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Kevin Mitnick's tech obsession  30 March 2001 
Source: USA Today - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Casual viewers may have noticed Mitnick's mannerisms -- a twitchy lack of poise, inability to look people in the eye, stunted formality in diction and obsessive interest in technology -- but Grandin saw something else: possible signs of Asperger syndrome, or . . .
 
SuSE: Kernel Backdoor (April Fool's Joke)  29 March 2001 
Source: Roman Drahtmueller - Posted by Ryan W. Maple   
Roman Drahtmüller send this message to the suse-security-announce mailing list in regards to an April Fools joke that some people are taking a little bit too seriously. . .
 
The week in review: The hack is back  24 March 2001 
Source: News.com - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Internet security returned to the forefront of Web issues this week, with a couple of high-profile hackings, security breaches, and an identity theft that involved the world's biggest software maker. Among the most prominent and potentially destructive were two digital certificates . . .
 
Germans launch $5,000 CeBIT hacker challenge  22 March 2001 
Source: ZDNet UK - Posted by Dave Wreski   
A German computer security firm is inviting hackers to break into its products live at this year's CeBIT computer fair. Wibu will place its reputation on the line by asking a group of "ethical" hackers to crack a file scambled with its encryption technology.. . .
 
Music giants slam DVD cracking tool  19 March 2001 
Source: VNUNet - Posted by Dave Wreski   
The consonant-friendly program Qrpff was developed by a student at MIT to be used as an argument at a seminar on the legal intricacies of DeCSS, but now the tool is cropping up all over the internet. Qrpff is a seven-line . . .
 
The hacking hobbyist  19 March 2001 
Source: Nando Times - Posted by Pete O'Hara   
Jeff Baker hacks into corporate computer networks for fun - period. Baker, a 24-year-old systems programmer, is part of a group of computer experts who spend their free time trying to figure out potential Internet security threats to large networks. Over . . .
 
'Stick' causes an anti-hacking panic  19 March 2001 
Source: ZDNet - Posted by Nick DeClario   
The Internet crime division of the FBI issued a vaguely-worded warning last week about an alarming new tool soon to be available to computer criminals. But the tool's author has promised not to publish it for months, and is already working . . .
 
The Spy Who Hacked Me  15 March 2001 
Source: SF Gate - Posted by Jen Olson   
A "back door" is a secret method of gaining access to a computer by taking advantage of some undocumented feature or bug. When hackers discover flaws in closed-source software, they often exploit them to gain access to confidential information, or to . . .
 
Hackers steal military source code  15 March 2001 
Posted by Nick DeClario   
US government contractor Exigent Software Technology has admitted that unidentified hackers broke into a restricted military computer system and stole the source codes controlling satellite and missile guidance systems. Hackers got away with two thirds of the code when the target . . .
 
Tiny C code bests seven-line DVD decoder  14 March 2001 
Source: The Register - Posted by Pete O'Hara   
Coder Charles M Hannum has created the smallest program capable of decoding a Content Scrambling System (CSS) DVD file, beating last week's seven-line Perl shell script 442 bytes to 472 (excluding newline bytes). Hannum's C program, called efdtt, is no slouch, . . .
 
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