Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for March 12, 2002

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

ComputerWorld: Serious Security Flaw Found in Linux File Compression Library 11-Mar-02 08:58:00 ET

Story Highlights:“A potential security vulnerability has been reported in the widely used zlib compression library found in Linux systems…”

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“The zlib library is a data compression and decompression program that helps speed network file transfers. The problem, uncovered recently by a researcher at Linux vendor Red Hat Inc., is that a memory allocation routine built into the program tries to free used memory twice…”

Full Story on ComputerWorld

CNN: Court Shuts Down ‘.usa’ Web Address Scam 11-Mar-02 13:09:21 ET

Story Highlights:“A U.S. court shut down a Web site that capitalized on post-September 11 patriotic fervor to sell fake Internet domain names with suffixes such as ‘.usa’ and ‘.brit…'”

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“A variety of defendants based in the U.S. and the United Kingdom launched an aggressive junk e-mail campaign that urged Internet users to sign up for the star-spangled addresses…”

Full Story on CNN

ZDNET: Scammers Target Wells Fargo Online 11-Mar-02 13:10:53 ET

Story Highlights:“In recent weeks, scam artists pretending to represent reputable companies such as Bank of America and eBay have been e-mailing Internet users in an attempt to steal their account information…”

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“Although not a new scam, the e-mails are part of a growing trend of identity theft online…”

Full Story on ZDNET

ComputerWorld: Virus Alerts Lack Standards 11-Mar-02 15:19:34 ET

Story Highlights:“The Klez.E worm, a new variant of a well-known threat, reared its ugly head last week – and fizzled…”

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“But that didn’t stop the antivirus vendor community from pelting users with a series of dire warnings and alerts that offered no consensus on the real threat…”

Full Story on ComputerWorld

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