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.


Ananova: FBI Warns of New Year Hacker Attacks 05-Dec-00 06:14:30 ET

Story Highlights:“The FBI’s cybercrime unit has warned Web users to be vigilant during the Christmas holidays. The National Infrastructure Protection Centre believes there could be a rise in the number of malicious attacks on e-commerce sites…”

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“Last week saw the emergence of a new, potentially dangerous computer virus that is spreading across computer systems worldwide. The TROJ-Shockwave virus — also dubbed I.worm.Prolin — sends an e-mail attachment that purports to be ‘a great Shockwave flash movie’ but…”

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MSNBC: Experts: Carnivore Review Toothless 04-Dec-00 21:24:41 ET

Story Highlights:“The researchers said that while a previous review completed by a team at the Illinois appeared to have been conducted in good faith, the results were incomplete…”

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“Among other things, the security experts criticized the use of a single, all-powerful user the ‘administrator’ on the system. Such a configuration turns any security hole into a critical flaw, since an unauthorized user on the machine has complete power…”

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Information Week: Task Force Issues Warning On Cyberattacks 04-Dec-00 18:58:23 ET

Story Highlights:“A government-led task force is warning companies doing business over the Internet to tighten security after an increase in computer attacks that have focused on systems related to e-commerce or banking…”

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“The center has also warned against new holiday-oriented viruses, such as ‘Navidad,’ a Spanish-language e-mail worm, and ‘Music,’ an e-mail attachment that displays a picture of Santa Claus and…”

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The Register: Hackers, Windows NT and the FBI 04-Dec-00 19:02:03 ET

Story Highlights:“The FBI has warned e-tailers to guard against hackers. An alert on the FBI-run National Infrastructure Protection Centre (NIPC) Web site reads: ‘Based on FBI investigations and other information, the NIPC has observed that there has recently been an increase…'”

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“The hackers are exploiting at least three known system vulnerabilities to gain unauthorized access and download propriety information. Although these vulnerabilities are not new, this recent activity warrants additional attention…”

Full Story on The Register


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