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[infowar.de] NIPC von SirCam infiziert/neues Warnsystem soll vom Pentagon betrieben werden
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Peinlich, peinlich - und das kurz vor einer Senatsanhörung zur Zukunft
der heftig kritisierten Cyber-Sicherheitstruppe. Ab Oktober soll es eine
neue Initiative geben, das "Cyber-Warning and Information Network", oder
"c-win", das nun vom Pentagon koordiniert werden soll. Mal sehen, ob die
Privatwirtschaft da zugänglicher wird. Immerhin hatten die ja schon auf
die Zusammenarbeit mit den Strafvervolgern nicht sehr viel Lust.
Mehr zu den aktuellen Würmern SirCam und CodeRed u.a. hier:
FBI Cyber Researcher Unleashes Virus
That E-Mails Private Agency Documents
By TED BRIDIS
Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
WASHINGTON -- A researcher in the Federal Bureau of Investigation's
cyber-protection unit unleashed a fast-spreading Internet virus that
e-mailed private FBI documents to outsiders -- all on the eve of a
Senate hearing into troubles at the unit.
Although the Sircam virus didn't spread to other computers at the FBI's
National Infrastructure Protection Center, it did send at least eight
documents to a number of outsiders. One, about the investigation into an
unrelated virus, was marked "official use only." The Sircam virus has
infected thousands of computers since its discovery last week.
FBI spokeswoman Deb Weierman said that no sensitive or classified
information about continuing investigations was disclosed Tuesday. The
"official use" designation protects documents from disclosure under the
U.S. Freedom of Information Act.
It isn't uncommon for virus researchers to accidentally infect their own
computers, but the mistake was particularly embarrassing because it
occurred ahead of a Senate Judiciary panel's oversight hearing about the
cyber unit's effectiveness. Lawmakers were expected to focus on other
agencies' failure to cooperate fully with the FBI center, and on a
of trust between the FBI and private-sector groups.
The unit generally gets high remarks for its criminal investigations,
and even critics say the unit is more effective than it was a year ago.
effort here is not to embarrass anybody but to stress that a lot of work
has to be done," said Republican Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona.
Meanwhile, the White House has begun organizing a new early-warning
network for Internet threats. But unlike the current system, it will be
coordinated by the Pentagon, not the FBI. The mechanism for warning all
military and civilian agencies -- and ultimately corporations -- will be
the Cyber-Warning and Information Network, or "c-win." Organizers
dozens of computer centers that could sound an alert when a threat is
The network is expected to begin operating in October. The FBI unit,
currently relays these warnings, came under sharp criticism from
congressional auditors for issuing tardy alerts. Ms. Weierman, the FBI
spokeswoman, called the new network a "useful mechanism" to offer the
government a "technical capability that doesn't currently exist." The
FBI, she said, wasn't concerned it would lose its warning
Tuesday, at least three people said they received some of the FBI
documents, including a 23-year-old Internet-security expert in Belgium,
He operates a Web site that reports on Internet break-ins and speculated
that the analyst, Vince Rowe, visited the site on the infected computer.
Mr. Rowe didn't respond to a request for comment.
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