Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for January 17, 2003

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

CNet: Week in Review: Security Blame Game 16-Jan-03 08:44:04 ET

Story Highlights:“Though much of the finger-pointing for software vulnerabilities falls on hackers, virus writers and software developers, it may be time to take a closer look at how the PC user also contributes…”

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“Web sites that send information to other applications, such as a database or e-commerce server, inside the company’s network should be analyzed for the 10 security problems as soon as possible, according to the report…”

Full Story on Cnet

The Register: GameSpy Could Let Crackers Mount Network DDoS Attacks 16-Jan-03 08:47:15 ET

Story Highlights:“Flaws within GameSpy, a popular program that allows game clients to find and connect to game servers, might permit crackers to flood systems with useless packets and tie up processors through DDoS attacks…”

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“Affected applications include Battlefield 1942 Server, Quake, Quake 2, Q3: Arena & Team Arena, Half-Life, Counter-Strike, Unreal Tournament 2003, and Return to Castle Wolfenstein… and more, according to the alert…”

Full Story on The Register

CNet: IT Glitches in Homeland Security 16-Jan-03 07:40:00 ET

Story Highlights:“The United States prides itself in being one nation. Yet in terms of technology, we are not yet one, but remain a nation of many — many systems, many standards and many databases. In the realm of homeland security, this is not good…”

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“A good place to begin would be with collaboration and data sharing across multiple government agencies, jurisdictions and disciplines…”

Full Story on Cnet

ZDNet: Military Frets over Unclassified Web Leaks 16-Jan-03 20:11:12 ET

Story Highlights:“The U.S. Defense Department is worried that sensitive information remains exposed on its Web sites…”

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“There have been no confirmed reports about classified information making its way to military sites, but Rumsfeld said he was concerned about other categories he dubbed ‘sensitive’ or ‘for official use only’…”

Full Story on ZDNet

CNN: Senate Democrats Try To Stop Pentagon Data-Mining Project 16-Jan-03 11:12:07 ET

Story Highlights:“Senate Democrats, warning of a serious abuse of privacy rights, said Thursday they will try to shut down programs aimed at helping to identify potential domestic terrorists by amassing database information about people’s lives…”

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“The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in the Defense Department has a budget of some $137 million this year to conduct research on a data-mining project known as Total Information Awareness…”

Full Story on CNN

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