Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for December 6, 2002

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

The Register: Trouble with Trojans 06-Dec-02 07:12:30 ET

Story Highlights:“A security crisis is starting to emerge in the world of computing…”

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“The year 2002 will prove to be the worst year yet for hacking. The following year will probably be worse. The number of breaches of computer security and the money lost has been escalating rapidly ever since the Internet was born…”

Full Story on The Register MS Fixes ‘Moderate’ IE Bug Experts Say Is Serious 05-Dec-02 09:20:36 ET

Story Highlights:“Microsoft Corp. late Wednesday issued a patch to fix a flaw in Internet Explorer (IE) that it says poses only a ‘moderate’ risk to users…”

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“Security experts, however, say the vulnerability is serious and could be exploited to take over a user’s machine…”

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BBC: How To Keep Your Online Identity Safe 06-Dec-02 10:14:27 ET

Story Highlights:“We should feel sorry for Philip Nourse’s girlfriend…”

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“She was two-timing him, so in a fit of jealousy he logged on to her FriendsReunited account and posted some rather personal pictures, before “borrowing” her e-mail account to inform her friends that they were there. He is in prison after being convicted of breaking the Computer Misuse Act, but the ease with which he impersonated his girlfriend should worry us all…”

Full Story on BBC

Wired: Hackers Want Their Prize Money 05-Dec-02 02:00:00 ET

Story Highlights:“When members of the Last Stage of Delirium hacking group won a contest sponsored by security firm Argus in April 2001 they were — well, not quite delirious with joy — but certainly very happy…”

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“The Polish hackers had not only earned the respect of their peers in the security industry for hacking into a Web server protected by Argus’ Pitbull software, but they had also won a nice chunk of prize money — 35,000 ($48,000). Or so they thought…”

Full Story on Wired

Fairfax I.T.: Final Curtain for Aussie Hacker Site 06-Dec-02 12:12:45 ET

Story Highlights:“Perhaps the most recognised hacking group in the country, 2600 Australia, has wound up…”

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“For three-and-a-half years, 2600 Australia brought together people interested in electronics, hacking and privacy issues. The group shares its name with the US-based 2600, which publishes a quarterly hacker magazine…”

Full Story on Fairfax I.T.

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