CRIME NIPC Watch Daily Report 21 February 2002

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Date: Thu Feb 21 2002 - 08:09:26 PST

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    Note squib on City of Glendale going to wireless LAN. I'm not sure that 3DES
    encryption is all that secure--though it may be for Glendale...
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    NIPC Daily Report 21 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.
    US government orders airlines to close VIP lines. The Transportation
    Security Administration (TSA) ordered commercial airlines to close their
    VIP lines that allow customers, mainly business travelers, to avoid long
    waits for security checks. TSA officials said the order was a move to
    make the overhaul of airport security equitable now that it is a federal
    function. One industry official said the order has prompted confusion.
    He said there was uncertainty in the industry about the extent of
    federal authority beyond the actual function of screening passengers and
    bags. Business travel experts said the faster lines were valuable to
    some, though they did raise fairness questions. As a substitute, they
    promoted a plan, being studied by the government, that would allow
    passengers to receive "trusted traveler cards" that would use
    identification technologies to screen travelers and move them through
    security quickly. (Reuters, 20 Feb)
    California city plans wireless LAN for critical communications.
    Glendale, CA has decided to use wireless LAN technology to provide
    high-speed data service to its police, fire, and public works
    departments after determining that cellular mobile data services cost
    too much and deliver too little. The city's assistant director of
    information services said cellular bandwidth available to Glendale did
    not support applications required to run emergency services.
    (, 18 Feb)
    NIPC Watch and Warning Unit comment: Wireless security protocols have
    either been an add-on or of secondary importance previous to this. The
    use of 3DES encryption in this case has brought real security to the
    wireless networking and is a good first step towards acceptance of broad
    use wireless networking within the government and the critical
    infrastructure agencies.
    MSN Messenger worm marks troubling trend. A new computer worm spreading
    via the MSN Messenger instant messaging (IM) service may not be
    particularly dangerous, but it could pave the way for more destructive
    worms that are expected to spread and attack through IM systems. McAfee
    security says the MSN Messenger worm is "proof-of-concept" that this
    messaging vector for viruses is real. (NewsFactor, 15 Feb)
    Unwitting cell calls swamp 911 systems. More than two-thirds of all
    911calls from wireless phones involve people accidently pushing
    emergency buttons on their cell phone keypads. Local and national
    authorities say it's impossible to know whether delays caused by the
    problem have led to serious injuries or deaths. What is certain is that
    emergency phone lines are becoming clogged. (L.A. Times, 19 Feb)
    Distributed projects raise security issues. Unfounded concerns about
    distributed computing project software's security have put many projects
    in jeopardy. Companies large and small have begun stripping the software
    from machines out of fear they create an open channel to the Internet
    that could be exploited by hackers. (, 20 Feb)
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