Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for April 1, 2003

A daily survey of the latest cybercrime news from around the world.

MSNBC: Hackers Plan Attacks To Protest War 01-Apr-03 10:04:07 ET

Story Highlights:“Chinese hacker groups are planning attacks on U.S.- and U.K.-based Web sites to protest the war in Iraq, the Department of Homeland Security warned in an alert that it unintentionally posted on a government Web site…”

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“The hackers are planning ‘distributed denial-of-service’ attacks, which render Web sites and networks unusable by flooding them with massive amounts of traffic…”

Full Story on MSNBC

The Register: Free Software Gives Hackers Taste of Own Medicine 01-Apr-03 08:11:07 ET

Story Highlights:“IT security specialist Backfire Security today announced the availability of a software download as a discrete desktop client application which wreaks revenge on those hackers and culprits attacking your network or infecting users with worms and/or viruses…”

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“PAYBACK v1.0 is a new kind of anti-hacker application called an IRS (Intruder Retaliation System) and is based upon “guerrilla” programming protocols and algorithms originally developed for the Chinese Space Program…”

Full Story on The Register

MSNBC: Hacker Cracks Xbox Challenge 31-Mar-03 08:47:15 ET

Story Highlights:“An anonymous hacker has succeeded in running Linux on an unmodified Xbox, apparently satisfying a $100,000 challenge funded by Lindows founder Michael Robertson…”

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“A hacker using the name Habibi-Xbox revealed the exploit Saturday in a message posted on the Xbox Hacker Web site. Organizers of the Xbox-Linux Project confirmed the method works…”

Full Story on MSNBC

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