Daily Cybercrime and Security Report


If you do business on the Internet, you cannot afford to be uninformed about the dangers and pitfalls that cybercrime poses. The following is a daily survey of the latest cybercrime news from around the world.


CNN: Could a Cyberwar Cripple the U.S.? 24-Jan-01 11:09:18 ET

Story Highlights:“It’s April Fool’s Day, 2002. Glitches in air traffic controller screens nearly cause a collision above New York’s LaGuardia Airport…”

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“Hypothetical ‘information warfare’ (IW) exercises like these are being played out around the country in preparation for what politicians, the military and law enforcement officials fear will be an orchestrated cyberattack on critical U.S. infrastructure companies…”

Full Story on CNN


MSNBC: Microsoft Site Hacked 23-Jan-01 20:08:50 ET

Story Highlights:“Attrition.org, a site that tracks hacking incidents, said Microsoft sites have been defaced five times…”

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“In addition, a hacker or hackers gained access last fall to Microsofts secret blueprints for software that is still in the early stages of development. A group called Prime Suspectz claimed responsibility for the latest attack…”

Full Story on MSNBC


Newsbytes: Computer Crime Cases Up 9 Percent In Hong Kong 24-Jan-01 02:40:30 ET

Story Highlights:“The number of criminal cases involving the use of computers rose 9 percent during the year 2000, according to the Hong Kong Police, which is finding Internet-related crimes increasingly more complex…”

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“Hong Kong’s Commercial Crime Bureau (CCB) said it investigated 380 computer-related criminal cases last year. The cases mostly involved hacking, obtaining property by deception, obscene material and criminal damage. The number of such cases increased rapidly…”

Full Story on Newsbytes


AsiaBizTech Japan: HP Japan Distributes Computer Virus from Web Site 23-Jan-01 23:10:23 ET

Story Highlights:“Hewlett-Packard Japan Ltd. (HP Japan) distributed device drivers without knowing a computer virus had infected its Web site…”

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“The virus that attacked HP Japan is a known virus called ‘W32/Funlove’ (alias PE_FUNLOVE.4099). It broke into HP Japan’s Web site that provides…”

Full Story on AsiaBizTech Japan


MSNBC: Travelocity.com Admits Security Goof 23-Jan-01 20:09:52 ET

Story Highlights:“The breach exposed the names, addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of about 45,000 Travelocity customers, said officials of the Fort Worth-based company…”

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“‘It was not a case of hacking. It was a case of something being left where it shouldnt have been left,’ Jim Marsicano, Travelocitys executive vice president…”

Full Story on MSNBC


ZDNET UK: UK Police Crack Down Local Hackers 24-Jan-01 08:08:40 ET

Story Highlights:“Police in Surrey are investigating the role that suspected local computer hackers may have played in orchestrating attacks on popular IRC (Internet Relay Chat) servers in Europe and the US in recent months…”

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“UK police say they have succeeded in ‘disrupting’ much of the activity in the UK. The investigation has been conducted in cooperation with investigators…”

Full Story on ZDNET UK


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