Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for January 21, 2003

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

MSNBC: Profiling the Hackers 20-Jan-03 17:08:47 ET

Story Highlights:“A suspected crooked insider at a New York software company sells consumer-credit reports to identity thieves, at roughly $30 a pop, in a high-tech scam that prosecutors say victimizes thousands. An unemployed British computer administrator fights extradition to face federal charges in Virginia and New Jersey that he hacked into 92 separate U.S. military and government networks…”

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“These and other recent data intrusions, whose authors are typically intent on theft, sabotage or cyberterrorism, have given rise to a promising profiling strategy aimed at preventing online break-ins as they happen…”

Full Story on MSNBC

Ananova: Data Security Organisation Admits Sending Virus to Subscribers 21-Jan-03 09:01:17 ET

Story Highlights:“A Scandinavian data security organisation has admitted unwittingly sending the FunLove virus to subscribers…”

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“Norway’s Data Inspectorate says the virus was sent under the guise of an advisory on computer security. According to the government agency, the virus infected its external email server and immediately started sending itself to all 1700 people on its mailing list…”

Full Story on Ananova

BBC: Computer Virus Author Jailed 21-Jan-03 16:40:02 ET

Story Highlights:“A man who admitted infecting thousands of computers across the world with fast-spreading viruses has been jailed for two years…”

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“Simon Vallor, 22, created the bugs at his home in Llandudno, north Wales, and released them on to the internet. The ‘mass-mailer’ viruses were sent as e-mails that would corrupt data on the computer’s hard-drive when they were opened…”

Full Story on BBC

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