Network Security Roundup for October 17, 2003

TechNewsWorld: Microsoft Issues Patches, Plans Security Overhaul – Again16-Oct-03 6:20 ET

Story Highlights:“Microsoft once again is discussing plans to overhaul its security just as the company has released five patches for seven newly discovered vulnerabilities in Windows desktop and server software. Microsoft issued the patches for a range of Windows systems that could be compromised as a result of the vulnerabilities.”

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The Register: Teen Hacker Is Not Guilty17-Oct-03 6:57 ET

Story Highlights:“Aaron Caffrey, the teenager hacker accused of crippling the Port of Houston’s web-based systems, was found not guilty today. The jury took just three hours to reach their verdict. Prosecution and defence agreed that a DDOS attack had begun from Caffrey’s home PC. But Caffrey claimed the evidence against him was planted on his machine by attackers who used an unspecified Trojan to gain control of his PC and launch the assault.”

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InfoWorld: MSN Premium To Add McAfee Antivirus, Firewall Tools17-Oct-03 8:19 ET

Story Highlights:“Microsoft said Friday that it sealed a deal with intrusion prevention provider Network Associates Inc. to include the company’s McAfee VirusScan and Personal Firewall Plus products with the MSN Premium service due out later this year.”

Full Story on InfoWorld Hatch: P2Ps Are Child Porno Central16-Oct-03 10:22 ET

Story Highlights:“John G. Malcolm, deputy assistant attorney general in the Criminal Division of the Justice Department, told the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday afternoon that the ‘proliferation of this material and the desire by pornographers to differentiate themselves in a highly-competitive market have prompted pornographers to produce ever-more offensive materials.'”

Full Story on Cybersecurity Experts Question U.S. Govt Effort17-Oct-03 9:36 ET

Story Highlights:“The U.S. government is doing too little to encourage cybersecurity efforts outside of government, and it still needs to get its own house in order, two security experts have claimed. The government’s main cybersecurity law might do nothing more than bury bureaucrats in paperwork, one witness at a House Government Reform Committee hearing testified.”

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