Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for December 20, 2002

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

Wired: Terrorists on the Net? Who Cares? 20-Dec-02 02:00:00 ET

Story Highlights:“To all those Chicken Littles clucking frantically about the imminent threat of a terrorist attack on U.S. computer networks, a new report says: Knock it off…”

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“Online attacks are merely ‘weapons of mass annoyance,’ no more harmful than the routine power failures, airplane delays and dropped phone calls that take place every day…”

Full Story on Wired

MSNBC: Domain Registrar Exposes Customers 19-Dec-02 14:12:28 ET

Story Highlights:“Peter was just doing some simple administrative tasks at when a glitch brought him to a suspicious looking page full of computer code…”

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“A quick glance revealed that the firm’s username and password were exposed on the page — and these were not just any set of login credentials. It was the keys to the firm’s entire kingdom of customers, providing detailed access to 180,000 domain name purchases during the past two years, including every credit card transaction…”

Full Story on MSNBC

The Register: Welsh Web Designer Pleads Guilty to Virus Creation 20-Dec-02 13:36:24 ET

Story Highlights:“A 21-old Welsh Web designer has pleaded guilty to creating and distributing three mass mailer viruses, in a hearing at Bow Street Magistrates Court this morning…”

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“Simon Vallor, of Llandudno, North Wales, admitted offences under section three of the Computer Misuse Act 1990 in creating the Gokar, Redesi and Admirer mass mailing viruses…”

Full Story on The Register

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