Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for September 16, 2002


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


ABCNews: Internet as Weapon 16-Sep-02 07:45:59 ET

Story Highlights:“Intelligence experts worry that the next terrorist strike on the United States will be what they call a ‘swarming attack’ a bombing or suicide hijacking combined with a hit on computers that will make it make tougher for law enforcement and emergency teams to respond…”

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“To deal with such a threat, the Bush administration is finalizing a strategy to guard against cyberterrorism…”

Full Story on ABCNews


MSNBC: Massive Credit Card Heist Suspected 13-Sep-02 12:05:49 ET

Story Highlights:“A Los Angeles-based Internet company said that 140,000 fake credit card charges, worth $5.07 each, were processed through its transaction system Thursday, in a computer scam that may have affected as many as 25 companies…”

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“The apparent fraud suggests that a computer criminal may have obtained a sizable list of stolen credit card numbers and was testing them for validity…”

Full Story on MSNBC


The Register: Slapper Worm Spanks Apache Servers 16-Sep-02 06:19:11 ET

Story Highlights:“A virulent Linux worm is creating an attack network on the Internet…”

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“Slapper exploits a previously disclosed OpenSSL vulnerability to create an attack platform for distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against other sites…”

Full Story on The Register


Wired: Video-Conferencing Hole Exposed 16-Sep-02 02:00:48 ET

Story Highlights:“Malicious hackers are no longer limited to looking at private data — now they can also see their victims…”

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“Even a relatively unskilled attacker can transform some video-conferencing systems into video-surveillance units, using the devices to snoop, record or publicly broadcast presumably private video conferences…”

Full Story on Wired


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