Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for December 16, 2002

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

The Register: Home User Insecurity Spurs Email Virus Growth in 2002 16-Dec-02 10:12:35 ET

Story Highlights:“The ratio of viruses to legitimate emails has increased over the course of this year…”

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“According to a review of 2002 by managed services firm MessageLabs, the ratio of viruses to clean emails is now one in 202, compared to one every 380 emails last year. During 2000, only one in every 790 emails were viral…”

Full Story on The Register

MSNBC: Protect Yourself When Paying Online 13-Dec-02 19:20:31 ET

Story Highlights:“That jingle you hear may be the merry sounds of holiday shopping in full swing, but the jangle in the background could be the sound of consumers being defrauded out of millions of dollars…”

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“The FBI and National White Collar Crime Center’s Internet Fraud Complaint Center received complaints totaling $17.8 million for all of 2001; the National Consumer League’s Internet Fraud Watch has received complaints totaling $7.2 million in the first six months of 2002…”

Full Story on MSNBC

ABCNews: Prestige Spreads E-Mail Bug 16-Dec-02 09:21:59 ET

Story Highlights:“The threat of massive ecological damage has given the sunken Prestige oil tanker worldwide media coverage…”

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“Now, a virus writer hoping to capitalize on the ship’s sinking has created a worm distributed via an attachment that promises pictures of the ship…”

Full Story on ABCNews

Wired: Nigerian Net Scam, Version 3.0 16-Dec-02 02:00:00 ET

Story Highlights:“All those beleaguered widows, complaining chief’s sons and yowling high-ranking government officials don’t want your assistance in getting a large sum of money out of Nigeria anymore…”

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“Now they want to buy your stuff. Yes, there’s a new twist in Nigeria’s thriving Internet-based scam operations…”

Full Story on Wired

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