Daily Cybercrime and Security Report for September 21, 2001

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

MSNBC: The Evil, E-Mailed Poetry of a Virus 20-Sep-01 14:53:08 ET

Story Highlights:“The subject lines were often long strings of words, ripped from hard drives around the world, melded together in random fashion…”

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“Even before I knew a virus was on the loose, I knew there was something wrong with e-mail that looked like this: ‘Cold weather activities. Play invitation. Charm, charm, charm, charm, charm…'”

Full Story on MSNBC

ZDNET UK: Home PCs at Most Risk From Nimda 21-Sep-01 06:23:16 ET

Story Highlights:“As antivirus experts complete a more detailed analysis of the Nimda worm and companies clean up their networks on Wednesday, several security groups are worried that home computer users will not secure their PCs…”

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“A coalition of government security officials and antivirus software industry experts released a warning to home computer users on Wednesday morning to take Nimda — and the security of their computer systems — seriously…”

Full Story on ZDNET UK

CBS News: High Tech Terror Tool 20-Sep-01 21:45:07 ET

Story Highlights:“Though the actual destruction started with a simple box cutter, the precision and coordination of the attacks still required a high tech foundation…”

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“Adel Dawish, a Middle East expert says, ‘So how critical is it for all of those people to be linked in one way? You need the Internet – it’s an essential part of what bin Laden and the Islamic fundamentalist movement worldwide have been doing for the last 10 years…'”

Full Story on CBS News

PCWEEK: Nimda Spreading Via Many Paths 20-Sep-01 20:36:54 ET

Story Highlights:“When Nimda first struck, many observers thought that a separate e-mail virus and a Code Red-like Internet Information Services-based worm were striking at the same time…”

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“It turned out that Nimda — with the most aggressively virulent propagation mechanisms ever seen — was using four separate mechanisms to spread itself…”

Full Story on PCWEEK

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