Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for September 27, 2002

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

PCWorld: Cybersecurity Challenge Debated 27-Sep-02 07:08:10 ET

Story Highlights:“A real threat to U.S. cybersecurity exists, but it is more difficult to say exactly what sort of prevention should be taken, agreed a panel of experts at a Cato Institute program…”

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“The participants, who included Microsoft’s chief security strategist and a representative from the U.S. government’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Board (CIPB), were invited by the libertarian public policy research group to speak about how real is the threat to cybersecurity…”

Full Story on PCWorld

The Register: Hacker Groups Declare War on US.gov 27-Sep-02 08:46:51 ET

Story Highlights:“A record number of malicious hacking attempts were made this month, and anti-American groups are responsible…”

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“So says Mi2g, the London-based security consultancy, which notes that US government online computers belonging to the House of Representatives, Department of Agriculture, Department of Education, National Park Service, NASA and the US Geological Survey were attacked in September…”

Full Story on The Register

ITWorld: Microsoft VPN Flaw May Leave Intranets Open to Attack 27-Sep-02 11:09:20 ET

Story Highlights:“A flaw in Microsoft Corp.’s Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP) used to secure VPN (virtual private networks) leaves corporate intranets open to attack from outside, according to German IT security company Phion Information Technologies GmbH…”

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“In a security advisory Thursday, Phion said that the Microsoft PPTP Service shipping with Windows 2000 and Windows XP contains a remotely exploitable pre-authentication buffer overflow…”

Full Story on ITWorld

ComputerWorld: Online Payment Service PayPal Hit by Scam 27-Sep-02 10:21:09 ET

Story Highlights:” During the past two weeks, online payment service PayPal Inc. has been targeted by scam artists trying to get the personal information of its users, including credit card data, user names and passwords…”

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“On Sept. 16, an unsophisticated scam e-mail, slugged ‘PayPal Verification,’ was sent requesting users to log into their PayPal accounts ‘asap’ to confirm they were still active users of the service…”

Full Story on ComputerWorld

The Register: Viruses Are Dead. Long Live Viruses! 27-Sep-02 20:17:10 ET

Story Highlights:“This year has been mercifully quiet on the virus front, but anyone who reckons the virus problem has finally been beaten is failing to learn the lessons of history…”

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“The problem of computer viruses has been declared ‘over’ before, only to be ‘reinvented’ a few months later…”

Full Story on The Register

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