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Network Security Roundup for November 7, 2003

By Stephanie Losi E-Commerce Times ECT News Network
Nov 7, 2003 9:32 AM PT

Network Security Roundup for November 7, 2003

TechNewsWorld: Passphrase Flaw Exposed in WPA Wireless Security
06-Nov-03 18:12 ET

Story Highlights:
"A research paper posted online warns of holes in the latest WiFi (or 802.11) wireless cryptography protocol and outlines how WiFi Protected Access (WPA) can be compromised using a traditional cyber assault known as a dictionary attack. The paper, written by Bob Moskowitz of TruSecure's ICSA Labs, cautions against use of weak passwords that could allow attackers to gain unauthorized access."

Full Story on TechNewsWorld

TechNewsWorld: Feds Obtain Restraining Order Against Super Spammers
06-Nov-03 16:40 ET

Story Highlights:
"An outfit that has exploited a networking feature in Microsoft Windows to send pop-up ads to consumers' computers as frequently as one every 10 minutes has been slapped with a temporary restraining order to halt the practice, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced at a press conference in Washington, D.C."

Full Story on TechNewsWorld

Silicon.com: Linux Kernel Suffers Trojan Horse Hack
07-Nov-03 5:00 ET

Story Highlights:
"An unknown intruder attempted to insert a Trojan horse program into the code of the next version of the Linux kernel, stored at a publicly accessible database. Security features of the source-code repository, known as BitKeeper, detected the illicit change within 24 hours, and the public database was shut down, a key developer said Thursday."

Full Story on Silicon.com

ComputerWeekly.com: Virus Writers Dismiss Microsoft Bounty Fund
07-Nov-03 10:35 ET

Story Highlights:
"Though cyberspace outlaws may look over their shoulder one extra time before launching a computer virus or worm, they won't be deterred by the $5m bounty fund established by Microsoft to help capture and convict them, two virus writers said. 'This new initiative from Microsoft does not change anything. Virus writers who spread their viruses know very well that what they are doing is illegal,' said Benny, a Czech member of virus writing group 29A."

Full Story on ComputerWeekly.com

The Register: Canadian '419er' Arrested
07-Nov-03 6:56 ET

Story Highlights:
"A Canadian man has been arrested for advanced fee fraud following a sting operation instigated by a Connecticut woman fed up with receiving scam emails. Like many other people, Heide Evans was constantly barraged with dubious emails purporting to offer millions in exchange for helping to transfer vast funds from Africa. Instead of deleting these emails, she strung the fraudsters along."

Full Story on The Register

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