Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for November 20, 2002

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

MSNBC: EBay: Some Accounts Compromised 19-Nov-02 18:34:09 ET

Story Highlights:“ has begun sending notices out to some customers, with a warning that their accounts with the online auctioneer have been compromised…”

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“The e-mail notices tell recipients to create a new password for the service — in one case, a recipient was told to fax a copy of his driver’s license to eBay for reinstatement…”

Full Story on MSNBC

The Register: At a Stroke, MS Cuts Critical Vuln Reports 20-Nov-02 09:25:21 ET

Story Highlights:“The Good News: Microsoft Corp will be making fewer warnings of ‘critical’ security vulnerabilities in its products from now on…”

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“The Bad News: This is because Microsoft has changed the way it advises users and administrators of vulnerabilities, raising the threshold to require a ‘critical’ advisory…”

Full Story on The Register

Wired: Microsoft Spills Customer Data 20-Nov-02 02:00:00 ET

Story Highlights:“Microsoft took a public file server offline Tuesday after Internet users discovered that the system contained scores of internal Microsoft documents, including a huge customer database with millions of entries…”

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“The file transfer protocol server ordinarily enables Microsoft customers to download drivers, software patches and other files, as well as to upload files to the company’s PSS Security Response Team…”

Full Story on Wired

The Register: Accused Pentagon Hacker’s Online Life 19-Nov-02 21:57:51 ET

Story Highlights:“Usenet posts show Gary McKinnon was a bit of a phone phreak, knew where to buy lock picks, and had an early interest in defense computers. A former employer says he was bored at work…”

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“The British man accused of the most ambitious hack attacks against Defense Department computers in years was also a fine network administrator, according to a former co-worker…”

Full Story on The Register

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