Daily Cybercrime and Security Report for October 18, 2001

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

ZDNET: Watchdog Scuttles Warez Pirate Site 16-Oct-01 1:04:49 ET

Story Highlights:“Technology watchdog group Business Software Alliance (BSA) announced it had shut down, a site that’s become a sort of gateway for pirates to distribute the spoils of their hacking endeavors…”

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“Visitors to are greeted with a message stating that the site has been closed at the request of the BSA. It also includes the following warning: ‘Advertising, selling or distributing unlicensed software on the Internet is illegal…'”

Full Story on ZDNET

Computer User: Anti-Terror Hackers Seek Govt Blessing 18-Oct-01 03:31:23 ET

Story Highlights:“A vigilante hacking group is attempting to obtain government approval for its anti-terrorism efforts…”

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“During an online meeting of the group’s members, founder Kim Schmitz said Yihat is negotiating with one European and one Asian government to ‘legalize’ the group’s hacking activities in those nations…”

Full Story on Computer User

ABCNews: Man Pleads No Contest to Hacking Into Computer of Firm Affiliated with Department of Defense 17-Oct-01 12:17:53 ET

Story Highlights:“A former employee of a company that makes guidance systems for the Defense Department has pleaded no contest to hacking into the company’s computer system and shutting it down for 24 hours…”

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“Armen Oganesyan’s trial was scheduled to start Tuesday but he pleaded no contest to one count of computer access and fraud. He also admitted causing more than $150,000 in property damage…”

Full Story on ABCNews

Computer User: Microsoft Rallies Industry Against Bug Anarchy 18-Oct-01 03:31:53 ET

Story Highlights:“Pushed to the brink by recent Internet worm outbreaks, Microsoft hopes to rally the computer industry against those who improperly publish information about security vulnerabilities…”

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“In an editorial at Microsoft’s site, Scott Culp, head of the company’s Security Response Center, announced the initiative against what he called ‘information anarchy…'”

Full Story on Computer User

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