Daily Cybercrime and Security Report for May 2, 2001

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

Ananova: Pro-Chinese Hackers Hit Californian Sites 02-May-01 05:58:33 ET

Story Highlights:“Hackers in China have hit government websites in California as part of a campaign against US institutions…”

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“They posted anti-American statements on some sites while another was defaced by a picture of a Chinese flag…”

Full Story on Ananova

ComputerWeekly: Fraud Detection Tops Security Agenda 02-May-01 05:25:08 ET

Story Highlights:“Senior IT professionals expect fraud detection and the prevention of malicious cyber attacks to be their number one communications priority by the end of next year…”

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“In a bid to increase awareness of cyber crime the Communications Management Association (CMA) announced the formation of an Institute for Communications Arbitration and Forensics (ICAF)…”

Full Story on ComputerWeekly

ZDNET UK: FBI ‘Hack’ Could Set Dangerous Precedent 02-May-01 04:37:41 ET

Story Highlights:“A sting operation in which FBI agents downloaded data from two Russian-based computers has some high-tech lawyers concerned that the precedent may be used to justify indiscriminate, cross-border hacking…”

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“The incident came to light last week after the indictment of two Russians on charges of breaking into the networks of banks, Internet service providers and other companies…”

Full Story on ZDNET UK

Fairfax I.T.: IIS Leaves Cracker’s Door Wide Open 01-May-01 21:08:28 ET

Story Highlights:“Microsoft today urged IIS 5.0 administrators to patch their server software after it was revealed that an attacker could run any code they wanted on the system within seconds…”

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“The exploit takes advantage of the server’s Internet printing services, which are installed as a default service…”

Full Story on Fairfax I.T.

ZDNET UK: Microsoft Races to Fix Security Hole 02-May-01 04:37:39 ET

Story Highlights:“Microsoft has announced a serious security hole in its flagship Web server software, and on Tuesday was racing to convince system administrators to patch their Web servers before online vandals compromise their systems…”

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“The flaw affects Window 2000 server software running version 5.0 of Internet Information Server (IIS)…”

Full Story on ZDNET UK

Computer User: FBI’s Cyber-Cops Warn of “Significant Rise” in Unix Exploits 02-May-01 03:09:06 ET

Story Highlights:“Malicious hackers have scanned literally millions of Unix-based computer networks of late in search of a particular printer program and network protocol that can be exploited to gain complete control over affected systems…”

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“The National Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC), the FBI’s cybercrime arm, said it had observed a ‘very significant increase’ in attempts to exploit the weaknesses…”

Full Story on Computer User

The Register: DVD Decoding-as-Speech Fails to Impress Court 01-May-01 22:02:23 ET

Story Highlights:“The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is ‘a kind of digital straight-jacket’ violating the rights of individuals to make fair use of copyrighted materials, Stanford University Law School Dean Kathleen Sullivan argued…”

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“Sullivan was arguing on behalf of Eric Corely aka Emmanuel Goldstein, publisher of hacker zine 2600, who was barred by a lower court from posting or linking to a utility called DeCSS which descrambles DVD content…”

Full Story on The Register

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