Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for October 22, 2002

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

PCWorld: Could a Worm Take Over the Net in Minutes? 22-Oct-02 10:15:59 ET

Story Highlights:“Computer science researchers are predicting new types of dangerous worms that would be able to infect Web servers, browsers, and other software so quickly that the working Internet itself could be taken over in a matter of minutes…”

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“Though still in the realm of theory, the killer worms described in a research paper entitled ‘How to Own the Internet in Your Spare Time’ are triggering some skepticism, but the idea of them is seldom dismissed as outlandish science fiction…”

Full Story on PCWorld Web Vandalism on the Rise 22-Oct-02 14:10:54 ET

Story Highlights:“Web vandalism is on the rise around the world, underscoring the shoddy state of affairs in IT security, according to the owner of a Web site that tracks such information…”

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“In the past two weeks, proprietor Roberto Preatoni said defacements have increased to more than 500 separate attacks a day and more than 1,500 over weekends…”

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CSO Online: U.K. Retailers Receive the Most Viruses by E-Mail 17-Oct-02 23:51:10 ET

Story Highlights:“In the United Kingdom, the virus per incoming e-mail ratio for the retail industry during 2002 has been one virus per 24 e-mails…”

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“This is hugely disparate with the leisure industry (1:58), the sports and entertainment sector (1:68) and the city and local government sector (1:104)…”

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Fairfax I.T.: Who Controls Your Computer? 21-Oct-02 21:10:54 ET

Story Highlights:“Who should your computer take its orders from? Most people think their computers should obey them, not obey someone else…”

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“With a plan they call ‘trusted computing,’ large media corporations (including the movie companies and record companies), together with computer companies such as Microsoft and Intel, are planning to make your computer obey them instead of you…”

Full Story on Fairfax I.T. NetForensics Adds Visualization, Scores in 3.0 21-Oct-02 10:30:51 ET

Story Highlights:“NetForensics Inc. is set to unveil the latest upgrade to its security information management (SIM) software, which will feature security event scoring and categorization features as well as visualization technology from SilentRunner Inc….”

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“The company plans to unveil netForensics 3.0 Wednesday at the Sysadmin Audit Network Security (SANS) Network Security 2002 conference in Washington, D.C…”

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