Network Security Roundup for December 3, 2003

TechNewsWorld: Prosecutors Try Again for Norwegian DVD Jon02-Dec-03 16:56 ET

Story Highlights:“A Norwegian court is again hearing the case of prominent cracker Jon Johansen, known as ‘DVD Jon’ for his 1999 software program that circumvents DVD copy protection, the publication of which launched a swarm of lawsuits against Web publishers, including hacker site”

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The Register: Heavy Squalls of Blended Worms To Hit Next Year03-Dec-03 10:58 ET

Story Highlights:“Net users can expect a growth in attacks of Unix systems next year, not to mention more Blaster-style worms capable of infecting computers without using email. The growing trend of virus writers and spammers apparently working together (evidenced by worms like Sobig and Mimail) can also be expected to continue into 2004, according to security firm Sophos, which predicts little let-up in mass-mailing viruses next year.”

Full Story on The Register Crypto Firms Team on Product Bundling03-Dec-03 8:40 ET

Story Highlights:“Cryptographic security company nCipher is teaming up with user credentialing startup CoreStreet to sell technology that can supply digital credentials to millions of users over computer networks and disconnected ‘offline’ environments. The deal will bundle CoreStreet’s Real Time Credential Validation Authority (RTC VA) with nCipher’s nShield hardware security module (HSM), providing better protection for the cryptographic keys used to validate digital certificates.”

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Wired News: Worm Aims To Disarm Spam Fighters02-Dec-03 13:29 ET

Story Highlights:“Anti-spam organizations are the target of a new Internet worm outbreak that tries to knock them offline with a crippling data barrage, computer security experts said Tuesday. Virus experts believe the worm, W32/Mimail-L, is the work of a vengeful spam e-mail peddler bent on paralyzing organizations that try to deal with spam, the torrents of get-rich-quick schemes and body-enhancement deals that clog inboxes daily.”

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BusinessWeek: A Key Weapon To Thwart Cybercrime02-Dec-03 9:48 ET

Story Highlights:“On Nov. 20 the FBI announced a massive Internet crime bust. Dubbed Operation Cyber Sweep, the investigation netted 125 arrests and indictments over the course of seven weeks. The FBI says those arrested, indicted, and convicted are responsible for $100 million worth of crimes affecting 125,000 Americans and dozens of businesses…. The FBI and its cohorts are to be lauded for the inroads they seem to be making in attacking cybercrime. But let’s keep this in perspective.”

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