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NEWS - October 24, 2005

by roddy32 / October 23, 2005 9:33 PM PDT
Separating myth from reality in ID theft
By Joris Evers
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
Published: October 24, 2005, 4:00 AM PDT

Gretchen Hayes was understandably concerned when she received a letter warning that she could be at risk of identity theft.

A laptop had been stolen from the University of California at Berkeley in March, and stored on it was personal information on 98,369 graduate students or graduate-school applicants, including Hayes.

The breach--which exposed names, dates of birth, addresses and Social Security numbers--was widely reported in the media, and the school created a special Web site to help individuals who found themselves suddenly vulnerable.

more here
http://news.com.com/Separating+myth+from+reality+in+ID+theft/2100-1029_3-5907165.html?tag=html.alert
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New threat simulator - DFK Threat Simulator (DFKTS)
by Donna Buenaventura / October 24, 2005 12:46 AM PDT

Although the security community has relied on the "Eicar Antivirus Test File" for years, the complex advances in malware requires a more modern and thorough threat simulation. To this end the "DFK Threat Simulator" was created. Bundling a declawed collection of dropper, rootkit, virus, trojan, spyware, keylogger, leaktest, and alternate data stream technology, the DFK Threat Simulator is a serious representation of the modern dangers facing computer users today.

DFKTS Threat Simulator's full description can be found in http://www.morgud.com/interests/security/dfk-threat-simulator.asp (with screenshots and file download)

Alex Eckelberry's Note - this is only for highly experienced users. Don't play with this thing unless you really know what you are doing

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School nixes malware with open source
by Donna Buenaventura / October 24, 2005 1:54 AM PDT

A team of IT staffers at the University of Indianapolis last week showed off a bundle of open source tools and scripts it uses to trap and isolate PCs infected by viruses or spyware.

To detect traffic anomalies, Austin says, the team wrote plug-ins for three open source programs - Snort, an intrusion-detection program; Amavisd, an interface between message transfer agents and various content checking programs; and NMAP , a network scanner. A tool called Bleeding Snort keeps Snort's virus signatures updated daily.

Read more in http://www.networkworld.com/news/2005/102405-shelob.html

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Most DNS servers 'wide open' to attack
by Donna Buenaventura / October 24, 2005 2:08 AM PDT

Four in five authoritative domain name system (DNS) servers across the world are vulnerable to types of hacking attacks that might be used by hackers to misdirect surfers to potentially fraudulent domains. A survey by net performance firm the Measurement Factory commissioned by net infrastructure outfit Infoblox of 1.3m internet name servers found that 84 per cent might be vulnerable to pharming attacks. Others exhibit separate security and deployment-related vulnerabilities.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/10/24/dns_security_survey/

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