Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for October 14, 2002

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

CNN: Cybercrime Costs World Billions 14-Oct-02 11:10:45 ET

Story Highlights:“Cybercrime is costing the world economy billions of dollars and is on the increase, President Bush’s cyber-security adviser said on Monday…”

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“‘We have a great deal of focus nowadays on weapons of mass destruction, but we need to be aware of the proliferation in cyberspace of weapons of mass disruption…'”

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BBC: How To Hack People 14-Oct-02 09:31:47 ET

Story Highlights:“The biggest threat to the security of a company is not a computer virus, an unpatched hole in a key program or a badly installed firewall…”

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“In fact, the biggest threat could be you. So says Kevin Mitnick, and he should know…”

Full Story on BBC

Washington Post: Hacktivists Against Censorship 13-Oct-02 23:10:27 ET

Story Highlights:“Western hackers are developing programs to defeat the Internet censorship barriers of repressive countries overseas — and you can take part in the effort…”

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“Software such as Peekabooty, Six/Four and Triangle Boy marries the peer-to-peer architecture of Napster-style file-sharing services with encryption and other stealth technology…”

Full Story on Washington Post

The Register: Introducing the Latest Hacker Exploit: War Phoning 11-Oct-02 12:19:20 ET

Story Highlights:“Bluetooth-enabled phones and PDAs with inadequate security could become the target of the next wave of security exploits, allowing phreakers to filch confidential information or even make calls using someone else’s identity…”

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“Such War Phoning exploits, as they have been dubbed, arise because security features on Bluetooth-enabled devices are sometimes turned off by default…”

Full Story on The Register

The Register: Check Point Claims Victory in Firewall/VPN Tests 14-Oct-02 01:57:40 ET

Story Highlights:“Tests of three market-leading firewall/virtual private networking devices by the engineer calibre testing outfit The Tolly Group puts Check Point Technologies Ltd’s VPN-1 Pro ahead of rival systems from Cisco Systems Inc and NetScreen Technologies Inc…”

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“The tests rated the performance of the $16,000 Check Point product as five times better in a supposedly ‘real/world’ mix of Layer 7 application traffic tests than the rival $65,000 and $35,000 product lines…”

Full Story on The Register

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