Network Security Roundup for December 9, 2003

E-Commerce Times: Reactions Mixed as U.S. Congress Passes Sweeping Spam Law09-Dec-03 10:51 ET

Story Highlights:“The U.S. Congress has passed the most sweeping anti-spam legislation to date, authorizing creation of a do-not-e-mail list that allows consumers to opt out of all unwanted messages. However, the legislation also contains a key concession to direct marketers — and debate therefore is raging about the law’s potential effectiveness.”

Full Story on the E-Commerce Times Oracle Patches SSL Server Bugs09-Dec-03 11:29 ET

Story Highlights:“Oracle has issued a security alert and software patches for a set of serious vulnerabilities in the security protocols used by some of its server products. The flaws affect certain versions of Oracle’s 8i and 9i Database Server, Oracle 9i Application Server, and versions 8 and 9 of the Oracle HTTP (Hypertext Transport Protocol) Server. Any client that can access an affected Oracle server could exploit the vulnerabilities. The alert characterises users’ risk of exposure from the vulnerability as ‘high.'”

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CNET: Worm Hits Windows-Based ATMs09-Dec-03 7:30 ET

Story Highlights:“Automated teller machines at two banks running Microsoft’s popular Windows software were infected by a computer virus in August, the maker of the machines said Monday. The ATM infections, first reported by, are believed to be the first of a computer virus wiggling directly onto cash machines. Computer security experts predicted more problems to come as Windows migrates to critical systems consumers rely on.”

Full Story on CNET Massive Rise in Spam Down to Sobig Virus09-Dec-03 7:30 ET

Story Highlights:“The amount of spam moving around the internet has increased from one spam in every eleven emails at the end of 2002 to one spam in every 2.5 emails today — a more than fourfold increase. According to an end-of-year report published by email-outsourcing firm MessageLabs, the Sobig.F virus is to blame for a large proportion of the increase. Before Sobig.F, spam made up less than half of all email traffic, but in the latter part of the year, in the wake of Sobig.F, spam levels pushed past the 50 percent mark, bringing the average for the year up to 40 percent.”

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SecurityFocus: FTC Investigates Security Hole05-Dec-03 17:08 ET

Story Highlights:“Pet supply retailer PetCo disclosed this week that its security and privacy practices are the target of an investigation by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which is following up on an e-commerce security gaffe that left as many as 500,000 credit card numbers accessible from the Web earlier this year.”

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