Daily Cybercrime and Security Report for November 21, 2001


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


CNN: Hackers Access Playboy.com’s Credit Card Data 20-Nov-01 15:20:29 ET

Story Highlights:“Computer hackers broke into the Playboy Enterprises’ Web site — playboy.com — gaining access to the credit card numbers of several customers…”

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“The company’s technology team discovered the breach last weekend before the hackers sent threatening e-mails to the company’s customers…”

Full Story on CNN


MSNBC: FBI Software Cracks Encryption Wall 20-Nov-01 13:51:42 ET

Story Highlights:“The FBI is developing software capable of inserting a computer virus onto a suspects machine and obtaining encryption keys…”

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“The software, known as ‘Magic Lantern,’ enables agents to read data that had been scrambled, a tactic often employed by criminals to hide information and evade law enforcement…”

Full Story on MSNBC


CNN: Cybercrime Treaty May Save Lives as Well as Money 21-Nov-01 04:20:28 ET

Story Highlights:“A European convention to be signed on Friday aims to unite countries in the fight against computer criminals, who have moved on from ‘innocent’ hacking to fraud, embezzlement and life-threatening felonies…”

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“Interior ministers and law enforcement officials from Europe, South Africa, Canada, the United States and Japan will sign the milestone cyber-crime convention, which has taken four years to draft, in the Hungarian capital…”

Full Story on CNN


The Register: MS Blames Messenger for IE Security Hole 20-Nov-01 04:19:23 ET

Story Highlights:“A month ago there was a little exploit, discovered by Online Solutions, which could allow an attacker to obtain or alter IE 5.5 and 6.0 cookie data with a malicious URL. It didn’t seem a terribly big deal at the time…”

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“It became a big deal when Microsoft decided to throw a hissy fit about the fact that Online Solutions broke the news…”

Full Story on The Register


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