Daily Cybercrime and Security Report for May 4, 2001

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

The Globe: New E-Mail Virus Crops Up in China 04-May-01 02:41:41 ET

Story Highlights:“A fast-spreading computer virus that is better equipped than predecessors to destroy data has turned up in China…”

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“The ‘Happy Time’ virus, as it is called in Chinese, is spread through e-mail and is more likely to spread than earlier computer viruses because it can infect a computer even if the user does not open the e-mail containing the virus…”

Full Story on The Globe

ZDNET: Hackers Deface Four Microsoft Web Sites 04-May-01 10:27:21 ET

Story Highlights:“A Brazilian hacker crew that apparently has a grudge against Microsoft Corp. has defaced four Web sites connected to the company in the past two days…”

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“The most recent vandalism was still live on the MSNBC Sports scoreboard site as of 10 a.m. EDT Friday…”

Full Story on ZDNET

MSNBC: Three Microsoft Sites Defaced 03-May-01 20:38:08 ET

Story Highlights:“Computer intruders managed to gain control of three international Microsoft home pages on Thursday, replacing the companys data with a simple message taunting the software giant…”

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“Microsofts UK, Mexico and Saudi Arabia sites were replaced with messages from the hacker group Prime Suspectz…”

Full Story on MSNBC

Info World: U.S. Air Force Blasts Outlook Security Patch 04-May-01 07:00:15 ET

Story Highlights:“Two researchers at the U.S. Air Force Academy Computer Science Department have published a paper that is sharply critical of security measures implemented in a patch for Microsoft’s Outlook 2000 e-mail client…”

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“The paper, entitled “Reinforcing dialog-based security,” was written by Martin Carlisle and Scott Studer and will be presented at the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Information Assurance Workshop in West Point, N.Y. on June 5…”

Full Story on Info World

ZDNET UK: Hacker Exploits Microsoft Server Flaw 04-May-01 03:53:37 ET

Story Highlights:“A hacker has announced that time’s up for system administrators who haven’t patched Windows 2000 Web servers vulnerable to a flaw revealed by Microsoft two days ago…”

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“The hacker — using the handle ‘Dark Spyrit’ — released a program on Wednesday night designed to exploit the security hole…”

Full Story on ZDNET UK

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