Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for December 5, 2002


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


The Register: Klez Tops 2002 Virus Charts 05-Dec-02 05:12:38 ET

Story Highlights:“Klez is the most abundant virus for 2002, according to Sophos, the anti-virus software firm…”

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“The second most common virus is the Bugbear worm, which made the number two slot even though it was only detected in October 2002…”

Full Story on The Register


CNN: Charges Filed in Alleged eBay Scam 05-Dec-02 11:13:40 ET

Story Highlights:“A Los Angeles man was charged on Wednesday with defrauding eBay buyers on six continents in what prosecutors called one of the largest Internet auction scams uncovered…”

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“Chris Chong Kim, 27, was charged with four counts of grand theft and 26 counts of holding a mock auction for allegedly failing to deliver the high-end computers and computer parts he sold on his eBay business site, Calvin Auctions…”

Full Story on CNN


PCWorld: New Year To Bring Nastier Viruses Yet 04-Dec-02 19:20:51 ET

Story Highlights:“Virus specialist Daniel Zatz is hoping love blossoms for an 18-year-old Dutch woman and that the economies of Eastern Europe pick up…”

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“Zatz, a Sydney, Australia-based security consultant for Computer Associates, warns that more serious viruses are on the cards for 2003 following a lull this year — unless current events and personal lives of known virus-writers change…”

Full Story on PCWorld


Wired: Messages to al-Qaida Called Fake 05-Dec-02 02:00:00 ET

Story Highlights:“Hundreds of messages posted to Internet discussion groups last week, apparently with encrypted instructions for al-Qaida terrorists, are an obvious hoax…”

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“The newsgroup postings, which included the words ‘next al-Qaida attack’ in their subject lines, alarmed some Internet users when the messages began showing up in discussion groups around Nov. 25…”

Full Story on Wired


MSNBC: ‘Security Alert’ Advertiser Sued 05-Dec-02 09:01:25 ET

Story Highlights:“A popular tool among some Internet advertisers — producing banner ads that look like Windows dialog boxes — is being challenged in court…”

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“A Washington state law firm that specializes in class-action cases filed suit last week against Bonzi Software Inc. for deceptive advertisements. In its court papers, the law firm Lutkins & Annis says Bonzi ads use a ‘Fake User Interface’ to repeatedly deceive Internet users…”

Full Story on MSNBC


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1 Comment

  • I hate pop-up ads, too. But has anyone noticed the guy (Philip J. Carstens) who is suing Bonzi Software also sued his "former employer" after he sustained an "injury" of a "traumatic nature" when he bit into a piece of "Halloween Candy" taken from a dish located on the reception desk of his employer and "broke loose a dental crown."
    It’s kind of like the story about the burglar who sued for being trapped for 8 days in a garage of a house that he burgled — with "nothing" to survive on, except a case of soft drinks and a bag of dry dog food.
    You should read his legal argument: "The candy was either furnished by Mr. Carstens’ employer, or by the receptionist employed by Mr. Carstens’ employer, with full knowledge of the company’s management and because the injury occurred in the course of his employment, Mr. Carstens had clearly sustained an injury compensable under the Industrial Insurance Act."
    Compensable? What does that word mean? Do they mean like… as in… compensation? Do they mean like… M-O-N-E-Y?
    But the really shocking thing is: HE WON THE CANDY LAWSUIT AND ACTUALLY GOT MONEY FOR HIS "TRAUMATIC INJURIES"! You can read all the "traumatic" details of that fateful day at: http://www.wa.gov/biia/890723.htm
    However, there’s one more interesting twist to this story. It turns out the "employer" that Mr. Carstens sued was the law firm of "Lukins & Annis" — that’s right, the same law firm who is now suing Bonzi Software on Mr. Carstens’ behalf.
    SO LET ME GET THIS STRAIGHT. YOU HAVE A LAWYER — WHO SUED HIS OWN LAW FIRM FOR BEING "TRAUMATICALLY INJURED" BY A PIECE OF HALLOWEEN CANDY — AND NOW THE SAME GUY HAS BEEN "INJURED" BY INTERNET POP-UP ADS TOO?
    The poor guy. I guess some people just have all the bad luck.
    Tim King

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