Daily Cybercrime and Security Report for August 29, 2001

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

ABCNews: Parents of Canadian Teen Hacker Mafiaboy Urge No Further Detention 29-Aug-01 02:40:22 ET

Story Highlights:“A 17-year-old computer hacker who paralyzed several major Web sites, including CNN and Yahoo!, needs structure, but should be spared further detention, his parents said at a sentencing hearing Tuesday…”

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“The boy, who was 15 at the time of the attacks, could receive up to two years in juvenile detention, while an adult charged with the same crimes could be sentenced to up to 10 years…”

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ABCNews: Clear and Present Danger? 29-Aug-01 02:41:10 ET

Story Highlights:“Are computer hackers getting the upper hand on the U.S. government?”

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“That’s what a House subcommittee is investigating at hearings today, as it scrutinizes the government’s current level of security in the wake of a series of recent computer attacks…”

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Ananova: Business Chiefs Want Database to Fight Internet Fraud 28-Aug-01 19:27:46 ET

Story Highlights:“Business leaders have recommended the Government consider setting up a national database for internet fraud…”

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“A Centre for Cybercrime Complaints in the UK would be based on the United States Internet Fraud Complaint Center…”

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The Register: Win XP Slays Buffer Overflow Bugs 29-Aug-01 04:44:47 ET

Story Highlights:“Microsoft has eradicated buffer overflows with Windows XP, following a source code security audit…”

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“A buffer overflow, which may cause a system or process to crash, happens when a program or process attempts to store more data in a buffer than intended. This is very useful for hackers because it enables them to create specially formatted malformed requests…”

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