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.

Computer User: Feds Warn Of Concerted Hacker Attacks 02-Jan-01 03:10:19 ET

Story Highlights:“Federal computer security experts are urging system administrators to take added precautions in securing Web servers and network firewalls, citing FBI reports indicating an increase in activity that often precedes widespread cyber attacks…”

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“Authorities at the National Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC) — the FBI’s cybercrime division — said data gleaned from FBI investigations and other sources indicate that many computer systems may already have been turned into ‘zombies’ waiting for commands from hackers to cripple the Internet…”

Full Story on Computer User

Info World: What You Didn’t Get For Christmas: Viruses 02-Jan-01 11:00:34 ET

Story Highlights:“At least one anti-virus software vendor said on Tuesday that the holiday viruses it warned about did not show up. Santa left the nasty gifts with his elves…”

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“‘We did not get any problem reports at all from Europe or Asia. I expect it to stay quiet,’ said Marius van Oers, virus research engineer at McAfee…”

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Ananova: Internet Gamers Killed Off In Online Massacre 02-Jan-01 06:14:17 ET

Story Highlights:“Internet gamers whose characters were killed off in an online assault by a mystery enemy are to be given a new lease of life…”

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“Speculation has mounted that the virtual massacre was carried out by a hacker who broke into the game servers. The cause of the problem has not been revealed, but a Blizzard spokesman said the company apologised ‘for any inconvenience or frustration…'”

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ZDNET UK: Internet Fraud Booming, Says Chamber Of Commerce 02-Jan-01 08:55:20 ET

Story Highlights:“Internet fraud is rising steeply, according to the International Chamber of Commerce’s Commercial Crime Services (CCS) division, which reports that nearly two thirds of all cases it dealt with in 2000 involved online fraud…”

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“According to CCS, it is all too easy to create the illusion of respectability on the Internet. ‘Cybercrime is traditional crime perpetrated through a new and powerful medium,’ says Pottengal Mukundan, director of CCS…”

Full Story on ZDNET UK

Computer User: Korean Hacker Attacks Triple During 2000 31-Dec-00 03:10:33 ET

Story Highlights:“The number of hacking incidents detected or reported in South Korea this year hit around 2,000 compared to 572 cases during 1999, according to figures released by the Korea Information Security…”

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“The institute’s figures, reported by the Korea Herald, showed there were 1,858 hacking cases up to November 2000, compared to 572 in 1999 and only 158 during 1998…”

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Ananova: 2000 A Record Year For E-Mail Viruses 31-Dec-00 07:59:56 ET

Story Highlights:“Attacks by e-mail viruses soared by 300% during the past year, a report has revealed…”

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“Virus-monitoring company MessageLabs said it had detected and stopped 155,528 e-mail viruses by the end of November — a rate of one every three minutes. In some months, one in every 700 e-mails had acquired a virus, up 300% from one in 2000 at the start of the year. May, the month of the infamous Love Bug virus, saw 23,290 viruses detected…”

Full Story on Ananova

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