Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for January 28, 2003

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

ABCNews: Experts Track Internet Virus to Hong Kong 28-Jan-03 09:51:31 ET

Story Highlights:“Computer experts tried Monday to determine if a virus-like attack on the Internet over the weekend originated in Hong Kong as the president of South Korea, the hardest hit nation, ordered officials to safeguard that nation’s computer networks…”

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“A U.S. Internet executive said by telephone that disruptions appeared first in Hong Kong before spreading to other Pacific Rim nations and then onto the United States and Europe…”

Full Story on ABCNews

CNN: Microsoft Also Gets Slammed by Worm 28-Jan-03 10:37:40 ET

Story Highlights:“Microsoft Corp. itself was exposed to the virus-like attack that crippled global Internet activity last weekend because it failed to install crucial fixes to its own software on many Microsoft computer servers…”

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“Although Microsoft contends its failure to keep up with its own updates did not cause major problems, security experts said Monday it points to a larger issue: Microsoft’s process for keeping customers’ software secure is hugely flawed…”

Full Story on CNN

ComputerWorld: 10 Tips for Beating Virus Threats 27-Jan-03 08:47:15 ET

Story Highlights:“In light of the ever-changing methods virus and worm writers use to propagate their malicious creations, security professionals can’t rely on antivirus software alone…”

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“Although no company can ever be totally secure from future threats, there are practical, common-sense things that security administrators can do today that will go a long way toward lessening their organizations’ susceptibility to viruses and worms…”

Full Story on ComputerWorld

PCWorld: Cybersecurity Czar Clarke To Retire 27-Jan-03 15:21:09 ET

Story Highlights:“Richard Clarke, the nation’s first counterterrorism coordinator and de facto cybersecurity czar, plans to retire in February when the final version of the Bush administration’s national plan for defending cyberspace is released…”

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“Unconfirmed reports about Clarke’s departure from his current post chairing the President’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Board surfaced late last week and over the weekend. However, White House sources close to Clarke have confirmed he will in February end a career at the National Security Council spanning three administrations…”

Full Story on PCWorld

InformationWeek: Symantec’s ManHunt Integrates with Host Intrusion-Detection System 27-Jan-03 20:11:12 ET

Story Highlights:“Symantec Corp. bolstered its intrusion-detection system Monday with the release of ManHunt Smart Agent, which feeds events and alerts into a single console for easier digestion of and action on intrusions…”

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“ManHunt furnishes multiple detection methodologies to find both known and unknown attacks, including protocol-anomaly detection, signature detection with custom signature support, traffic state profiling, and statistical flow analysis…”

Full Story on InformationWeek

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