Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for December 19, 2002

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

CNN: E-card Virus Warning for Christmas 19-Dec-02 09:12:48 ET

Story Highlights:“Sophisticated computer viruses are hiding behind some Christmas e-cards, wrecking the season of goodwill…”

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“Thousands of European companies fall prey to viruses every month, and this figure is rising as more employees send Christmas cards through cyberspace…”

Full Story on CNN

MSNBC: Music Files Can Disguise Hack Attack 18-Dec-02 19:20:53 ET

Story Highlights:“A newly-discovered flaw in Windows XP puts digital music users at risk…”

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“A bug in Microsofts flagship operating system software allows computer attackers to craft MP3 or WMA music files that give them control of listeners computers…”

Full Story on MSNBC

TechWeb: Close The Holes In 2003 18-Dec-02 08:47:15 ET

Story Highlights:“Seems like there’s a new security warning every day…”

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“On Tuesday, a German security firm detailed vulnerabilities in the popular MySQL open-source database. Last week Microsoft issued a “critical” bulletin describing eight (count ’emeight) holes in its Virtual Machine, the most serious of which allows attackers to read files directly from a PC or network drives. And a recent CERT announcement addressed a weakness in Sun Microsystems’ server appliances that could allow remote attackers to take over an entire system…”

Full Story on TechWeb

ABCNews: The ‘Out of Office’ Scam 19-Dec-02 09:11:21 ET

Story Highlights:“British technology group Tif recently warned that thieves could be buying huge lists of e-mail addresses, and sending mass-mailings in the hopes of receiving auto-replies to find out who could be on vacation…”

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“Then, after obtaining the e-mails, thieves could cross-reference them with publicly available personal information to find the vacation-goer’s name, telephone number and address…”

Full Story on ABCNews

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