Daily Cybercrime and Security Report for July 20, 2001

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

Ananova: Experts Worried by White House Virus 20-Jul-01 06:11:52 ET

Story Highlights:“E-security experts admit they are concerned about a virus that threatened to shut down the White House website…”

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“According to Moscow’s Kaspersky Labs, the ‘Code Red’ worm is the first able to perform its activities without actually appearing as a file…”

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ZDNET UK: ‘Code Red’ Worm Claims 12,000 Servers 20-Jul-01 06:06:09 ET

Story Highlights:“Almost 12,000 Web servers have been infected by a new Internet worm that takes advantage of a security flaw in Microsoft software to deface sites…”

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“Known as the Code Red worm because of evidence that it may have been launched from China, the self-spreading program infects servers using unpatched versions of Microsoft’s Internet Information Server software and…”

Full Story on ZDNET UK

CNN: ‘Code Red’ Computer Worm Targets White House 20-Jul-01 02:36:02 ET

Story Highlights:“A computer worm known as ‘Code Red’ was unleashed on nearly 100,00 Web servers Thursday, posing a risk of deleted files and slow performance…”

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“One of its intended targets, they said, was the White House Web site…”

Full Story on CNN

BBC: Hacking: A History 20-Jul-01 06:07:10 ET

Story Highlights:“The original meaning of the word ‘hack’ was born at MIT, and originally meant an elegant, witty or inspired way of doing almost anything…”

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“Now the meaning has changed to become something of a portmanteau term associated with the breaking into or harming of any kind of computer or telecommunications system…”

Full Story on BBC

CNN: Two E-Mail Viruses Making Rounds 20-Jul-01 04:06:02 ET

Story Highlights:“Anti-virus experts are warning of two computer bugs, one targeting the White House site with a Web attack, while the other is rated a ‘medium risk’ to users because the number of infections is rising quickly…”

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“They said this particular worm does have some destructive payload, meaning it can destroy or delete some files, but the major problem it is causing is a degradation of performance and…”

Full Story on CNN

[email protected] Week: Latest Destructive Virus, SirCam, Spreading Quickly 19-Jul-01 18:54:54 ET

Story Highlights:“A new virus has been discovered that has the possibility to fill up users’ hard drives, delete files, distribute private documents, hide itself from typical virus scanners, and propagate itself across the Internet using the Microsoft Outlook address book…”

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“The Symantec Anti-Virus Research Center (SARC) has ranked the threat of the virus, entitled SirCam, a four, with five being the most serious…”

Full Story on [email protected] Week

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