Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for October 18, 2002

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

CNN: Bogus Email Picks up Credit Card Numbers 18-Oct-02 08:02:43 ET

Story Highlights:“Yahoo said Thursday that some of its customers had been tricked into giving their credit card numbers to an unaffiliated third party that had posed as Yahoo in a mass e-mail…”

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“Yahoo, which has a billing relationship with more than one million customers who pay for such services as expanded e-mail and online matchmaking, sent out its own mass e-mail Thursday morning advising customers not to respond to the bogus request…”

Full Story on CNN

ABCNews: More Bugs for Microsoft 18-Oct-02 06:56:23 ET

Story Highlights:“A complicated flaw in Microsoft Word and Excel could allow an attacker to steal data from documents…”

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“To exploit this hack, the attacker would have to ‘craft a Word or Excel document that exploits the vulnerability, deliver it to the user via email or some other method, entice the user to open the document, and then [entice the user to] return the document to the attacker…'”

Full Story on ABCNews

Wired: Terror Turns Real for Horror Site 18-Oct-02 03:10:33 ET

Story Highlights:“Matt Rexer admits that he was hoping to raise a little hell on his website…”

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“But the sudden appearance this week of a message purporting to be from Osama bin Laden, head of the al-Qaida terrorist network, on Rexer’s Clive Barker fan site truly spooked the horror film fan…”

Full Story on Wired

Wired: Can a Hacker Outfox Microsoft? 18-Oct-02 02:36:00 ET

Story Highlights:“Microsoft only announced Palladium — its initiative to build anti-copying technology into the hardware and operating system of a PC — a few months ago…”

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“It’s already causing a great deal of consternation within the cypherpunk and hacker communities…”

Full Story on Wired

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