Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for January 31, 2003

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

Washington Post: Feds Building Internet Monitoring Center 31-Jan-03 12:31:58 ET

Story Highlights:“The Bush administration is quietly assembling an Internet-wide monitoring center to detect and respond to attacks on vital information systems and key e-commerce sites…”

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“The center, which has been in development for the past 15 months, is a key piece of the White House’s national cybersecurity strategy and represents a major leap in the federal government’s effort to achieve real-time tracking of the Internet’s health…”

Full Story on Washington Post

Fairfax I.T.: The Slammer Worm: A Sysadmin’s View 30-Jan-03 19:01:50 ET

Story Highlights:“It is somewhat intriguing that Microsoft blithely casts the blame for the Slammer worm on all those sysadmins who have neglected to apply the latest patches to their SQLServer systems…”

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“But there are a number of things which have been ignored. Firstly, Microsoft has never offered a specific patch for the exploit used by this worm…”

Full Story on Fairfax I.T.

ComputerWorld: Consortium Pushes for Cybersecurity R&D 30-Jan-03 18:07:45 ET

Story Highlights:“A consortium of 23 security research institutions is calling on the government and private companies to put more research and development muscle into cybersecurity…”

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“Among other things, the group would like to see more effort put into the development of code vulnerability scanners and technology for scanning individual computers for sources of attacks…”

Full Story on ComputerWorld

CNN: Bishops Seek Saint for Internet 31-Jan-03 11:09:35 ET

Story Highlights:“Fed up with hackers, a flood of spam and lousy connections, Italian Roman Catholics have launched a search for a patron saint of the Internet…”

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“And they hope their online poll will yield a holy Web protector by Easter…”

Full Story on CNN

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