Daily Cybercrime and Security Report for August 23, 2001

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

The Register: Is Prosecuting Hackers Worth the Bother? 22-Aug-01 16:53:59 ET

Story Highlights:“When you’ve been hacked, it’s wise to evaluate the damage done before calling in the Feds, San Diego Supercomputer Center Security Manager Tom Perrine explained during the tenth annual USENIX Security Symposium in Washington last week…”

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“The first step should always be to decide what your goal ought to be — whether merely to make the attacker stop, or to sue, or to prosecute…”

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MSNBC: Code Red’s Collateral Damage 22-Aug-01 13:54:03 ET

Story Highlights:“In the first few days of August, Code Red and Code Red II scoured the Internet for Windows NT and 2000 systems that had Microsofts IIS 4.0 and 5.0 vulnerabilities…”

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“While their scanning failed to bring the Internet to a crawl, the Code Red worms did produce some very interesting side effects beyond those warned about by Microsoft and the government…”

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ABCNews: Buggy Beaming 22-Aug-01 17:10:59 ET

Story Highlights:“According to a warning bulletin issued by Microsoft today, the fault in its Windows 2000 program, a basic piece of software that manages all the other software programs on a computer, lies with so-called infrared support…”

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“But according to Microsoft’s warning, a clever hacker could create a special packet that exploits Windows 2000’s built-in support for IRDA…”

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The Register: Inept Would-Be Hacker Gets Three Years in Jail 22-Aug-01 10:53:52 ET

Story Highlights:“A man has been convicted of blackmail after he threatened to hack into the computers of Barclays Bank unless he was paid 200,000…”

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“Bungling blackmailer Stuart Kearns, 24, faces three years in prison after threatening the collapse of the computer system in the Barclays branch in Beckenham High Street and others in Barclays’ network unless the bank complied with his extortion demands…”

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