Daily Cybercrime and Security Report for August 17, 2001

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

ZDNET UK: Microsoft Tightens Software Security 17-Aug-01 06:58:18 ET

Story Highlights:“Microsoft has stepped up action to increase software security after a rise in concerns over bugs and viruses, Howard Schmidt, the company’s chief security officer, said on Thursday…”

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“Schmidt said Microsoft had set up a new group with staff focused on security and privacy, which would play a key role in product development and operations…”

Full Story on ZDNET UK

Washington Post: Home Users Not Immune To Worms 17-Aug-01 06:54:04 ET

Story Highlights:“Think that the Code Red worm and its noxious family are problems only for corporate servers? Think again…”

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“If you’re running Windows 2000 at home, you just might have a dose of Code Red yourself — as some home users, and their Internet providers, have had the misfortune to discover in the past few weeks…”

Full Story on Washington Post

The Register: Newsbytes Hack Seeks To Embarrass El Reg 17-Aug-01 08:21:32 ET

Story Highlights:“The Washington Post’s tech-news repeater Newsbytes has implied that we were talking bollocks when we revealed several credit card hacks…”

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“Perhaps McWilliams doesn’t understand that Code Red exploits the .ida buffer overflow vulnerability, not the IIS folder traversal vulnerability, which we claimed had been used against the sites in question. A minor detail, perhaps, depending on the power of that ‘scan’ he claims to…”

Full Story on The Register

The Register: BOFHs Beware OpenView, NetView Flaw 17-Aug-01 03:09:32 ET

Story Highlights:“A potentially devastating vulnerability involving components on the network management software of Hewlett-Packard and IBM’s Tivoli division has come to light…”

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“According to an alert published by CERT, systems running HP OpenView Network Node Manager (NNM) Version 6.1 and Tivoli NetView Versions 5.x and 6.x are vulnerable to a security flaw which could lead to an intruder gaining administrative control of a vulnerable machine…”

Full Story on The Register

The Register: Barry Fox Promotes Virus Abuse on Radio 17-Aug-01 08:02:01 ET

Story Highlights:“Barry Fox, veteran electronics journalist and media pundit, lost his marbles live on London radio last night when he advocated sending viruses to people who annoy you…”

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“Speaking on the Clive Bull show on LBC, regular guest Barry appeared to forget both his years of IT experience and the law relating the misuse of computers when he informed listeners he had deliberately sent the SirCam virus to an address that has sent him an unwanted email…”

Full Story on The Register

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