Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for December 17, 2001


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


CNN: ‘Gokar’ Worm Spread by E-mail and Chat 14-Dec-01 11:06:48 ET

Story Highlights:“A new worm called ‘Gokar’ has begun to spread on the Internet via e-mail, the chat program mIRC and the Web…”

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“The worm is not known to be destructive and has not yet been reported to have infected many systems. But as with any mass-mailer worm, it could become a nuisance as unsuspecting users spread it…”

Full Story on CNN


The Register: Microsoft, Terrorism, and Computer Security 14-Dec-01 17:22:38 ET

Story Highlights:“Since 11 September the world has changed immeasurably, but some things remain the same. The single greatest threat to Internet security is still Microsoft – not the soon to be Osama Haz Bin…”

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“Microsoft is not, of course, a terrorist organization. But its ubiquity on the desktop coupled with its poor track record in network security is a tested formula for international disaster…”

Full Story on The Register


TechWeb: The Survivor’s Guide to 2002: Security 17-Dec-01 08:25:19 ET

Story Highlights:“Security is a process, not a product. And it touches every aspect of an organization…”

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“Yet security is often an afterthought. Even worse, some organizations’ idea of security is the firewall sitting at the network edge or the virus scanner integrated into the mail servers…”

Full Story on TechWeb


The Register: IDS Users Swamped with False Alerts 16-Dec-01 18:16:54 ET

Story Highlights:“The number of redundant alarms and false positives generated by Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) has come under fire from users…”

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“Users attending an ‘ABCs of IDS’ event at London’s City University yesterday said more the 80 per cent of the alerts they received were false…”

Full Story on The Register


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