Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for October 2, 2002

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

MacWeek: Insiders, Not Hackers, Biggest Information Theft Risk 02-Oct-02 11:10:42 ET

Story Highlights:“U.S. companies worried about hackers stealing their trade secrets should be even more afraid of former employees, competitors and contractors…”

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“Intellectual property and proprietary information are more at risk from ex-employees, foreign and domestic competitors and contractors working on-site than from computer hackers…”

Full Story on MacWeek

Washington Post: Firms Respond to White House Cybersecurity Call 01-Oct-02 15:36:29 ET

Story Highlights:“In a coup for the Bush administration’s anti-regulatory approach to cybersecurity, a handful of leading network security firms on Wednesday will launch new products to protect government and private-sector networks from the most serious Internet security threats…”

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“For the first time, some of the biggest IT security vendors in the country are cooperating on defining the top 20 threats, overcoming a history of frequently disagreeing over which vulnerabilities deserve the most urgent attention…”

Full Story on Washington Post

TechWeb: Are Your Word Documents Bugged? 02-Oct-02 10:11:09 ET

Story Highlights:“Microsoft Word is probably the single most common application on Windows desktops. And IT managers are aware it’s been a frequent target of malevolent macros and document viruses over the years…”

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“But what most people don’t know is just how vulnerable it can be…”

Full Story on TechWeb

InformationWeek: Making Hack Attacks Easier To Spot and Stop 01-Oct-02 15:10:21 ET

Story Highlights:“Symantec Corp. has unveiled its Security Management System, software designed to help analyze and correlate data coming in from a variety of security products…”

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“There are nearly 10 million events recorded each month by U.S. businesses. The software presents managers with a single security console and helps them quickly identify activities that represent real threats…”

Full Story on InformationWeek

The Register: Porn Diallers and Trojans – the New Face of Malicious Code 01-Oct-02 06:35:46 ET

Story Highlights:“The profile of malicious code on the Internet is changing with porn diallers and Trojan horses becoming more serious problems…”

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“A study on the malicious code blocked last year by managed services firm MessageLabs finds the spread of Trojan horses is becoming more organised…”

Full Story on The Register

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