Network Security Roundup for September 12, 2003

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

CNN: Cops Charge Two Brits in Hacking Ring11-Sep-03 10:36 ET

Story Highlights:“Authorities have charged two British men believed to be members of an international hacking ring with using a computer program to assume control of unsuspecting computer users’ machines.”

Full Story on CNN

MSNBC: Electrical Grid Vulnerable to Hackers11-Sep-03 12:25 ET

Story Highlights:“Since last month’s widespread blackout, utilities have accelerated plans to automate the electric grid, replacing aging monitoring systems with digital switches and other high-tech gear. But those very improvements are making the electricity supply vulnerable to a different kind of peril: computer viruses and hackers who could black out substations, cities or entire states.”

Full Story on MSNBC

The Register: WiFi Whistle Blower Faces Criminal Charges12-Sep-03 11:51 ET

Story Highlights:“A North Carolina man faces criminal charges after his attempt to expose the insecurity of his local medical facility’s wireless network landed him in hot water with the authorities.”

Full Story on The Register

Security Pipeline: Microsoft Testing a Security Service Pack for Windows XP11-Sep-03 16:41 ET

Story Highlights:“Backtracking on earlier claims that it wouldn’t release a Windows XP service pack until the middle of 2004, Microsoft apparently is readying an interim collection of security fixes, according to e-mails received by beta testers Wednesday.”

Full Story on Security Pipeline

PCWorld: Sobig’s Success Prompts Calls for Secure E-Mail12-Sep-03 10:41 ET

Story Highlights:“Even seasoned antivirus experts hadn’t seen anything like the Sobig-F e-mail worm: Within hours of its release on August 19, it created a million copies of itself and was spreading worldwide, shattering speed records set by earlier viruses.”

Full Story on PCWorld

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