Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for November 30, 2001

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

ABCNews: Password-stealing Worm Worse Threat Than Nimda 30-Nov-01 09:24:27 ET

Story Highlights:“The Symantec Antivirus Research Center (SARC), has upgraded the Badtrans worm to a 4 on a scale of 1 to 5….”

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Trend Micro has it listed as its top threat, surpassing both Nimda and SirCam…”

Full Story on ABCNews

LATimes: Professor Loses Suit Against RIAA 28-Nov-01 04:37:48 ET

Story Highlights:“A Princeton University professor who feared strong-arm legal tactics would keep him from telling the world how his research hacked through digital security measures has lost in court…”

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“Edward Felten sued the Recording Industry Association of America, charging that the group used threats of lawsuits to stop him from presenting his work at academic conferences…”

Full Story on LATimes

The Register: Protocol Switch Security Risk in Cisco IOS 29-Nov-01 15:13:41 ET

Story Highlights:“Don’t hold the front page: a vulnerability in a Cisco security software package for routers has been discovered – but the risk is moderate…”

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“In a security notice issued today, Cisco said its IOS Firewall Feature Set (also known as Context Based Access Control), has a vulnerability which permits traffic to flow when it should be blocked by dynamic access control lists…”

Full Story on The Register

ZDNET UK: Hackers Get into Instant Messaging 30-Nov-01 09:37:16 ET

Story Highlights:“A hacker named Methodic spotted a hole in America Online’s instant messaging system, so he penned a program to crash the chat program of any AOL ‘buddy’ he targeted…”

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“Luckily, Methodic wasn’t a malicious hacker, and he settled for just proving a point: Instant messaging systems used by millions around the world are vulnerable to the same types of lightning attacks spread by email…”

Full Story on ZDNET UK

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