Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for January 27, 2003

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

CBS News: Gov’t Web Sites Open To Hack Attacks 25-Jan-03 09:01:21 ET

Story Highlights:“Some of the U.S. government’s most important computer systems continue to suffer significant security lapses despite renewed focus on protecting them against terrorist attacks…”

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“In a report to a House panel, the General Accounting Office said it found ‘pervasive’ weaknesses in federal technology systems at the 24 largest departments and agencies…”

Full Story on CBS News

CNN: Gates Pledges Better Software Security 25-Jan-03 07:01:44 ET

Story Highlights:“Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates is pledging to continue improvements to security in his company’s products, part of a high-stakes campaign to convince large customers that Windows software is safe…”

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“‘New security risks have emerged on a scale that few in our industry fully anticipated,’ Gates wrote in a 1,500-word e-mail distributed late Thursday to about 1 million people…”

Full Story on CNN

PCWorld: Virus Forecast for 2003 27-Jan-03 08:47:15 ET

Story Highlights:“He’s been a virus writer for seven years. He goes by the handle Melhacker and may have been responsible for the recent outbreak of the Bugbear worm, the second most prevalent worm on the Internet last year…”

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“He recently claimed to be working on a new virus, Scezda, that represents a new type of threat. Scezda, as Melhacker described it, would fall into an emerging category of megaworms that combine features from some of this year’s most prolific worms and viruses, including Sircam, Klez and Nimda…”

Full Story on PCWorld

Wired: Attacks Fell an Online Community 27-Jan-03 02:00:00 ET

Story Highlights:“After battling eviction for more than two years, a massive online community has finally been driven from its virtual home…”

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“DALnet, one of the largest Internet Relay Chat, or IRC, networks and long the victim of torment by hackers, has finally succumbed to a series of denial-of-service attacks that began in August…”

Full Story on Wired

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