Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for April 4, 2002


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


The Register: Government Agency Hacked by Teenager – Again 04-Apr-02 05:03:09 ET

Story Highlights:“A young computer enthusiast called ‘splices’ has broken into a database of government contracts, apparently at the US General Services Administration (GSA), due to incredible carelessness with passwords…”

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“The necessary information was included in the comments section of a login banner…”

Full Story on The Register


CNN: Online Fraud Squad Touts Success 03-Apr-02 09:55:28 ET

Story Highlights:“As a high school math teacher, Peter Fulton knows the odds are against people who play the lottery, but admits he was foolish enough to gamble on an Internet scheme that promised to cure his wife of terminal pancreatic cancer…”

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“Fulton’s case was highlighted on Tuesday by the Federal Trade Commission and northwestern law enforcement agencies, who said a coalition to fight online fraud had notched up some successes but still relied on consumers to do more to protect themselves…”

Full Story on CNN


ComputerWorld: EBay Closes Password Security Hole 03-Apr-02 16:49:57 ET

Story Highlights:“Online auction powerhouse eBay Inc. closed a security hole in a password-maintenance feature late yesterday that could have allowed attackers to take over a user’s account and commit fraud…”

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“The vulnerability existed in the feature that allowed registered eBay users to change the passwords that they use to log into the site…”

Full Story on ComputerWorld


IDG News: Worms Overtake DoS as Top Attacks in 2002 03-Apr-02 14:16:51 ET

Story Highlights:“The internet has become a riskier place for businesses since the fall of 2001 and doesn’t look to be any more secure in the near future, according to security firm Internet Security Systems, which released its security incident figures for the first quarter of 2002 Wednesday…”

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“Overall Internet security has been hampered by a steady tide of denial of service (DoS) attacks, as well as the rise of hybrid attacks — attack tools that spread through multiple means…”

Full Story on IDG News


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