Daily Cybercrime and Security Report for October 11, 2001


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


ABCNews: White House Plans New Secure Government Computer Network 11-Oct-01 04:04:03 ET

Story Highlights:“Soon, the government may not have to worry about viruses and other Internet threats on its sensitive data. That’s because it may have a whole new Internet of its own…”

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“The government wants GOVNET to be physically separate from the Internet to make it safe from hackers, terrorists or the latest annoying virus…”

Full Story on ABCNews


E-Commerce Times: Study: E-Biz Worries More About Consumer Confidence Than Security Losses 11-Oct-01 06:25:16 ET

Story Highlights:“U.S. businesses are more concerned about the impact that online security problems have on consumer confidence and trust in e-business, than about suffering an actual financial loss due to a security breach, according to a study released Wednesday by Internet measurement firm Jupiter Media Metrix…”

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“Just over 12 percent of U.S. companies with a Web presence said that they have suffered direct financial losses due to an online security breach, but more than 40 percent said they are more worried about how online security invasions will affect their customers…”

Full Story on E-Commerce Times


ZDNET UK: Hackers Face Backlash 10-Oct-01 13:21:52 ET

Story Highlights:“New anti-hacking laws are being proposed in the US to prevent terrorism, and UK security experts are calling for similar measures to be adopted globally…”

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“The US attorney general John Ashcroft has proposed that the offense of hacking…”

Full Story on ZDNET UK


Computer User: Pop Singer’s Death Hoax a Top Story at CNN.com 11-Oct-01 03:09:45 ET

Story Highlights:“America’s bombing raids on the Taliban dominated the news Sunday afternoon, but at CNN.com the most popular story Oct. 7 carried the headline ‘Singer Britney Spears Killed in Car Accident…'”

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“Using a mock-up of a CNN.com Web page at an external site and a quirk in how Web browsers handle addresses or ‘URLs,’ a computer prankster managed to fool thousands of people into thinking they were reading a CNN.com article that reported the teenage pop singer had died in an automobile mishap in Los Angeles…”

Full Story on Computer User


Computer User: Symantec Warns of LiveUpdate Security Bug 11-Oct-01 03:09:38 ET

Story Highlights:“Symantec Corp. has confirmed that older versions of its technology for updating users’ software could be exploited by attackers to deploy ‘malware,’ or software capable of performing malicious acts…”

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“In a bulletin published last week, Symantec characterized the security vulnerability in its LiveUpdate version 1.4 software as a ‘medium’ risk…”

Full Story on Computer User


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