Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for October 31, 2002


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


Fairfax I.T.: Practising Safe Hex 31-Oct-02 00:10:30 ET

Story Highlights:“Sharing floppies and downloading without adequate protection can be fatal…”

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“Here at the Bleeding Edge Centre for Computer Prophylaxis, we are forced every day to confront the sad reality that most of our patients deliberately expose themselves to the risk of Acquired Installation Deficiency Syndrome…”

Full Story on Fairfax I.T.


PCWorld: Flaw Leaves Windows Open to Attack 31-Oct-02 09:45:31 ET

Story Highlights:“A flaw in software code that implements a protocol for virtual private networks makes Windows 2000 and Windows XP systems vulnerable to denial of service attacks…”

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“An unchecked buffer exists in the code that implements the Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol, a protocol that enables users to create and use VPNs that is natively supported by Windows 2000 and Windows XP…”

Full Story on PCWorld


InternetWeek: Windows 2000 Gains Security Certification 31-Oct-02 07:33:12 ET

Story Highlights:“Microsoft said Windows 2000 has received the highest level of security evaluation of any commercial operating system, the Common Criteria certification, which qualifies the software for use in government and other security-focused contracts…”

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“Winning the certification from the global organization was a three-year, multimillion-dollar effort for the company…”

Full Story on InternetWeek


IDG.net: WiFi Group Lays Out Better Wireless Security 31-Oct-02 22:10:15 ET

Story Highlights:“The organization that certifies wireless LAN products under the WiFi name unveiled new specifications Thursday for how vendors should make their products more secure…”

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“The guidelines call for new mechanisms to replacement the current security system, based on WEP (Wireless Encryption Protocol), which has come under fire for being too easy to circumvent…”

Full Story on IDG.net


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