Daily Cybercrime and Security Report for May 15, 2001

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

Ananova: Hoax Antivirus Warning is a Virus 15-May-01 07:42:36 ET

Story Highlights:“An e-mail virus has been released that claims to be warning users about a new virus…”

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“The virus — dubbed VBS/Hard-A — states it is an advisory message from anti-virus specialists Symantec…”

Full Story on Ananova

ZDNET UK: Fake Virus Warning Carries Worm 15-May-01 07:22:23 ET

Story Highlights:“Computer worms have tried all sorts of ploys for tricking users into activating them, but the latest is particularly sneaky — it masquerades as a virus warning from Symantec…”

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“So far, the virus has a low geographical distribution and has infected a small number of sites…”

Full Story on ZDNET UK

[email protected] Week: Interpol Posts Advice Against IT Crime on Website 14-May-01 15:38:51 ET

Story Highlights:“The international police organisation Interpol has stepped up its action against cybercrime with a new section on its website on how to combat malicious computer viruses…”

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“The section, available via, includes a checklist to help companies assess whether they have sufficient safeguards in place…”

Full Story on [email protected] Week

ZDNET UK: Schoolboy Hacker Kills Himself 15-May-01 04:53:21 ET

Story Highlights:“A 13-year-old American schoolboy has hung himself just hours after being suspended for hacking into his New Jersey school district’s computer system…”

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“Shinjan Majumder, the son of Indian immigrants in West Windsor, was suspended for hacking on 4 May, according to his father, although the school district would not confirm details of why the boy had been suspended…”

Full Story on ZDNET UK

London Evening Standard: Cyberspace Anarchists Target Police 15-May-01 06:12:18 ET

Story Highlights:“Computer hackers are suspected of launching a cyberspace raid on City of London police during the May Day protests…”

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“City police revealed that on May Day itself the website had an astonishing 765,000 hits — compared with an average of around 5,500 a day…”

Full Story on London Evening Standard

Newsbytes: Australia To Toughen Computer Crime Laws 15-May-01 03:25:32 ET

Story Highlights:“The Australian government is planning to get tough on cyber crime…”

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“Stepping in to replace laws that were originally drawn up in the 1980s, a bill to go before Parliament shortly will lift the maximum penalty for computer crime to at least ten years in jail…”

Full Story on Newsbytes

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