DAILY BRIEF Number: DOB02-128 Date: 21 August 2002



Canada Still a Leader in Connectedness: Conference Board Study
A new study released by the Conference Board of Canada reveals that Canada is
ranked first in its use of online banking, government online services and
broadband penetration, and second in its use of information and communications
technologies. According to the study, activity in the e-business sector is on
the increase. Wireless technology is identified as an area where improvement is
needed, especially in connecting outside maintenance workers and oil field
workers. Internet connectivity has also increased, with 32 per cent of Canadian
households going online to access information. (Source: itWorldCanada.ca, 21
August 2002)
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Comment: According to the Conference Board of Canada's news release, the
Connectedness Index is the third in an annual series that compares Canada with
nine other Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
nations - the other G7 countries, plus Australia, Finland, and Sweden - on the
availability and use of information, and communications technologies. The
Conference Board briefing, Pursuing Excellence Through Connectedness: Canada's
Quest for Global Best, can be downloaded from the news release link.

Explosion in Downtown Calgary
On August 20, an explosion at an underground electrical vault in downtown
Calgary injured one worker and affected power in approximately 50 city blocks.
Several office buildings were evacuated and workers were sent home. Incidents
involving similar electrical vaults have been rare because the vaults are
located underground where they are protected from weather and third party
interference. (Source: calgary.cbc.ca, Calgary Herald, 20 August 2002)
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Comment: The cause of the explosion is still under investigation.

Ontario Mayors' Meeting
This week, Ontario mayors will discuss water delivery, emergency service
standards and housing at the annual meeting of the Association of Municipalities
of Ontario. Road repair and border crossing issues are also on the agenda for
southern Ontario mayors. (Source: toronto.cbc.ca, 19 August 2002)
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Comment: The AMO Annual Conference program states that best practices for
emergency services will be identified and funding concerns will be addressed.
Discussion on issues such as border crossing will likely include how
municipalities can cope with problems related to U.S.-bound traffic delayed by
heightened security at the border, including instances such as the one in
Windsor reported in DOB02-095.


U.S. Developing National Security Information Sharing Network
U.S. security and intelligence agencies will meet this week to discuss a new
information sharing initiative known as the Intelligence Community System for
Information Sharing (ICSIS). The intent of the ICSIS would be to enable federal,
state and local agencies to share information that could detect, prevent or help
respond to future terrorist attacks. The strategy would seek to use the existing
billions of dollars in federal IT infrastructure and investments to build the
system, rather than create new IT architecture and funding arrangements.
(Source: Computerworld, 20 August 2002)
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MS Windows Attacks on the Rise
The latest data from the Internet consultancy firm mi2g indicates that attacks
on MS Windows systems were on the increase from January to July 2002, accounting
for 47 per cent of hacks. Linux systems received 36 per cent of the digital
attacks. (Source: vnunet.com, 16 August 2002)
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Comment: Further information about the mi2g study can be found at:

See: What's New for the latest Alerts, Advisories and Information Products


Symantec reports on Trojan.MSNTrick, which is a Trojan horse that is written in
Visual Basic. The Trojan steals passwords from MSN Messenger users.

Symantec reports on Trojan.Adnap, which is a Trojan horse that tries to spoof
another vendor's antivirus program and connect to a Web page at

Symantec reports on Backdoor.Cabro, which is a Trojan horse that allows
unauthorized access to the infected computer.


SecurityFocus reports on a remotely exploitable vulnerability in MS Internet
Explorer 6.0 Java Logging Executable Code. View the "Solution" tab for
workaround information.


Package available to fix Caldera International UnixWare 7.1.1 and Open UNIX
8.0.0 rpc.ttdbserverd buffer overflow vulnerability (SecurityFocus).


Hijetter is a tool to communicate directly with network printers via the Printer
Job Language (PJL) using port 9100.

PFT is a command line tool to communicate directly with network printers via the
Printer Job Language (PJL) using port 9100.

Pjam2 is an effective UDP packet flooder for windows.

Blowdoor 01b is a UNIX backdoor with a definable port, password, executable to
run, process to show job as, and logging facility.


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