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Ex-NSA expert warns of concealed backdoors  25 September 2000 
Source: ZDNet - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Former NSA (National Security Agency) analyst and representative of Internet rights watchdog EPIC (Electronic Privacy Information Centre) Wayne Madison warned privacy groups Friday that a growing number of proprietary commercial software applications may have backdoors allowing the . . .
 
Nations struggling to fight cybercrime  25 September 2000 
Source: ZDNet - Posted by Dave Wreski   
European and U.S. officials are moving toward a final draft of the world's first international treaty on cybercrime, a broad effort that high-tech industry groups and privacy advocates fear could intrude on personal privacy and hamper e-commerce.. . .
 
Survey reveals CIOs' top security concerns  19 September 2000 
Source: GovExec - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Federal chief information officers are concerned that hackers will gain control of federal computers and damage Web sites or hurt the systems of other agencies, according to a new survey. The survey, conducted by the System Administration, Networking, and Security (SANS) . . .
 
A bug in the legal code?  15 September 2000 
Source: Salon - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Nearly four weeks after Judge Lewis Kaplan ruled in favor of the movie industry, ordering a hacker Web site not to post or link to DeCSS, copies of the DVD-decrytping code abound. There are offshore DeCSS posters and anonymous types running . . .
 
E-Signature Act may drive demand for authentication technology  14 September 2000 
Source: CNN - Posted by Dave Wreski   
On Oct. 1, the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act, or E-Sign, will take effect, giving electronic signatures the same legal standing as their paper-and-pen counterparts. This expansive federal legislation considers facsimiles of an original signature and recorded agreements . . .
 
Close Enough for Government Work? A Brief History of Linux  13 September 2000 
Source: LinuxNews - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Linux is up against some stern arguments against its use in secure government computing--arguments open source security experts are happily blowing apart. The open source development method itself came under fire in a recent article in Government Computer News titled "Linux . . .
 
Federal report: Government computers pose security risks  13 September 2000 
Source: CNN.com - Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
The government's computer systems remain "fraught with weaknesses," posing security risks at a host of federal offices, including the Defense and Treasury departments, a report released Monday found. The report, prepared for Congress by the General Accounting Office, said that . . .
 
Report: The Federal Government is a Hacker's Paradise  12 September 2000 
Source: Fox News - Posted by Dave Wreski   
The report, from the General Accounting Office, the non-partisan investigative arm of Congress, gave the federal government a grade of D- for the way it places "a broad array of federal operations and assets at risk of fraud, misuse and disruption." . . .
 
Senate debates FBI’s trustworthiness  08 September 2000 
Source: msnbc - Posted by Jen Olson   
Can the public trust the government to limit its use of the system to capturing spies, hackers and terrorists while protecting the privacy of law-abiding Americans? Or should that trust be given to another party that would administer the online taps? . . .
 
MP3.com ordered to pay up to $250 million in music copyright case  06 September 2000 
Source: CNN - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Wow. I'm sure this isn't the last of it. "A federal judge on Wednesday found that MP3.com willfully violated the copyrights of Universal Music Group, and ordered the Internet music sharing company to pay Universal $25,000 per compact disc, or as much as $250 million.. . .
 
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