Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for July 18, 2002

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

CNN: PCs Part of National Cyberspace Protection Plan 18-Jul-02 10:07:31 ET

Story Highlights:“Keeping your home computer’s antivirus software updated is not just sensible — it could be a way to demonstrate your patriotism…”

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“Richard Clarke, the president’s computer security adviser, said Wednesday that an upcoming national plan to protect cyberspace will include expectations for home users, as well as large companies and the government…”

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MSNBC: Don’t Type That: Yahoo Edits E-mail 17-Jul-02 11:07:49 ET

Story Highlights:“What does Yahoo Mail have against mocha? That’s what users of the company’s free e-mail service may be wondering if they try to send a message using the word ‘mocha’ and discover that while in transit, ‘mocha’ mysteriously changes to ‘espresso’…”

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“To protect users from malicious code, Yahoo uses an automated filter to swap out a handful of words such as ‘mocha’ that pertain to Web code known as JavaScript…”

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BBC: Firms Tackle Cyber Sabotage 18-Jul-02 10:02:11 ET

Story Highlights:“Cyber sabotage is regarded as one of the business world’s dirty little secrets…”

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“And it’s one that is increasingly coming to light in the wake of scandals like Enron, Global Crossing and WorldCom…”

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MSNBC: Hacker Mailing List Goes Corporate 18-Jul-02 20:07:37 ET

Story Highlights:“For years, hackers have sought publication on Bugtraq for prestige and attention — and to dress up their resumes, since BugTraq is the computer security world’s equivalent of a professional journal…”

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“Most computer security workers subscribe to the list as an early warning system to hear about new flaws, and to learn how to guard systems against them…”

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