Network Security Roundup for October 9, 2003

Stay on top of the fast-moving world of network security with ECT News Network’s daily roundup of breaking news.

Wired News: Cloaking Device Made for Spammers09-Oct-03 5:00 ET

Story Highlights:“Call them spackers — they’re the new breed of computer crackers who earn a living in cahoots with spammers. The latest innovations developed by such mercenary hackers on behalf of the junk e-mail profession are techniques that enable spammers — or scam artists, for that matter — to create websites that are essentially untraceable.”

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CNN: Bill Gates Answers Cop’s Child Porn Plea08-Oct-03 5:30 ET

Story Highlights:“A ‘really rotten day’ at work in late January prompted a just-about-had-it Toronto police officer to e-mail a spontaneous plea to the world’s richest man for help fighting child pornography. ‘To be real honest, I didn’t expect anything back. I didn’t even save the e-mail,’ said Det. Sgt. Paul Gillespie, a 25-year veteran of the Toronto force. But his effort paid off.”

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Wired News: House Fights P2P Risks08-Oct-03 14:31 ET

Story Highlights:“The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to require the government to set up its computers so they are not exposed to security risks associated with peer-to-peer networks. Government agencies that used the decentralized networks to exchange data would have to ensure they do not accidentally expose classified material or allow hackers into their systems under the bill, which passed by voice vote.”

Full Story on Wired News Outlook and P-to-P Join Top 20 Security Vulnerabilities09-Oct-03 10:56 ET

Story Highlights:“Microsoft’s Outlook e-mail program and peer-to-peer software have been included for the first time in the Sans Institute’s annual list of the 20 security vulnerabilities most exploited by attackers. The Sans (System Administration, Networking and Security) Institute produced its fourth annual top 20 list with the US Department of Homeland Security and Canadian and British cybersecurity agencies.”

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