Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for January 13, 2003

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

Nando Times: Quartet of New Internet Worms Discovered 13-Jan-03 12:01:38 ET

Story Highlights:F-Secure Corp. is alerting computer users of four new Internet worms that are crawling across the globe. The new Windows worms were found on Wednesday and Thursday, and they are known as Lirva.A, ExploreZip.E, Lirva.B and Sobig…”

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“Several new viruses are found every day, there’s nothing special with that,” said Mikko Hypponen, Manager of Anti-Virus Research at F-Secure. “But it is not normal to find four new viruses which are all successfully spreading in the wild within two days…”

Full Story on Nando Times

ZDNET UK: Avril Lavigne Worm a Hit in Virus Charts 13-Jan-03 04:16:23 ET

Story Highlights:“She may just be a skater girl, but teen singer Avril Lavigne now has the dubious honor of having a successful computer virus pay homage to her…”

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“As of Friday morning, the worm was No. 2 on MessageLabs’ chart, after the older Klez worm. The virus, which generally arrives as an email attachment, can infect any PC running Microsoft’s Windows operating system…”

Full Story on ZDNET UK

Fairfax I.T.: The Internet Risk Continues To Rise. Or Does It? 10-Jan-03 12:45:49 ET

Story Highlights:“Internet Security Systems, “a world leader in software and services that protect critical information assets from an ever-changing spectrum of threats and misuse,” has released its Internet Risk Impact Summary report…”

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“According to the report, 101 “hybrid threats” and computer worms were tracked during the fourth quarter. In the previous three quarters, 393 were tracked. But this doesn’t mean things are getting better. No, not by a long shot…”

Full Story on Fairfax I.T.

ZDNET UK: Brit Cracks Microsoft’s E-Book Software 10-Jan-03 06:31:20 ET

Story Highlights:“A British programmer has released software online that is said to dismantle the anticopying technology in the Microsoft Reader e-book software, setting up another potential confrontation in the digital piracy wars…”

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“Few experts believe that any digital rights management technology is wholly secure, and Microsoft employees have often conceded that dedicated crackers are likely to break through any such technological protections, given enough time…”

Full Story on ZDNET UK

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