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How you hack into Microsoft: a step by step guide  31 October 2000 
Source: The Register - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Network security becomes increasingly difficult as point-and-drool cracking tools proliferate. So many painfully easy-to-use appz have been developed in recent years that persistence is now a far more reliable predictor of success than skill: even a newbie cracker can succeed by . . .
 
Know Thine Enemy  30 October 2000 
Source: CRN - Posted by Jen Olson   
Kevin Mitnick used to make life miserable for corporate IT managers by breaking into computer systems. Now he's making it his business to help them secure their networks against hackers. Last month Mitnick, who was released from prison earlier this year . . .
 
New technologies create fresh inroads for hackers  30 October 2000 
Source: News.com - Posted by Jen Olson   
The attack on Microsoft underscores that corporate networks are still widely vulnerable to hackers, security analysts say. Even as companies shore up security in some areas, new technologies--such as Web-based email and broadband DSL and cable Internet connections--create new vulnerabilities.. . .
 
The week in review: Hacking Microsoft  28 October 2000 
Source: News.com - Posted by Chris Pallack   
Calling it an act of "industrial espionage," Microsoft said malicious hackers gained access to its internal networks, where they were able to see some of the company's upcoming software code.
 
News Roundup: Microsoft source code stolen  27 October 2000 
Source: ZDNet - Posted by Dave Wreski   
ZDNet has a nice round-up of the reported MS security breach. Includes news from Ballmer, their "hackers" section, and more. I feel much better now that Ballmer has stated that the attacks were "not very damaging." They only reportedly got the source to Windows, after all. Especially interesting is a comment from a Trend Micro official, stating they have had detection for this reported trojan for months, and only regard it as a medium threat. "News that thieves have used a Trojan horse program to pilfer source code from Microsoft could have serious security implications. . . .
 
Microsoft's network is hacked  27 October 2000 
Source: MSNBC - Posted by Jen Olson   
Microsoft Corp. and U.S. authorities are investigating an extraordinary computer break-in at Microsoft's headquarters by hackers believed to have stolen the blueprints to its most valuable software, including the latest versions of Windows and Office, people . . .
 
EU pact criminalising security research? Pt II  26 October 2000 
Source: ZDNet - Posted by Jen Olson   
Hacking software poses special challenges because most of the tools have two equal uses, Granick said. For example, a popular hacking tool called nMap connects to a remote computer and tells the user if that computer has any . . .
 
EU pact criminalising security research?  26 October 2000 
Source: ZDNet - Posted by Jen Olson   
At Def Con in Amsterdam, computer security experts say the draft of Europe's Cybercrime Treaty could spark a 21st century witch hunt Meet the world's newest class of persecuted artists: computer hackers. European Union nations, and perhaps even . . .
 
The Pros and Cons of Posting Vulnerabilities  26 October 2000 
Source: Network Magazine - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Once upon a time, only the black hats (often called hackers) and a few self-described white hats (often called security experts) had easy access to security vulnerability information. The black hats could use their knowledge to break into computers at will. . . .
 
Shining light on cybercrime  24 October 2000 
Posted by Dave Wreski   
After more than six years of chronicling the insecurities of cyberspace for a computer security newsletter, Richard Power finally decided this past spring to put it all together in a book. The result is Tangled Web: Tales of Digital Crime From . . .
 
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