Daily Cybercrime and Security Report for May 18, 2001

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

LA Times: Pentagon Says It Is Under Daily Computer Attack 17-May-01 17:43:03 ET

Story Highlights:“Unidentified hackers have been trying to break into Defense Department computer networks in a constant push to disrupt U.S. military forces…”

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“Last year, attackers pierced unclassified Defense Department networks 215 times, up slightly from 1999, but classified systems remained inviolate…”

Full Story on LA Times

Newsbytes: Love Bug Variant Targets Echelon Spy System 17-May-01 19:10:46 ET

Story Highlights:“A variant on the so-called Love Bug virus has been detected, and its creators apparently hope that by disseminating it on the Internet, the controversial Echelon eavesdropping system will become overloaded and rendered inoperable…”

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“The new virus, known as ‘VBS/LoveLet-CL,’ is apparently a politically motivated variation off ‘VBS/LoveLet-A,’ the Love Bug e-mail worm, according to the U.K.-based Sophos computer security firm…”

Full Story on Newsbytes

TechWeb: Another Internet Explorer Vulnerability Strikes 17-May-01 18:10:00 ET

Story Highlights:“Microsoft Corp. is warning users of its Internet Explorer browser software about two newly discovered vulnerabilities. Both vulnerabilities enable attackers to spoof trusted websites…”

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“These vulnerabilities could trick unsuspecting users into trusting a website they shouldn’t and providing sensitive information to the bogus page…”

Full Story on TechWeb

ZDNET: Hackers Cash in on E-Commerce Bug 17-May-01 19:08:57 ET

Story Highlights:“In April, a devastating bug was found in shopping cart software called ‘PDG’ that exposed all customer records on about 4,000 Web sites…”

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“Within days, computer criminals had a field day, racking up thousands of dollars of charges on victims cards at gambling sites, buying phone cards and downloading pricey software…”

Full Story on ZDNET

TechWeb: Master Card Boosts Security 17-May-01 18:09:58 ET

Story Highlights:“MasterCard International stepped up efforts yesterday to fight online fraud and protect online merchants from hackers…”

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“The provider of payment products unveiled its Secure Payment Application for securing credit and debit payments between credit cardholders and online merchants…”

Full Story on TechWeb

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