Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for November 27, 2002

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

Ananova: Experts Warn Winevar Worm Is Spreading 27-Nov-02 10:47:16 ET

Story Highlights:“Internet security experts have issued a warning about a destructive new virus.Trend Micro says the Winevar worm runs on all Windows platforms and possesses the potential to delete files…”

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“The worm is also capable of preventing installed antivirus protections from working. The email arrives with ‘N`4’ in the subject line and two attachments — one a GIF, the other a TXT file — with random number values…”

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Ananova: Researcher Offers Simple Computer Virus Defence 27-Nov-02 06:32:13 ET

Story Highlights:“A Hewlett-Packard researcher says he has come up with a simple way to stem the destructive flow of mass-mailing computer viruses…”

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“He told the BBC’s Go Digital programme: ‘We found that we could detect and stop the virus within a quarter of a second of the virus trying to start transmitting itself…'”

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CNET Font Flaw Foils Solaris Security 26-Nov-02 17:15:08 ET

Story Highlights:“A flaw in the software that handles fonts for the desktop interface on Solaris-based workstations and servers could leave the computers open to attack, security experts said late Monday…”

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“The flaw affects every version of the operating system from Solaris 2.5.1 to Solaris 9 on both Sun’s Sparc and Intel’s x86 architectures, ISS stated in its advisory…”

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CNET Bush Signs Homeland Security bill 25-Nov-02 20:15:11 ET

Story Highlights:“When President Bush signed a bill on Monday creating the Department of Homeland Security, he started a process that will reshuffle bureaucracies, permit greater Internet surveillance and refocus the government’s computer security efforts…”

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“It expands the ability of police to conduct Internet or telephone eavesdropping without first obtaining a court order, grants Internet providers more latitude to disclose information about subscribers to police in emergency circumstances and says those convicted of malicious hacking face sentences as severe as life in prison…”

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