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Hackers Exploit Lax Security  09 March 2001 
Source: TechTV - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Watch out for those 'hackers'. "Are the hackers getting better, or is it just that the people in charge of security at big Web companies are nodding off on the job? Online shoppers have reason to wonder after another in a series of intrusions into e-commerce sites that were supposed to have the best security money could buy.. . .
 
Large Criminal Hacker Attack on Windows NT E-Banking and E-Commerce Sites [UPDATED]  09 March 2001 
Source: SANS - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Okay, NT content, but this SANS information can't go unnoticed. In the largest criminal Internet attack to date, a group of Eastern European hackers has spent a year systematically exploiting known Windows NT vulnerabilities to steal customer data. More than a million credit cards have been taken and more than 40 sites have been victimized.. . .
 
Political hackers are modern freedom fighters  08 March 2001 
Source: ZDNet UK - Posted by Pete O'Hara   
Hacktivists have officially moved from nerdish extremists to become the political protest visionaries of the digital age, a meeting at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London will be told on Thursday. . . .
 
Breaking It Open, Making It Better  07 March 2001 
Source: Washington Post - Posted by Dave Wreski   
"Breaking Seal Voids Warranty" - to most people, this little sticker affixed to consumer-electronics hardware might as well be a law of nature. They plug in their gadget and turn it on but would never dream of opening it up. To . . .
 
Hacker group finds faults in crack challenge  07 March 2001 
Source: Fairfax IT - Posted by Jen Olson   
Hacker advocacy group 2600 Australia has called on a Perth company to honor its promise to donate $US1 million to charity after its network security device remained uncracked after a 30-day public trial. Secure Systems, which has developed a hardware-based network . . .
 
Survey: Breaches Drive Security Upgrades  05 March 2001 
Source: ComputerWorld - Posted by Jen Olson   
A major security breach within a company is the single greatest catalyst for effecting increased security measures across that organization, according to the results of a recently released survey from IDC in Framingham, Mass. Other big drivers of increased security measures . . .
 
Stomp the identity thieves  05 March 2001 
Source: The Register - Posted by Jen Olson   
dentity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the country, and there's no doubt that the Internet makes it easier. But while some argue that sequestering personal information from the Web is the only solution, I have seen the . . .
 
Tag - You're Hit  05 March 2001 
Source: Interactive Week - Posted by Dave Wreski   
An estimated one-third of all shopping cart applications at Internet retailing sites have software holes that make them vulnerable to the price switching scam, said Peggy Weigle, chief executive of Sanctum Clara, Calif. For example, a major PC manufacturer sells a . . .
 
'I Hired a Hacker': A Security Manager's Confession  27 February 2001 
Source: ComputerWorld - Posted by Pete O'Hara   
I'm sitting at my desk, having a cup of coffee and a toasted bagel when I notice this young, blond, pimply-faced kid standing outside my cube with this smirk on his red, puffy-cheeked face. I ask him what I can do . . .
 
Speaking in Code  26 February 2001 
Source: ABC News - Posted by Jen Olson   
In the basement of an old farmhouse deep in the Norwegian countryside, a 15-year-old computer geek named Jon Lech Johansen pecked out the finishing touches on a piece of programming that had been keeping him busy after school. Jon says . . .
 
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