Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for December 11, 2001

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

ZDNET: Federal Government Beefs up Security 10-Dec-01 13:37:08 ET

Story Highlights:“Last week, the Business Software Alliance, at its Global Tech Summit in Washington, issued a ‘Cyber Security Blueprint’ to guide collaborative government and industry initiatives…”

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“The proposals include greater investment in enhanced security tools, federal research and development investment in security technology, and increased criminal penalties against computer crimes…”

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The Register: Cisco IOS Loadable Modules Pose Hacker Risk 11-Dec-01 10:48:55 ET

Story Highlights:“Rootkits and loadable kernel modules which could allow a cracker to obtain administrator level access to routers will become a greater threat as Cisco develops its technology…”

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“That’s the warning from Nicolas Fischbach and Sebastien Lacoste, both of the security team of COLT Telecom…”

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ZDNET: Antivirus Firms: FBI Loophole is Out of Line 11-Dec-01 04:39:34 ET

Story Highlights:“Antivirus software vendors said Monday they don’t want to create a loophole in their security products to let the FBI or other government agencies use a virus to eavesdrop on the computer communications of suspected criminals…”

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“Under a project code-named ‘Magic Lantern,’ the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is creating an e-mail-borne virus or Trojan horse that hides itself on the computer and captures all keystrokes made…”

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The Register: Sophos Updates Snag Unwary 11-Dec-01 07:27:46 T

Story Highlights:“Sophos users on standalone PCs should remember that they need to download virus definitions after they install their monthly update CD…”

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“During a local (single user) install of Sophos Anti Virus (SAV) the package automatically removes old virus signature definition (IDE) files…”

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