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FBI Ivestigates Former Clinton Aide for Document Removal; Handheld PC Virus Sparks Debate; Report Says MasterCard, Others Unwittingly Help Phishers

Jul 20, 20043 mins
CSO and CISOData and Information Security

FBI Ivestigates Former Clinton Aide for Document Removal

Former National Security Adviser Samuel R. Berger is a subject in an FBI probe regarding classified documents that went missing from the National Archives last fall. According to a report by the Washington Post, Berger’s lawyer said his client inadvertently took copies of sensitive documents regarding the millennium bombing plot from the Archives last fall. Berger had been examining documents to prepare the Clinton administration’s responses to inquiries by the presidential commission investigating the 9/11 terrorist attacks. According to the report, the inspector general of the Archives began an investigation last October and then turned it over to the FBI in January. Lanny Breuer says that Berger’s actions were not intentional and he is willing to cooperate with FBI investigators. Federal law prohibits that removal of classified documents from the Archives.

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

Handheld PC Virus Sparks Debate

A new virus, known as “Duts”, has not infected any handheld computers outside of a laboratory, but debate is raging over the likelihood of such a virus hitting the public at large. As reported by several outlets, including New Scientist, Duts is designed to infect devices that run Microsoft’s Windows CE. The virus was designed as a “proof of concept” by the same group that created Cabir, the first virus for mobile phones in June.Eugene Kaspersky, of Kaspersky Labs, a Russian anti-virus company, told New Scientist, “The computer underground has pounced on the new opportunities offered by mobile devices. and now malicious programs are evolving in yet another direction, bringing the first global outbreak caused by a mobile virus closer and closer.”

Read the full story in New Scientist.

Report Says MasterCard, Others Unwittingly Help Phishers

MasterCard International and other companies may be unwittingly helping phishers trick consumers into handing over personal data. According to a story by the IDG News Service (a sister company to CXO Media), a U.K. Web developer has published a report detailing how sites run by MasterCard, NatWest and Reuters Group PLC lack protections to thwart phishers. Sam Greenhalgh, 19, the report’s author, says the cross-site scripting flaws identified in his report make it very difficult for average consumers to know when they’re being duped. For instance, Greenhalgh was able to inject HTML content into a page so that the page displayed his content but maintained the URL in the browser address bar.

Read the full IDG News story in Infoworld.