Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Daily Highlights

CNN reports travelers setting off for the Fourth of July holiday can expect tighter security at U.S. airports −− including more police and bomb−sniffing dogs and random vehicle checks −− in response to an attack Saturday on the Glasgow airport in Scotland. (See item 20)
U.S. companies are increasing their scrutiny of thousands of products they receive from Chinese suppliers, as widening recalls force them to focus on potential hazards that were overlooked in the past. (See item 28)

Information Technology and Telecommunications Sector

36. July 02, Sophos — Sophos reveals top ten Web threats for June 2007. Sophos has revealed the most prevalent malware threats causing problems for computer users around the world during June 2007. The figures show a further sharp rise in Web−based threats. Sophos uncovered an average of 29,700 new infected Web pages every day −− around 80 percent of which were located on hacked legitimate sites. The top ten list of Web−based malware threats in June 2007 reads as follows: 1) Mal/Iframe; 2) Mal/ObfJS; 3) Troj/Fujif; 4) Troj/Decdec; 5) VBS/Redlof; 6) Troj/Psyme; 7) Mal/Packer; 8) Troj/Ifradv; 8) VBS/Haptime; 10) Mal/Zlob. Iframe, which works by injecting malicious code onto Web pages, has again topped the chart, accounting for nearly two thirds of the world's infected Web pages. Earlier this month, an Iframe attack on multiple Italian Websites occurred, making headlines around the world.
Source: http://www.sophos.com/pressoffice/news/articles/2007/07/topt enjun07.html

37. July 01, Associated Press — Cyber attacks engulf Kremlin's critics. A political battle is raging in Russian cyberspace. Opposition parties and independent media say murky forces have committed vast resources to hacking and crippling their Websites in attacks similar to those that hit tech−savvy Estonia as the Baltic nation sparred with Russia over a Soviet war memorial. While they offer no proof, the groups all point the finger at the Kremlin, calling the electronic siege an attempt to stifle Russia's last source of free, unfiltered information. The victims, who range from liberal democrats to ultranationalists, allege their hacker adversaries hope to harass the opposition with the approach of parliamentary elections in December and presidential elections in next March. Some independent experts agree. "A huge information war awaits Russia before the elections," said Oleg Panfilov of the Center for Journalism in Extreme Situations. The groups claim the attackers use vast, online networks of computers infected with malicious software −− whose owners probably aren't aware they are involved −− to paralyze or erase targeted Websites. The attacks are similar to assaults unleashed in April and early May against Websites in Estonia.
Source: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070702/ap_on_hi_te/russia_cyber_war;_ylt=Av0_mH_egVqYX41YhyBjPfwjtBAF

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