Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for June 17, 2002

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

Wired: EarthLink’s Passwords Are Naked 17-Jun-02 02:00:19 ET

Story Highlights:“Passwords are Internet users’ best defense against online-identity theft. So why is EarthLink exposing customer passwords to tech support staffers?…”

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“While such a practice may please some customers, experts said EarthLink could be exposing its subscribers to a range of security threats, including attacks from disgruntled or unethical employees…”

Full Story on Wired

InformationWeek: Security Threat Or False Alarm? 17-Jun-02 08:15:41 ET

Story Highlights:“Improper programming around a little-known but ubiquitous communication protocol used in networking gear, Abstract Syntax Notation One, or ASN.1, has the government, networking manufacturers, security researchers, and IT executives worried that networks — including key parts of the Internet, phone systems, and the electrical power grid — may be vulnerable to disruptive buffer overflow and malformed packet attacks…”

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“The problem, made public last week, was first identified in February…”

Full Story on InformationWeek

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