Daily Cybercrime and Security Report for September 20, 2001


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


Computer User: Hacker Offering $10 Million for bin Laden Gets Death Threats 20-Sep-01 03:08:24 ET

Story Highlights:“Kim Schmitz, the flamboyant former German hacker who last week offered a $10 million reward for the capture of suspected terrorist Osama Bin Laden, is offering his hacking services to international authorities to fight terrorism…”

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“Schmitz, now a millionaire and CEO of Kimvestor AG, also revealed that he has received numerous death threats because of his reward for Bin Laden…”

Full Story on Computer User


Computer User: Pro-bin Laden Pakistani Hacker Defaces World Trade Site 20-Sep-01 03:08:21 ET

Story Highlights:“In a move that could ignite hacker tensions, the founder of a group called the Pakistan Hackerz Club defaced the Web site of World Trade Services, a California-based firm that facilitates international e-commerce…”

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“In a message left at the defaced site, an individual calling himself ‘Doctor Nuker’ suggested the U.S. government may have orchestrated the terrorist attacks on America to justify widening its manhunt for Osama bin Laden…”

Full Story on Computer User


The Register: Hackers Lash Out at Islamic Usenet Group 19-Sep-01 14:01:20 ET

Story Highlights:“S’kiddies have taken out the mail server used by the moderators of an Islamic Usenet group in the latest of a serious of untargeted attacks by ‘vigilante’ hackers following last week’s terrorist attacks…”

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“The admin of soc.religion.islam told us that hackers threw a mail attack against its server over the weekend which crashed the old machine it used…”

Full Story on The Register


Wired: A ‘Tarpit’ That Traps Worms 19-Sep-01 12:53:03 ET

Story Highlights:“Network administrators now have a hacking tool that can help them strike back at malicious attackers…”

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“‘LaBrea’ is a free, open-source tool that deters worms and other hack attacks by transforming unused network resources into decoy-computers that appear and act just like normal machines on a network…”

Full Story on Wired


Ananova: Nimda Virus Spreads in Asia 20-Sep-01 09:12:58 ET

Story Highlights:“The Nimda computer virus is attacking computers across Asia. Experts report that it is clogging traffic, particularly disrupting access to US-based websites…”

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“Nimda is more dangerous than many recent viruses because it possesses multiple mechanisms to facilitate its spread…”

Full Story on Ananova


Sydney Morning Herald: Nimda Virus Hits Government 20-Sep-01 06:22:22 ET

Story Highlights:“Australian government computer networks have been attacked by the Nimda virus, or worm, as it continues to devastate computers across the nation…”

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“Parliament House in Canberra fell victim to the virus last night when Nimda shut down down its parliamentary website and internal email for hundreds of parliamentary staff…”

Full Story on Sydney Morning Herald


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