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Cowboy cracker nails Apache  01 June 2001 
Source: The Register - Posted by Jen Olson   
The cracker who broke into the Web servers of open source development site SourceForge has broken cover to boast of his exploits, and brag he also compromised the systems of the Apache project. Fluffy Bunny defaced a Web site (themes.org) to . . .
 
Hacking threat rises with high-tech layoffs  01 June 2001 
Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer - Posted by Derrick Lewis   
When someone cracked Slip.net's computer system, altered customer accounts and deleted important databases, the Internet service provider didn't need to look far to find the attacker. It wasn't a criminal outfit seeking credit card numbers, and it wasn't a scrawny whiz . . .
 
SourceForge.net shell server compromise  31 May 2001 
Source: SourceForge - Posted by Dave Wreski   
This notice contains official details provided by the SourceForge.net team. On Tuesday, 22 May, 2001, the security was compromised on one of the SourceForge.net project shell servers. Security and data integrity has since been restored and SourceForge.net services are currently online . . .
 
Crackers target open source software websites  31 May 2001 
Source: IT - Posted by Jen Olson   
Open source software portal Sourceforge has published details of the server compromise that forced the group to reset all its users' passwords. The postmortem follows news today that another open source portal, themes.org, had also been struck down . . .
 
Apache Software Foundation Server compromised, resecured  31 May 2001 
Source: Brian Behlendorf / Apache.org - Posted by Ryan W. Maple   
Earlier this month, a public server of the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) was illegally accessed by unknown crackers. The intrusion into this server, which handles the public mail lists, web services, and the source code repositories of all ASF projects was quickly discovered, and the server immediately taken offline. . . .
 
Forced Attrition  30 May 2001 
Source: wkeys.com - Posted by Jen Olson   
One of my favorite bookmarks is attrition.org. Offering computer security candor often wrapped around a raised middle finger, Attrition is best known for hosting the Web's largest collection of defacement mirrors. But no longer. The site recently announced it . . .
 
Proxy exposes Excite@Home data  30 May 2001 
Source: SecurityFocus - Posted by Derrick Lewis   
A single misconfigured server exposed broadband provider Excite@Home's internal corporate network to hackers for at least three months, making its customer list of 2.95 million cable modem subscribers accessible to anyone with a web browser and a modicum of cyber smarts . . .
 
Linux hackers fall victim to crackers  29 May 2001 
Source: The Register - Posted by Nick DeClario   
The servers of open source development site SourceForge have been compromised. Active subscribers to the site, which is owned by VA Linux, received the following terse message from its administrators. "This week, one of our systems was compromised. We have promptly . . .
 
Insurer Considers Microsoft NT High-Risk  29 May 2001 
Source: ZDNet - Posted by Jen Olson   
Wurzler found that system administrators working on open source systems tend to be better trained and stay with their employers longer than those at firms using Windows software, where turnover can exceed 33 percent per year. That turnover contributes to another . . .
 
A 'White Hat' Goes to Jail: Updated  25 May 2001 
Source: Wired - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Max Butler lived three lives for five years. As "Max Vision," he was an incredibly skilled hacker and security expert who boasted that he'd never met a computer system he couldn't crack. As "The Equalizer," he was an FBI informant, reporting . . .
 
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