By: Nicholas Mercier
Arriving late on the scene of the accident, but in time to get a Press Release issued... CA today classified a new variant of the CodeRed worm, a self-propagating malicious computer program as medium-to-high risk. Unlike previous versions, this new variant manipulates system settings, and installs and launches a Trojan version of Windows File Explorer. This can leave the infected computer open to remote connections making it possible for files to be accessed and stolen.
Darren Greenwood of Auckland is reporting that Dave and Margaret Watson say they have invented a virus stopper that tackles the problem from a direction different to other antivirus software. Their 18-month-old company, Ripple Effects, has developed PrivateBase, which they say is unique because it places the email address book outside the browser, stopping viruses from entering address books and propagating themselves.
Cybercrimes reported and investigated in Dubai in recent months included threats sent to individuals by emails, piracy and destruction of the main page of the web site of a UAE association. This was stated by a police officer whose study on cybercrimes was recently submitted to a research panel. Despite the relatively small number of such crimes in the UAE, the social and economic damage caused by them is colossal, the officer said. He urged the authorities concerned to speed up the process of promulgating laws to combat cybercrimes.
Court is in session ! Mercedes-Benz (Chrysler-Daimler) web site was hacked by s0kket and the corporate web site's LoginAccount_Frm.asp page was replaced with a picture of a smiling Judge Judy accompanied with the following text
" Judge Judy finds you guilty of having weak security. Sentenced to shame on alldas and send me a benz.... "