Daily Cybercrime and Security Report


If you do business on the Internet, you cannot afford to be uninformed about the dangers and pitfalls that cybercrime poses. The following is a daily survey of the latest cybercrime news from around the world.


Info World: Bush Eyes Overhaul Of E-Security 18-Dec-00 16:30:50 ET

Story Highlights:“With George W. Bush striding toward the White House, national security experts are preparing for what could be a major change in the way the government and the private sector organize to defend against cyberattacks…”

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“Changes to the NIPC could include asking Congress for new legislation to make it easier for the national security community to get access to investigative information, making NIPC subordinate to a federal IT czar or security officer…”

Full Story on Info World


The Register: Serious Security Slip At BTOpenwoe 18-Dec-00 14:51:55 ET

Story Highlights:“Due to a serious security lapse, users signing up to BTOpenworld’s ADSL service have been invited to send credit card details over an insecure Internet connection…”

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“Wayne Sowery, technical director at security consultancy MIS Corporate Defence, said that whilst the vulnerability was in place in would have been ‘viable’ for hackers to redirect traffic away from the Openworld site using an attack on DNS servers…”

Full Story on The Register


The Register: Port Scans Are Legal 18-Dec-00 13:46:24 ET

Story Highlights:“A tiff between two IT contractors that spiralled into federal court ended last month with a U.S. district court ruling in Georgia that port scans of a network do not damage…”

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“‘It says you can’t create your own damages by investigating something that would not otherwise be a crime,’ says hacker defense attorney Jennifer Granick. ‘It’s a good decision for computer security researchers.’ A port scan is a remote probe of the services…”

Full Story on The Register


N.Y. Newsday: Cyber Suicides Shock Korea 19-Dec-00 06:43:45 ET

Story Highlights:“Yesterday, authorities arrested a 26-year-old man on suspicion of failing to prevent the suicides of two people whom he met through a suicide Web site…”

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“‘There are reports that members of such suicide sites are holding regular off-line meetings,’ said Kang Seung-jo, head of the cybercrime bureau at the Seoul Police Agency. Suicide sites have sprung up in many countries in recent years…”

Full Story on N.Y. Newsday


For more of the latest e-business and technology news from around the world, updated 24 hours a day, visit TechNewsWorld.com.


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