HACKERS' BUG CAUSES CHAOS
COMPUTER hackers are causing chaos with a virus that tricks systems
into thinking the Millennium has arrived. Companies across Britain
are being hit by the bug, which can render systems useless for up to
three days. Security software experts are concerned valuable data
could be wiped out or stolen while computers are crippled. The problem
was revealed at a conference on electronic security, organised by
software firm mi2g. A company spokesman said: "Hackers are causing
chaos with this code because it can immediately shut down computer
systems. "There are not just financial risks to be considered -
serious safety issues are also involved." The virus, which forwards
internal clocks to January 1, 2000, was first detected in the UK last
month, when a firm was unable to use 40 per cent of its system.
U.S. expert says computer viruses a Y2K threat
Add a rash of new computer viruses to the list of Y2K headaches that
could await the world on Jan. 1, a leading technology researcher said
Tuesday. More than 30,000 threats from computer hackers and virus writers
who say they will release new viruses to herald the new year and the new
millennium have been logged by the FBI and other law enforcement groups,
Lou Marcoccio, worldwide research director at the technology consulting
firm Gartner Group said.
Israel charges blind Arab brothers with cybercrime
Three blind Arab brothers tapped into Israeli army telephone lines and
enabled Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza to call overseas at the
military's expense, an Israeli prosecutor said Tuesday.
Four US '.mil' Web Sites Invaded By Cracker Group
A group of hackers - more accurately known as "crackers" - hit at least
four US military Web sites sometime on Monday, according to a Web site
that tracks such infiltrations. As Web site crackings go, though, three
of the four invasions were relatively benign. The group "hV2k" claimed
responsibility for the invasions, through text left behind at each site,
according to copies or "mirrors" of the sites stored at Attrition.org.
Hackers wreak havoc on Romanian Web site
Romania's Finance Ministry said it will investigate how hackers tapped
into its Web site and changed tax laws and the leu's exchange rate. The
Web site last weekend showed a tax on "silliness" that varied according
to the importance of the taxpayer's job. For one day, the Web site
said, monthly wages of as much as 1 million lei ($59.14) would be taxed
100 percent. It also changed the official exchange rate of the leu to
0.5 per dollar from 16,870 per dollar.
FBI probing Moscow link in cyber 'attack'
The FBI is trying to determine if cyber-spies at Moscow's prestigious
Russian Academy of Sciences were responsible for Moonlight Maze, the
most pervasive assault yet on sensitive US Defence Department and other
computer networks. The first Moonlight Maze attack was detected in March
last year. Three months later, US security sleuths were able to monitor
a series of intrusions as they occurred and traced them back to seven
dial-up Internet connections near Moscow.
Probe into hack at S'pore Govt website
THE National Computer Board is investigating Sunday's possible
hacking into the Singapore Government website. Asked about the
incident yesterday, Minister for Communications and Information
Yeo Cheow Tong said the incident showed the risk all countries
face. He said that adding safeguards may prove to be a temporary
solution. "Each time you come up with some safeguards, we find
that somebody else will come up with an equally innovative way
to bypass our safeguards.
Taiwan Prepares For Possible Chinese Cyber Attacks
China could be able in five years to use computer viruses, hackers and
other types of cyber warfare to quickly break down Taiwan's defenses
and prepare for an invasion, the Taiwanese military said Tuesday.
Taiwan's economy, government and military are highly dependent on
computers and could be vulnerable to such high-tech weapons, the
official Central News Agency quoted Chang Jia-sheng of the Defense
Ministry as saying.
Ukrainian Hacks Into US Agency's Files
A Ukrainian has hacked into the secret files of a U.S. federal agency,
a Ukrainian law-enforcement source told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.
The U.S. discovered the hacking and traced it back to the company
Nikave based in the central Ukrainian city of Vinnitsa. But Nikave
director Yulia Shakula told Itar-Tass she did not have the faintest
idea of how the hacker had learnt the company's login and password.
However, the company may face a huge fine, and the case is being
investigated by Ukraine's law enforcers and Interpol. There were no
details about the name of the U.S. agency and of the damage inflicted.
[Description of Source: ITAR-TASS -- Main government information agency.]