Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for November 21, 2002

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

PCWorld: Pro-Iraq Hacker Threatens Virus Outbreak 20-Nov-02 16:02:29 ET

Story Highlights:“A Malaysian virus writer who is sympathetic to the cause of the al Qaeda terrorist group and Iraq, and who has been connected to at least five other malicious code outbreaks, is threatening to release a megavirus if the United States launches a military attack against Iraq…”

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“The virus writer, who goes by the handle Melhacker and whose real name is believed to be Vladimor Chamlkovic, is thought to have written or been involved in the development of the [email protected], Melhack, Kamil, BleBla.J, and Nedal worms…”

Full Story on PCWorld

MSNBC: What’s Real, What’s a Scam? EBay Users Wondering 20-Nov-02 18:31:55 ET

Story Highlights:“ users are being peppered by e-mails saying there has been a security problem at the Web site, and requesting new account and password information…”

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“The problem: Some of the e-mails are legitimate, some are scams, and it’s hard to tell the difference. And a recent programming glitch at eBay may actually have made life easier for the con artists…”

Full Story on MSNBC

Wired: Light at End of Encryption Tunnel 21-Nov-02 02:00:00 ET

Story Highlights:“Quantum encryption is about to make life much more difficult for Internet spies…”

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“A new method of scrambling data manipulates light to create more complex patterns than just ‘on’ or ‘off,’ as with typical encryption. As a result, the information in an e-mail message or file is indecipherable because it contains too much ‘noise…'”

Full Story on Wired

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