Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for December 18, 2001

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

BBC: Warning of Malicious E-cards 18-Dec-01 04:07:03 ET

Story Highlights:“People are being warned to watch out for computer viruses which could be hidden in electronic Christmas cards…”

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“‘Just be vigilant,’ said Andrew Armstrong, general manager of antivirus firm Trend Micro, “because you’ll be getting e-mails with Christmas cards in or with attachments and they could potentially be a virus…'”

Full Story on BBC

The Register: A Plague on All Our Networks 18-Dec-01 06:58:31 ET

Story Highlights:“Incidents of virus-infected emails have soared to unprecedented levels this year with an estimated one in 370 messages containing malicious code…”

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“That’s the estimate from managed services firm MessageLabs which detected an email every 18 seconds during 2001. By the end of the second week of December, the MessageLabs service had detected and stopped 1,628,750 email viruses in 2001…”

Full Story on The Register

LATimes: Interior Dep’t to Go Back Online 17-Dec-01 17:00:08 ET

Story Highlights:“U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth had ordered the Interior Department to terminate nearly all of its Internet access in an effort to protect…”

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“On Monday, he called the department’s security ‘a disgrace to the United States,’ but said that there were ‘innocent citizens’ suffering because of the Internet shutdown…”

Full Story on LATimes

ZDNET: RSA Beefs Up Wireless Security 18-Dec-01 17:29:14 ET

Story Highlights:RSA Security will announce new technology designed to improve the security of wireless networks used within buildings and protect them from so-called ‘drive-by hacks…'”

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“Such networks are growing increasingly common within corporations, warehouses and government offices for laptops and handheld devices where consumers need mobility…”

Full Story on ZDNET

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