Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for January 7, 2003

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

MSNBC: White House Trims Cybersecurity Plan 06-Jan-03 16:25:34 ET

Story Highlights:“The Bush administration has reduced by nearly half its initiatives to tighten security for vital computer networks, giving more responsibility to the new Homeland Security Department and eliminating an earlier plan to consult regularly with privacy experts…”

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“An internal draft of the administration’s upcoming plan also eliminates a number of voluntary proposals for America’s corporations to improve security, focusing instead on suggestions for U.S. government agencies, such as a broad new study assessing risks…”

Full Story on MSNBC

The Register: California Disclosure Law Has National Reach 07-Jan-03 16:01:15 ET

Story Highlights:” A new California law requiring companies to notify their customers of computer security breaches applies to any online business that counts Californians as customers, even if the company isn’t based in the Golden State…”

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“So warned Scott Pink, deputy chair of the American Bar Association’s Cybersecurity Task Force…”

Full Story on The Register

Fairfax I.T.: Fake Warning on OpenSSH Exploit 06-Jan-03 19:01:51 ET

Story Highlights:“Security firm Global InterSec says a fake warning was issued recently on the BugTraq mailing lists about a method for root compromise in all versions of OpenSSH…”

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“The company said the fake advisory had apparently been posted to highlight several unclear statements made in its (the company’s) own advisory about the same vulnerability in March last year…”

Full Story on Fairfax I.T.

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