Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for January 8, 2003


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


Fairfax I.T.: Another Mass-Mailing Worm Detected 07-Jan-03 17:01:56 ET

Story Highlights:“Anti-virus software makers MessageLabs and Symantec have issued advisories about the presence of a new mass-mailing worm that is triggered to act if the date is the 7th, 11th or 24th…”

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“MessageLabs said initial analysis suggested that comments in the code were familiar, so it was likely to be re-assigned to an existing family of virii at some time. In the meantime, MessageLabs has called it ‘Naith’. Symantec has christened it W32.Lirva.A…”

Full Story on Fairfax I.T.


The Register: In Computer Disease, There Is no Edward Jenner 07-Jan-03 15:53:35 ET

Story Highlights:“Medical science’s eradication of smallpox was easy compared to the Internet’s efforts against nasty computer viruses. Here’s why….”

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“Comparisons between computer viruses and their biological namesake constitute a pillar of almost mystical lore, a foundation of the modern anti-virus industry…”

Full Story on The Register


PCWorld: Xbox Hackers Throw in the Towel 08-Jan-03 08:11:12 ET

Story Highlights:“The Neo Project, a group of distributed computing enthusiasts, has abandoned its attempt to crack an encryption key used to digitally sign software for Microsoft’s Xbox video game console, after just four days…”

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“Many hackers are searching for ways to run their own software on the Xbox, but so far they have been thwarted by a security mechanism in the console that only allows applications to run if they are digitally signed with Microsoft’s 2048-bit private encryption key…”

Full Story on PCWorld


PCWorld: Cybersecurity Plan May Pose Privacy Problems 08-Jan-03 11:12:07 ET

Story Highlights:“Amid published reports that a pared-down Bush administration cybersecurity policy is circulating, critics of a previous draft of the ‘National Plan to Secure Cyberspace’ are still worried about what’s in the plan, and what has been left ambiguous…”

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“The Associated Press reported Tuesday on a White House internal draft of the cybersecurity plan that would trim the number of proposals from 86 to 49 and would cut most of the recommendations for private industry…”

Full Story on PCWorld


MSNBC: Teen Acquitted in DVD Hack Case 08-Jan-03 08:47:15 ET

Story Highlights:“Dealing Hollywood a major setback, a Norwegian court acquitted a teenager Tuesday of violating computer break-in laws by creating a program to circumvent security codes on DVD movies…”

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“Jon Lech Johansen, who was 15 when he developed and posted the program on the Internet in late 1999, said he was only trying to play DVDs he already owned on his Linux-based computer, which did not already have DVD-viewing software…”

Full Story on MSNBC


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