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.


Wired: You, Too, Can Write an Anna Worm 15-Feb-01 06:38:09 ET

Story Highlights:“The Anna Kournikova e-mail worm that whacked networks this week was not the work of a skilled cracker…”

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“It was created using one of the many virus-generating kits that are easily available on the Internet. The kits, which have names like Satanic Brain Virus Tools 1.0, Instant Virus Production Kit, and Ye Olde Funky Virus Generator, make writing a virus…”

Full Story on Wired


ZDNET UK: Schoolboy Cracker Caught by Dialing 1471 on 15-Feb-01 08:07:58 ET

Story Highlights:“A UK computer security consultant has revealed how he snared a hapless computer cracker who made blackmail threats to his company…”

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“The intruder claimed to have damaging information about the company’s security and threaten to release this if he was not paid a cash ransom. However, says Stephen Ward, former consultant with the UK security startup Intensiti, the unlucky cracker made the fatal mistake…”

Full Story on ZDNET UK


Excite: Info From UOL Users Stolen on 15-Feb-01 11:42:46 ET

Story Highlights:“Con men succeeded in stealing credit card numbers and other information from 10,000 Web surfers with a fake e-mail asking them to reregister with Brazil’s biggest Internet portal…”

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“An e-mail sent in September to clients of Universal Online tricked them into filling out a form on a fake registration site, a note on the UOL site said Thursday. UOL said the fraud was under investigation by Sao Paulo state police’s Internet Crimes division and that damages…”

Full Story on Excite


Ananova: Soldier Accused of Being TV Code-Cracking Hacker on 14-Feb-01 13:27:49 ET

Story Highlights:“A German soldier is accused of breaking the codes for pay-TV smart cards. Police say he put the decoding details on the internet to prove how good a hacker he was…”

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“A number of ‘cracker’ internet sites have emerged, containing codes to bypass security measures built into the smart cards. The 30-year-old soldier was arrested in Frankfurt. Police hope…”

Full Story on Ananova


TechWeb: Kournikova Virus Suspect Surrenders 14-Feb-01 13:57:59 ET

Story Highlights:“A man who has claimed responsibility for the Anna Kournikova virus could face up to four years in jail. Police in Amsterdam arrested the 20-year-old after he turned himself in Wednesday…”

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“Based on another virus that has been known since last August, the Kournikova infection began Sunday night. Because a similar virus was already known…”

Full Story on TechWeb


Montreal Gazette: Dutch Man Busted 15-Feb-01 05:54:24 ET

Story Highlights:“Dutch police arrested a 20-year-old man yesterday who confessed to having released a malicious software program that arrived in E-mail boxes…”

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“Onthefly posted messages regularly to forums on Usenet, the worldwide online discussion network, that were devoted to hacking and to Kournikova. An online journalism site, InternetNews Radio, identified onthefly as a man from Sneek who…”

Full Story on Montreal Gazette


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