Daily Cybercrime and Security Report for June 20, 2001


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


The Globe: Jail Teen Hacker, Social Worker Urges 19-Jun-01 18:26:20 ET

Story Highlights:“A 16-year-old computer hacker who crippled major Internet sites such as CNN and Yahoo should spend at least five months in custody because he shows no remorse for his crimes…”

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“And because the teenager, known as Mafiaboy, hasn’t acknowledged the seriousness of the attacks in February, 2000 there is a ‘moderate risk’ he’ll reoffend…”

Full Story on The Globe


BBC: World Bank Risks Attack From Net Protesters 20-Jun-01 11:29:50 ET

Story Highlights:“Plans by the World Bank to avoid protests by moving a controversial conference on to the internet could backfire…”

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“The net-based conference is likely to draw the attention of computer savvy activists and could encourage far more people to join the protests than could make it to Barcelona in person…”

Full Story on BBC


Wired: Anti-Virus Board Gets Sick 20-Jun-01 06:36:42 ET

Story Highlights:“For the past four weeks, a Windows-based Trojan program dubbed NewsFlood has been swamping some Internet discussion groups with a heavy stream of bogus child pornography advertisements…”

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“The attack is the Usenet equivalent of a denial-of-service attack. It doesn’t destroy files on the victims’ PCs and is not designed to automatically infect other systems…”

Full Story on Wired


ZDNET: What Hackers Can Teach You About Security 19-Jun-01 12:37:36 ET

Story Highlights:“Malicious users worldwide have graduated beyond interrupting the bidding at eBay with distributed denial-of-service attacks — that’s just low-hanging fruit…”

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“These days, hackers are more sophisticated and much more ambitious. They’re gunning for the very infrastructure of our society by targeting government agencies, here and abroad…”

Full Story on ZDNET


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