Daily Cybercrime and Security Report for May 30, 2001

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

The Register: @Home’s Mis-Configured Proxy Excites Hacker 29-May-01 14:33:33 ET

Story Highlights:“A single misconfigured server exposed broadband provider [email protected]’s internal corporate network to hackers for at least three months…”

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“An [email protected] spokesperson confirmed that the company recently shut down a rogue proxy server that had been running at its Redwood City, California headquarters…”

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ZDNET: Hacker Plugs Huge Hole for [email protected] 30-May-01 07:54:32 ET

Story Highlights:“Not all hackers are bad — just ask [email protected] The company shored up its online defenses after a hacker pointed out a vulnerability in April that allowed access to the company’s internal network…”

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“The company praised the hacker — known by the alias ‘Adrien Lamo’ — for coming forward after he poked around their network…”

Full Story on ZDNET Hacker Flick ‘Swordfish’ Taps Web Promotion, Contest 29-May-01 16:54:00 ET

Story Highlights:“Warner Bros. Pictures’ upcoming release of the action-adventure ‘Swordfish,’ coming to theaters this summer, is being launched with an elaborate integrated marketing and advertising campaign…”

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“Seeking to tie promotional efforts into the movie’s theme of hacking and cybercrime, Warner Bros.’s campaign for ‘Swordfish’ centers around a Web site with ten hidden ‘levels’ of password-accessible content…”

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TechWeb: Confusion Rises Over Privacy Law 29-May-01 20:22:14 ET

Story Highlights:“As the deadline looms for financial institutions to meet new federal privacy laws, many don’t have adequate security technology in place to comply…”

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“The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, signed into law in January 1999 and set to take effect July 1, outlines the measures that financial institutions must take to ensure the confidentiality and security of customer information…”

Full Story on TechWeb

ZDNET: Military Vets Battle Online Security 29-May-01 12:54:17 ET

Story Highlights:“Rick Fleming vividly remembers the look on the executives’ faces. The officials already knew that their credit union had some Internet-related security problems…”

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“when Fleming, vice president of security operations at Digital Defense, showed them a slide of the computer screen used by the credit union’s tellers — a screen that was obtained by Digital Defense’s hackers over the Net — ‘their faces just went white…'”

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