Daily Cybercrime and Security Report for May 17, 2001

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

The Register: Eurocops Want Seven-year Retention of All Phone, Net Traffic 16-May-01 03:19:25 ET

Story Highlights:“The official EU body that represents the member governments will recommend the long-term retention of personal data at a meeting with the European Commission later this month, according to documents leaked to…”

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The Council of the European Union, which represents the 15 member governments, will discuss implementing a policy originally designed with the FBI six years ago…”

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Ananova: Sri Lankan E-Mail Virus on the Loose 17-May-01 11:01:16 ET

Story Highlights:“Moscow-based Kaspersky Labs says the latest e-mail worm comes in the form of a message about a village called Mawanella…”

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“A pop-up message describing a fire that destroyed Muslim mosques and businesses in the village ends with the comment: ‘I can destroy your computer. I didn’t do that because I am a peace-loving citizen…'”

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ZDNET UK: LoveLetter Worm Variant Spams Spies 17-May-01 05:22:21 ET

Story Highlights:“A new variant of the LoveLetter worm has surfaced that contains a list of words designed to attract software that monitors electronic communications for national security threats…”

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“The worm’s code contains a list of almost 300 terms that could trigger surveillance systems — such as the much-theorized Echelon system — that scan for e-mails whose content could affect national security…”

Full Story on ZDNET UK

The Register: Tory Party Site ‘Practically Unhardened’ – A Hacker Playground 16-May-01 17:10:31 ET

Story Highlights:“The UK Conservative Party has been slammed for Internet naivety after it emerged that it hadn’t taken even the most basic precautions to secure its Web server…”

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“The site,, surely a top target for crackers in the run-up to the UK general election on June 7, was left insecure to the extent that any file on its NT server was browsable…”

Full Story on The Register

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