Daily Cybercrime and Security Report for July 12, 2001

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

Ananova: Gargoyles on Offer ‘To Stop Computer Viruses’ 11-Jul-01 16:12:34 ET

Story Highlights:“Computer users in the US are being offered gargoyles to ward off viruses, hackers and system errors…”

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“The Comp-U-Gargs — tiny gargoyle statues — protect the machine and user from modern-day threats, according to their makers…”

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Ananova: Hackers and Security Experts Prepare for Vegas Truce 12-Jul-01 07:12:09 ET

Story Highlights:“Leading computer security experts are to come face-to-face with their enemies at Internet conferences in Las Vegas…”

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“IT security professionals close their Black Hat Briefings today, the same day that the hackers’ get-together Def Con begins a few street away…”

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Newsbytes: Cybercrime Data Sharing Bill Could Face Uphill Battle 10-Jul-01 02:26:20 ET

Story Highlights:“House lawmakers reintroduced legislation today designed to encourage businesses to share information on cyber-attacks with the government and each other by exempting such sharing from antitrust and public scrutiny…”

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“The ‘Cyber Security Information Act,’ introduced by Reps. Tom Davis, R-Va., and James Moran, D-Va., would allow private sector companies to share vulnerability information with the government without fear that the sensitive data could be obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request…”

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The Register: DoS Risk From Zip of Death Attacks on AV Software? 11-Jul-01 13:01:21 ET

Story Highlights:“Claims that anti-virus and content filtering packages may be vulnerable to a denial of service attacks through maliciously constructed compressed archives have generated a heated debate in the security industry…”

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“A discussion thread on BugTraq on the subject has prompted security consultants MIS Corporate Defence to issue an alert warning its customers of what it describes as an easy way of bringing networks to their knees…”

Full Story on The Register IBM Ripples Security Waves with 802.11 Wireless Auditing 12-Jul-01 08:09:44 ET

Story Highlights:“IBM Research Thursday said it has successfully created what it believes is the first automated auditing tool that can monitor 802.11 wireless networks, which would significantly improve security for users of WiFi who want to combat ‘drive-by hacking…'”

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“And in keeping with IBM Corp.’s endorsement of open-source operating systems, it’s based on Linux…”

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