Daily Cybercrime and Security Report


If you do business on the Internet, you cannot afford to be uninformed about the dangers and pitfalls that cybercrime poses. The following is a daily survey of the latest cybercrime news from around the world.


MSNBC: Virus Won’t Let Victims Get Help 28-Nov-00 20:09:58 ET

Story Highlights:“A computer virus thats smart enough to block its victims from getting help is steadily spreading around the Internet. The bug, called MTX, was discovered in August and initially labeled a low risk. But in recent weeks, infections have been growing and last week it was the most prevalent virus in the world…”

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“The bug has one very sinister feature: once it infects a user, its programmed to stop the victim from visiting antivirus Web sites and sending ‘mayday’ e-mails to antivirus companies…”

Full Story on MSNBC


ZDNET UK: SDMI Awards Hackers In Contest 29-Nov-00 07:39:13 ET

Story Highlights:“A music and technology forum that ran a $10,000 contest back in September challenging people to hack into copyright protection technologies said on Tuesday it was paying prize money to two hackers…”

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“Earlier this month SDMI said two of five copyright protection technologies had been successfully attacked…”

Full Story on ZDNET UK


Info World: Music Technology Forum Awards Hackers In Contest 28-Nov-00 20:01:50 ET

Story Highlights:“The Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI) said it was contacting two successful challengers, who will receive $5,000 each…”

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“SDMI disclosed the results earlier this month following weeks of speculation and embarrassment for the group amid claims by researchers from Princeton and Rice universities and the Xerox Palo Alto Research Centers who said they had defeated four of the group’s watermarking technologies, which try to guard against hacking…”

Full Story on Info World


CNN: Pentagon Inspector General Sharply Criticizes Deutch 28-Nov-00 21:10:20 ET

Story Highlights:“The Pentagon inspector general on Tuesday sharply criticized former Deputy Defense Secretary John Deutch for storing classified material on a laptop computer he used at home to access America Online…”

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“The inspector general called that an extremely risky practice because a computer hacker could have gained online access to the laptop and information stored on the hard drive. ‘We find his conduct in this regard particularly egregious in light of existing DOD policy directives…'”

Full Story on CNN


AsiaBizTech Japan: Computer Viruses Conference Convenes in Tokyo 29-Nov-00 00:11:37 ET

Story Highlights:“A two-day conference of the Association of Anti-Virus Asia Researchers (AVAR), an international meeting to exchange information on the latest trends and technical know-how for dealing with computer viruses got underway in Tokyo…”

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“Mondo Yamamoto, Deputy Director of the Office of IT Security Policy of Japan’s Ministry of International Trade and Industry, said that 5,222 cases of computer virus infections were reported to the Information-technology Promotion Agency between January and September 2000…”

Full Story on AsiaBizTech Japan


CNET News.com: Businesses Look To Allay Online Shopping Fears 28-Nov-00 15:24:23 ET

Story Highlights:“Companies ranging from online portals to credit card giants are trying this holiday season to calm people’s fears about online privacy and fraud…”

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“That concern follows several widely reported online security problems, from hackers stealing thousands of credit card numbers at CD Universe to failed dot-com companies trying to sell their customer lists…”

Full Story on CNET News.com


ZDNET UK: Stephen King Puts ‘The Plant’ On Ice 29-Nov-00 06:55:08 ET

Story Highlights:“Stephen King is pulling the plug, for now, on ‘The Plant.’ The bestselling author said on his Web site that he will temporarily suspend the serial novel after the sixth installment…”

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“Although readers downloaded some 400,000 free copies of the 66-page novella, hackers broke through the book’s anti-copying technology the day it was made available and posted unauthorized versions on the Internet. In an effort to win sales without resorting to fallible encryption…”

Full Story on ZDNET UK


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