Daily Cybercrime and Security Report


If you do business on the Internet, you cannot afford to be uninformed about the dangers and pitfalls that cybercrime poses. The following is a daily survey of the latest cybercrime news from around the world.


CNET News.com: Teen Hacker Gets Six Months in Detention Center 15-Dec-00 01:24:57 ET

Story Highlights:“A teenage computer hacker in Hong Kong has been sentenced to a maximum of six months in a detention center for causing the network of a leading local Internet service to crash, a court official said Friday…”

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“Choi, convicted Nov. 30 of causing criminal damage, staged a string of hacker attacks between January and April this year against the networks of the then Cable & Wireless HKT, the territory’s main telecom company…”

Full Story on CNET News.com


ABCNews: What About Privacy? 15-Dec-00 03:41:43 ET

Story Highlights:“The Global Internet Liberty Campaign, a coalition of 30 human-rights and technology groups, said the proposed Convention on Cyber Crime would undermine network security, reduce government accountability and improperly lengthen…”

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“The coalition, which includes the American Civil Liberties Union, voiced its concerns in a letter to the head of the 41-nation Council of Europe, which is wrapping up work on the treaty after…”

Full Story on ABCNews


Computer User: Norman Security Firm Warns Against Virus Overreaction 15-Dec-00 03:11:04 ET

Story Highlights:“With reports continuing to circulate on the large number of viruses being discovered daily, Norman Data Defence Systems has advised PC users not to worry unduly…”

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“While some of Norman’s competitors issue virus alerts regularly, Norman says it has chosen instead to look in depth at each virus and version of each virus which strikes and make the appropriate decision whether or not to issue a warning…”

Full Story on Computer User


Globe Technology: Text-Message Viruses Throw Systems a Curve 15-Dec-00 03:59:53 ET

Story Highlights:“Computer viruses have been relatively easy to spot, coming hidden in attachments to e-mail. If you were suspicious, you could just delete the message and avoid any harm being done…”

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“Just reading the message is enough to set the virus loose to chew up your hard drive. That’s the bad news…”

Full Story on Globe Technology


Computer User: Panda Issues Worm Warning 15-Dec-00 03:11:12 ET

Story Highlights:“Panda Software has warned about a virulent worm that, unlike many of the latest crop of viruses, is propagated via e-mail when users simply open an infected message…”

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“Also known as VBS/Pica.worm.gen, the new worm is notable because no attached file needs to be opened in order for it to be activated. As its code is in Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) format, the firm says it is activated just by…”

Full Story on Computer User


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