Daily Cybercrime and Security Report for May 31, 2001


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


MSNBC: Invaders Exploit SETI@home 30-May-01 19:53:21 ET

Story Highlights:“SETI@home, the program that searches through radio data for signs of extraterrestrial intelligence, was harnessed by a different breed of alien invaders, the projects leaders said Wednesday…”

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“Pranksters tapped into the multimillion-user database, made off with tens of thousands of e-mail addresses, then launched a spam attack over Memorial Day weekend…”

Full Story on MSNBC


ZDNET: Hoax Works Better Than a Virus 31-May-01 11:01:13 ET

Story Highlights:“A hoax e-mail warning people that their PCs may contain a virus called sulfnbk.exe — that will be triggered on 1 June — seems to be propagating as a result of mass hysteria…”

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“The e-mail, which was originally written in Portugese and was reported to be doing the rounds in Brazil last month, has now been translated and appears to be appearing throughout the UK…”

Full Story on ZDNET


The Register: Everything You Wanted to Know About DDoS Attacks 31-May-01 07:00:58 ET

Story Highlights:“Independent security expert Steve Gibson has posted his much-awaited analysis of the DDoS attacks launched against his grc.com site and it makes fascinating reading…”

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“Steve was hit with two heavy denial-of-service attacks at the start of the month which made his site inaccessible to everyone…”

Full Story on The Register


The Register: Windows XP Will Make Internet Unstable – Top Security Expert 31-May-01 07:29:58 ET

Story Highlights:“According to top security expert Steve Gibson, Windows XP threatens to make the Internet unstable as it will allow large numbers of people to launch uncontrollable denial-of-service attacks to whichever IP address they see fit…”

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“Mr Gibson came across the flaw while doing an in-depth investigation into DoS attacks on his own site…”

Full Story on The Register


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