Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for May 23, 2002

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

CNN: E-mail Scam Cites U.S. Soldier in Afghanistan 23-May-02 11:05:35 ET

Story Highlights:“A new e-mail scam from a purported American ‘Special Forces Commando’ in Afghanistan who needs help getting terrorist drug money out of the country is making the rounds on the Internet…”

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“The Secret Service says it is the latest incarnation of a fraud scheme that targets hundreds of people each day…”

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MSNBC: Nigerian Scam Spam on the Rise 22-May-02 14:08:39 ET

Story Highlights:“Feel like you’ve gotten more than your fair share of that Nigerian e-mail scam lately? You know, the one that asks you to help a national sneak money out of the country, and promises you millions if only you return a phone call? Well, its not just you…”

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“The National Consumers League and AT&T WorldNet just released a survey of the top 10 e-mail scams running around and 12 percent of respondents said theyve been begged over e-mail to help route money out of the African nation…”

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The Register: Windows Debugger Is, er, Buggy 23-May-02 06:50:53 ET

Story Highlights:“Microsoft has admitted that its Windows debugging facility is itself subject to a security bug…”

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“In an advisory issued yesterday, Microsoft admitted the authentication mechanism for the debugging facility is flawed in a way that allows unauthorised programs to gain access to the debugger…”

Full Story on The Register Loudcloud Manages Security Patches 22-May-02 15:09:54 ET

Story Highlights:“Infrastructure management service provider Loudcloud Inc. Wednesday will announce it has begun offering its customers an automated system for detecting vulnerabilities and deploying fixes in servers and network devices…”

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“The Sunnyvale, California, hosting company has added to its system for maintaining Web sites, called Opsware, a distribution system that can identify vulnerabilities in a customer’s software stack and apply patches to affected systems without any heavy lifting…”

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