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.


CNN: Clone of ‘Melissa’ Virus Infects the Internet 19-Apr-01 10:48:03 ET

Story Highlights:“Promising help in the mating game, a new Trojan virus similar to the ‘Melissa’ bug is proliferating quickly across the Internet…”

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“The sneaky worm, disguised as a love matching program, spreads via e-mail, sending itself as an attachment twice to all addresses in an infected user’s Windows Address book…”

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The Register: Matchmaking Internet Worm Brought Under Control 18-Apr-01 12:55:41 ET

Story Highlights:“The outbreak of a mass emailing worm, which masquerades as a matchmaking program, has been brought under control…”

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“Matcher infects Windows machines only and comes in an email with the subject: ‘Matcher.’ The misspelled and grammatically incorrect body text reads: ‘Want to find your love mates!!! Try this its cool. Looks and Attitude Maching to opposite sex…'”

Full Story on The Register


ZDNET: Few Hearts Broken Over Lonely Hearts Virus 18-Apr-01 12:55:41 ET

Story Highlights:“Antivirus software companies said a new virus that disguises itself as a program for finding romance partners is spreading quickly between companies in Europe…”

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“Companies say the virus, known as Matcher.A, is less potent than the I Love You virus that ravaged computer systems last May, but it could pose a nuisance by overloading mail servers internationally…”

Full Story on ZDNET


ZDNET UK: 35,000 for Hackers to Crack Web Server 19-Apr-01 14:39:06 ET

Story Highlights:“Computer hackers from around the world are being invited to break into a locked-down Web server for 35,000, in a competition launched for to publicise Britain’s largest security conference, Infosec…”

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“US-based security firm Argus Systems Group will offer the prize money to any hacker that can penetrate its PitBull security software…”

Full Story on ZDNET UK


TechWeb: ‘Sandboxing’ Technology Can Stifle Hackers 18-Apr-01 20:10:07 ET

Story Highlights:“Forget the popular myth of the teen hacker. An older, more sophisticated hacker is out there, spreading malicious code disguised as files and standard Internet apps into corporate networks…”

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“Today’s popular content-security technology ferrets out only known viruses or specified content…”

Full Story on TechWeb


TechWeb: Equifax, BeTRUSTed Combat Identity Fraud 18-Apr-01 19:40:04 ET

Story Highlights:“BeTRUSTed, an e-security integrator, and Equifax Secure are teaming up to combat cybercrime with a particular emphasis on identity theft…”

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“To prevent online fraud and help businesses determine the identity of consumers and partners, the two companies will offer authentication and digital certificate registration services…”

Full Story on TechWeb


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