Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for June 26, 2002

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

BBC: Hackers Play with the Xbox 26-Jun-02 07:06:08 ET

Story Highlights:“Microsoft’s Xbox console may not be overpopular with computer game players but it is rapidly winning fans in the hardware hacking world…”

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“Computer scientists, smart amateur engineers and others are taking the console apart and creating modification chips and software for the machine to make it do things Microsoft never intended it to…”

Full Story on BBC

CNN: Web Site Exposes Credit Card Fraud 26-Jun-02 10:47:58 ET

Story Highlights:“An anti-fraud education group that tipped federal authorities to a major Internet credit card scheme has opened a Web site that will let Americans check to see if their card numbers are in the hands of thieves…”

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“The database of stolen credit card numbers, which became available on the Web late Tuesday, was created over the last seven weeks and has already identified nearly 100,000 credit card numbers…”

Full Story on CNN

The Register: Mitnick Testimony Burns Sprint in Vegas ‘Vice Hack’ Case 26-Jun-02 12:28:00 ET

Story Highlights:“Since adult entertainment operator Eddie Munoz first told state regulators in 1994 that mercenary hackers were crippling his business by diverting, monitoring and blocking his phone calls, officials at local telephone company Sprint of Nevada have maintained that, as far as they know, their systems have never suffered a single intrusion…”

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“The Sprint subsidiary lost that innocence Monday when convicted hacker Kevin Mitnick shook up a hearing on the call-tampering allegations by detailing years of his own illicit control of the company’s Las Vegas switching systems…”

Full Story on The Register

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