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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.


Computer User: Internet Abuser Jailed for 7.5 Years 15-Mar-01 03:08:31 ET

Story Highlights:“A man was found guilty of hacking into the Web site of a former friend and invalid, posting invitations on the site for Net users to rape and abuse her…”

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“Donald Ridley, aged 37, hacked into the 17-year-old’s site after she refused his advances…”

Full Story on Computer User


Newsbytes: Malicious ‘Magistr’ Worm Moves Slowly, Strikes Hard 14-Mar-01 17:55:10 ET

Story Highlights:“Makers of anti-virus software are warning PC users to be on the lookout for potentially nasty code that can travel either as an e-mail file attachment or by copying itself on computers linked by local area networks…”

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“US-based McAfee.com Corp. and Finland’s F-Secure Corp. described the new Windows worm ‘Magistr’ as a medium-risk threat because it appears to be spreading slowly…”

Full Story on Newsbytes


ComputerWeekly: Security Firms Warn of Complex, High-Risk Virus 15-Mar-01 08:22:15 ET

Story Highlights:“Security firms are warning of the appearance of a virus that is transferred by e-mail systems and by executable files…”

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“The Magistr has been given a high danger rating by security firm Symantec because it has the capabilities of a worm and a virus…”

Full Story on ComputerWeekly


ZDNET UK: Virus Alert: Magistr Threat Played Down by Experts 14-Mar-01 13:22:35 ET

Story Highlights:“Computer users were warned on Wednesday that a new virus could attack data on their hard drives, although antivirus experts believe that it is unlikely to cause major disruption…”

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“The virus — called ‘Magistr’ — spreads itself by email. As well as searching a user’s address book, it can also look through mailboxes to find email addresses…”

Full Story on ZDNET UK


Info World: Tool Used to Create Anna Worm Enhanced 14-Mar-01 19:13:19 ET

Story Highlights:“The tool used to write the Anna Kournikova worm has been enhanced by its creator and packs a potentially stronger wallop than when it emerged last month because it is capable of sending hidden EXE files and turning those loose on a user’s PC…”

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“The enhancement was detected during the last several days by security software vendors, whose labs set about analyzing the changes…”

Full Story on Info World


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