Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for October 10, 2002

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

Computer User: Heavy Criticism of IT Security 10-Oct-02 01:10:25 ET

Story Highlights:“Companies are still not doing enough to protect themselves from viruses and hackers attacks, despite their unprecedented growth over the past year…”

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“In a scathing attack on the state of IT security, Arthur Coviello, president of RSA Security, blasted companies for failing to act against the rising threat faced by corporate systems…”

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The Register: Trojanized Sendmail Distro Circulated 10-Oct-02 04:12:15 ET

Story Highlights:“An enterprising computer enthusiast has managed to insert a Trojan in the source code for a recent Sendmail distro and to substitute the malicious package for the real McCoy on the FTP server…”

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“The malicious files were available from 28 September 2002 until 6 October 2002…”

Full Story on The Register MS Eschews Reports It Will Charge for Added Security 09-Oct-02 12:20:10 ET

Story Highlights:“Clearing up comments made by a Microsoft Corp. executive at a security conference in Paris earlier this week, a company spokesman said Wednesday the software maker was not considering charging for additional security options within its products…”

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“The clarification came after Microsoft Chief Technical Officer (CTO) Craig Mundie commented at the RSA Conference on tech security that the company may offer new security capabilities on a paid basis…”

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TechWeb: Microsoft’s New Security Black Eye 09-Oct-02 17:05:49 ET

Story Highlights:” On January 15 Bill Gates sent his now-famous memo launching Microsoft’s ‘trustworthy computing’ security initiative. In the nine-plus months since, two things have become clear…”

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“1. Microsoft really is serious about security; 2. The company’s efforts so far haven’t even come close to getting the job done…”

Full Story on TechWeb

Ananova: Pentagon Gives University $35.5 Million To Combat Cyber-Terrorism 09-Oct-02 04:10:17 ET

Story Highlights:“The U.S. government has awarded Carnegie Mellon University $35.5 million to develop tools to fight cyber-terrorism…”

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“The grant sees the creation of a new Center for Computer and Communications Security at the Pittsburgh university…”

Full Story on Ananova

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