Daily Cybercrime and Security Report for June 13, 2001

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

The Age: ‘Mafiaboy’ Hacker Awaits Sentence in Canada 12-Jun-01 19:58:01 ET

Story Highlights:“A sentencing hearing opens in Canada today for Mafiaboy, the teenage computer hacker who sparked panic in the high-tech industry last year when he allegedly paralyzed popular U.S. Internet sites…”

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“Mafiaboy, whose real name cannot be revealed under Canadian law because of his age, was accused of launching a series of attacks that shut down websites such as Yahoo! and in February 2000…”

Full Story on The Age

Newsbytes: Philippines’ NBI Clamps Down On ‘Cyberthieves’ 13-Jun-01 04:39:20 ET

Story Highlights:“In the Philippines’ landmark case involving hacking, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is planning to charge two former employees of the Thames International Business School Philippines for allegedly breaking into the school’s computer system…”

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“The NBI’s Anti-Fraud and Computer Crimes Division (AFCCD), which oversaw the investigation, will soon be filing hacking and piracy charges against Caesar Manalac and Leilani Garcia…”

Full Story on Newsbytes

Computer User: McVeigh Video Offer is Hacker Trick 13-Jun-01 03:08:10 ET

Story Highlights:“If you get an offer to see a video of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh’s execution, be careful. It probably isn’t a video clip, just an old trick…”

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“In an Internet chat room Monday, hours after McVeigh’s death, some participants went to a Web link to see a bootleg video of the execution only to be duped into downloading a malicious program that can allow a hacker to take control of another computer…”

Full Story on Computer User

Newsbytes: Hackers Stumbled Upon California Power Company 12-Jun-01 23:39:34 ET

Story Highlights:“In the wake of attacks last month on computer systems at California Independent System Operator, lawmakers are reportedly considering a formal legislative investigation into the breach at the agency…”

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“But a study of records of other hack attacks during the period suggests Cal-ISO was not the pre-meditated target of a deliberate attempt by Chinese hackers to disrupt California’s power supply…”

Full Story on Newsbytes

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