Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for December 9, 2002

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

CNN: FBI: Hacker Stole 80,000 Credit Cards 09-Dec-02 11:12:51 ET

Story Highlights:“Israeli police, aided by the FBI, arrested an Israeli suspected of hacking into computers of a U.S.-based electronics company and stealing personal information, including the credit card numbers of some 80,000 customers…”

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“David Sternberg, 24, of the port city of Haifa, was arrested last week while driving in a stolen car…”

Full Story on CNN

Wired: Virus Throttle a Hopeful Defense 09-Dec-02 02:00:00 ET

Story Highlights:“Computer viruses and worms live in the fast lane, propagating themselves through a network faster than even the most highly caffeinated techie can purge them from a system…”

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“But Matthew Williamson, a researcher at the Hewlett-Packard laboratories in Bristol, England, has come up with a new way to handle the quick-moving cybercritters: Throttle ’em…”

Full Story on Wired

Wired: Complex Networks Too Easy To Hack 09-Dec-02 02:00:00 ET

Story Highlights:“Internet and telecommunications experts, here on Friday to discuss homeland security, said increasingly complex software operating systems and networks have made it easier than ever to disrupt U.S. communications systems…”

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“At the same time, hackers don’t need to be highly skilled to wreak havoc…”

Full Story on Wired

PCWorld: Microsoft Upgrades IE Flaw to Critical 09-Dec-02 08:47:15 ET

Story Highlights:“Microsoft raised the risk rating on a security flaw in Internet Explorer to ‘critical’ after criticism prompted it to reexamine the issue…”

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“Earlier last week, Microsoft issued a patch to fix a flaw in IE 5.5 and IE 6.0 that it said only posed a ‘moderate’ risk to users. Security experts, however, said the issue should be rated critical as it could be exploited to take over a user’s machine…”

Full Story on PCWorld

TechWeb: WLAN Security: Signs of Strength 09-Dec-02 08:56:42 ET

Story Highlights:“Security has always been a notorious weak spot for wireless LANs. WLAN vendors’ default security measures can be an open invitation for uninvited guests…”

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“But some fresh thinking may finally help beleaguered admins find and plug the holes. Just in time, too, as a new venture from AT&T, IBM and Intel promises to vastly increase the number of wireless ‘hot spots’ across the country…”

Full Story on TechWeb

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