Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for January 20, 2003


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


CNN: Legendary Hacker To Get Unleashed and Online 19-Jan-03 17:01:43 ET

Story Highlights:“One of the world’s most famous computer hackers gets off probation this week and plans to dive back into the Internet, his former playground where breaking-and-entering landed him in jail for five years…”

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“On Tuesday, 39-year-old Kevin Mitnick will log on to the Internet for the first time in eight years, during the live TechTV show ‘Screen Savers…'”

Full Story on CNN


The Register: The Curmudgeon’s Crystal Ball: Security Predictions for 2003 19-Jan-03 23:35:12 ET

Story Highlights:“For better or for worse, 2003 will be an exciting year for information assurance professionals and for the Internet in general, particularly on the policy and technical fronts…”

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“As always, the phrase ‘never a dull moment’ will apply to us involved in the security field, which will hopefully mean that we’ll stay gainfully employed…”

Full Story on The Register


ZDNET UK: Hackers Attack New Smartphones 17-Jan-03 06:01:56 ET

Story Highlights:“Microsoft and UK carrier Orange are investigating whether hackers are sending rogue software to cellphones using Microsoft’s Smartphone 2002 operating system…”

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“Instructions about avoiding the security catches inside the smartphone, which Orange sells and calls the SPV, were made public the last few days…”

Full Story on ZDNET UK


Washington Post: Agents Wade in Filth To Find Predators 20-Jan-03 08:11:39 ET

Story Highlights:“As an FBI agent overseeing undercover work in online chat rooms, Stacey Bradley must venture into what she calls ‘the beast of the Internet’ and view images on the computer that turn her stomach, even make her cry…”

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” Bradley is a supervisor with the FBI’s Operation Innocent Images, an initiative launched by the Baltimore division in 1995 to thwart people who engage in online child pornography or child sex exploitation…”

Full Story on Washington Post


PCWorld: Critics Say Security Laws Sacrifice Civil Liberties 16-Jan-03 08:47:15 ET

Story Highlights:“Civil Libertarians are in a dither again, this time over new disclosure provisions for Internet service providers that are contained within the recently signed Homeland Security Act…”

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“Before the ink was even dry on President Bush’s signature, Civil Libertarians and legal experts were sounding alarms about Section 225 of the HSA. That section contains the controversial Cyber Security Enhancement Act, initially introduced by Representative Lamar Smith (R-Texas). Designed to strengthen sentencing guidelines for computer crimes that result in death or physical injury to others, the CSEA includes a number of provisions that loosen disclosure laws for ISPs and other companies that communicate online…”

Full Story on PCWorld


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