Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for December 7, 2001


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


The Register: Business Users Victims and Villains in Goner Outbreak 07-Dec-01 09:27:41 ET

Story Highlights:“Business users were the worst offenders in this week’s spread of the Goner worm and many firms were slow to update antiviral protection during the outbreak…”

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“An analysis of the spread of the worm by managed services firm MessageLabs reveals that 93 per cent of the infected emails it blocked in the first day of the outbreak came from business domains…”

Full Story on The Register


ABCNews: Tips to Protect Against and Repair Damage From the Computer Worm 06-Dec-01 09:09:05 ET

Story Highlights:“The Goner worm looks like a screen saver file, but it’s quite a destroyer…”

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“It deletes your antivirus and firewall programs, then installs a backdoor Trojan that could launch a denial of service attack down the line…”

Full Story on ABCNews


ZDNET UK: Goner Proves Social Viruses Still a Threat 05-Dec-01 09:07:03 ET

Story Highlights:“Computer worms such as Code Red and Nimda, which used proven hacker exploits to spread, had led some to speculate that virus writers were moving on from writing viruses that require someone to open an attachment to trigger them…”

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“But the sudden surge of Goner attacks in the last 24 hours is suggesting that antivirus predictions about traditional viruses may have been wrong…”

Full Story on ZDNET UK


The Register: Sports Supplier Drops Punters’ Pants in Public 06-Dec-01 16:58:03 ET

Story Highlights:“An elementary security mistake by the official online supplier of Welsh Rugby and UK Athletics has resulted in the exposure of sensitive customer information on the merchant’s Web site…”

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“Up until yesterday, Official-merchandise.co.uk was using a database query string for order-checking. This HTTP Get method would allow anyone so inclined to see other people’s order details by simply changing the invoice number in the URL…”

Full Story on The Register


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