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: Melissa Variant Targets Macintosh 18-Jan-01 16:55:03 ET

Story Highlights:“A new strain of the Melissa virus specifically targeting Macintosh users started making the rounds within the past 48 hours…”

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“So far, dozens of corporate users — most in Europe — have been hit, but a massive outbreak is not expected. The new virus is tricky because it attacks Microsoft Word 2001 for Macintosh files, a new file format many antivirus products cant quite handle yet…”

Full Story on MSNBC


CNET News.com: Melissa Variant Spreads as Mac Document 18-Jan-01 17:24:36 ET

Story Highlights:“Vincent Gullotto, director of Network Associates’ McAfee antivirus emergency research team, said the first sample of the new strain came to his lab about a month ago. In the past day or two, however, more than two dozen reports have…”

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“Dubbed alternatively Melissa-X and Melissa 2001, it can be spread on either a PC or a Macintosh. Like other Melissa variants, though, only Windows PCs will send mass e-mail copies of the infected file…”

Full Story on CNET News.com


Newsbytes: ‘Mafiaboy’ Takes Rap On 55 Counts 18-Jan-01 18:25:44 ET

Story Highlights:“What could have been a lengthy trial for a Canadian teen hacker evaporated today when the youth known as ‘Mafiaboy’ pleaded guilty to charges that he broke into Internet servers and used them as launching pads for attacks…”

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“The guilty pleas will avert a trial that would have detailed how investigators in the US and Canada traced attacks on the popular Web sites to ‘zombie’ Internet hosts that…”

Full Story on Newsbytes


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