Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for May 29, 2002

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

ABCNews: FBI ‘Carnivore’ Glitch Hurt al Qaeda Probe 29-May-02 02:36:15 ET

Story Highlights:“An internal FBI memo says agents destroyed evidence gathered in an investigation involving Osama bin Laden’s network after its e-mail wiretap system mistakenly captured information to which the agency was not entitled…”

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“The FBI software not only picked up the e-mails of its target ‘but also picked up e-mails on non-covered targets,’ said a March 2000 memo to agency headquarters in Washington…”

Full Story on ABCNews

The Register: Yahoo! Messenger! Multiple! Vulns! 29-May-02 04:30:21 ET

Story Highlights:“There are two new Yahoo Instant Messenger (YIM) vulnerabilities which can potentially compromise a user’s machine…”

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“First up, an unchecked buffer which enables any URL beginning with ‘ymsgr:’ to call ypager.exe, crash it and run malicious code if the messenger is integrated with the browser…”

Full Story on The Register

CNN: Hearing Set on Hacked State Computers 29-May-02 09:05:37 ET

Story Highlights:“State senators said Tuesday they would investigate why it took weeks for 260,000 government employees to be notified that a hacker accessed a computer system containing their personal financial information…”

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“Authorities don’t know what, if any, information was taken or used. The database included employees’ last names, first and middle initials, Social Security numbers and payroll deduction information…”

Full Story on CNN

InternetWeek: Startup Introduces DDoS Protection System 28-May-02 12:51:22 ET

Story Highlights:“Riverhead Networks of Menlo Park, Calif., on Tuesday unveiled the Riverhead Guard product for protecting enterprises against distributed denial of service attacks…”

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“The product is a network device that is stationed adjacent to a router or switch on a network interface that is separate from that which is used to transmit network traffic…”

Full Story on InternetWeek

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