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.


MSNBC: Hybris Virus: Sleeper Hit of 2001 11-Jan-01 22:39:15 ET

Story Highlights:“Hybris, a computer worm that uses encrypted plug-ins to update itself, could be the sleeper hit of 2001, anti-virus experts say…”

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“‘It’s not a fast mailer or a mass mailer. Its slow and subtle,’ said Roger Thompson, technical director of malicious-code research for security firm TruSecure. But ‘slow and steady wins the race.’ The spread of most computer worms tends…”

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MSNBC: Sex Offender Web Sites Not Secure 11-Jan-01 20:24:22 ET

Story Highlights:“Nine state sex offender registries that are online have had inadequate computer security and easily could have been hacked…”

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“The flaws put Web site data at risk and raised the possibility that a computer intruder could add or remove people from the online versions of the databases…”

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Excite: Computer Whiz Denies Hacking Charge 11-Jan-01 19:00:32 ET

Story Highlights:“A 21-year-old computer whiz on Thursday denied he hacked into six company Web sites before he was hired last year at the Los Alamos National Laboratory…”

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“Jerome Heckenkamp was ordered to appear in two California courts later this month to face computer-tampering charges. He said he is innocent. ‘They’re just using me as a scapegoat’ Heckenkamp told reporters…”

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CNET News.com: Windows NT: a Hacker’s Best Friend 11-Jan-01 17:55:20 ET

Story Highlights:“What do NASA, the Communications Workers of America and Palminfocenter.com have in common? Their Web sites were all defaced at different times last year by a hacker using a security weakness in Windows NT…”

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“Of the defacements in December, 57.98 percent came on servers running Windows NT, while those using Windows 2000 were…”

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