Daily Cybercrime and Security Report for September 4, 2001

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

Wired: Beware That Company Box You Took 04-Sep-01 06:37:22 ET

Story Highlights:“Dead dot-coms are still alive in some ex-employees’ computers. But these haunted hard drives harbor huge security holes instead of memories…”

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“When removed from their network, taken home and hooked up to a modem, the computers are immediately transformed into easy targets for malicious hackers…”

Full Story on Wired

The Register: FBI Warns as Unix Web Server Flaw Gets Automated 03-Sep-01 13:30:11 ET

Story Highlights:“A worm called x.c, which takes advantage of a buffer overflow vulnerability in the telnet daemon program commonly used on Unix boxes, has been discovered, and security experts fear it is a harbinger of worse to come…”

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“The security loophole might allow an attacker to take control of a victim’s system, and it is suspected as the root cause behind a number of recent hacks…”

Full Story on The Register

Computer User: Vietnam Govt Readies New Internet Rules 04-Sep-01 03:08:42 ET

Story Highlights:“The Vietnamese government is set to introduce new rules that ease restrictions on Internet service provision, while punishing hackers, virus-spreaders and those who publish online content deemed unsuitable…”

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“Fines for hacking and password cracking via Trojan horse programs would range from 10 million to 20 million dong ($682 to $1,365), according to…”

Full Story on Computer User

Sydney Morning Herald: MP’s Son Admits: ‘I Loaded Software’ 01-Sep-01 11:53:36 ET

Story Highlights:“John Kelly, son of embattled Labor MP Tony Kelly, has told police investigators that he loaded hacker software on to his father’s Parliament House computer…”

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“But he denied that he used the software to hack into the computers of Opposition MPs…”

Full Story on Sydney Morning Herald

NUA: Viruses Costing Organizations Billions 03-Sep-01 09:56:07 ET

Story Highlights:“Reuters reports that the worldwide cost of computer viruses so far this year has reached USD10.7 billion…”

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“This is according to data from Computer Economics, which says that the total global cost of viruses was USD17.1 billion last year, and USD12.1 billion in 1999…”

Full Story on NUA

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