A bug in the code of the SirCam worm has prevented the malicious program from reactivating its payload, which would have deleted files on infected PCs Tuesday, according to antivirus company Sophos.
Code in the worm, which continues to spread among unprotected computers connected to the Internet, would have turned programs attempting to execute on Oct. 16 into a crap shoot: Running an application on an infected PC would have deleted all files on the computer 5 percent of the time.
An Auckland start-up company is racing against time to counter hackers and cyber-terrorists. JSD's netDeFlect is headed for beta testing later this month and New Zealand businesses could be amongst the first to test this latest innovation in data security. The Foundation for Research, Science and Technology assisted with a $100,000 grant through its Grants for Private Sector Research and Development scheme (GPSRD).
The author of the infamous Anna Kournikova worm has lodged an appeal against the court-imposed penalty of 150 hours of community service. The worm, which 20-year-old Jan de Wit coded using a simple virus creation kit, raced around the world earlier this year. The worm was delivered as an e-mail attachment identified as risque pictures of tennis star Anna Kournikova.
Russian hacker Vasily Gorshkov arrested in Seattle in spring, 2001 has been found guilty by the US court. Spokesman for the district prosecutor's office of the state of Washington Lawrence Lincoln told Itar-Tass by telephone on Monday that Vasily Gorshkov had been found guilty on all the twenty counts of the charge of conspiracy, computer crimes and fraud.
Saying that the U.S. government's immediate response to Sept. 11's terrorist attacks wasn't enough, a group of hackers took matters into its own hands and defaced 200 to 300 Middle Eastern government Web sites and those of Palestinian Internet service providers. The group also said it plans to destroy Web servers and Internet access in Afghanistan.