Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for January 10, 2003

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

CNN: Scam Artists Prowl Online Auction Sites 10-Jan-03 10:51:21 ET

Story Highlights:“Teresa Smith discovered Internet auctions in a big way about two years ago, selling $800,000 worth of Apple Macintosh computers through sites such as eBay and AuctionWorks…”

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“While Smith certainly cashed her customers’ checks, unfortunately, she rarely bothered to send out the computers they had paid for…”

Full Story on CNN

ComputerWorld: How To Toughen the Weakest Link in the Security Chain 08-Jan-03 23:59:4 ET

Story Highlights:“The guiding tenet of computer security is that an organization’s overall security is only as strong as its weakest link…”

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“While organizations around the globe routinely employ the use of powerful firewalls, antivirus software and sophisticated intrusion-detection systems to guard precious information assets, they often neglect the most important and vulnerable security component: the human element…”

Full Story on ComputerWorld

Washington Post: Bush To Name Tech Security Leaders 09-Jan-03 06:07:15 ET

Story Highlights:“The White House is planning to nominate a former intelligence agency chairman and a high-ranking Commerce Department official to shape the way information technology is used in the fight against terrorism…”

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“The nominees will be key players in the new Department of Homeland Security and would be profoundly influential on a range of technology issues, including protecting the nation’s online infrastructure, directing the development of new surveillance and defense technologies and preserving the privacy rights of ordinary citizens…”

Full Story on Washington Post

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