Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for July 23, 2002

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

MSNBC: Cyber-Security Infrastructure Faulted 22-Jul-02 15:14:20 ET

Story Highlights:“Years after orders from the White House to beef up the security of the nation’s most important computer systems, the government is having trouble identifying which organizations should be involved and how they should be coordinated…”

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“President Bush’s recent proposal to create a Cabinet-level Department of Homeland Security said at least 12 organizations oversee protection of important infrastructure…”

Full Story on MSNBC

ComputerWorld: Bush Security Plan Calls for Background Checks 22-Jul-02 16:51:30 ET

Story Highlights:“Once a cabinet-level Department of Homeland Security is established, the Bush administration plans to convene a panel of government and private-sector experts to determine the legal guidelines for subjecting tens of thousands of private-sector employees to background investigations…”

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“The panel — outlined in the president’s National Strategy for Homeland Security released last week — would be convened jointly by the secretary of Homeland Security and the U.S. attorney general…”

Full Story on ComputerWorld

ABCNews: Virus Dials 911 23-Jul-02 09:08:42 ET

Story Highlights:“A new e-mail virus has hit some WebTV devices, and its effects could have ramifications for the emergency phone network…”

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“Reports of the virus first surfaced in WebTV user group boards such as WebTV’s alt.discuss news group. Those reports say that once the infected attachment is opened, the WebTV shuts down, reboots, then calls 911…”

Full Story on ABCNews

The Register: Serious PHP Vuln Reported 22-Jul-02 16:21:04 ET

Story Highlights:“The PHP form-data POST handler is susceptible to a malicious POST request that can trigger an error condition which, depending on your hardware, can crash the machine or provide for remote exploitation…”

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“On an Intel x86 machine an attacker has no control over memory allocation/recovery and can only cause a denial of service; on a Sparc/Solaris machine an attacker would be able to free chunks of memory and overwrite them arbitrarily to run code…”

Full Story on The Register

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