Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for March 1, 2002

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

CNN: Oops! It’s the ‘Britney’ Worm 01-Mar-02 08:22:15 ET

Story Highlights:“Britney Spears can add one more notch to her soaring global popularity — or, in this case, another reason for some to roll their eyes…”

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“The perky pop star has become the inspiration for a potentially destructive e-mail worm touring through cyberspace…”

Full Story on CNN

BBC: Cyber Security Given New Emphasis 01-Mar-02 11:46:17 ET

Story Highlights:“Following the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington last September, security is the buzzword…”

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“For the high-tech industry the emphasis on shoring up networks from hacker attacks could not come at a more opportune time…”

Full Story on BBC

The Register: All Quiet on the Malware Front 01-Mar-02 08:03:42 ET

Story Highlights:“Incidents of email-borne viruses were markedly down last month but old favourites like SirCam and BadTrans-B are refusing to die a decent death…”

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“That’s according to monthly statistics from managed services firm MessageLabs, which stopped 135,523 viruses in February, compared to 241,609 in January and almost 480,000 last December…”

Full Story on The Register

ComputerWorld: Software bug threatens select Linux systems 01-Mar-02 07:11:57 ET

Story Highlights:“A flaw in the Netfilter firewall component of various versions of the Linux kernel could put systems running the open-source operating system at risk…”

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“A bug in part of the Netfilter system could result in unwanted ports for inbound traffic being opened on the firewall, effectively opening the door for hackers…”

Full Story on ComputerWorld

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