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.

InfoWorld: Hackers Hit U.S., U.K., Australian government sites 22-Jan-01 05:42:58 ET

Story Highlights:“A group of hackers has attacked government sites in the U.S., U.K. and Australia at the weekend, according to Attrition.org, a Web site which monitors hacking attacks…”

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“The sites were replaced with the hackers’ logo and the message ‘presents… the largest .gov and .mil mass defacement in the history of mankind.’ While the defacement message posted was the same on all Web sites targeted, the attack was unusual…”

Full Story on InfoWorld

Jerusalem Post: Police Urge Public Caution in Face of Rising Internet Crime 22-Jan-01 04:57:54 ET

Story Highlights:“Internet crime is on the rise, according to Ch.-Supt. Meir Zohar, head of the Israel Police Computer Crime Department, although last week’s murder of Ashkelon schoolboy Ofir Rahum…”

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“On the technical side, computer owners need to reduce their computers’ level of vulnerability by installing software, such as virus-protection programs, and firewalls that filter the information flow between the computer and the Internet. The year-old Computer Crimes Department often keeps tabs…”

Full Story on Jerusalem Post

ZDNET UK: Study: More Anti-Fraud Measures Needed 22-Jan-01 04:38:37 ET

Story Highlights:Credit card and debit card fraud could cost online merchants billions of dollars over the next five years unless they implement the technology to detect it, a new report says…”

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“Like antivirus software, most anti-fraud systems are designed for today’s threats, she said. ‘Something that works great now isn’t necessarily going to work as well in six months,’ she said. Still, if merchants widely adopted the technology, online payment fraud could amount…”

Full Story on ZDNET UK

MSNBC: The Foes of Cybercrime 22-Jan-01 03:38:57 ET

Story Highlights:“Police in Boston had reached a dead end. They had a murder suspect, but not nearly enough evidence, and the investigation was growing cold. But a computer-trained ATF agent went undercover, and for once, used the Internets anonymity to law enforcements advantage…”

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“The story highlights an important theme at the conference: computer-based police work is hardly limited to catching computer-based criminals…”

Full Story on MSNBC

Computer User: Melissa is on the Loose Again 22-Jan-01 02:10:11 ET

Story Highlights:“A new strain of the Melissa macro virus is out there, making the rounds the same way it did when it clobbered computer systems worldwide nearly two years ago…”

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“This time, the Melissa remake was hatched from a Macintosh, said Patrick Martin, an anti-virus response manager with Internet security provider Symantec, warning Mac and PC users to delete questionable e-mails and maintain an up-to-date anti-virus product…”

Full Story on Computer User

ZDNET UK: Group to Boost Security 22-Jan-01 06:38:44 ET

Story Highlights:“A group of major hardware and software vendors last week agreed to share information about network security and hacker attacks. As well as improving the security of many leading IT brands…”

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“The information will only be made available to group members because the companies want to keep their network vulnerabilities secret from their partners, and from hackers. There have been calls recently for UK firms to do more to share information…”

Full Story on ZDNET UK

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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