Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for March 19, 2002

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

ComputerWorld: Hacker Exposes Financial Information at Georgia Tech 18-Mar-02 16:11:20 ET

Story Highlights:“State and federal authorities are investigating a hack into a computer server at the Atlanta-based Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) last week…”

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“An undetermined number of employee financial records and university credit card numbers could have been exposed when the server was hacked last week…”

Full Story on ComputerWorld

The Register: Super DIRT Trojan To Infect Indiscriminately 18-Mar-02 12:22:37 ET

Story Highlights:“Our friend Frank Jones of Codex Data Systems has been busy with a number of projects associated with his loathsome DIRT Trojan, most notably one which seeks to distribute the infection indiscriminately…”

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“John Young has posted an HTML version of Jones’ PowerPoint slide show, and from this we gather that Jones either has, or is struggling to develop, a super-malicious strain of his little viral toy…”

Full Story on The Register

InformationWeek: On the Horizon: Cyber-Protection’s Murky Waters Run Deep 18-Mar-02 09:06:41 ET

Story Highlights:“What would have happened if the tragic attacks of Sept. 11 had been followed by cyberattacks on the computer systems that control the nation’s electric power grids, transportation networks, and water supplies? Are we prepared for a cyberattack on our critical infrastructure?…”

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“The short answer is no…”

Full Story on InformationWeek

The Register: Senator ‘Cheesy Chuck’ Schumer Phears the Virus 19-Mar-02 05:38:45 ET

Story Highlights:“Poor worm, thou art infected! I mean the computer virus, not its target…”

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“Its image ripe and diseased with grand fictions, the gravity and nature of the computer virus phenomenon, as far as the public understands it, is now whatever anyone with the microphone says it is…”

Full Story on The Register

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