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.


ZDNET UK: Cybercrime Treaty May Conflict With UN Declaration 12-Dec-00 09:55:03 ET

Story Highlights:“Will the Universal Declaration of Human Rights be enshrined in international cybercrime law…?”

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“Yaman Akdeniz, director of Cyber Rights & Cyber Liberties is expected to warn that developing techniques to combat high-tech crime could lead to unjustified Internet surveillance. He is also expected to call for increased consultation with human rights organisations…”

Full Story on ZDNET UK


Inter@ctive Week: Proposed Cybercrime Treaty Still Draws Objections 11-Dec-00 15:40:30 ET

Story Highlights:“With a December deadline looming, a European organization drafting a proposed cybercrime treaty is under increased pressure from U.S. industry representatives to slow the process…”

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“Council of Europe committee is expected to meet this week and may finish drafting the treaty, which is aimed at harmonizing cybercrime laws and promoting greater cooperation among law enforcement authorities in investigating cybercrimes…”

Full Story on Inter@ctive Week


Forbes: Hacker Posts Sexy Photos on Japan Police Web Site 11-Dec-00 21:24:04 ET

Story Highlights:“Computer hackers took an embarrassing bite out of Japan’s police watchdog agency last week, posting pictures of scantily clad women on its Web site…”

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A spokesman for the National Police Agency, which oversees the Web site for the watchdog National Public Safety Commission, said on Tuesday the Web site was temporarily shut down on December 8 for a clean-up after a staffer discovered the embarrassing alterations…”

Full Story on Forbes


Newsbytes: Hacker-Spammer Pleads Guilty 12-Dec-00 08:40:42 ET

Story Highlights:“An Orange County, Calif. man who took control of an Internet service provider to send millions of anonymous spam e-mails about pornography and get-rich-quick schemes has reportedly pleaded guilty to second-degree forgery…”

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“An Associated Press report today named 46-year-old Jason Garon as the hacker who allegedly sent millions of unsolicited e-mails to America Online subscribers and disguised them to seem as if they had been sent from…”

Full Story on Newsbytes


Red Herring: Technology Can Eliminate Retro-Voting 11-Dec-00 20:25:46 ET

Story Highlights:“The presidential election was frustrating for everyone, but for tech heads it was downright distressful…”

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“‘A good hacker could send in a virus to every computer and make sure everyone votes for Bush, for example, even if they think they are voting for Gore,’ says Dan Boneh, a prominent cryptologist at Stanford University…”

Full Story on Red Herring


The Register: E-mail ‘Bug’ Danger Overstated? 11-Dec-00 20:01:38 ET

Story Highlights:“We recently came across an InfoWorld.com item suggesting that an HTML ‘bug’ implanted in spam could be a major boon to malicious hackers…”

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“But we’re not convinced that the specific technique cited — merely embedding a one-pixel image on the body of a spam message — gives malicious hackers anything that they couldn’t get more easily through other means. However, the possibility is suggested in the InfoWorld piece…”

Full Story on The Register


Newsbytes: FTC Denies Web Site Security Hole 11-Dec-00 18:40:34 ET

Story Highlights:“The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) today angrily refuted a news story that its Web site is vulnerable to intrusion due to a reported security hole in Netscape’s Enterprise Server software…”

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“Mike Frank, a senior FTC computer specialist who was quoted in the IDG article, today told Newsbytes that the Enterprise Server feature that reportedly allowed hackers access to the site wasn’t even enabled on the FTC site…”

Full Story on Newsbytes


The Register: Communists, Blofeld Et Al Plan Cyber Pearl Harbor For US 11-Dec-00 14:46:28 ET

Story Highlights:“Don’t look now, but the cyber ‘missile gap’ might be turning into an issue. Speaking at Microsoft’s Safenet 2000 conference on Friday, top White House security official Richard Clarke painted a grim picture of foreign powers setting up cyber warfare squads intent on unleashing an electronic Pearl Harbor on the USA…”

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“As far as the Internet is concerned: ‘Security was not a design criterion. Those who wish to do us ill in cyberspace can do so easily. They can steal information, invade our privacy, rob our money…'”

Full Story on The Register


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