News Archives from 2003 (Jan 01 - Dec 31, 2003)
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    02 December 2003 - New Update of VirusExecutor v2.33 Released
   Jan Erik Olausen released a new version of his virus killer. The archive
   is named VirusExecutor233.lha.  The PatchBrain has been updated to v1.53
   PS! You have to run the update twice the first time for VE to remember
   * See the VirusExecutor Readme for complete changes
   * VirusExecutor Homepage at Virus Help Team Canada has links to all files
     required and recommended to run VE2.33
   Note Regarding The 'VirusExecutor Live Update' Files:
   For the latest versions from Jan Erik Olausen, you'll need your Amiga
   connected by PPP then run the Live Update within the VirusExecutor
   program (menu item Utilities >> Update files). The version we have
   online,  may or may not be Jan Erik's latest version he has been
   working on.
 
    02 December 2003 - XAD-Master Library Bugfixes v12.1a Released
   Dirk Stoecker announced on Nov 30th, the release of xadmaster.library.
   These releases fix a bug with external clients in CPU-versions. Dirk's
   news item states 040 was updated, but the file is for the 060 CPU. The
   two CPU-versions that had been affected and now fixed, are:
   xadmaster library [020]
   xadmaster library [060]
 
    01 December 2003 - Anti-Virus Boot Disk For VirusExecutor Has Been Updated
   The VirusExecutor boot-floppy has the new v2.32 and PatchBrain v1.52 that
   was released by Jan Erik by his Live Update November 22, 2003. Read the
   VE boot disk history file for changes.
 
    26 November 2003 - Note Regarding The 'VirusExecutor Live Update' Files
   For the latest versions from Jan Erik Olausen, you'll need your Amiga
   connected by PPP then run the Live Update within the VirusExecutor program
   (menu item Utilities >> Update files). The version we have online,  may or
   may not be Jan Erik's latest version he has been working on.

    26 November 2003 - New 'Live Update' of VE PatchBrain v1.52 Released
   Jan Erik Olausen has a new version of his PatchBrain. You will need your
   Amiga connected by PPP the run the Live Update within the VirusExecutor
   program (menu item Utilities >> Update files). The version we have
   online, may or may not be JEO's latest version he has been working on.

    23 November 2003 - New 'Live Update' of VirusExecutor v2.32 Released
   Jan Erik Olausen has a new version of his VirusExecutor. You'll need your
   Amiga connected by PPP the run the Live Update within the VirusExecutor
   program (menu item Utilities >> Update files). The version we have
   online, may or may not be JEO's latest version he has been working on.
   Changes since last version
   - Changed the 'Update files' output...
   - Added check for catalogs to 'Update files'...

    22 November 2003 - MILL v24.11.2003 Update Now Available
   Zbigniew 'Zeeball' Trzcionkowski has released a new update version of his
   antivirus program MILL. He says "No bigger changes beside beta tests with
   beta version of AmigaOS 4.0. My real Amiga is totally broken down. I'm
   working in emulators."
   Fixes since previous public version:
   - improved compatibility with AmigaOS 4.0
   - added Abort to Integrity while comparing
   - some very minor fixes

    22 November 2003 - New Site Address for MUI Classes
   Jocke 'Zerohero' Sj÷blom announced on Oct 30 2003, that his MUI Classes
   site that has been available since Dec 2, 2002, can now be found at
   http://www.zerohero.se/mui/index.php

    20 November 2003 - New Update of VirusExecutor v2.31 Released
   Jan Erik Olausen released a new version of his virus killer. The archive
   is named VirusExecutor231.lha. The PatchBrain has been updated to v1.52
   * See the VirusExecutor Readme for complete changes
   * VirusExecutor Homepage at Virus Help Team Canada has links to all files
     required and recommended to run VE2.31

    08 November 2003 - Anti-Virus Boot Disk For VirusExecutor Has Been Updated
   The VirusExecutor boot-floppy has the new v2.29 and PatchBrain v1.50 that
   was released November 07, 2003. Read the VE boot disk history file for
   changes.

    07 November 2003 - New Update of VirusExecutor v2.29 Released
   Jan Erik Olausen released a new version of his virus killer. The archive
   is named VirusExecutor229.lha. The PatchBrain has been updated to v1.50
   * See the VirusExecutor Readme for complete changes
   * VirusExecutor Homepage at Virus Help Team Canada has links to all files
     required and recommended to run VE2.29

    16 October 2003 - Anti-Virus Boot Disks Updated With XAD and XFD Libs
   The anti-virus boot-disks that required the new XAD or XFD libraries have
   been updated and are available for download at either the Virus Help Team
   Canada site or Netherlands site. Also available in the files area of the
   vht-can maillist: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vht-can/files/Boot-Disks
   VirusChecker-II uses the xfdmaster.library, but there is no room on the
   disk to update to the latest version. Sorry
   The following disks were updated as of October 16, 2003
   * VirusExecutor v2.28
   * VirusWorkshop v6.9
   * VirusZ II v1.44   (uses LhA & LZX to unpack archives)
   * VirusZ III v0.9e
 
    15 October 2003 - XAD-Master Library v12.1 Unarchiving Tool Released
   Dirk Stoecker released his latest XAD sharware library, that provides
   an interface for unarchiving all possible types of file or disk archives.
   Choose one of the links below, to go to your machines CPU version. The
   previous XAD version can be found in the Archives Section.
   xadmaster library [000]
   xadmaster library [020]
   xadmaster library [060]
   xadmaster docs: german, french and polish
   Click here to search Aminet for XAD Developer lib
 
    15 October 2003 - xfdmaster.library v39.15 / Rel1.38 Available
   Dirk Stoecker released his latest xfdmaster library. The archive is named
   xfdmaster138.lha, and can be found on the downloads page by following the
   above link. The previous XFD version can be found in the Archives
   Section.
 
    08 September 2003 - VirusWarning.Guide v3.5 Available
   A new update of VirusWarning.guide was released September 6th, by Virus
   Help Denmark. The archive is named vht-vg35.lha, and can be found on
   the downloads page. Jan of Virus Help Denmark says "After a few years
   where there has been found almost no new viruses or trojans for the
   Amiga, we have desided to make a minor update of the VirusWarning.guide.
   Some of the members of VHT has changed there email adresses, and the AV
   programs has been updated."
 
    02 July 2003 - MCC_SpeedBar MUI Custom Class v19.3 Available
   Alfonso Ranieri has released a bugfixed version of his latest Magic User
   Interface custom class. It is required for Voodoo-X, which is the GUI
   for the XAD package.
   * Author Alfonso Ranieri's SpeedBar homepage
   * Jocke 'Zerohero' Sjoeblom's MUI Classes site [old site]

     29 June 2003 - MCC_SpeedBar MUI Custom Class v19.2 Available
   Alfonso Ranieri has released a bugfixed version of his latest Magic User
   Interface custom class. It is required for Voodoo-X, which is the GUI
   for the XAD package.
   * Author Alfonso Ranieri's SpeedBar homepage
   * Jocke 'Zerohero' Sjoeblom's MUI Classes site [old site]
 
    08 June 2003 - Anti-Virus Boot Disk For VirusZ III Has Been Updated
   The VirusZ-III boot-floppy has the new v0.9e that was released June 7th,
   2003. It is now available for download at VHT-Netherlands or VHT-Canada
   and soon in the files area of the vht-can maillist:
   http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vht-can/files/Boot-Disks
 
    07 June 2003 - Virusz III v0.9e Released
   Georg Hvrmann has released a new update to this anti-virus program
   VirusZ III. For full release notes, see the readme file. If this update
   causes problems on your machine, you can use VirusZ II v1.44 or continue
   to use the previous VirusZ III

    17 May 2003 - Anti-Virus Boot Disks Updated With New Xvs Libs
   The anti-virus boot-disks that required the new Xvs library have been
   updated and are available for download at either the Virus Help Team
   Canada site or Netherlands site. Soon available in files area of the
   vht-can maillist: groups.yahoo.com/group/vht-can/files/Boot-Disks
   The following disks were updated as of May 17, 2003
   * VirusZ III v0.9d
   * VirusZ II v1.44   (uses LhA & LZX to unpack archives)
   * VirusExecutor v2.28
   * VirusChecker v2.5
 
    16 May 2003 - Bugfixed MCC_SpeedBar MUI Custom Class v19.1 Available
   Alfonso Ranieri has released a bugfixed version of his latest Magic User
   Interface custom class. It is required for Voodoo-X, which is the GUI
   for the XAD package. Jocke 'Zerohero' Sjoeblom of the MUI Classes site
   states "MCC_SpeedBar updated, and now SpeedBarCfg.mcc is fixed. Only
   program I know that it failed on is Voodoo-X, but there might have been
   others. Fixed, anyway :) Thanks must go to Kev Harrison for mailing Alfie
   about it so quickly."
   * Author Alfonso Ranieri's SpeedBar homepage
 
    15 May 2003 - MCC_NListtree MUI Custom Class v18.18 Available
   Sebastian Bauer and Carsten Scholling have released their latest Magic
   User Interface custom class this past Mar 9th, 2003. It is required for
   Voodoo-X, which is the GUI for the XAD package, and available now for
   download. Previous MCC_NListtree versions available in Archives
 
    15 May 2003 - MCC_NList MUI Custom Class v0.95 (20.111) Available
   The NList Open Source Team along with Sebastian Bauer and Gilles Masson
   have released their latest Magic User Interface custom class this past
   Mar 9th, 2003. It is required for Voodoo-X, which is the GUI for the XAD
   package, and available now for download. Previous MCC_NList versions
   available in Archives
 
    15 May 2003 - MCC_SpeedBar MUI Custom Class v19.0 Available
   Alfonso Ranieri released his latest Magic User Interface custom class
   this past May 14th, 2003. It is required for Voodoo-X, which is the GUI
   for the XAD package. The MUI Classes site states "MCC_SpeedBar bumped
   to v19.0, now, before you start to mail me that this archive is broken,
   I know it is, but it's only some code examples, the real classes are
   still ok."  Previous MCC_SpeedBar versions available in Archives
 
    13 May 2003 - New Xvs.library v33.40 Released
   Georg Hvrmann has released the latest version of the antivirus External
   Virus Scanner Library. This new update of the xvs.libary includes many
   fixes, improvements and additions. Read the Xvs library v33.40 Readme for
   further details. Updated anti-virus boot-disks will follow in a few day.

    31 March 2003 - MILL v01.04.2003 Update Now Available
   Zbigniew 'Zeeball' Trzcionkowski has released a new update version of his
   antivirus program MILL. He says "There might be new joke/trojan around
   that activated on 30.3.2003. If today pointer in Your bootmenu changed to
   worm please let me, VHT-DK or VHT-CAN know!
   Fixes from previous public version:
   - added catala locale by Carles 'Doraemon' Bernardez (thanx!)
   - none, just refresh
   * Zbigniew 'Zeeball' Trzcionkowski Homepage
 
    25 March 2002 -  CheckX v1.94 Available
   Dirk Stvcker released his latest version of CheckX which can scan large
   files which fit not in memory (but can be handled by XAD). CheckX
   detects all the viruses found by xvs.library, which contains the complete
   antivirus knowledge of VirusZ utility by Georg Hvrmann, Alex van Niel and
   Jan Erik Olausen. CheckX cannot remove detected viruses. You still need
   antivirus software.

    16 February 2003 - MCC_NListtree MUI Custom Class v18.16 Available
   Sebastian Bauer and Carsten Scholling have released their latest Magic
   User Interface custom class this past Feb 5th, 2003. It is required for
   Voodoo-X, which is the GUI for the XAD package. It is now available for
   download. The archive is named MCC_NListtree1816.lha
   * Sebastian Bauer's Homepage 
   * Carsten Scholling's Homepage
 
    15 February 2003 - MILL v15.02.2003 Update Now Available
   Zbigniew 'Zeeball' Trzcionkowski has released a new update version of his
   antivirus program MILL. He says "Sorry to say that, but nothing has
   changed. Somehow I lost one source code back, so I just recoded the lost
   changes to get it look like the previous public release."
   * Zbigniew 'Zeeball' Trzcionkowski Homepage
 
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   Miscellaneous

    29 December 2003 - VHT-DK server change
   Jan of Virus Help Denmark notified us today of the above, and said:
   "The ULR: www.vht-dk.dk is at the moment down, we are in the middle of
   changing webserver. But I hope that it will work within 7 days. If U
   need to get on the 'Virus Help Denmark's" website, you can use this
   ULR untill the server change is done: http://home4.inet.tele.dk/vht-dk/
   Sorry for all the trouble, but we just have to change server....
   Kind regards - Jan Andersen - Virus Help Denmark"
 
    19 December 2003 - Version 4.3.2 of F-Prot Antivirus for AIX Released
   Frisk Software has released version 4.3.2 of F-Prot Antivirus for AIX.
   This newest version of F-Prot Antivirus for AIX includes bugfixes that
   allow for improved usability and provide enhanced security and
   protection of your data against malicious software threats. To update
   your version of F-Prot Antivirus to the latest version, please visit:
   http://subscription.f-prot.com/download.html
 
    19 December 2003 - Lawsuits attack New York spamming ring
   ZDNet says Microsoft and New York's attorney general have launched a
   series of lawsuits against spam senders
 
    18 December 2003 - Philips engineering digital-content standard
   ZDNet says Philips is developing an anti-piracy system that will play
   video and music on any digital-media player
 
    03 December 2003 - Hijacked PCs blamed for a third of spam
   ZDNet says PCs that have been compromised by Trojans are being used by
   spammers to relay vast amounts of email and avoid detection
 
    03 December 2003 - Firewall market forecast to flare up
   ZDNet says the next two years will see a 25 percent jump in demand for
   firewall products, according to new research
 
    24 November 2003 - Senior Management 'Slow To Understand Wireless Risks'
   ZDNet says the proliferation of wireless networks throughout the
   enterprise means IT managers must implement proper security plans. But
   persuading the boss that it's worth the money could be a struggle

    24 November 2003 - MI5 To Provide Terror Alerts Online
   ZDNet says the security agency is to become a stronger part of the
   government's online anti-terror information service

    14 November 2003 - Government Ignores Web Opposition Over ID Cards
   ZDNet says the Home Office consulted about the introduction of identity
   cards, and thousands of Internet users opposed the idea. What happened
   next?

    14 November 2003 - Nokia Investigates N-Gage Hacking
   ZDNet says Nokia is looking into whether hackers have cracked the
   security protecting its N-Gage games

    11 November 2003 - Canadian Rememberence Day 2003
   Today is the eleventh day of the eleventh month. And at the eleventh  
   hour, people across Canada and abroad paused to remember veterans past
   and present who gave their lives for Canada.
   Click here to visit the Dominion Institute Digital Archive
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     -<-<-@@                 Least We Forget !!                 @@->->-
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    11 November 2003 - Singapore Passes Harsh Anti-hacking Laws
   ZDNet says ultra-strict Singapore has passed some of the world's toughest
   laws against computer hackers and virus writers, allowing police to arrest
   suspects before they strike, official documents show.

    11 November 2003 - Michael Moore Attacks E-voting
   ZDNet says controversial US documentary maker and author Michael Moore
   has lambasted electronic voting machines being used in some US states,
   claiming the technology is inherently open to misuse

    06 November 2003 - Microsoft Creates $5m Virus-hunting Fund
   ZDNet says representatives from the FBI, US Secret Service and Interpol
   flanked Microsoft executives as the software firm announed a bounty scheme
   targeting worm and virus writers

    06 November 2003 - Microsoft Puts Price On Virus Writers' Heads
   ZDNet says two $250,000 rewards are being offered for information that
   leads to the arrest of the MSBlast and SoBig authors

    06 November 2003 - Patent Ruling Creates Ripples On Net
   ZDNet says a decision in a patent case brought by SightSound Technologies
   against Bertelsmann subsidiaries may have implications for music and video
   downloads

    06 November 2003 - Stiller Research Reports: AOL Web Billing HOAX
   Stiller Research says this doesn't sound like it at first glance but
   this is another hoax in the Forward For Money Hoax pattern. Anytime you
   see something that offers you (or someone else!) money or some benefit
   for forwarding an email, you can assume it's a hoax. Read thr report
   for the currently most common version of this hoax.

    03 November 2003 - Medical Fears May Hamper Acceptance Of Biometrics
   ZDNet says biometric systems could face a backlash from users concerned
   that their eyes could be damaged by iris recognition systems, or that
   their health or emotional state could be detected

    30 October 2003 - AOL Shuts Windows Security Hole
   ZDNet says America Online has reached out to its members' PCs and
   switched off a Microsoft program that has been co-opted by spammers
 
    30 October 2003 - Companies Warned Over Corporate Identity Theft
   ZDNet says individuals have been warned about the threat of identity
   theft for years. Now it's the turn of businesses
 
    30 October 2003 - IBM Moves To Detect Privacy Threats
   ZDNet says Big Blue says a new partnership will let it automatically spot
   threats to identity information
 
    26 October 2003 - New Solaris SPARC Version 4.3.0 Released
   FRISK Software International has released a new version of F-Prot
   Antivirus for Solaris SPARC now includes a fully featured mail scanner
   with plugins for enhanced in-transit scanning of e-mails using Sendmail,
   Postfix, and Qmail. They recommend that users of F-Prot Antivirus for
   Solaris SPARC using Sendmail, Postfix or Qmail consider using the plugins
   provided with version 4.3.0. To update to the latest version, please
   visit: http://subscription.f-prot.com/download.html
   * Solaris SPARC product page
 
    26 October 2003 - NAI Reports: W32.Torch HOAX
   Network Associates says this email message is just a HOAX, currently they
   know of no virus that affects computer hardware as the email states. AVERT
   has not received any report of a user's hard drive being destroyed as the
   email describes. NAI are advising users who receive the email to delete
   it and do not pass it on as this is how an email HOAX propagates. Read
   the report for the actual text from the message, both in Portuguese and
   English version.
 
    26 October 2003 - US Vows To Crack Down On Spam
   ZDNet says deceptive spam will be outlawed, and frustrated users will be
   able to sign up to a 'do-not-spam' register
 
    26 October 2003 - US Lawmakers To Tackle Global Piracy
   ZDNet says a US congress group will pursue international alliances in an
   attempt to stem American firms' losses caused by piracy
 
    26 October 2003 - Recordable-CD Prices To Increase
   ZDNet says manufacturer Memorex wants to buck the usual tech price trend
   and make its products more expensive
 
    26 October 2003 - Anti-spam Enters The Zone
   ZDNet says Zone  Labs is to include spam-fighting software from Cloudmark
   with its products
 
    21 October 2003 - Anti-spam Enters The Zone
   ZDNet says Zone Labs is to include spam-fighting software from Cloudmark
   with its products
 
    21 October 2003 - Yahoo To Fool Spammers With Dummies
   ZDNet says the Internet portal will allow subscribers to set up dummy
   email addresses, which they can enter at Web sites without risking their
   primary account being deluged by spam
 
    21 October 2003 - F-Secure Reports: Welcome to the Matrix HOAX
   F-Secure says this hoax that has been circulating France carries the
   basic elements of a hoax that is warning about a virus. The virus is
   described to be extremely dangerous and unstoppable by antivirus
   industry. Please ignore these messages and don't spread them any further.
 
    16 October 2003 - US 'Will Not Enforce' Encryption Laws
   ZDNet says a lawsuit attempting to overturn Cold War-inspired encryption
   laws has been overturned, with the judge saying parts of the regulations
   would not longer be enforced
 
    16 October 2003 - Employees 'More Of A Worry Than Terrorists'
   ZDNet says IT directors are more concerned about the security threat
   posed to systems by staff than by terrorist attacks, according to new
   research
 
    16 October 2003 - Universities Win Funding To Model Cyberterrorism
   ZDNet says two Californian universities will create a network on which to
   simulate terrorist attacks against the Internet
 
    15 October 2003 - New F-Prot Antivirus Product For Sun Systems Released
   FRISK Software International has released a new addition to the F-Prot
   Antivirus products range: F-Prot Antivirus for Solaris SPARC. F-Prot
   Antivirus for Solaris SPARC is intended for use with Sun Microsystems'
   Solaris SPARC operating system. This is a valuable addition to the F-Prot
   family and brings the reliable protection of F-Prot Antivirus to one of
   the world's most powerful platforms. More information on F-Prot Antivirus
   for Solaris SPARC can be found on the F-Prot product page
 
    14 October 2003 - Hacker Gets Caught Unleashing "The Beast"
   VirusList.com News says a US teenager is accused of stealing $47,000
   from a fellow online trader after getting him to install a keystroke
   tracking spyware program known as The Beast.
 
    08 October 2003 - Modems Are Still A Viable Point Of Attack
   VirusList.com News says hackers put "war dialling" back in vogue. The old
   but apparently not outdated technique known as war dialing is once again
   being used by hackers to gain unauthorized access to corporate networks.
   War dialing is the process of scanning telephone lines for unprotected
   modems. Twenty years ago hackers regularly penetrated systems through
   modem connections, then as higher bandwidth connections became the norm
   the practice died off. Today war dialing is back as hackers react to
   increased network security and the fact that many organisations have
   simply neglected to confront the risk posed by the use of modems.
   * WarGames made in 1993 was a great movie (comments from Charlene)
 
    08 October 2003 - F-Prot(TM) BSD v4.2.0 Antivirus Available
   Version 4.2.0 of F-Prot(TM) Antivirus for BSD has been released by FRISK
   Software on Oct 8, 2003.  F-Prot Antivirus for Linux / BSD Mail Servers
   scans e-mail messages and attachments and detects, disinfects and deletes
   malicious programs, such as Trojan Horses. Version 4.2.0 provides enhanced
   in-transit scanning of incoming e-mail using Postfix and Qmail. These
   additions provide for improved usability of F-Prot Antivirus for BSD and
   enhanced end-user security. We recommend that users of F-Prot Antivirus
   for BSD using Postfix or Qmail consider using the plugins provided with
   version 4.2.0. To update your BSD Antivirus to version 4.1.1 visit the 
   BSD Download Center
 
    08 October 2003 - Hi-Tech Crime Unit Probes Viruses For Terrorism Links
   ZDNet says the British task force is working with antivirus firms to
   identify patterns in virus code and trace their source
 
    07 October 2003 - F-Secure Reports: Lottery HOAX
   F-Secure says this is another type of money transfer hoax, trying to
   convince people that they have won a lottery. Naturally no money is
   ever paid out and all kinds of transfer fees are collected from un-
   informed people who answer.
 
    07 October 2003 - Theft Of Game Code Fuels Hacking Fears
   ZDNet says future players of the eagerly anticipated Half Life 2, due out
   later this year, could be at risk after its entire source code was stolen
 
    07 October 2003 - VeriSign Relents On Browser 'Hijack'
   ZDNet says the administrator of the .com and .net domains will no longer
   redirect searches for nonexistent domain names to its Web site, after a
   letter from Icann
 
    02 October 2003 - Symantec On Alert After Surge In Net Activity
   ZDNet says an unexplained rise in domain name server-related traffic
   worldwide may be related to a Trojan on the loose, says the antivirus
   firm
 
    02 October 2003 - Innocent Surfers Can Appear Guilty Of Song-swapping
   ZDNet says flaws in file-sharing can incriminate unwitting users, tricking
   them into seeming guilty of hosting copyrighted files
 
    02 October 2003 - Instant Messaging and P2P Attacks Skyrocket
   ZDNet says Symantec has said that although Internet attacks are
   increasing, severe attacks are down compared to last year
 
    26 September 2003 - F-Secure Reports: Got You HOAX
   This hoax tries to convince the user to believe in it with a segment of
   text that looks like code. It says in part "Now it's your turn to have
   your computer infected.This WORM it is undetectable by AntiVirus software
   and it will drive your computer crazy because it's always hiding and
   causing havoc in your system." F-Secure asks that you please ignore these
   messages and don't spread them any further.
   * See also NAI Reports: Payback HOAX
 
    26 September 2003 - NAI Reports: Payback HOAX
   McAfee AVERT Labs says this email message is just a HOAX, currently we
   know of no messages that the user will receive which contain scripts or
   attachments that would cause symptoms such as the HOAX states. They are
   advising users who receive the email to delete it and DO NOT pass it on
   as this is how an email HOAX propagates.
   * See also F-Secure Reports: Got You HOAX
 
    26 September 2003 - U.S. State Department Blames The Welchia Virus
   VirusList.com News says on September 23rd CLASS ceased to function for
   several hours due to the detection of a computer virus, and thus, for
   that time nowhere in the world was a U.S. visa issued. CLASS is the State
   Department's Consular Lookout and Support System, which contains more
   than 12.8 million records from the FBI, the State Department and U.S.
   immigration, drug-enforcement and intelligence agencies. Among the
   records are the names of at least 78,000 suspected terrorists.
 
    26 September 2003 - US Quarantines Visa System After Virus Attack
   ZDNet says an attack of the Welchia worm lead the US Department of State to
   shut down its system for filtering visa applications in search of potential
   terrorists
 
    26 September 2003 - Microsoft Chatroom Closure Is 'Irresponsible'
   ZDNet says a Microsoft rival has criticised MSN's 'moral' stance on
   chatroom closure, and said that greater investment could lead to a safer
   online environment
 
    26 September 2003 - Microsoft Closes 'Unsafe' Chat Rooms
   ZDNet says Microsoft will shut chat rooms in 28 countries because of the
   risks it claims are posed by paedophiles
 
    09 September 2003 - F-Prot(TM) BSD v4.1.1 Antivirus Available
   Version 4.1.1 of F-Prot(TM) Antivirus for BSD has been released by FRISK
   Software on Sep 5, 2003.  F-Prot Antivirus for Linux / BSD Mail Servers
   scans e-mail messages and attachments and detects, disinfects and deletes
   malicious programs, such as Trojan Horses. F-Prot Antivirus for Linux /
   BSD Mail Servers supports the most popular mail servers running on UNIX,
   for instance Sendmail, Qmail and Postfix, when used with procmail. To
   update your BSD Antivirus to version 4.1.1 visit the BSD Download Center
   If you want to try other F-Prot(TM) products visit Frisk's Download Center
   * Documentation for F-Prot Antivirus for BSD
   * FTP site for F-Prot(TM) Antivirus BSD Software
 
    28 August 2003 - Warning System Blamed in Massive Blackout
   The Washington Post story says that a low-tech telephone hot line network
   and the way it was used, didn't do enough to send out warnings of
   problems on the electric power grid before the nation's worst blackout,
   power officials and politicians said. Premier  Ernie Eves of Ontario
   complained that U.S. power managers did not notify their Canadian counter-
   parts about the problems, as required under protocols developed after a
   1965 blackout across much of the same region. Failures in Ohio transmission
   lines prompted at least three conversations last Thursday between
   FirstEnergy Corp., the utility that owns them, and the industry group that
   manages transmission across much of the Midwest, said Mary Lynn Webster,
   a spokeswoman for the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator.
 
    28 August 2003 - Slammer Worm Crashed Ohio Nuke Plant Network in 2002
   Security Focus says a computerized safety monitoring system at the
   Davis-Besse nuclear plant was crippled after the worm entered through
   the business network of the plant's operator, FirstEnergy Corp. The
   Davis-Besse plant is operated by FirstEnergy Corp., the Ohio utility
   company that's become the focus of an investigation into the north-
   eastern U.S. blackout last week.
   * WashingtonPost: Warning System Blamed in Massive Blackout
 
    23 August 2003 - Southern Ontario Power Useage Lifted on Saturday
   Our power grid that services Souhtern Ontario is back at 100%. We were
   told Saturday, that we are once again allowed to use our power as usual,
   so Virus Help Team Canada will be updated. Not a lot of fun being without
   computer use for over a week, since the power blackout on Thur Aug 14th.
   Sorry for any inconvenience, and also to those of you that have sent us
   requests for help - we will be a little slow in getting your letters
   answered.
 
    16 August 2003 - Power Blackout Effects Virus Help Team Canada
   Due to the power grid problems in the north-eastern US and Canada, the
   Virus Help Team Canada will not be updated. We are experiencing rotating
   power in southern Ontario Canada, so therfore I will not be using my
   computer. We survived the 1998 ice storm, so we will survive this also.
   Till later...
 
    14 August 2003 - Microsoft Braces as Web Worm Prepares to Attack
   Reuters says like sharp-shooters armed and ready to fire, hundreds of
   thousands of computers are poised to let fly a potentially crippling data
   attack on a lone Web site belonging to software giant Microsoft Corp.
   Starting on Saturday, August 16, each computer infected by the "Blaster"
   Internet worm will begin sending packets of data several times per second
   to the Microsoft site in an attempt to knock it offline.
 
    12 August 2003 - F-Secure Reports: C-Nile HOAX
   F-Secure says this is actually a joke describing symptoms of old age, but
   since there is mention about it not being detected by antivirus software
   it can be classified as a hoax. Since I (Charlene of VHT-Canada), thought
   this was hilarious, I've included the actual hoax text:
   ---Begin Hoax Text -------------------------------------------
   Subject: C-Nile Virus
   Body of Message: I don't normally pass on virus warnings but I just got
   this from a reliable source.
   It seems that there is a virus out there called the C-nile Virus
   that even the most advanced programs from Norton cannot take
   care of, so be warned, it appears to affect those of us who were
   born before 1948.
   Symptoms of C-nile Virus:
   1. Causes you to send same e-mail twice.
   2. Causes you to send blank e-mail.
   3. Causes you to send to wrong person.
   4. Causes you to send back to person who sent it to you.
   5. Causes you to forget to attach the attachment.
   6. Causes you to hit "SEND" before you've finished the
   ---End Hoax Text ---------------------------------------------
 
    12 August 2003 - Zone Labs Targets IM Security
   ZDNet says the security specialist has bought a company that provides
   software protecting instant messaging applications.
 
    12 August 2003 - Cybercriminals Target Online Gamers
   ZDNet says South Korea leads the world in its population's enthusiastic
   approach to the Internet and the latest technology, but cybercrime is a
   growing problem. A spokesman for South Korea's National Police Agency
   (NPA) told The Korea Times that cybercriminals are becoming increasingly
   organised, and target online gaming sites in the hope of defrauding the
   services and converting cybermoney into hard cash.
 
    12 August 2003 - Language Translation Tools at Google
   If English is not your primary language, and you have difficulty reading
   or understanding our site, then you can have it translated to a number of
   other languages using the Google Language Tool. Pages can be translated
   from English to either German, Spanish, French, Italian or Portuguese,
   just by entering the url of the page you desire to have translated.
 
    05 August 2003 - New versions of F-Prot Antivirus products released
   Frisk Software International announced on 05-Aug-2003, the release of
   the latest F-Prot Antivirus products. These version include a new
   scanning engine, offering enhanced handling of e-mail messages and
   updated protection against future unknown threats. These enhancements
   are vital to the computer's protection and users of F-Prot Antivirus
   products are therefore urged to update their programs as soon as
   possible. The new version of F-Prot Antivirus products FRISK Software
   International is releasing today are:
   Product                             Version       Release date
   F-Prot Antivirus for Windows        3.14a         5 August 2003
   F-Prot Antivirus for Exchange       1.0.2         5 August 2003
   F-Prot Antivirus for DOS            3.14a         5 August 2003
   F-Prot Antivirus for Linux          4.1.2         2 August 2003
   F-Prot Antivirus for BSD            4.1.1         5 August 2003
   F-Prot Antivirus for AIX            4.2.1         5 August 2003
   F-Prot Antivirus for Solaris,Intel and Sparc versions
                                       4.2.1-beta-1  5 August 2003
   F-Prot Antivirus for Linux on S/390 4.2.1-beta-1  5 August 2003
   For more information on the most current versions of F-Prot Antivirus
   products and the latest virus signature files for F-Prot Antivirus
   products, visit F-Prot currrent versions page
 
    03 August 2003 - As Warned, Mass Hack Attack Takes Place
   Kaspersky Lab says as the US government had warned the beginning of July,
   the site defacing competition did indeed take place Sunday, July 6th,
   though it probably did not go as smoothly as participants had hoped.

    10 July 2003 - Our Services At Bravenet Are Messed Up
   The Bravenet Services that we use are having a major overhaul, and they
   are not working as they used to. Sorry for any inconvenience.

    03 July 2003 - F-Secure Reports: jdbgmgr.exe Virus HOAX
   F-Secure says please note that in January 2003 there appeared a trojan
   called Dasmin that uses jdbgmrg.exe as file name. More information at
   http://www.f-secure.com/v-descs/dasmin.shtml
   F-Secure says in April 2002 there appeared a hoax message concerning a
   new virus that was reportedly discovered in Windows utility JDBGMGR.EXE.
   The jdbgmgr is a standard windows component found in every windows
   installation, it is used as Java debugger manager in Microsoft Java
   runtime engine. The icon of the original JDBGMGR.EXE file for some reason
   looks like a teddy bear. Alias: Teddy Bear hoax
   According to Microsoft's website:
   "If you follow the e-mail message instructions and delete this file, you
   do not have to recover it unless you use Microsoft Visual J++ 1.1 to
   develop Java programs on Windows XP, Windows NT 4.0, Windows 98 Second
   Edition, Windows 98, or Windows 95." If you have deleted jdbgmgr.exe,
   please see Microsoft knowledgebase article Q322993 for further
   instructions:
   http://support.rosoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q322993
   F-Secure asks that you please ignore this hoax or anything similar,
   warning about jdbgmgr.exe and don't pass it on.
 
    01 July 2003 - Canadians - July 1st Canada Day
   Today Canada celebrates it's 136th birthday. Go Canada!!!
 
   |||||     ./\.
   |||||  _|\|  |/|_  H A P P Y  136 th  B I R T H D A Y
   |||||  \        /
   |||||   }_/||\_{   Greetings from C-eh?-N-eh?-D-eh?  ;)
 
   * Drop by the Live Java-free VHT Webchat and say hi
   * Leave a birthday wish on Charlene's online forum
 
    27 June 2003 - Spammers Conscript Home PCs To Do Dirty Work
   ZDNet says junk emailers are using viruses to hijack consumers' PCs and
   relay spam
 
    26 June 2003 - Australians Make Xbox Hack Freely Available
   ZDNet says the design for a 'mod chip' that bypasses Xbox security
   features has been released under an open-source licence
 
    26 June 2003 - NAI Reports: SlipperyMouse JOKE
   Network Associates says "SlipperyMouse joke" is neither a virus nor a
   trojan. It is a detection of the "program" type (under non-malicious but
   sometimes unwanted objects are detected). When executed, this program
   will cause the mouse cursor to slip around the desktop, making it hard
   to click on items.
 
    22 June 2003 - F-Secure Reports: Free Flights HOAX
   F-Secure says this is a chain letter and a complete hoax. There is no way
   to track e-mail like this. Although this one is not related to viruses at
   all, they are listing it as it has become seriously widespread. Do not
   forward the message. Read the report for an example of the chain letter.
 
    22 June 2003 - Nintendo Wins Internet Piracy Case
   ZDNet says a Hong Kong judge has ruled in favour of Nintendo after a
   pirate posted its games online
 
    22 June 2003 - US Senator Suggests Destroying Song-Swappers' PCs
   ZDNet says a prominent US lawmaker says in some cases the only way to
   stop illegal trading of copyrighted materials over the Internet might be
   to destroy the traders' computers
 
    11 June 2003 - Sun Loosens Java Licence, Changes Logo
   ZDNet says Sun Microsystems is about to loosen the licensing terms of
   Java and spend millions promoting its use in business and consumer
   devices - such as mobile phones
 
    11 June 2003 - Spam Blacklist Blocks BT
   ZDNet says BT customers are finding that their email is being blocked as
   spam by a blacklist service because it says BT's email servers are
   'insecure or abuseable'
 
    05 June 2003 - NAI Reports: W32.MFG.Tassos@mm HOAX
   Network Associates says this email message is just a HOAX. There is no
   virus called W32.MFG.Tassos@mm and therefore also no 'removal tool'
   available. (Note: The 'Manual Detection and desinfection' as described
   within the hoax may harm your system!) NAI are advising users who receive
   the email to delete it and DO NOT pass it on as this is how an email HOAX
   propagates.
 
    05 June 2003 - F-Secure Reports: Nokia phone promotion HOAX
   F-Secure reports this is a typical variant of giveaway chain letter.
   Typical for these hoaxes is that the hoax claims that some company is
   using email tracking system and is asking recipient to forward the
   message to several persons for reward. Nokia Group confirms that no
   such promotion exists. Also known as: Free nokia giveaway hoax. F-Secure
   asks that you please ignore these messages and don't spread them any
   further.
 
    05 June 2003 - Governments' Demands May Derail Cybercrime Unit
   ZDNet says a European agency designed to combat cybercrime may not be up
   and running as planned because of the level of monitoring wanted by
   member countries
 
    05 June 2003 - Cybersecurity & You: Five Tips Every Consumer Should Know
   Security Focus has an interesting article written by Brian Krebs of the
   Washington Post. Mr. Krebs goes into detail on his following 5 tips:
   1. Install and use a firewall
   2. Use anti-virus software and update virus definitions regularly
   3. Create secure, original passwords
   4. Update your computer(s) with the latest vendor security patches
   5. Practice basic e-mail and downloading "street smarts"
 
    01 June 2003 - Sony Division To Offer Self-destructing Movie Downloads
   ZDNet says Sony's Japanese ISP is adopting digital rights management
   technology that lets consumers play downloaded movie files from the hard
   drive, while reducing piracy risks

    28 May 2003 - Mobile Phones To Get Palladium-style Chips
   ZDNet says ARM is to integrate security into its popular processor cores
   for mobile devices, paving the way for Palladium-style secure systems
 
    28 May 2003 - Stolen PCs Can 'Ping' Their Real Owner
   ZDNet says Phoenix and Softex have created a tool that can be built into
   a desktop PC and, if stolen, allow that PC to contact its owner, even if
   its hard drive has been replaced
 
    22 May 2003 - Sony's Robot Dog Learns A New Trick
   ZDNet says Sony's robot dog - Aibo - has been given new powers with a
   software program called Aibo Eyes, which allows it to 'beam' digital
   images to its owner
 
    12 May 2002 - Security & Privacy Research Center Article: On the Offense
   Alarmed, the Security & Privacy Research Center asks "Is it time for
   information security to quit being so defensive?" Written by Sarah D.
   Scalet, she says Lance Spitzer is doing what most CIOs and CSOs cant
   afford to do. As the founder of the Honeynet Project, a three-year-old
   nonprofit research group,he is sitting back and watching the hackers,
   just to see what theyll dream up next.
 
    10 May 2003 - Microsoft Plans X-Box Live Update
   ZDNet says while Xbox Live subscribers can chat with each other using an
   Xbox Communicator headset and broadband links, communicating requires
   players to be inside a game. After the upgrades, the sources said,
   players will be able to turn on their Xboxes, see who among their friends
   is online, and engage them in voice chats in community settings that do
   not even require a game to be inside the console. Other add-ons coming
   soon to the console include the ability to use the Xbox as a sort of
   media centre, to listen to digital music and watch videos in their
   living rooms.
 
    07 May 2003 - New Feature Announced At VHT-Netherlands
   IRC chatting is now available with Virus Help Team Netherlands. The link
   on the website is a javaapplet that requires you to enable Java scripting
   among other things. Read the notice for a complete rundown.
 
    07 May 2003 - F-Secure Reports: Blue Mountain HOAX
   F-Secure says this is a hoax about a virus in the Blue Mountain Arts web
   greeting cards. No such virus exists, and since these greeting cards are
   not programs but simple web pages, they can not contain viruses anyway.
   Read the report for a statement from the Executive Director of Blue
   Mountain Arts. F-Secure asks that you please ignore these messages and
   don't spread them any further.
 
    07 May 2003 - Text Change For Canada Mourns Her Fallen Troops
   The text on our entry page, concerning our Canadian troops loosing
   their lives in Afghanistan on April 17th, 20002 has been changed. This
   change should reflect more acurately, that these troops were killed and
   injured as a result of the war on terrorism. This change was due to
   concerned feedback from mark c.
   * Click here for Contact Form if you have polite comments or suggestions
 
    01 May 2003 - 'Fluffi Bunni' Hacking Suspect Arrested
   ZDNet says Police say that Lynn Htun, arrested in London, may be the
   mastermind behind a series of mysterious Web attacks. Fluffi Bunni has
   been active for more than two years, hacking into sites ranging from
   McDonald's site to those of Net security specialists SANS Institute and
   Symantec's virus detection group, SecurityFocus, according to sources.
 
    01 May 2003 - AOL Will Charge For Virus Protection
   ZDNet says AOL is going to charge its subscribers for anti-virus services
   in an effort to increase revenues following a slump in advertising

    18 April 2003 - 'Good Friday': Beginning of Easter
                                   |
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                         -=  [           ]  =-
                             `---.   .---'
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                          '-..-' |   | '-..-'
                            ||   |   |   ||
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                      -=[ crosses at Calvary  ]=-

    17 April 2003 - One Year Ago Tonight...
          .-.
        __| |__
       [__   __]
          | |      A year ago tonight our Canadian Soldiers were hit by
          | |      the U.S. 'friendly fire' in Afghanastan. Four of our
          | |      troops were killed and many injured.  (ascii by jgs)
          '-'

    17 April 2003 - Trusted Computing Raises Privacy Fears
   ZDNet says RSA: 'Hold the keys to your own computer' is the message from
   cryptographers at the RSA Conference

    15 April 2003 - SurfControl Tool Blocks IM, P2P Networks
   ZDNet says web filtering company SurfControl has introduced new tech-
   nology that helps companies block instant messaging -- an application
   beloved by employees but a headache for some information technology
   managers. The company launched SurfControl Instant Message Filter, which
   lets companies thwart staff from installing and using IM applications
   from companies such as AOL Time Warner, Yahoo! and MSN. In addition, the
   tool stops employees from using peer-to-peer networks such as Kazaa,
   which can be technologically cumbersome to corporate networks.

    14 April 2003 - Hackers Lured Into Sweeter Honeypot
   ZDNet says the Honeynet group, which designs decoys to lure hackers away
   from corporate networks, is making its software more powerful and easier
   to use

    14 April 2003 - Software Tweak May Make Operating Systems Safer
   ZDNet says the OpenBSD project is making changes in its latest operating
   system release that it believes could eliminate a class of security bugs
   that has plagued computers for decades

    11 April 2003 - F-Prot Antivirus For AIX Released
   Frisk Software International announced on 09-Apr-2003, the release of
   the latest AIX product, which is designed for IBM's RISC System 6000
   (RS/6000) machine, running the AIX Operating System, version 4.3 or
   compatible. Visit the F-Prot Antivirus for AIX page.

    07 April 2003 - Hacker Eyes Xbox Reward
   ZDNet says the $100,000 reward promised by Lindows founder Michael
   Robertson could have been won by a hacker who found a buffer overflow
   flaw in a 007 Xbox game. A hacker using the name Habibi-Xbox revealed
   the exploit on Saturday in a message posted on the Xbox Hacker Web site.
   Organizers of the Xbox-Linux Project confirmed the method works.

    04 April 2003 - F-Secure Reports: Life is beatiful HOAX
   F-Secure says the described virus warning is a hoax. It starts off as
   "This information arrived this morning, from Microsoft and Norton. Please
   send it to everybody you know who accesses the Internet. You may receive
   an apparently harmless email with a PowerPoint presentation called 'Life
   is beautiful.pps.'.." See the hoax warning for the original hoax message
   plus the German, Spanich French and Italian translations. F-Secure asks
   that you please ignore this hoax and do not forward it.

    02 April 2003 - F-Prot(TM) Antivirus for FreeBSD v3.13 Released
   Version 3.12d of F-Prot(TM) Antivirus, for Windows, Linux and BSD has been
   released by FRISK Software and is now ready for download. Version 3.13
   includes a new scanning engine providing even greater protection against
   computer security threats. The release of F-Prot(TM) Antivirus for DOS is
   expected to follow within the next few days. To update your registered
   version of F-Prot Antivirus to version 3.13 visit Frisk's Update Center
   and select the platform-version you want to update. If you want to try
   F-Prot(TM) Antivirus for Windows, or other F-Prot(TM) Antivirus products,
   visit Frisk's Download Center for trial versions.

    21 March 2003 - CDC Extends SARS Travel Advisory
   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today extended its
   travel advisory for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) to include
   all of mainland China as well as Hanoi, Vietnam and Singapore. The death
   toll to date in Canada, has reached four.
   * CDC Travelers' Alerts
   * CDC Travelers' Outbreaks
   * For public inquiries, call Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
     (CDC) hotline: English 888-246-2675, Espaqol 888-246-2857, TTY
     866-874-2646.
 
    31 March 2003 - CBC News: Ottawa Marchers Wave The Red, White and Blue
   Story at CBC Canada, says that pouring rain in Ottawa didn't stop thou-
   sands of people from gathering on Parliament Hill Saturday for a rally in
   support of the US-led war in Iraq. Those attending said Ottawa should be
   a more supportive ally, and that Americans need to know at this time that
   many Canadians support efforts to oust Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
 
    28 March 2003 - F-Prot Antivirus For AIX Released
   Frisk Software International announced on 21-Mar-2003, the release of
   the latest AIX product. Visit the AIX product page for more information
   on F-Prot Antivirus for AIX
 
    28 March 2003 - F-Prot Antivirus For Exchange Released
   Frisk Software International announced on 18-Mar-2003, the release of
   the latest Microsoft Exchange Server product. Visit the Exchange page
   for more information on F-Prot Antivirus for Exchange
 
    28 March 2003 - FBI To Investigate Al-Jazeera Web Hijack
   ZDNet says following a week of being targeted by pro-US hackers, the FBI
   has decided to launch an investigation into the attacks
 
    27 March 2003 - Top Hackers News Specials From ZDNet
   Some of the more interesting news headlines:
   * Al-Jazeera site hijacked
   Days after suffering a DoS attack, Al-Jazeera's domain name has been
   hijacked by hackers
   * Al-Jazeera suffers DoS attack
   Within hours of an English version of Al-Jazeera's Web site coming
   online, it was blown away by a denial of service attack
   * Arab news site suffers outages
   The Arabic and newly-launched English Web sites of the controversial
   Al-Jazeera news agency have come under strain from high traffic and
   possible external attacks
 
    25 March 2003 - Virus Help Teams Webchat Has New Temporary Location
   The server that hosts the Virus Help Teams Webchat is changing locations
   from Seattle to Denver. Due to the move, the webchat is presently housed
   at an altenate location.
 
    25 March 2003 - NAI Reports: application Butterfly JOKE
   Network Associates says this detection is for a joke application. It is
   not a trojan or virus. It serves only to amuse/annoy the user. When run,
   the Start Menu button on the Windows task bar is hidden. It is replaced
   by a floating image containing an image of a butterfly and the string
   "Start" (in Russian). No changes are made to the system file system or
   Registry. Read the report for Removal Instructions.
 
    24 March 2003 - Anti-war Hackers Strike The US Navy
   ZDNet says since the US and UK began military action against Iraq, online
   protesters have attacked a number of Web sites with anti-war slogans
 
    21 March 2003 - CDC Worldwide Alert: Pneumonia Alert Updated March 20, 2003
   This is an update to the March 15th Interim Travel Advisory which now
   includes "Hong Kong, Guangdong Province, People's Republic of China, and
   Hanoi, Vietnam". As of March 20, 2003, the Centers for Disease Control
   and Prevention (CDC) has received reports from World Health Organization
   (WHO) of 306 cases outside of the U.S. of a severe form of pneumonia,
   also called severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). CDC has reported 13
   U.S. cases to WHO. Because SARS has appeared to spread rapidly, the
   Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Gro Harlem
   Brundtland, issued emergency guidance for travelers and airlines so that
   symptomatic people receive immediate health care, are brought to the
   attention of public health authorities, and are advised against travel
   while ill. The CDC previously had received reports of outbreaks in Hong
   Kong SAR, Vietnam, and Guangdong, a province in southern China, Canada,
   Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand.
   * CDC Travelers' Alerts
   * CDC Travelers' Outbreaks
   * For public inquiries, call Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
     (CDC) hotline: English 888-246-2675, Espaqol 888-246-2857, TTY
     866-874-2646.
 
    20 March 2003 - "E-Bomb" - A New Threat To Computer Systems
   VirusList.com News says in addition to the already long list of threats
   faced by computers, such as worms, Trojan programs, hackers, spam, DoS
   attacks, mail bombs, bugs, power surges, etc., there is supposedly a new
   one - the "E-Bomb". An e-bomb is an actual military weapon, an actual
   bomb that has been under development for decades. When detonated it is
   the ultimate power surge in the form of a brief and highly concentrated
   emission of microwaves. The payload, in the form of microwave pulses
   can melt silicon chips by overloading them with electricity far beyond
   intended capacity.
 
    20 March 2003 - As The Missiles Fly, So Do The Messages
   ZDNet says the beginning of war on Iraq has prompted a surge of online
   discussion and text messaging, as users seek out information and respond
   with their own instant feedback
 
    19 March 2003 - Text Message Kills Mobile Phones
   ZDNet says two Siemens phones are rendered useless by a short SMS that
   locks up the handsets' software, the company has admitted. The emails
   contain a single word, taken from the phone's language menu, surrounded
   by quote marks and preceded by an asterisk, such as "*English" or
   "*Deutsch", Siemens said.
 
    17 March 2003 - Another Year, Another Saint Patrick's Day
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    16 March 2003 - CDC Worldwide Alert: Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
   The Center For Disease Control (CDC) issues health alert about atypical
   pneumonia. In response to reports of increasing numbers of cases of an
   atypical pneumonia that the World Health Organization (WHO) has called
   Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), the Centers for Disease Control
   and Prevention (CDC) announced several steps to alert health authorities
   at local and state levels. CDC activated its emergency operations center
   on Friday, March 14, upon learning of several cases reported in Canada
   among travelers recently returned from Southeast Asia and their family
   members.
   * CDC Media Relations - Telebriefing Transcript - March 15, 2003
     CDC's Response to Atypical Pneumonia in Southeast Asia and Canada
   * CDC Travelers' Health - Interim Travel Advisories and Outbreaks
   * Travel Advisory: Updated March 15, 2003; Released March 13, 2003
     As of March 15, 2003, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
     (CDC) has received reports of outbreaks of a severe form of pneumonia
     in Hong Kong SAR, Vietnam, and Guangdong, a province in southern
     China, Canada, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand, which
     appears to have spread rapidly. For this reason, the Director General
     of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland,
     issued emergency guidance for travelers and airlines so that
     symptomatic persons receive immediate health care, are brought to the
     attention of public health authorities, and are advised against travel
     while ill. Read the advisory for the CDC guidelines.
 
    16 March 2003 - NAI Reports: Tax Return HOAX
   McAfee AVERT Labs would like to inform you of a new email HOAX. This
   email message is just a HOAX. AVERT has not received any report of a
   user's tax returns being redirected as described in the email. They are
   advising users who receive the email to delete it and DO NOT pass it on
   as this is how an email HOAX propagates. Read the report for the actual
   text from the message that may be received via email. It is available in
   the Portuguese Version and English Translation.

    23 February 2003 - Webchat Available To Non-Registered Chatters
   The chat-registration has been suspended for the time being. You only
   need to login with your handle for now. The server that houses the vht
   webchat is not presently password-protected, but if people ignore the
   rules, then webchat will once again be only for registered chatters.
 
    23 February 2003 - Virus Help Teams Online Forum Experienced Problems
   Due to the following Bravenet notice, the forums etc. were not available:
   "We are currently experiencing technical and power issues. We are
   working hard on the problem and hope to have everything back online
   shortly. Thank you for your patience."
 
    20 February 2003 - VirusList News: Microsoft Goes After Hotmail Spammers
   VirusList.com News says in addition to a recent conserted effort to
   filter free flowing spam from its Hotmail service, Microsoft is taking a
   swing at spammers themselves. The company is seeking unspecified damages
   in a law suit against a group of hackers who broke into Microsoft's
   servers in Mountain View, California and stole a large number of Hotmail
   email addresses.
 
    18 February 2003 - Security Issue Items Now On The Proper Page
   Re-organized some of the news items that had to do with security issues
   to the proper page.
 
    17 February 2003 - Cyber Insurance Leaps Into The Business Mainstream
   VirusList.com News says the post-9/11 focus on security of all types,
   combined with increased hacker activity and devastating virus attacks
   such as the costly recent encounter with the "Helkern" worm, have
   propelled cyber insurance from a mere curiosity into an emerging, standard
   and ubiquitous insurance product.
 
    14 February 2003 - Free Valentines Poems and Poetry
    .-. .-.  .-. .-.  .-. .-.  .-. .-.  .-. .-.  .-. .-.  .-. .-.
   (   `   )(   `   )(   `   )(   `   )(   `   )(   `   )(   `   )
    `.   .'  `.   .'  `.   .'  `.   .'  `.   .'  `.   .'  `.   .'
      `.'      `.'      `.'      `.'      `.'      `.'      `.'
 
             H A P P Y   V A L E N T I N E S   D A Y  !!
 
    14 February 2003 - Valentine's Day A Good Day For Spam and Malware
   VirusList.com News says with love in the air Saint Valentine's Day is a
   day when computer users too often let their guard down. Kaspersky reminds
   us to help keep yourself from becoming a victim, in addtion to running
   updated anti-virus and anti-spam software, please refrain from opening
   e-cards from addresses you don't know and stay away from any suspicious
   messages seeking to lure you in with social engineering tactics.
   * Click for more information about Valentines viruses
 
    14 February 2003 - "Defensive Thinking" Finds Itself On the Defensive
   VirusList.com News says what goes around comes around...sort of. The Los
   Angeles based information security consulting firm, Defensive Thinking
   Inc., recently had its web server hacked, twice. Ordinarily this would
   not be very interesting, but things are different when the former king of
   hackers, Kevin Mitnick, owns the company.
 
    14 February 2003 - VirusList News: Hacker / Extortionist Strikes Nerds
   VirusList.com News says the FBI and the Secret Service want to find
   "Zilterio", the hacker and extortionist believed to be the evildoer
   behind at least four website break-ins over the past eight months.
 
    14 February 2003 - Cyber Warfare No Longer Just A Theory
   VirusList.com News says the US government is reportedly setting its
   cyber warfare policies for how it would react to and launch cyber
   attacks.
 
    06 February 2003 - The Virus Help Teams Webchat Is Back Online
   Webchat is back. You can now login to the server that houses the teams
   chat service. Happy chatting, and sorry for the 'extended' delay.
 
    06 February 2003 - VirusList.com News: "Helkern" - The Fastest Ever
   The Helkern" worm is confirmed to be by far the fasted spreading
   computer virus ever. In just ten minutes, approximately the same amount
   of time between each alarm clock "snooze", Helkern (aka Slammer, aka
   Sapphire) screamed around the globe, leaving a trail of havoc in its
   wake. In the first minute of the Helkern outbreak, the worm doubled its
   number every 8.5 seconds, reports the Cooperative Association for
   Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA). To fully appreciate this statistic we
   must compare it to what was previously viewed as a fast spreading worm
   - Code-Red, which eighteen months ago managed to double every 37 minutes.
 
    04 February 2003 - Virus Help Teams Webchat Still Not Available
   The server that houses the webchat was being moved a few days ago, and
   was expected to take between 3-4 hours to complete. It apparently has
   taken much longer. Sorry for the delay, but there is nothing we can do
   about the situation, and patience is called for. Hopefully it will not
   be too much longer to get back into the webchat.
 
    04 February 2003 - The Virus Top Twenty and  Review for January 2003
   VirusList.com News says Kaspersky Labs presents a review of computer
   virus activity for January 2003. The I-Worm.Klez sits at number one,
   with 16.65 percent of the registerred incidences. Win32.FunLove is last
   in the list at 0.65 percent
 
    01 February 2003 - New Contact Adjustment At Virus Help Netherlands
   Alex changed the way to contact the vht-nl. He says "basically what he
   did was remove the e-mail address and replace it with a form." I find
   using a form for contact purposes to be a much better way for websites,
   and peoples privacy in general.
 
    01 February 2003 - Recording Industry Association Attacked But Not Slammed
   VirusList.com News says while avoiding "Helkern the Slammer", the RIAA
   remains a favorite target. The Recording Industry Association of America
   (RIAA) has a very popular web site, perhaps too popular. The site,
   www.riaa.org, is one of the most targeted by hackers, who have a special
   "love" for the site in a reaction to the association's struggle against
   Internet file sharing. According to the RIAA much file sharing, as is
   done via sites such as Kazaa and Morpheus, violates copyright laws.
   An RIAA official called the attacking hackers "pathetic" and pointed out
   their hypocrisy, "it is ironic that they want free music but do not
   believe in free speech".
 
    28 January 2003 - New PGP v8.0 Keyfile From Alex van Niel
   Alex van Niel of Virus Help Team Netherlands, released his new v8.0 of
   his PGP keyfile. It is compatable with PGP 2.6.3 and therfore can be
   added to any pgp version of your keyring.

    28 January 2003 - VirusList.com News: Houston Airport Suffers "Helkern" Attack
   Kaspersky Lab says fast spreading virus grounds flights. The "Helkern"
   epidemic that started in earnest on Jan. 25th when the worm virus, at
   speeds not seen before, spread around the globe infecting thousands of
   servers running un-patched versions of Microsoft SQL Server 2000. The
   worm managed to disrupt and slow down Internet services the world over.
   The country hardest hit by the "Helkern" epidemic is the U.S., register-
   ing almost half of the total server infections. The FBI has launched a
   search for Helkern's source.

    25 January 2003 - VHT-NL Website Has Been Updated
   The Virus Help Team Netherlands has been updated. Alex says he is "also
   going to restart the dutch version of this site and I will keep that
   just as up to date as the english site will be." This will be quite a
   workload, but well worth it to the Dutch speaking community. Thankyou
   Alex for the updated site and kind words.

    25 January 2003 - Mobile Phone "Hot Potato" May Have Saved Bin Laden
   VirusList.com News says Osama Bin Laden may have escaped the battle of
   Tora Bora simply by passing off his mobile phone to a loyal Moroccan
   bodyguard who then distanced himself from Bin Laden and his entourage.

    23 January 2003 - VirusList.com News: Telecom Suffers Huge Data Theft
   In what could be one of the largest ever thefts of personal data, up to
   5 million customers of Mobile Telesystems (often referred to by its
   acronym MTS), a Russian mobile phone operator, have had their credit
   card, address and social security details stolen. Amazingly, the stolen
   data has been found circulating the streets of Moscow on CDs.

    22 January 2003 - Welsh Virus Writer Gets Two Years
   ZDNet says the author of Gokar and Redesi is jailed after incriminating
   himself by boasting of his actions in an internet chatroom
 
    22 January 2003 - Game Server Flaw Poses Attack Threat
   ZDNet says many multiplayer game servers - think Quake 3 and Battlefield
   1942 - are at risk of being used to launch a denial-of-service attack

    20 January 2003 - F-Prot(TM) Antivirus for FreeBSD v3.12d Released
   Version 3.12d of F-Prot(TM) Antivirus, for Windows, Linux and BSD has been
   released by FRISK Software and is now ready for download. Version 3.12d
   includes a new scanning engine offering greater protection against unknown
   future threats. The release of F-Prot(TM) Antivirus for DOS is expected to
   follow soon. To update your registered version of F-Prot(TM) Antivirus to
   version 3.12d visit Frisk's Update Center and select the platform-version
   you want to update. If you want to try F-Prot(TM) Antivirus for Windows,
   or other F-Prot(TM) Antivirus products, visit Frisk's Download Center for
   trial versions.

    20 January 2003 - F-Secure Reports: jdbgmgr.exe virus HOAX
   This is an update to the previous reports of last year. F-Secure says a
   worm has been found that actually uses the jdbgmgr.exe filename! For more
   information, please go to: http://www.f-secure.com/v-descs/recory.shtml
   If you have deleted jdbgmgr.exe, please see Microsoft knowledgebase
   article Q322993 for instructions how to restore your system:
   http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q322993
   F-Secure asks that you please ignore this hoax or any similar warning
   about jdbgmgr.exe and don't pass it on. Alias: Teddy Bear hoax

    09 January 2003 - Group Ditches Bid To Crack Xbox Code
   ZDNet says a distributed computing poject that sought to crack the
   encryption key for Microsoft's Xbox console has been shelved 'for legal
   reasons'

    01 January 2003 - SSH Opens Computers To Attack
   ZDNet says the protocol for securely accessing servers contains bugs that
   could allow attackers to crash or take over SSH-equipped servers and
   clients. The most widely used implementation, OpenSSH, is not vulnerable.
   CERT's original advisory is available on the organisation's Web site.

    01 January 2003 - Security Flaw Threatens Cisco Web Site
   ZDNet says a vulnerability in Cross-Site Scripting could mean trouble for
   both Cisco and its Web site users

    01 January 2003 - Happy New Year From Virus Help Team Canada

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