Daily Cybercrime and Security Report for July 23, 2001

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

CNN: Rallies Planned for Arrested Hacker 23-Jul-01 03:07:50 ET

Story Highlights:“The arrest this week of a 26-year-old Russian software programmer accused of violating U.S. copyright law has sparked protests and pledges of support from a wide range of free speech advocates, defense lawyers and consumer groups…”

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“Dmitry Sklyarov, who was arrested on Monday in Las Vegas after a major hacker convention there, is the first person to be prosecuted under the controversial 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act…”

Full Story on CNN

ZDNET: Feds Bulk up to Fight Cybercrime 20-Jul-01 20:21:43 ET

Story Highlights:“U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft said federal officials would crack down on an increasing wave of cybercrime by beefing up 10 specialized units so they can better concentrate on catching hackers and pirates…”

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“The squads, dubbed Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property, or CHIP, units will focus on copyright theft, computer fraud and hacking…”

Full Story on ZDNET

The Register: SirCam Virus Hogs Connections with Spam 23-Jul-01 07:29:18 ET

Story Highlights:“The SirCam mass mailing worm is becoming a major nuisance for Internet users as its numbers have steadily risen over the last week…”

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“Unlike other similar viruses, such as the Love Bug or Anna Kournikova worm, the outbreak of SirCam has not contained, and although it had a slow start it has now become easily the most common virus on the Internet…”

Full Story on The Register

Sydney Morning Herald: Hacker Finds Passwords to Give BigPond a Fright 22-Jul-01 11:06:12 ET

Story Highlights:“Users of Telstra’s BigPond Internet services were yesterday warned to change their passwords amid claims a computer hacker obtained a list of BigPond user names and passwords…”

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“The warning came from the community Web site Whirlpool, which said one of its users had confirmed the hacker’s claims…”

Full Story on Sydney Morning Herald

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