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.


E-Commerce Times: Egghead Hacked and Cracked 22-Dec-00 10:09:29 ET

Story Highlights:“Computer products e-tailer Egghead.com (Nasdaq: EGGS) said Friday that a hacker has breached its computer systems and may have gained access to its customer database…”

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“The company added that it has retained the ‘world’s leading computer security experts’ to investigate the breach and analyze its security measures. The Menlo Park, California-based e-tailer did not say how or when it discovered the breach, but did say that it had been in the process of strengthening its security systems…”

Full Story on E-Commerce Times


Computer User: McAfee AVERT Warns over Holiday Viruses 22-Dec-00 03:11:04 ET

Story Highlights:“McAfee’s anti-virus emergency response team (AVERT) says that more than a thousand of its customers have been infected by holiday viruses over the last 45 days. Several of the viruses have been designed to hide and then affect computers on or around Christmas Day…”

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“The firm’s research team has received more than 500 reported cases of the Hybris worm alone in the past 45 days, including reports from Fortune 500 companies, the company says…”

Full Story on Computer User


CNET News.com: FBI Looking Into Questionable Credit Card Charges 21-Dec-00 19:39:53 ET

Story Highlights:“Mysterious charges to the credit card accounts of dozens of online shoppers may be linked to the online theft of more than 55,000 credit card numbers last week, an FBI official said Thursday…”

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“People have flooded the Internet message board FatWallet.com with complaints of unauthorized charges ranging from $10 to $18 from a company called Global Telecom, based in Moscow. ‘Because they are such small amounts, a lot of people may not notice the charges,’ said Kim Sebring, who told CNET News.com that her card was charged…”

Full Story on CNET News.com


Newsbytes: E-Greetings Spread Viruses, Tax Networks 21-Dec-00 16:57:21 ET

Story Highlights:“Holiday e-greetings might be creating more havoc than goodwill. A glut of online cards and growing concerns about computer viruses have companies putting workers on alert…”

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“Some companies are warning employees not to store or forward e-greetings, which often contain attachments and animated images that can overwhelm computer systems…”

Full Story on Newsbytes


The Register: Nasty Hybrid Virus Gift Unwraps on Xmas Day 21-Dec-00 13:46:32 ET

Story Highlights:“A mutation of a dangerous virus could render the computers of infected users inoperable this Christmas…”

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“On 25 December, the virus will attempt to flash the BIOS of a computer, preventing boot up and in most cases requiring a user to replace hardware. The virus will also begin overwriting files on all available drives…”

Full Story on The Register


AsiaBizTech Japan: Watch Out for PC Virus on Christmas Day 22-Dec-00 03:12:10 ET

Story Highlights:“Symantec Corp. has made a public announcement regarding the ‘W32.Kriz’ computer virus, which threatens to rear its ugly head on Christmas Day…”

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“W32.Kriz is not a new computer virus. It was first discovered a year ago, but reports of outbreaks have been growing increasingly frequent…”

Full Story on AsiaBizTech Japan


The Register: McAfee Virus Update Damages NT 4.0 Files 22-Dec-00 04:46:11 ET

Story Highlights:“An update to Network Associates’ McAfee VirusScan anti-virus software has been found to damage the master boot record of Windows NT 4.0 computers, forcing customers to reinstall their operating systems…”

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“The problem occurred because of a conflict between VirusScan/Netshield 4.0.2 – which is now two years old – and the 4120/4110 SuperDAT utility, which automatically updates antivirus protection with a file that contains the latest signature profiles…”

Full Story on The Register


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