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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 . . .
 
Small Office Scene: Are Hackers Spying on You?  25 May 2001 
Source: FSB - Posted by Derrick Lewis   
Even if you run your business from a spare bedroom, hackers and computer pranksters from around the world are probably trying to break into your computer systems. Sound implausible? Well, it's not. Some may simply send a virus on the Internet . . .
 
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.. . .
 
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