Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for June 3, 2002


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


ComputerWorld: Retailers Defend Low-Level Security on Wireless LANs 31-May-02 19:41:05 ET

Story Highlights:“More high-profile retail chains are being fingered for not fully securing wireless LANs installed in their stores…”

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“But several retailers said they’re not exposing any sensitive data, and some security analysts agreed that the risks don’t appear to be great…”

Full Story on ComputerWorld


IDG.net: Security Breach on UK Tax Site Halts Online Filing 31-May-02 19:55:40 ET

Story Highlights:“The U.K. Inland Revenue (IR) shut down its Internet tax self-assessment service on Monday because of security breaches…”

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“The IR declined to give details of the personal data revealed, or how many people had confidential information made public. The government department was also unable to estimate how long it will take to repair the problem and get the service back online…”

Full Story on IDG.net


ComputerUser: New Sophos Service Updates Virus Files Online 29-May-02 15:43:51 ET

Story Highlights:“British antivirus software vendor Sophos PLC is establishing an automated online service to update virus signature files…”

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“Users can schedule automatic updates from the Sophos server as often as eight times a day, or on request…”

Full Story on ComputerUser


IDG.net: FBI Gets New Web Spying Powers 31-May-02 07:10:56 ET

Story Highlights:“The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) loosened restrictions on domestic spying Thursday, giving U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents broad new authorities to search the Web and monitor public arenas in an effort to fight terrorism…”

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“The new guidelines, announced by U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, allow agents to surf the Web and access other publicly available information in search for terrorist plot clues…”

Full Story on IDG.net


ZDNET: Study: Open Source Poses Security Risks 31-May-02 09:30:25 ET

Story Highlights:“A conservative U.S. think tank suggests in an upcoming report that open-source software is inherently less secure than proprietary software, and warns governments against relying on it for national security…”

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“The white paper, Opening the Open Source Debate, from the Alexis de Tocqueville Institution (ADTI) will suggest that open source opens the gates to hackers and terrorists…”

Full Story on ZDNET


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