Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for November 13, 2002

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

Ananova: British Suspect in US Military Hacking Claims To Fight Extradition 13-Nov-02 09:11:27 ET

Story Highlights:“The British computer expert accused of being ‘the biggest hacker of military computers ever’ is to fight any extradition to the U.S….”

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“He was indicted in his absence in two American courts, and U.S. Attorney Paul McNulty says the Justice Department will now seek to extradite McKinnon — a very rare move in international hacking cases…”

Full Story on Ananova

Wired: House OKs Computer Security Bill 13-Nov-02 02:00:00 ET

Story Highlights:“The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday approved the $903 million Cyber Security Research and Development Act…”

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“Over the next five years, the act will fund new cybersecurity initiatives and train computer security experts in hopes of thwarting a future terrorist attack on vital U.S. computer systems…”

Full Story on Wired

TechWeb: Fighting the Security War with PR 13-Nov-02 07:11:17 ET

Story Highlights:“When it comes to protecting software from hack attacks, public relations is no substitute for strong, secure products. Software vendors don’t seem to understand that…”

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“Witness what occurred when security firm mi2g released a study on operating system security that found Apple’s Mac OS, SCO’s Unix and HP’s Tru64 Unix the least prone to hacker attacks and damage from viruses…”

Full Story on TechWeb

The Register: BIND Vulnerable, Upgrade Now 13-Nov-02 09:28:06 ET

Story Highlights:“There are several newly discovered “serious vulnerabilities” in BIND, the internet’s dominant domain name system server that hypothetically could be exploited to bring the internet to a grinding halt if not widely patched…”

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“Internet Security Systems Inc, which discovered the flaws, and the Internet Software Consortium, which maintains BIND (Berkeley Internet Name Domain), warned yesterday that all versions of BIND 4 and 8 up to 4.9.10 and 8.3.3 are affected by multiple vulnerabilities and that administrators should upgrade to unaffected versions…”

Full Story on The Register

The Register: Welsh Web Designer Charged with Virus Writing and Child Porn Offences 13-Nov-02 08:11:34 ET

Story Highlights:“A 21-old Welsh Web designer has appeared in court charged with creating and distributing three mass mailer viruses…”

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“Simon Vallor, of Llandudno, North Wales, also faced charges relating to the possession of indecent images of children in an appearance before Bow Street Magistrates Court last Friday (November 8)…”

Full Story on The Register

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