Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for September 10, 2002

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

Washington Post: Internet Security Not Pressing to All 09-Sep-02 12:36:08 ET

Story Highlights:“Companies increasingly identify computer security as one of their top priorities, but a significant minority admit that they are inadequately protected…”

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“Nearly 90 percent of 227 companies that responded to a survey said information security was essential to the survival of their business…”

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The Register: Intel’s New Chip for Security Renaissance 10-Sep-02 09:09:57 ET

Story Highlights:“Hideous viruses and terrifying hackers will soon be neutralized so that the computing public might finally doze blissfully in a cocoon of safety, Intel announced yesterday at the Developers’ Forum…”

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“The proposed solution is LaGrande — which is not, as it sounds, a genteelized pickup truck for suburban use, but a hardware system which will control your computing experience for your own good…”

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PCWorld: XP Service Pack Said To Fix Major Flaw 10-Sep-02 09:41:57 ET

Story Highlights:“Microsoft always urges users to update programs when it ships a Service Pack, but an easily exploited Windows XP flaw makes it especially important that users of the operating system download and install the newly released SP1 promptly…”

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“The Win XP flaw is described as a still little-known but critical vulnerability, and is described as ‘trivially easy’ to exploit by some who have studied it…”

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The Register: Microsoft Identifies Source of Windows 2000 Attacks 10-Sep-02 06:03:51 ET

Story Highlights:“Microsoft Corp is blaming users’ failure to apply listed security measures for an ‘unexplained’ surge in attempted hacks against Windows 2000-based servers…”

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“Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft yesterday said it has determined a spate of hacks against Windows 2000-based servers do not exploit product-related security vulnerabilities…”

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ComputerWorld: Worldwide ‘War Drive’ Exposes Insecure Wireless LANs 09-Sep-02 08:50:12 ET

Story Highlights:“Amateur wireless LAN sniffers detected hundreds and potentially thousands of insecure business and home industry-standard wireless LANs in North America and Europe during the past week in a loosely organized electronic scavenger hunt dubbed the ‘Worldwide Wardrive…'”

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“Security analysts and wireless LAN industry executives said the results of the weeklong Worldwide Wardrive posted to the Security Tribe Web site indicate that many wireless LAN users still fail to use the most elementary form of security to protect their systems…”

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