Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for May 20, 2002

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

PCWorld: Microsoft Denies IE Patch Problems 20-May-02 09:18:24 ET

Story Highlights:“Problems that researchers claim went unfixed in an Internet Explorer security patch released last week may expose a potential new vulnerability…”

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“Scott Culp, manager of Microsoft’s Security Response Center, says the issues reported to the NTBugtraq mailing list expose a potential new vulnerability that appears similar ‘from the outside’ to previous vulnerabilities when in fact, it affects a different piece of IE code…”

Full Story on PCWorld Senate Panel OKs More Cybercrime Dollars 17-May-02 17:16:38 ET

Story Highlights:“The Senate Commerce Committee today voted to increase funding for anti-cybercrime programs, despite claims from software and high-tech groups that last-minute changes to the bill could stifle innovation…”

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“The ‘Cyber Security Research and Development Act,’ sponsored by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), would give $970 million over five years to the National Science Foundation and National Institute of Standards and Technology to improve government computer and network security…”

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ComputerWorld: Update: Feds Seize Equipment From ‘Deceptive Duo’ Suspect 17-May-02 18:06:57 ET

Story Highlights:“The FBI has seized computer equipment, including hardware, software and other peripherals from the home of Robert George Lyttle, who is suspected of being a member of the hacking group known as the Deceptive Duo…”

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“The Deceptive Duo has claimed responsibility for hacking and defacing government and public-sector Web sites. According to the warrant, the Deceptive Duo is responsible for defacing at least 52 sites…”

Full Story on ComputerWorld

ZDNET: Benjamin Worm Targets Kazaa 20-May-02 11:00:42 ET

Story Highlights:“The agency responsible for the U.S. Defense Department’s global networks and classified command and control systems has a gaping security hole in its front yard — security cameras at its headquarters in Arlington, Va., are connected to a nonsecure and unencrypted wireless LAN…”

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“Chris O’Ferrell, chief technology officer at NETSEC Inc. in Herndon, Va., which provides intrusion-detection services to numerous federal agencies and commercial customers, detected the nonsecure wireless LAN…”

Full Story on ZDNET

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