Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for February 22, 2002

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

The Register: US Air Traffic Safe From Hackers – FAA 22-Feb-02 02:49:59 ET

Story Highlights:“Computer security weaknesses in the U.S. air traffic control network that have dogged the Federal Aviation Administration since 1998 have been substantially closed, the FAA’s CIO said Thursday, but the agency needs more funding to continue the effort…”

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“The FAA was criticized in a September, 2000, GAO report for not performing background checks on IT contractors, failing to install intrusion detection systems, and not performing adequate risk assessments…”

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CNN: Famed Hacker Mitnick Greets Former Target 22-Feb-02 11:03:25 ET

Story Highlights:“A decade ago Kevin Mitnick tricked a Novell Inc. employee into giving him access to sensitive corporate data…”

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“This week the legendary hacker and his unsuspecting target met for the first time…”

Full Story on CNN Research Power vs. Hacker Potential 21-Feb-02 03:15:27 ET

Story Highlights:“The projects’ creators describe them as akin to digital ant colonies. They are networks composed of millions of computers working together across the Internet to solve some of the world’s most intractable problems…”

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“But just as these ‘distributed computing’ projects are beginning to yield results, new concerns about security have put many efforts in jeopardy…”

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The Register: Tripod Account Hijack Risk Patched 21-Feb-02 13:25:22 ET

Story Highlights:“Lycos has patched a gaping security hole with its Tripod homepage service which would have allowed crackers to bypass authentication checks and control a victim’s homepage…”

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“Security consultants Interrorem discovered it was possible to hijack a user’s account by manipulating a URL string…”

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ComputerWorld: Microsoft Freeware Checks for Windows Security Holes 21-Feb-02 09:48:17 ET

Story Highlights:“Microsoft Corp. this week made available a freeware vulnerability-assessment tool for Windows desktops and servers…”

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“The tool, called Baseline Security Analyzer, runs locally on a PC and allows network administrators to determine whether their NT 4.0, Windows 2000 or XP desktops and servers are missing software patches for security holes or are improperly configured…”

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