Daily Cybercrime and Security Report for August 14, 2001

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

[email protected] Week: E-Theft: Who’s Liable? 13-Aug-01 09:09:00 ET

Story Highlights:“Legal challenges and legislation are poised to patch a key chink in the armor protecting people from identity theft: There are no legal consequences for companies that fail to protect personal information, such as credit card numbers…”

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“Hackers and identity thieves can be prosecuted – if they’re caught…”

Full Story on [email protected] Week

The Washington Post: High-Tech FBI Tactics Raise Privacy Questions 13-Aug-01 09:09:00 ET

Story Highlights:“When federal prosecutors set their sights on Nicodemo Scarfo, son of reputed Philadelphia mob boss Nicodemo ‘Little Nicky’ Scarfo, for alleged illegal gambling and loan-sharking, they had to employ some sophisticated high-tech techniques…”

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“The younger Scarfo, it seemed, was savvy enough about computers to use an encryption program to protect his electronic files. So investigators secretly installed a way to capture every keystroke so they could learn his password…”

Full Story on The Washington Post

The Register: Japan Implicated in Kiwi Hacking Probe 13-Aug-01 15:24:49 ET

Story Highlights:“A Japanese government agency has been implicated in attempts to hack into a medical research institute in New Zealand…”

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“Kiwi news service NZOOM cites security consultant Philip Whitmore from PricewaterhouseCoopers to support its allegations of state sponsored espionage against New Zealand’s private sector…”

Full Story on The Register

ZDNET: A Preventable Plague 13-Aug-01 06:10:35 ET

Story Highlights:“Each day, it seems, we are asked to depend ever more on the Internet for our professional and personal well-being…”

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“Yet each week seems to introduce a new computer worm capable of boring into and through our networks, clogging pipes, corrupting data and, in the worst cases, destroying months or even years of hard work…”

Full Story on ZDNET

[email protected] Week: Security With A Patent 13-Aug-01 16:55:37 ET

Story Highlights:“ has won a patent that will protect its rapidly growing business for updating and managing security on desktop computer systems via the Internet…”

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“The patent, announced last week, appears to be the first covering security systems delivered over the Web…”

Full Story on [email protected] Week

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