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House Examines Wiretap Issues

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Efforts by the Bush administration to press Congress for swift enactment of new wiretap legislation in the aftermath of the terrorist hijackings are quashed by the House.

Tool Finds Most Dangerous Vulnerabilities

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The SANS Institute and the FBI's National Infrastructure Protection Center releases a scanning tool designed to find 20 common network vulnerabilities, as well as a document listing steps to fix each problem.

FBIs Top 20 Security Vulnerabilities Look Familiar

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The FBI and the SANS Institute unveiled their assessment of the top 20 Internet security vulnerabilities for 2001. Most of the hacks exploit time-honored security holes.

LaBrea Makes Life Sticky for Net Worms

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Until now, Internet worms have put enterprise IT managers on defense. But a new tool called LaBrea stops worms in their tracks.

Tech Organizations Shift Convention Focus To Security

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The United States Telecom Association and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers are shifting their convention agendas in response to terrorism.

U.S. Computer Infrastructure Remains Vulnerable

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America's computer infrastructure is highly vulnerable to attack and will likely be targeted in the near future, a panel of security experts told Congress today.

Gartner Recommends Against Microsoft IIS

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Companies that were hit by both the Code Red and Nimda worms should quit using Microsoft's Internet Information Server immediately, says Gartner's research director for Internet security, John Pescatore.

Congress Pauses On Antiterror Bills

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A congressional bill regarding online surveillance that is scheduled to be voted upon today was unexpectedly delayed Monday afternoon by an influential politician, pushing back passage of the antiterrorism bill by at least a week.

Lawmakers to Give Anti-terrorism Bill a Closer Look

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Lawmakers in the House of Representatives put off an anti-terrorism bill drafted by the Department of Justice until they can give the expanded police power provisions a closer look.

New Virus Preys On Users Fears

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A new virus that exploits public fear of terrorism in the wake of the recent attacks has begun appearing in the United States but is unlikely to spread very far, experts say.

Faster Fixes for Microsoft Gaps

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In an Aug. 27 Pings&Packets item, I found Microsoft's free Network Security Hotfix Checker to be a useful tool for finding potential security holes and missing patches for Windows 2000 and NT server systems.

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