Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for December 21, 2001


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


The Register: PayPal Spoof Site Sought Credit Details 20-Dec-01 19:41:56 ET

Story Highlights:“A rather poor spam memo urging PayPal users to log into a spoof site and claim a five-dollar credit by ‘updating their records’ (i.e., giving up their credit-card details) appears not to have fooled many people…”

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“As a discussion on one of eBay’s forums indicates, the spam message contained far too many errors to be convincing…”

Full Story on The Register


ABCNews: Shedding Light on ‘Magic Lantern’ 21-Dec-01 08:08:47 ET

Story Highlights:“In order to stop criminals and terrorists who may be plotting evil deeds using computers and the Internet, the FBI is developing a tool that is more commonly associated with computer hackers…”

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“According to the FBI and other law enforcement agencies, computer-savvy criminals are increasingly turning to encryption software to protect their sensitive data from prying eyes…”

Full Story on ABCNews


The Register: Porno Paymaster CCBill Hacked Hard 21-Dec-01 07:31:24 ET

Story Highlights:“Porn site billing processor CCBill has somehow managed to leak the server passwords of well over a thousand of its clients, whose systems have since been infected by IRC bots listening on port 9872 for whatever commands their owner wishes to issue…”

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“The immediate, superficial concern is that someone is planning a significant DDoS attack with the compromised machines…”

Full Story on The Register


ZDNET UK: Help & HowTo: Reeezak 21-Dec-01 07:52:45 ET

Story Highlights:“Just in time for the holidays, the Reeezak worm (w32.reeezak.a@mm) is spreading its political message and dangerous payload across the Internet…”

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“Reeezak is a politically and holiday-themed variation of the Zacker (w32.zacker@mm) or Maldal (w32.maldal@mm) family that arrives via email with the following information…”

Full Story on ZDNET UK


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