Daily Cybercrime and Security Report

If you do business on the Internet, you cannot afford to be uninformed about the dangers and pitfalls that cybercrime poses. The following is a daily survey of the latest cybercrime news from around the world.

ZDNET UK: Dangerous Kriz Virus Spread By Other Worms 20-Dec-00 05:24:31 ET

Story Highlights:“One of the most dangerous viruses is back in time for Christmas 2000, thanks in part to other worms that may have spread it throughout the year…”

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“Although the Kriz virus was first discovered in late 1999, it is believed to have infected files that other, more recent worms such as Bymer have spread across the Internet throughout the year. Therefore, several antivirus software companies are now warning users…”

Full Story on ZDNET UK

The Register: Virus Writers and Cracker Love-In 19-Dec-00 14:02:22 ET

Story Highlights:“Crackers are using viruses to get their malicious code into corporate Intranets, according to Marc Blanchard, technical director at Trend Micro. This means antivirus companies will have to start working on ways to combat this code, as well as the viruses they are used to tackling…”

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“This is part of a general trend of convergence between the virus writers and crackers that would have seemed impossible a few years ago…”

Full Story on The Register

CNET News.com: Alleged Teen Hacker Makes Bail 20-Dec-00 00:09:50 ET

Story Highlights:“A 16-year-old alleged computer hacker accused of paralyzing Web sites of CNN, Yahoo and Amazon.com was released on bail Tuesday after promising the judge he would keep an undisclosed full-time job…”

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“He has pleaded innocent to more than 60 counts of computer hacking and mischief for allegedly crippling the sites by bombarding them with thousands of simultaneous messages, preventing legitimate users from getting through…”

Full Story on CNET News.com

Fairfax I.T.: U.S. Court Rules Port Scans Are Legal 19-Dec-00 19:10:43 ET

Story Highlights:“A United States Federal Court has ruled that port scanning computer networks does not damage or threaten systems, and is therefore legal…”

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“U.S. antihacking laws allow the victim of cyber crime to sue for damages after an attack takes place…”

Full Story on Fairfax I.T.

For more of the latest e-business and technology news from around the world, updated 24 hours a day, visit TechNewsWorld.com.

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