Daily Cybercrime and Security Report for October 25, 2001


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


ZDNET UK: Korea Reports Outbreak of bin Laden Computer Virus 25-Oct-01 06:42:02 ET

Story Highlights:“A computer virus named after Osama bin Laden, the Saudi-born fugitive accused of masterminding the attacks on the United States, has surfaced in South Korea…”

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“Infections do not necessarily cause physical losses such as software destruction but they may slow down the operation of…”

Full Story on ZDNET UK


ABCNews: Taliban Opposition Web Site a Casualty of War 24-Oct-01 17:57:11 ET

Story Highlights:“A Web site operated by opponents of Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban regime was knocked out of commission by hackers in an apparent case of mistaken identity…”

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“Visitors sent about 10,000 hate messages soon after the Sept. 11 terrorism attacks, and hackers brought down the AfghanGovernment.org site within days…”

Full Story on ABCNews


Computer User: Treasury Dept. Unit Notes Rise in ID Theft, Hacking 25-Oct-01 03:14:15 ET

Story Highlights:“Identity theft and computer intrusion continue to hit the nation’s financial institutions at rising levels, according to new data released by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN)…”

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“FinCEN cited computer intrusion as its ‘highlighted trend’ for its latest suspicious financial activity report, though its most recent report featured ID theft…”

Full Story on Computer User


Computer User: Image Tags Hide New Hotmail Security Attack 24-Oct-01 11:44:04 ET

Story Highlights:“Users of Microsoft’s Hotmail service are vulnerable to a new twist on an old trick for hiding potentially malicious scripts in the HTML code of e-mail messages…”

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“Borrowing a technique published last year, Bart van Arnhem, who uses the hacker nickname ‘Oblivion,’ found that Hotmail’s filters can be dodged by embedding Javascript code within specially crafted image tags…”

Full Story on Computer User


MSNBC: XP Inferior in Security Department 24-Oct-01 18:06:17 ET

Story Highlights:“Its too soon to tell what new security vulnerabilities might reside within the Windows XP code…”

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“Microsofts latest operating system offers a plethora of new features the company says make XP its most secure Windows to date. Id like to put that claim into context…”

Full Story on MSNBC


The Register: RSA WebID Agent Can’t Read Unicode 24-Oct-01 12:16:46 ET

Story Highlights:“RSA’s Internet authentication product can be bypassed using a combination of Unicode characters which IIS recognises but RSA’s security technology fails to decode…”

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“RSA’s WebID agent is supposed to deny access to a corporate intranet until a user is properly authenticated by a SecurID server…”

Full Story on The Register


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