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: Hackers Apparently Got Data on 1,400 Leaders 05-Feb-01 08:42:18 ET

Story Highlights:“Organizers of an annual meeting of global leaders in the Swiss Alps said Monday that it appeared hackers had obtained ‘proprietary data like credit card numbers’ of 1,400 prominent people…”

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“McLean said details published Sunday in the weekly SonntagsZeitung based in Zurich, Switzerland, appeared to be largely correct, but that apparently nothing sensitive on Clinton had been obtained. The newspaper’s reporters said they had been shown data on a CD-ROM containing 80,000 pages of information, including..”

Full Story on CNN

ZDNET UK: World Economic Forum Hacked 05-Feb-01 04:10:03 ET

Story Highlights:“The World Economic Forum said on Sunday hackers managed to breach its computer system during its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, last week…”

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“The Forum does not yet know who the hackers were, or how they obtained credit-card information on some of its members and guests. It is treating the matter as a crime. This year’s attendees included Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, and…”

Full Story on ZDNET UK

Computer User: McAfee Warns AOL Users Password-Stealing Trojan Resurfaces 05-Feb-01 03:09:23 ET

Story Highlights:“Anti-virus company McAfee.com Corp. is warning America Online (AOL) users to be on the lookout for a number of password-swiping programs that are making the rounds attached to e-mail messages…”

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“McAfee.com, largely owned by security company Network Associates, said it has logged an increasing number if such ‘Trojan’ programs among AOL users over the last 30 days. It said the worst of the bunch has been labeled ‘APStrojan.qa’ and attempts to steal account names and passwords…”

Full Story on Computer User

Ananova: Computer Expert Accused of Destroying Database of US Company 05-Feb-01 08:13:16 ET

Story Highlights:“Police have charged a man they accuse of hacking into the website of a US company and causing nearly $200,000 of damage to its database…”

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“Admir Tinjic, 35, is charged with unauthorised entry and use of computer databases. If tried and convicted he could be sentenced to six months in jail. The website belonged to Brown & Root Services, who provide logistical services to US forces deployed in Bosnia…”

Full Story on Ananova

Globe Technology: Author Finds ‘Hacker Ethic’ May Have Something To Offer 05-Feb-01 02:41:29 ET

Story Highlights:“The word ‘hacker’ probably conjures up a series of images: a gawky teenager hunched over a keyboard in a room decorated with X-Files posters…”

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“In Pekka Himanen’s book ‘The Hacker Ethic and the Spirit of the Information Age,’ Mr. Himanen — a professor of philosophy at the University of Helsinki in Finland — argues that ‘hackers’ have an approach to life that is healthier in many ways than the traditional Western view…”

Full Story on Globe Technology

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