CRIME FW: NIPC Daily Report 28 December 2001

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      NIPC Daily Report 28 December 2001
    NOTE: Please understand that this is for informational purposes only and
    does not constitute any verification of the information contained in the
    report nor does this constitute endorsement by the NIPC or the FBI.
    General - The Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) plans to 
    seek authorization to add a third agent to its cyber crime unit. Last 
    May, the US Justice Department authorized funding to train two agents to
    conduct online investigations for the DCI special unit. To date, DCI has
    handled 70 Internet crime cases. (Cody Enterprise, 27 December)
    The full report of the Gilmore Commission, released 15 December 2001, 
    recommends measures for responding to terrorism that echo many of the 
    cybersecurity and information technology measures to emerge since the 11
    September attacks. Technology is mentioned throughout the report as a 
    key component of homeland security. The Commission called fro 
    improvements in health communication networks and information-sharing 
    among federal, state and local health departments and emergency 
    management agencies. To enhance cybersecurity, the Commission recommends
    broader representation on Critical Infrastructure Protection Board, and 
    the appointment of a government?funded, public and private sector 
    non?profit entity to provide cyber detection and alert and warning 
    functions. (InfoSec News, 24 December 2001 )
    Legislation intended to encourage the sharing of security data without 
    fear of it becoming public has failed in Congress. In bipartisan 
    legislation, members of the House and Senate sought to amend the Freedom
    of Information Act (FOIA) to protect security data shared with the 
    government from disclosure. The failed legislation also included 
    antitrust protections for companies that collaborate on security issues.
    (Computerworld, 27 December)
    International -Two Pakistani-based hacker groups, the "Anti India Crew" 
    (AIC) and the "World Fantabulous Defacers" (WFD), defaced 20 Indian Web 
    sites between 22 and 23 December. The hardest hit was, 
    which belongs to the Industrial Development Bank of India (IDBI). Other 
    victims were the Bangalore?based Indian Institute of Science, The 
    Tribune Newspaper, and the Engineering Export Promotion Council. The 
    defaced IDBI site carried a hacker message proclaiming the defacement as
    a retaliation for India's anti?Pakistani attitude following the 13 
    December attack on the Indian Parliament. (IndiaExpress Bureau, 27 
    December 2001)
    Water Supply -Water utilities have posted extra guards at reservoirs and
    treatment plants, but the biggest threat to the nation's water supply 
    may be from the pipes that carry the water. Across the country, water 
    utility officials are taking steps to prevent terrorists from reversing 
    the flow of water into a home or business in order to push poisons into 
    local water-distribution systems. The technique, called "backflow," uses
    utility pipes for the opposite of their intended purpose: Instead of 
    carrying water out of a tap, the pipe spread toxins. Water officials say
    the only sure way to prevent backflow attack, is to install valves to 
    prevent water from flowing back into the pipes.
    (The Wall Street Journal, 27 December)
    Transportation - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) lifted 
    Enhanced Class B (ECB) airspace restrictions over 30 major metropolitan 
    areas last week, and also said Visual Flight Rules flights could resume 
    in New York, Boston and Washington, D.C. A series of notices to airmen, 
    issued on 19 December, reduced the size of the no-fly zones around New 
    York City and Washington, D.C. and added a temporary flight restriction 
    around a propane facility near Boston Logan Airport. New York's zone is 
    now a two-nautical mile radius centered on the World Trade Center site. 
    Washington's zone was reduced to a 15-nautical-mile radius of the 
    Washington Monument, continuing to keep general aviation out of Reagan 
    National Airport. Special operations such as news and traffic 
    helicopters, sightseeing tours, and banner towing aircraft also may 
    resume business.
    (Aviation Week, 26 December)

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