Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for April 26, 2002


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


The Register: FAA Hacked by Patriots 26-Apr-02 01:58:33 ET

Story Highlights:“Hackers were able to penetrate a Federal Aviation Administration system earlier this week and download unpublished information on airport passenger screening activities…”

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“Styling themselves ‘The Deceptive Duo,’ the hackers on Wednesday publicly defaced an FAA server used by what was the administration’s Civil Aviation Security organization, which until recently was responsible for supervising passenger screening at U.S. airports…”

Full Story on The Register


Wired: Hotmail at Risk to Cookie Thieves 26-Apr-02 02:00:49 ET

Story Highlights:“MSN Hotmail users, guard your cookies. A simple technique for accessing Microsoft’s free e-mail service without a password is in the wild and apparently being exploited…”

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“The trick involves capturing a copy of the victim’s browser cookies file. Once the perpetrator gains two key Hotmail cookies, there’s no way to lock him out because at Hotmail, cookies trump even passwords…”

Full Story on Wired


The Register: MS Word Runs Malicious E-mail Scripts 26-Apr-02 04:51:22 ET

Story Highlights:“If you’ve chosen MS Word for your e-mail editor in Outlook 2000 or 2002, you’ll need to patch a flaw which enables script execution when a malicious memo is replied to or forwarded…”

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“Outlook blocks scripts when an HTML e-mail is viewed; but when Word is the editor, replying or forwarding calls it in an unprotected mode, and it then allows the script to run…”

Full Story on The Register


Washington Post: HHS Awards Contract to iDefense for Cyberthreat Protection 25-Apr-02 14:01:28 ET

Story Highlights:“The Health and Human Services Department has awarded a $100,000, one-year contract to iDefense Inc. to help safeguard its systems from threats such as viruses, worms and hackers…”

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“The Chantilly, Va., company will provide its iAlert security service to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, Food and Drug Administration and eight other HHS agencies…”

Full Story on Washington Post


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