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18th Century warfare to fight Internet crackers  24 May 2001 
Source: TheRegister - Posted by Dave Wreski   
The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) calls for a fresh approach to protect credit card details from Internet crackers. According to the SIIA, many businesses today implement an 'eggshell' security model: hard on the outside and soft in the centre. . . .
 
The Cheese worm: A welcome helper?  17 May 2001 
Source: ZDNet - Posted by Jen Olson   
Dubbed the Cheese worm, the program is basically a self-spreading patch. It enters servers that have already have been compromised by a previous bit of malicious code--the 3-month-old 1i0n worm--and closes the back door behind it, adding security to . . .
 
Who's That Knocking At My Door? Go Away!  14 May 2001 
Source: ComputerWorld - Posted by Jen Olson   
A useful resource in this area is Attrition.org's Web site. Hackers notify this group when they deface a site, and Attrition.org makes a mirror copy of it as a record. This means it has accurate data reflecting trends in this area. . . .
 
Geeks get their hack together  11 May 2001 
Source: Lexis-Nexis - Posted by Jen Olson   
Guerrilla geeks of the world unite! Whether it's Vietnamese student techies taking on the state, South Koreans trying to rewrite Japanese history, antiglobalization protesters pinching presidential credit cards or the latest Web wars between American and Chinese zealots, hackers are getting . . .
 
High-tech vigilantes face legal threat  10 May 2001 
Source: ZDNet - Posted by Jen Olson   
Companies should be wary of carrying our counter attacks against hackers, even despite the fact that they still cannot rely on police for help. Companies cannot rely on the police to protect them from computer crime, but . . .
 
Linux is a soft touch for hackers  08 May 2001 
Source: ComputerWeekly - Posted by Pete O'Hara   
Poor configuration of Linux servers by inexperienced administrators is making the open source operating system a far easier target for hackers than Windows 2000. Windows is generally regarded as less secure than Linux but Chris Klaus, founder and chief technology officer at Internet Security Systems (ISS), warns that the open source system is increasingly being targeted.. . .
 
Hacker group launches anti-MPAA Web site  07 May 2001 
Source: ComputerUser - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Responding to the movie industry's efforts to ban controversial DVD-cracking software, a group called the South Bend Hacker's Club has launched a Web site that offers free downloads of the encryption-breaking code. The site, located at http://www.fuckmpaa.com, includes vitriolic criticisms of . . .
 
Hackers for hire  07 May 2001 
Source: IT-Director - Posted by Jen Olson   
One such hazard is the ever-mushrooming market in "hackers for hire". In essence these are the IT equivalent of the Dogs of War, mercenaries with IT skills. Internet adverts for these are growing and the 'services' that they offer are wide ranging enough to cause every security manager to loose sleep.. . .
 
Using an SSH Client through the Corporate Firewall on the telnet port  03 May 2001 
Source: LinuxNews - Posted by Jen Olson   
Most corporations allow users to access the outside world for HTTP, FTP & Telnet. However, access via "Secure Shell" is often blocked (as was my situation in Corporate America). There is a work-around that is pretty easy.. . .
 
The mixture of hacker and activist is a myth  03 May 2001 
Source: ZDNet - Posted by Ryan W. Maple   
Hacktivism is a bastardization of the words hack and activism. In truth, it's neither. Rather, it has become a cheapjack pseudo-politically hip moniker for the activities of apolitical teenage miscreants devoid of talent, creativity and passion. The recent blast of media . . .
 
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