Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for December 19, 2001


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


CNN: CERT: Plug Secure Shell Holes Before Holidays 17-Dec-01 08:03:17 ET

Story Highlights:“Administrators of Unix systems running Secure Shell (SSH) should check all security holes are plugged before going home for the holidays because of increased hacker activity, security experts warned last week…”

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“Although vulnerabilities in several implementations of the SSH protocol have been disclosed earlier and patches and software updates have been issued, CERT/CC says it ‘believes that many system and network administrators may have overlooked…'”

Full Story on CNN


Internet Week: Latest Hacker Target: Routers 17-Dec-01 15:07:27 ET

Story Highlights:“Bored with initiating traffic-flooding attacks that take down Web servers, hackers are focusing on router vulnerabilities that could let them divert large amounts of traffic to Internet wastelands…”

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“The vulnerability lies in the Border Gateway Protocol, which translates routing tables from different vendors’ equipment…”

Full Story on Internet Week


The Register: FBI Surveillance Bonanza in BadTrans.B Worm 18-Dec-01 05:51:30 ET

Story Highlights:“Millions of Outlook and Outlook Express users have been infected by the BadTrans.B worm, which logs keystrokes in every open window and periodically sends the log files to one of several e-mail dumps, presumably for later retrieval by nosey hackers…”

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“According to a story from Rotten.com, an ISP which hosts one of the e-mail dumps, MonkeyBrains, has received a request from the FBI to turn over all the relevant log files…”

Full Story on The Register


ZDNET: Gartner: Patch Holes, Pressure Companies 18-Dec-01 05:17:13 ET

Story Highlights:“As 2001 draws to a close, the pace of discovery of software vulnerabilities shows no sign of slowing…”

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“Microsoft has announced what it defines as three critical security flaws in the Internet Explorer version 5.5 and 6 browsers embedded in Windows 2000 and Windows XP…”

Full Story on ZDNET


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