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'Happy Hacker' Drops A Bomb On Security Experts  22 September 2001 
Source: Newsbytes - Posted by Dave Wreski   
On Wednesday, the 14,300-strong subscribers to a popular security list known as Vuln-Dev received what may have appeared a rare treat: a message to the list containing source code to a program that gave the user full control of a remote Unix system. But as some Vuln-Dev readers, many of whom are system administrators for businesses, painfully learned, the program was a Trojan horse, and if compiled and run, could delete most of the files on the user's computer.. . .
 
Pro-Bin Laden Pakistani Hacker Defaces World Trade Site  20 September 2001 
Source: Newsbytes - Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
In a move that could ignite hacker tensions, the founder of a group called the Pakistan Hackerz Club today defaced the Web site of World Trade Services, a California-based firm that facilitates international e-commerce. In a message left at the . . .
 
DDos attack knocks out Alldas.de - for good?  19 September 2001 
Source: The Register - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Alldas.de, the well known defacement archive, is once again looking for a home after a deal to move from its ISP fell through in the wake of a debilitating hack attack. Three weeks ago, Alldas was subjected to a week-long distributed . . .
 
Hackers Discuss Retaliatory Cyberstrikes  13 September 2001 
Source: Newsbytes - Posted by Jen Olson   
Although the U.S. government has yet to publicly identify suspects in Tuesday's terrorist attacks on America, some hackers are already plotting counterstrikes against Islamic Web sites, according to postings in Internet newsgroups. So far, the impact of the planned retaliatory hacking has been limited.. . .
 
Linux users in Trojan debate  12 September 2001 
Source: vnunet - Posted by Ryan W. Maple   
The Remote Shell Trojan, disclosed last week by vnunet.com, has sparked a storm of controversy among Linux devotees who are arguing fiercely over the degree of danger posed by the exploit. Users logging into slashdot.org to discuss vnunet.com's coverage have highlighted the sensitivity of the issue for the Linux community.. . .
 
FBI operation penetrates hacker underground  12 September 2001 
Source: ComputerWorld - Posted by Dave Wreski   
The FBI has gained a foothold in the hacker underground thanks to an 18-month undercover operation launched during the height of the U.S. military's 1999 bombing campaign in Kosovo. What started out as a Defense Department operation designed to ferret out . . .
 
Security survey to measure awareness  10 September 2001 
Source: ComputerWorld - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Relatively short article, but shows that Social Engineering still is a legitimate threat to organizations. "When Chris Pick and Todd Tucker want to demonstrate to a client how vulnerable its system is, they often just put on a pair of overalls and pick up a tool box.. . .
 
Linux based Trojan gets a closer look  10 September 2001 
Source: vnunet - Posted by Chris Pallack   
In light of the interest in the recently discovered Linux based Remote Shell Trojan, vnunet.com has uncovered more details of the worm's functionality in a bid to dispel any fear, uncertainty and doubt. Security experts analysing the Trojan have said that . . .
 
New Unix worm could be next Code Red  10 September 2001 
Source: ZDNet - Posted by Dave Wreski   
A new Internet worm designed to attack a common flaw in Unix systems has been confirmed dead, but security experts are warning that the self-propagating worm could be the next Code Red. The X.C worm exploits a newly discovered hole in the telnet service that is run on most Unix systems.. . .
 
XP Cracks Appear Before Product  05 September 2001 
Source: Wired.com - Posted by Jen Olson   
In Microsoft's battle against software piracy, the first round goes to pirates, even though the starting bell hasn't even rung yet. Microsoft's new operating system, Windows XP, won't be in stores for another seven weeks, but pirated copies are already floating . . .
 
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