Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for January 9, 2003

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

Fairfax I.T.: New Variant of 1999 Worm Spotted 09-Jan-03 05:01:47 ET

Story Highlights:“Anti-virus software maker F-Secure has issued an advisory about the discovery of a new variant of ExploreZip, a worm which was first found in 1999…”

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“This variant differs from the old in that it is compressed with the UPX file compressor. It has all the functionality of the original worm…”

Full Story on Fairfax I.T.

MSNBC: Virus Lauds Singer Avril Lavigne 08-Jan-03 17:20:21 ET

Story Highlights:“Grammy nominee Avril Lavigne is the weapon deployed by computer virus users trying once again to wreak havoc on Internet users…”

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“A new malicious program called ‘Lirva’ — the singer’s name spelled backwards — promises information on the 18-year-old star…”

Full Story on MSNBC

The Register: Microsoft Adds Security Layers to ISA Server 09-Jan-03 09:50:59 ET

Story Highlights:“Microsoft Corp. will start to foster use of two-factor user-authentication and application-layer firewall defenses with the Feature Pack 1 upgrade to its Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2000 firewall and web-caching server…”

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“ISA Server 2000 Feature Pack 1 supports RSA Security Inc.’s ACE/Agent component of that company’s SecureID software to provide for two-factor authentication at the network edge…”

Full Story on The Register

PCWorld: Xbox Hackers Resume Effort 09-Jan-03 08:47:15 ET

Story Highlights:“The Neo Project, a group of distributed computing enthusiasts, has apparently resumed its attempt to crack an encryption key used to digitally sign software for Microsoft’s Xbox video game console…”

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“The group had said on its Web site on January 7 that for legal reasons it had abandoned its effort to crack the key, just four days after it began. However, a different message appeared the next day…”

Full Story on PCWorld

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