Daily Cybercrime and Security Report for June 12, 2001


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


E-Commerce Times: Alleged E-Commerce Extortionist To Plead Not Guilty 12-Jun-01 8:52:47 ET

Story Highlights:“Robert Holcomb, a chemistry graduate student indicted last week in connection with an alleged extortion attempt against e-commerce firm Audible (Nasdaq: ADBL), will plead not guilty, his attorney said Monday…”

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“According to a federal prosecutor who asked not to be named, the U.S. Department of Justice hopes that by withholding company names in court filings, victims of e-commerce crimes will be willing to seek help from law enforcement…”

Full Story on E-Commerce Times


Newsbytes: Virginia Government Data Web Site Hacked 11-Jun-01 17:24:59 ET

Story Highlights:“A hacker group known as ‘World of Hell’ brought a world of headache on administrators at Virginia’s Department of Information Technology this weekend, many of whom spent the better part of Saturday cleaning up digital graffiti left on the agency’s Web site…”

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“According to the Web defacement mirror at www.alldas.de, World of Hell defaced a Web address that appears to be the Web site for the official portal for the state of Virginia…”

Full Story on Newsbytes


CNN: Viruses May Soon Be on a Handheld Near You 11-Jun-01 09:38:27 ET

Story Highlights:“Though there have only been 12 viruses that specifically target handheld devices like mobile phones and PDAs, the next year or two is likely to see an explosion of viruses for these platforms…”

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“Speaking during a presentation at The Internet Security Conference Thursday, Hansmann said viruses did an estimated $1.5 trillion of damage in 2000…”

Full Story on CNN


ZDNET: A Message to Virus Bozos 11-Jun-01 05:56:14 ET

Story Highlights:“Dear bozos (you know who you are): Put your dunce caps on and repeat after me about a hundred times — I will not open the attachment of an e-mail that promises a picture of a naked celebrity…”

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“Take this advice so that I won’t have to read the insipid ‘news’ reports that will inevitably follow…”

Full Story on ZDNET


Newsbytes: Don’t Have A Cow, Man, It’s Just A Mac ‘Simpsons’ Virus 11-Jun-01 17:24:59 ET

Story Highlights:“A new virus that targets Macintosh users with the lure of hundreds of secretly produced episodes of the ‘Simpsons’ animated TV series is in the wild…”

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“Unlike several recent PC worms that promise a glimpse of naked female celebrities like Jennifer Lopez or Anna Kournikova, the ‘MacSimpsons’ virus takes a more unisex approach to ‘social engineering…'”

Full Story on Newsbytes


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