Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for September 13, 2002

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

ComputerWorld: Wanted: A Clear View of Vulnerability 12-Sep-02 11:50:24 ET

Story Highlights:“Since Sept. 11, IT managers have been taking steps to get their arms around the difficult job of inventorying their corporatewide applications and patching systems before an attack on vulnerabilities can take out vital services…”

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“But those tasks are expensive, time-consuming and ultimately impossible to achieve if done by manually scanning systems…”

Full Story on ComputerWorld

CNN: Microsoft Word Flaw May Allow File Theft 13-Sep-02 09:16:57 ET

Story Highlights:“Microsoft’s flagship word processor has for years had a security flaw that could allow a criminal to steal computer files by ‘bugging’ a document with a hidden code…”

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“The company said it will definitely repair the problem only for owners of the most recent versions of the software…”

Full Story on CNN

PCWorld: IE6 Fix Is Incomplete, Security Experts Say 12-Sep-02 16:58:04 ET

Story Highlights:“Only three days after Microsoft released the first service pack for Internet Explorer 6, security experts are raising concerns about vulnerabilities that are not addressed in the update…”

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“Service Pack 1 was posted Monday on Microsoft’s Web site and contains fixes for more than 300 issues with Internet Explorer 6, which first shipped with Windows XP last October…”

Full Story on PCWorld

The Register: Outlook Express Becomes Attack Platform, of Sorts 12-Sep-02 11:51:36 ET

Story Highlights:“There’s a pleasing symmetry about the latest security issue involving Outlook Express…”

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“For the last couple of years Outlook (Lookout) Express failings have been exploited to infect users. So why not take advantage of its features to send viruses in such a way that they might fool detection by AV and content checking tools?…”

Full Story on The Register

ABCNews: Sept. 11 E-mail Worm Fizzles 13-Sep-02 05:35:08 ET

Story Highlights:“As predicted, a new worm has appeared that preys on those observing the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks…”

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“The worm arrives in your inbox as an infected email with a subject line reading ‘All people!!’ and an attachment titled ’11September.exe.’ It has been dubbed the Chet worm…”

Full Story on ABCNews

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