Daily Cybercrime and Security Report for July 18, 2001

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

CNN: Bush Plans New Approach to Cyberprotection 17-Jul-01 11:21:07 ET

Story Highlights:“Critics fear proposed changes to the way the government protects the nation’s technology backbone from terrorism could bog down the process and remove the accountability of having a single person in charge…”

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“A draft executive order from President Bush, obtained by The Associated Press, would abolish the high-profile post of security chief in favor of a board of about 21 officials from all major federal agencies…”

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The Globe: Russian Hacker Arrested at DefCon 17-Jul-01 19:57:29 ET

Story Highlights:“A Russian hacker was arrested Monday on charges that he violated U.S. copyright law after he gave a presentation at the DefCon hacker convention in Las Vegas this weekend…”

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“Dmitry Sklyarov was arrested in his room at the Alexis Park Hotel as he prepared to check out and return to Moscow…”

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CNN: Internet Worm Disguised as Security Alert 17-Jul-01 13:21:03 ET

Story Highlights:“A bogus Microsoft security alert is apparently being used by crafty hackers to spread the latest version of a computer worm on the Internet…”

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“In an announcement on its Symantec Antivirus Research Center (SARC) Web site, Symantec said that the W32.Leave.B.Worm is a variant of the W32-Leave.worm identified several weeks ago by the FBI’s National Infrastructure Protection Center…”

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Newsbytes: Phony E-mail Offers Cure For Magistr Worm 17-Jul-01 13:09:24 ET

Story Highlights:“A phony Microsoft bulletin offers protection against one of the most prevalent and dangerous viruses on the Internet…”

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“But while the bogus cure for the Magistr worm is nowhere near as bad as the disease, security experts are warning Internet users to beware such Trojan horse prescriptions…”

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CNN: Decoy PCs Give Hackers a Security Lesson 17-Jul-01 11:21:07 ET

Story Highlights:“For the best security, hack the hackers, suggest security experts who have spent several months watching malicious intruders break into disguised decoy systems on the Internet…”

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“The informal study found it was only two to four days before hackers attacked an unprotected Windows 98 system with its file sharing enabled…”

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