Daily Cybercrime and Security Report for November 19, 2001


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


CNN: Viruses Dwindle, But Impact Rises 16-Nov-01 20:51:35 ET

Story Highlights:“Although the overall number of viruses being detected each month is falling, the severity of the viruses being written is increasing…”

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“This year’s ‘Code Red’ and ‘Nimda’ worms are perfect examples of this trend…”

Full Story on CNN


ZDNET: Will Hackers Keep the Cyberpeace? 16-Nov-01 01:10:18 ET

Story Highlights:“Six days after the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, a major European hacker group issued an unorthodox plea to the rest of the computer underground for cyberpeace…”

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“The group was responding to calls for revenge by malicious hackers who had defaced Middle Eastern Web sites after…”

Full Story on ZDNET


Information Week: Automatic Alerts, Patches Make Security Less Onerous 19-Nov-01 09:34:17 ET

Story Highlights:“Whenever a software vendor discloses a security vulnerability in its product, it sets off a race between the hackers who want to take advantage of the weakness to attack systems and the administrators whose job it is to secure those systems…”

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“The only way for the white hats to win is to quickly identify and patch their vulnerable systems, which could number in the hundreds or thousands…”

Full Story on Information Week


ZDNET UK: ‘Drive-by’ Hacking a Real Threat 19-Nov-01 13:26:49 ET

Story Highlights:“X-Force — an Internet Security Systems anti-hacking team — takes its job very seriously, even taking to the streets of Sydney for security threat analysis in the form of ‘drive-by hacking…'”

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“The team discovered 12 wireless networks that were easily accessible and vulnerable to hacking…”

Full Story on ZDNET UK


Internet Week: Energy Firms Stand Guard Amid Threats 16-Nov-01 16:06:49 ET

Story Highlights:“Electric utilities are on 24-hour watch for cyberterrorist activity amid warnings from experts that newly constructed networks connecting providers have left the nation’s power grid more vulnerable than ever…”

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“To that end, 10 energy companies this week launched an operations center to monitor and report on the risks of physical and online threats…”

Full Story on Internet Week


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