Daily Cybercrime and Security Report for November 12, 2001

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

CBS News: Government Flunks Hacker Test 09-Nov-01 01:12:45 ET

Story Highlights:“Despite dramatically tighter security at U.S. buildings since the terrorist attacks, a House panel is giving the government failing marks for lax protection of federal computer networks against hackers, terrorists and others…”

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“The ‘F’ grade dropped from the “D-” that the government earned in September 2000…”

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MSNBC: Grids, Networks, Infrastructure at Risk 09-Nov-01 19:54:25 ET

Story Highlights:“The more things change, the more they stay the same: The Sept. 11th terrorist attacks only served to heighten awareness of the vulnerabilities that are woven into every aspect of the nations critical infrastructure…”

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“From financial networks to the power grid to the military logistical networks, the dependence on a wired, interconnected world is both blessing and curse…”

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CNN: Cybersecurity Czar: Protect IT Infrastructure 09-Nov-01 12:15:48 ET

Story Highlights:“United States cybersecurity czar Richard Clarke says that cyberattacks on the nation’s critical IT (information technology) infrastructure could potentially cause ‘catastrophic damage to the economy’ and urged more spending on IT infrastructure and…”

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“Speaking at the Trusted Computing Conference, hosted by Microsoft, Clarke also strongly defended the proposed GovNet project, which is meant to build a closed-loop government agency network that can be isolated from the Internet…”

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ZDNET: IE Flaw Puts Credit Card Info at Risk 09-Nov-01 12:52:13 ET

Story Highlights:“Microsoft has warned that versions of Internet Explorer can expose consumers’ personal data contained within cookies…”

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“Vulnerability exists within IE 5.5 and 6.0, but earlier browser editions ‘may or may not be affected,’ according to a security bulletin posted to Microsoft’s Web site…”

Full Story on ZDNET

Wired: Nimda Lives; What a Concept 09-Nov-01 12:14:53 ET

Story Highlights:“The cranky coder who created Nimda evidently was offended that his worm wasn’t called ‘Concept Virus,’ as he had wanted…”

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“He retaliated by unleashing a new version of Nimda onto the Web in late October, complete with a snarky copyright message griping about antiviral companies renaming his worm…”

Full Story on Wired

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