Daily Cybercrime and Security Report for August 7, 2001

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

Montreal Gazette: Hunt Is on For Creator of Code Red Worm 07-Aug-01 06:54:13 ET

Story Highlights:“In the mystery of the Code Red computer infection, the hunt is on for Patient Zero – the first victim…”

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“Just as medical sleuths unravel the course of a disease, specialists are examining the building blocks and behavioural traits of the damaging program…”

Full Story on Montreal Gazette

ZDNET UK: SirCam Worm Settles in for the Long Haul 07-Aug-01 00:54:14 ET

Story Highlights:“Like a summer cold that just won’t go away, the SirCam email worm lingers on, sending out the contents of infected hard drives for all the world to see…”

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“Even as most companies have prevented their networks from spreading the bug, individual computer users continue to send out infected files day after day, with the worm piggybacking on documents ranging from confidential to comical: recipes, shopping lists and lots and lots of resumes…”

Full Story on ZDNET UK

The Register: Aussie MP in Hacking Probe 06-Aug-01 20:54:17 ET

Story Highlights:“An Australian MP has become the centre of a hacking scandal following accusations that computers in his office were used to hack into the PCs of rival politicians in the New South Wales Parliament…”

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“Labor MLC Tony Kelly, who denies any personal involvement in the affair, has confirmed that one of his office PCs has been handed over to police…”

Full Story on The Register

Ananova: Schoolboy Releases Book on Ethical Computer Hacking 06-Aug-01 19:28:38 ET

Story Highlights:“A book written by an Indian schoolboy on ethical computer hacking has already sold 5,000 copies online before its official release…”

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“Ankit Fadia said he wrote the 624-page book on computer security systems, called the Unofficial Guide to Ethical Hacking, in 15 days…”

Full Story on Ananova

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