Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for July 31, 2002


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


The Register: HP Invokes DMCA To Quash Tru64 Bug Report 31-Jul-02 09:07:11 ET

Story Highlights:“Hewlett Packard has threatened to use computer crime laws and the controversial Digital Millennium Copyright Act to muzzle a group of security researchers who unearthed a flaw in its Tru64 operating system…”

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“The threat comes in a letter to SnoSoft from HP Veep Kent Ferson warning that the security researchers ‘could be fined up to $500,000 and imprisoned for up to five years’ for its role in publishing code that demonstrated the vulnerability…”

Full Story on The Register


PCWorld: RIAA Site Hit with Denial-of-Service Attack 30-Jul-02 16:51:20 ET

Story Highlights:“The Recording Association of America’s Web site was knocked offline over the weekend in what appeared to be a denial-of-service attack…”

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“The group’s site, at RIAA.org, was inaccessible for portions of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday after being inundated by scores of machines trying to make simultaneous connections to the Web site…”

Full Story on PCWorld


Washington Post: Princeton Apologizes for Web Breach 30-Jul-02 12:05:38 ET

Story Highlights:“Princeton University President Shirley Tilghman apologized yesterday for snooping by at least one Princeton admissions officer into online files of high school seniors who had applied to Ivy League rival Yale University…”

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“‘Basic principles of privacy and confidentiality are at stake here,’ Tilghman wrote in an e-mail to Princeton students and faculty. ‘Violations of these principles therefore must not, and will not, be tolerated…'”

Full Story on Washington Post


MSNBC: Chance To Track al-Qaida Online Lost? 30-Jul-02 16:58:40 ET

Story Highlights:“When Web operator Jon Messner gained control of one of al-Qaida’s prime Internet communication sites, he offered it to the FBI to use it for disinformation and collecting data about sympathizers…”

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“What followed, he says, was a week of frustration. FBI agents struggled to find someone with enough technical know-how to set up the sting…”

Full Story on MSNBC


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