Daily Cybercrime and Security Report for May 21, 2001

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

Newsbytes: To Discontinue Web Defacement Mirror 21-May-01 11:38:00 ET

Story Highlights:“, a volunteer-run computer security Web site best known for its exhaustive chronicle of defaced Web pages, has announced it will stop offering the service, citing an overwhelming workload and an increasingly hostile readership…”

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“In a statement issued Monday morning, Attrition staff said the defacement mirror had morphed from a hobby into ‘thankless chore,’ often punctuated by denial-of-service attacks and from hackers apparently too impatient for public recognition of their handiwork…”

Full Story on Newsbytes

ZDNET: Hacker Challenges Fall Short 18-May-01 11:38:00 ET

Story Highlights:“Most software security problems arise from design and coding errors, rather than a lack of some security-specific feature…”

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“The only way to catch those errors is to put the software in question under a microscope, checking for buffer overflows, unexpected responses to input and unpredictable interactions with other software, as well as manually auditing source code…”

Full Story on ZDNET

Sacramento Bee: Defense Department Taking Greater Steps to Protect Computers 18-May-01 04:43:28 ET

Story Highlights:“The Defense Department is taking additional steps to shield its computer networks against hackers and terrorists but it also must defend itself from insiders…”

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“The Department is increasingly dependent on a ‘global information environment’ over which it has little control…”

Full Story on Sacramento Bee

ZDNET: Professor Warns of Threat to Free Speech 17-May-01 16:24:30 ET

Story Highlights:“Edward Felten, the Princeton University professor who was muzzled from giving a speech about cracking digital watermarks, warned Thursday that if it happened to him, it could happen to you…”

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“Speaking in a packed Stanford University lecture hall, Felten said he thinks he will eventually win the rights to publish his work, which so far has been quashed by the entertainment industry…”

Full Story on ZDNET

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