Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for March 14, 2002

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

CNN: Feds Take Aim at Deceptive Spammers 13-Mar-02 08:27:06 ET

Story Highlights:“The FTC announced Monday that a federal court extended until March 26 a temporary restraining order issued against the Web site, which was being used to sell phony domain names…”

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“The FTC’s lead attorney on the case, Steven M. Wernikoff, said Tuesday that while it is not the commission’s policy to announce its future actions, the case emphasizes the FTC’s intention to crack down on deceptive spam…”

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ComputerWorld: IT Security Pros Learn To Beat Hackers at Their Own Game 13-Mar-02 22:15:49 ET

Story Highlights:“Corporate security and IT professionals got a chance last week to think like hackers so they could learn how to better prevent unauthorized users from gaining access to their networks…”

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“More than a dozen computer specialists from across the country took part in an intensive five-day ‘boot camp’ offered by New York-based Ernst & Young LLP on the defense of enterprise networks…”

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CNN: UK Study: Passwords Often Easy To Crack 13-Mar-02 11:29:34 ET

Story Highlights:“Objects around the office may not seem important…”

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“But they may help someone to crack your computer password and masquerade as you, sending e-mails, accessing files and even plundering your online bank account…”

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ComputerWorld: Schmidt Lays Out Cyberprotection Board Agenda 13-Mar-02 16:11:27 ET

Story Highlights:“Six months to the day after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Howard Schmidt, vice chairman of the president’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Board, said the government is close to releasing an updated plan for protecting the nation’s most critical systems and networks…”

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“Schmidt, formerly chief security officer at Microsoft Corp., said a new national plan for information systems protection will be on the street this summer…”

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