The Buzz: May 28, 2001

By eweek  |  Posted 2001-05-28

Peugeot Links With Covisint

PSA Peugeot Citroen, the sixth-largest carmaker in the world, has jumped onto the Covisint bandwagon. Sort of.

Peugeot last week said it will join the online marketplace—and take advantage of the sites collaborative e-commerce, supply chain management and e-procurement capabilities—but that it will use its own supply chain platform and link with Covisint and suppliers through its own portal.

Herve Guyot, Peugeots vice president of purchasing, said the deal will allow the carmaker to access Covisints strengths while maintaining its own strategies.

"Covisint fits well with other business-to-business initiatives being developed within our own organization," Guyot said.

Hackers Go After CERT

The CERT Coordination Center, the clearinghouse for alerts about vulnerabilities and computer attacks, was hit by a DoS attack for more than 24 hours last week.

While most denial-of-service attacks are short-lived, the length of the attack against CERT suggests it was well-planned. However, CERT is hardly alone.

There were more than 12,000 DoS attacks against more than 5,000 targets during a recent three-week period, according to a study released last week by the University of California at San Diego.

90 Charged With Net Fraud

Federal investigators last week brought criminal charges against about 90 people and companies for alleged online fraud schemes that caused about $117 million in losses.

The alleged schemes ranged from auction fraud and nondeliveries of products bought over the Internet to credit card fraud, bank fraud and pyramid schemes.

"Operation Cyber Loss" was initiated by the Internet Fraud Complaint Center. The center, which opened last May, is run jointly by the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center.

"It is essential that law enforcement, e-commerce and victims of crime have this electronic clearinghouse to expeditiously disseminate Internet fraud cases to the appropriate agency," said FBI Director Louis Freeh.

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