Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for December 3, 2002

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

ABCNews: Old Chernobyl Virus and New E-Mail Threat Surfaces 03-Dec-02 11:12:55 ET

Story Highlights:“According to security experts, a new variant of the Chernobyl virus is back from the dead. Also known as CIH, this virus first appeared in 1998…”

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“The new version affects personal computers that use Microsoft’s Windows 95, 98, and Me operating systems only. Apple machines and those running other operating systems such as Unix, Linux, Windows NT, Windows 2000, or Windows XP, should not be affected…”

Full Story on ABCNews

Wired: Despite Precautions, Net Fraud Up 03-Dec-02 02:00:00 ET

Story Highlights:“On the whole, Thomas Ho’s near-loss of about $500 in a Web scam last year has made him a bit more cautious about future online purchases…”

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“Like thousands of bargain hunters, Ho was caught off guard by the demise of, a site that offered rebates of up to 100 percent for customers who bought products at marked-up prices…”

Full Story on Wired

ComputerWorld: Web Apps Become New Weakest Security Link 02-Dec-02 08:47:15 ET

Story Highlights:“The defensive perimeter of firewalls and intrusion-detection systems that most companies rely on for network security is being bypassed by hackers who have made Web applications their newest targets…”

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“The increased demand for Web functionality has pushed almost all traffic through Ports 80 and 443 on most Web servers — typically the only two ports that are left open by most companies…”

Full Story on ComputerWorld

PCWorld: Setting a Security Standard for Tech Workers 03-Dec-02 11:12:07 ET

Story Highlights:“A group made up of representatives of the U.S. government and leading technology companies has released new certification standards for security professionals…”

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“The new certification, known as Security+, is intended to provide a standard method for training and evaluating the abilities of information technology professionals…”

Full Story on PCWorld

Network World Fusion: Making Wireless LAN Security Air Tight 02-Dec-02 20:11:12 ET

Story Highlights:“Losing sleep lately? With rogue wireless LAN access points popping up every time you turn around it’s easy to understand why. Securing the ether is becoming job No. 1…”

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“One approach that’s gaining favor is to use security gateways to lasso groups of access points…”

Full Story on Network World Fusion

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