CRIME FW: NIPC Daily Report 8 February 02

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    NIPC Daily Report                                                       
                                           8 February 2002        
    The NIPC Watch and Warning Unit compiles this report to inform 
    recipients of issues impacting the integrity and capability of the 
    nation's critical infrastructures.
    Transportation Security Administration (TSA) faces strict deadlines . 
    John Magaw, the head of TSA, told the House Transportation 
    Appropriations Subcommittee on 6 February that the Transportation 
    Department has met the 17 February deadline for federalizing baggage 
    screeners, and that air carriers have begun transmitting passenger lists
    from foreign airlines electronically.  TSA officials soon will be 
    deployed to the nation's 429 airports to assess how much space is 
    available for new screening machines and how many are needed. (National 
    Journal's Technology Daily, 7 Feb)
    House passes cyber security bill.  The House voted 400-12 on 7 February 
    to approve $800 million over the next five years to continue researching
    ways to protect computer systems from hackers. The Information 
    Technology Association of America said the bill is critical to building 
    a larger base of information security professionals and improving 
    information sharing.  Current cyber attacks are generally confined to 
    harassment and defacing Web sites, but security experts predict assaults
    will be more dangerous in the future.  (Associated Press, 7 Feb)
    Super threatening.  President Bush last month lifted sanctions that 
    previously prevented US technology firms from selling high-speed 
    supercomputers to several Tier 3 countries. Russia, China, India, 
    Pakistan, Vietnam, and middle-eastern countries can now import computers
    capable of 195,000 MTOPS (Millions Of Theoretical Operations Per 
    Second). The previous ceiling had been set at 85,000 MTOPS.  The 
    president's goal in updating the US export control system is to protect 
    national security while allowing American technology companies to 
    compete in today's marketplace successfully.  (PC Magazine, 8 Feb)
    Encryption leaves DES behind. At 56-bits, the Data Encryption Standard 
    (DES) has long outlived its usefulness.  Its planned replacement, the 
    new Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) sets out key lengths of 128, 192,
    and 256 bits. The National Institute of Standards and Technology says a 
    machine that could crack DES in just one second would need 149 trillion 
    years to do the same to a 128-bit AES key.  Even stronger stuff may be 
    on the way. Advances in quantum computing could render algorithmic 
    methods of encryption like AES obsolete. (Techweb, 6 Feb)
    Airports invest in security-related technology. Airports worldwide are 
    beginning to experiment with various forms of "trusted-passenger" 
    technology to increase security and ease passenger flow through 
    checkpoints. In general, these "trusted" passengers are travelers whose 
    identity has been authenticated by their  employers and through 
    frequent-flier programs.   Measures being tested include 
    iris-recognition and wireless tracking of passengers and their baggage. 
    (IDG Net, 7 Feb)
    Oracle's 'unbreakable' database springs a leak. Several security flaws 
    have been discovered in Oracle software, including one that could allow 
    a hacker to gain remote access to Oracle's database server without a 
    user ID or password.  Oracle says it was first informed about the flaws 
    in December and has already made available patches and workarounds.  
    (InfoWorld, 6 Feb)

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