camcorders from Kevin Pilgrim’s eBay account. But the auctioneer wasn’t Pilgrim…”

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“More than two dozen online bargain hunters agreed to pay US$605 apiece, in some cases wiring money to Germany. But there were no camcorders. The two-day auction was a fraud…”

Full Story on Fairfax I.T.

The Register: Slammer Fails To Make January AV Charts 03-Feb-03 09:24:07 ET

Story Highlights:“The Slammer worm fails to make it into the monthly charts of AV firms this month — despite becoming arguably the most damaging Internet worm ever…”

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“The Avril worm topped the list of calls to antivirus firm Sophos, while email filtering firm MessageLabs again reports that Klez-H topped its nuisance list…”

Full Story on The Register

Wired: Fake CNN Website Taken Offline 03-Feb-03 02:00:00 ET

Story Highlights:“A website that published fake news stories from CNN has been taken offline after receiving a threatening legal letter from the cable network alleging copyright and trademark infringement…”

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“The Fake CNN News Generator was online only a week, but generated a lot of controversy after ersatz news stories were picked up by local outlets and reported as real…”

Full Story on Wired

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