Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for June 12, 2002

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

CNN: Microsoft Warns of Software Flaws 12-Jun-02 10:02:30 ET

Story Highlights:“Microsoft Corp. issued two bulletins Tuesday, disclosing ‘critical’ flaws in its popular Internet Explorer Web browser, as well as in MSN Chat, MSN Messenger and Exchange Messenger…”

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“The Chat and Messenger flaws were to have been corrected by an earlier patch…”

Full Story on CNN

ABCNews: Latina Pop Singer Is Latest Socially Engineered E-Mail Virus 12-Jun-02 10:06:02 ET

Story Highlights:“Anna Kournikova had one. So did Jennifer Lopez and even Britney Spears. Now, South American pop star Shakira has a turn at starring in her own e-mail virus…”

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“Like other socially engineered e-mail bugs, the Shakira worm promises unsuspecting receivers that an attached file contains pictures of the Latina singer…”

Full Story on ABCNews

The Register: X-Windows Remote DoS with Big Fonts 12-Jun-02 10:18:52 ET

Story Highlights:“X-windows, with or without the font server (XFS) running, can be crashed remotely via Mozilla when fonts are set to an unnaturally large size with CSS (Cascading Style Sheets)…”

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“An X bug allows all available memory to be consumed, which causes the system to freeze…”

Full Story on The Register

Wired: Virus Girl Finds Hacker Boyfriend 12-Jun-02 02:00:58 ET

Story Highlights:“Meet hacking’s hottest couple: Gigabyte, the feisty teen who recently gained celebrity for her computer viruses and feminist views, says she has found a soul mate in Nostalg1c, a former member of a hacking group that defaced the White House site…”

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“The duo, a kind of Bonnie and Clyde of cyberspace, claim their shared love of malicious code gives them a strong bond. Then again, it may also make the lovebirds a one-stone shot for the federal computer crime unit…”

Full Story on Wired

The Register: Baltimore Updates PKI Software 12-Jun-02 05:27:43 ET

Story Highlights:“Baltimore Technologies Plc has released a new version of its security infrastructure software designed to enable the deployment of public-key enabled applications…”

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“The financially troubled security software company has added ‘cloning’ and XKMS (XML Key Management Specification) support to version 5.0 of its UniCert PKI product…”

Full Story on The Register

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