Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for August 15, 2002

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

Washington Post: U.S. Aiding Asia-Pacific Anti-Cybercrime Efforts 14-Aug-02 08:41:52 ET

Story Highlights:“U.S. law enforcement officials will meet with representatives from a host of Asia-Pacific countries this weekend as part of an international training program to help developing nations combat computer crime and cyberterrorism…”

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“The two-day event, to take place in Moscow in conjunction with the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) ministerial forum, is intended to provide expert advice and other assistance on how national laws and investigative techniques can be updated to address a range of traditional crimes that have migrated to the Internet…”

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The Register: Computer Virus Threats on the Decline? 14-Aug-02 09:08:20 ET

Story Highlights:“Many security analysts agree that there has been an apparent fall in virus attacks in 2002, but they still warn potential victims to keep their guard up…”

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“In July UK-based anti-virus company Sophos said that it had detected and protected against 3,279 new viruses in the first six months of 2002…”

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Fairfax I.T.: The Best Defence is a Fine Offence 14-Aug-02 15:08:09 ET

Story Highlights:“Many computers have become fortresses, with virus software and firewalls keeping would-be intruders at bay…”

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“But Julie Huff, a systems architect at PRC, a division of the military contractor Northrop Grumman, thinks that in this age of information warfare computers should not simply close the gate when threatened. Rather, she says, they should take the offensive and give chase to intruders and begin counterattacks…”

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The Register: Windows Apache Security Bug Revealed 14-Aug-02 21:16:08 ET

Story Highlights:“Default installations of Apache on Windows are susceptible to a bug discovered by Italian researcher Luigi Auriemma, reports…”

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“According to a PivX advisory, non-Unix platforms like Windows OS2 and Netware are vulnerable, but Unix versions are not…”

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Fairfax I.T.: Like Hackers to a Honeypot 15-Aug-02 04:08:07 ET

Story Highlights:“Faced with a security threat, all that many system administrators want to do is lock down their networks…”

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“But more curious souls often seek to learn about the habits of intruders and, in doing so, identify potential weaknesses in their system design. One way to do this is to build a ‘honeypot’, a computer system installed purely to attract hackers and log their activities…”

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