Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for October 30, 2002

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

ABCNews: New Virus Spreads via E-Mail and File-Sharing Networks 30-Oct-02 10:10:01 ET

Story Highlights:“There’s another new virus on the loose, only this one poses as a fix for other viruses and spreads on popular peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing networks…”

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“The Merkur worm is a Visual Basic script that spreads through file sharing networks such as KaZaA, Bearshare and eDonkey, as well as through mIRC, an Internet Relay Chat program…”

Full Story on ABCNews

CNN: E-Mail Greeting Card Hides Porn 29-Oct-02 15:53:40 ET

Story Highlights:“The e-mail looks harmless enough: A link to a greeting card that appears to be sent by a friend…”

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“But clicking on the link can place porn images on a desktop, download a barrage of x-rated ads, or send similar e-cards to those listed in Outlook’s address book…”

Full Story on CNN

PCWorld: Is Linux the Key to Securing Cyberspace? 29-Oct-02 08:47:15 ET

Story Highlights:“The debate over securing cyberspace collided with the rivalry between open source and proprietary technologies Tuesday — but the government still says it’s not getting involved…”

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“A security summit Tuesday explored how open source technologies can secure networks and computer systems, particularly in government agencies and offices…”

Full Story on PCWorld

TechWeb: Security Gets HIP 30-Oct-02 11:12:07 ET

Story Highlights:“Step aside, intrusion detection — there’s a bigger and badder tool making the security scene…”

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“It’s HIP — literally. Host intrusion prevention is the name, and it’s elbowing those plain-Jane intrusion-detection systems aside by keeping intruders from getting past the velvet ropes of the network in the first place…”

Full Story on TechWeb

The Register: Introducing Network Attached Encryption 30-Oct-02 07:44:12 ET

Story Highlights:“Application security specialist Ingrian Networks has developed a technology to offload encryption functions from application or database servers onto appliances with the aim of providing more robust security for data in storage…”

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“Ingrian, which made its name marketing hardware platforms to speed up the processing of SSL, secure caching and secure switching (securing data in transit — a market that has become commoditised), has developed software service engines to secure data in storage as well…”

Full Story on The Register

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