Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for April 10, 2002

A daily survey of the latest cybercrime news from around the world.

E-Commerce Times: FBI: Auctions Spur Lion’s Share of Net Fraud Complaints 10-Apr-02 08:56:41 ET

Story Highlights:“More than 40 percent of all reported Internet fraud complaints stemmed from online auctions in 2001, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said in a report covering complaints received during the year…”

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“The FBI said 43 percent of the 49,711 complaints filed with the Internet Fraud Complaint Center, a partnership between the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), were related to incomplete or fraudulent Internet auctions…”

Full Story on E-Commerce Times

CNN: Experts: Chat Rooms a Haven for Hackers 10-Apr-02 08:15:33 ET

Story Highlights:“Computer security expert Chad Harrington regularly surfs Internet Relay Chat (IRC), one of the oldest chat technologies on the Web…”

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“The IRC networks have names like Dalnet and EFnet, but he agrees that another name works just as well: eBay for hackers…”

Full Story on CNN

The Register: A Trio of MS-Office Security Vulns 09-Apr-02 12:57:41 ET

Story Highlights:“Researchers at GreyMagic Software have uncovered three novel vulnerabilities provided by Microsoft Office Web Components (OWC), which can override security settings in Internet Explorer…”

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“First up, it’s possible, using the spreadsheet component of OWC, to enable active scripting when the user has it disabled in IE…”

Full Story on The Register

ComputerWorld: Microsoft Offers Free Tool for Security Checks 09-Apr-02 16:24:37 ET

Story Highlights:“Deep in the midst of an effort to beef up the security of its software, Microsoft Corp. yesterday made available a free tool designed to search out security vulnerabilities hiding in Windows-based computers…”

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“Called the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA), the tool is intended to provide users with an easy way to check their systems for common problems…”

Full Story on ComputerWorld

The Register: Cost, Mistrust Hold Back Security Outsourcing 10-Apr-02 11:20:39 ET

Story Highlights:“Fears about costs and reluctance to trust a third party are holding back firms from outsourcing security…”

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“That’s among the main conclusions of a survey of 100 IT managers by the McAfee security division of Network Associates, which revealed widespread confusion about the financial pros and cons of letting third parties handle anti-virus protection…”

Full Story on The Register

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