Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for December 26, 2001


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


ZDNET: FBI Warns of Windows XP Holes 26-Dec-01 04:27:08 ET

Story Highlights:“In a statement issued on Saturday, the FBI’s NIPC, which usually leaves computer security warnings to the private sector, said it held technical discussions with Microsoft Corp. and other industry experts on Friday to identify ways to minimize the risk from security holes in the XP software…”

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“The software giant announced last week it had found two vulnerabilities in its new operating system that could leave computers running it open to hackers…”

Full Story on ZDNET


CNN: No Fooling: the 10 Worst Internet Hoaxes 24-Dec-01 08:10:54 ET

Story Highlights:“Communicating by e-mail seems safe and clean compared to the real world — no bad breath, no cauliflower ear, and no anthrax…”

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“But e-mail doesn’t escape the clutches of con artists…”

Full Story on CNN


ZDNET: Shoho Outbreak–New Worm, Old Tricks 20-Dec-01 16:41:13 ET

Story Highlights:“Yet another worm has cleverly taken advantage of a well-publicized and already patched vulnerability in Internet Explorer by offering an e-mail message that sounds legitimate to frequent Internet users…”

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“On some systems, Shoho ([email protected], alias Welyah) will launch itself when the infected e-mail is previewed or viewed…”

Full Story on ZDNET


The Register: CCBill Knew of Credit Database Breach in March 21-Dec-01 18:06:55 ET

Story Highlights:“Now we know why CCBill was so terrified of taking verbal questions from a live reporter, and insisted instead on receiving faxed questions to which it could reply with canned responses…”

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“As far back as March the company had warning that they were running an insecure CGI with their entire merchant database, including FTP/SSH logins and passwords…”

Full Story on The Register


Sydney Morning Herald: Year the Worm Turned Nasty with Viruses Rampaging on the Internet 25-Dec-01 10:36:45 ET

Story Highlights:“It was the year that dour-faced FBI agents appeared on United States television to alert the computer-using public of an impending Code Red, and governments across the world echoed the warning…”

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“Anti-virus software maker Symantec’s top 10 for 2001 reveals the little-known Hybris as the number one worm, continuing to spread a year after discovery and armed with a lethal promise of…”

Full Story on Sydney Morning Herald


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