Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for March 25, 2003


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


ComputerWorld: Companies Review Their IT Security as War Breaks Out 24-Mar-03 08:47:15 ET

Story Highlights:“Tom King, chief information security officer at investment banking firm Lehman Bros., last week was taking a hard second look at his company’s IT security and business continuity plans…”

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“As the countdown to war neared its end, King said he remained fairly optimistic that the conflict wouldn’t provoke major cyberattacks against U.S. corporate targets…”

Full Story on ComputerWorld


The Register: Malicious Impostors Sow Seeds of Disinformation 25-Mar-03 14:38:40 ET

Story Highlights:“Security testing outfit NTA Monitor has warned of the increased likelihood of attacks against news sites and corporate Web sites during the current war in Iraq…”

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“News sites are especially at risk, because attackers could use weaknesses in sites or domain registration tricks to ‘rewrite’ breaking news to try to create confusion and panic, according to NTA…”

Full Story on The Register


TechWeb: The Trouble with E-Mail 25-Mar-03 20:11:12 ET

Story Highlights:“ISPs and Webmasters don’t want to admit it, but some of the most basic e-mail protocols and server software tools are highly vulnerable to spam, worms and other malicious activity…”

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“The rise of spam and e-mail-borne worms and viruses has shown that SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) is wide open to malicious use…”

Full Story on TechWeb


PCWorld: War Protestors Stage Cyber Sit-Ins 25-Mar-03 11:12:07 ET

Story Highlights:“Antiwar protestors closed down the U.K. government’s 10 Downing Street Web site for a short period over the weekend…”

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“Posting on independent media site Indymedia Sunday, protestors claimed to have made the site, and other government sites, temporarily inaccessible due to a denial-of-service attack…”

Full Story on PCWorld


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