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Computer security expert gives advice on protection from hackers  03 October 2000 
Source: StarTribune - Posted by Dave Wreski   
The driving force for hackers usually isn't malice, but rather curiosity. Most hackers are young males, and some are harmless. It's the so-called "crackers" who are more malicious. However, a distinction between the two usually isn't made except in hacker culture.. . .
 
Teaching South Africa to Crack  29 September 2000 
Source: MaximumLinux - Posted by Dave Wreski   
While many IT professionals spend their time figuring out how to keep crackers from breaking in and wreaking havoc in their computer systems and on their websites, Ernst and Young are planning to teach 60 people how to do just that . . .
 
Another Linux vulnerability appears  29 September 2000 
Source: ZDNet - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Linux firms have plugged flaws from last week, but new 'GLIBC' hole has manifested itself. The flaws in some Linux programs that have let crackers infiltrate hundreds of servers in past weeks have been plugged in updated . . .
 
Mitnick to IT managers: 'Everybody is suspect'  29 September 2000 
Source: ZDNet - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Infamous hacker Kevin Mitnick warned IT managers Wednesday that unless they educate every employee -- from the CEO to the receptionist -- about how hackers work and how to bolster security, corporate networks and Web sites will never be safe from . . .
 
Slashdot Database Compromised by 'White Hat' Hackers  29 September 2000 
Source: Slashdot - Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
Visitors to Slashdot this evening were greeted by a story announcing that the popular site's database had been compromised by 'hackers from the Netherlands,' who had secured the exploit and e-mailed Slashdot administrators informing them of the compromise.
 
Spooked in a game of cat and mouse between a hacker and the Feds  26 September 2000 
Source: Independend News [LinuxToday] - Posted by Jen Olson   
Last March, I wrote about the experience of being hacked. Your correspondent, still a Linux newbie after months of effort, discovered that his home-built Red Hat Linux machine had been commandeered and turned into an IRC chatbot by someone named "bonez".. . .
 
Man hacks US online banks, then goes on holiday  26 September 2000 
Source: TheRegister - Posted by Dave Wreski   
The security of online banking came under fire again today after a software analyst claimed he had been able to access people's accounts without breaking into a sweat. Ralph Dressel, a software analyst at Royal Skandia Investment Bank said that he . . .
 
Teen does time for NASA, military hacks  25 September 2000 
Source: Federal Computer Week - Posted by Dave Wreski   
A 16-year-old Miami resident who hacked into military and NASA computer systems will serve six months in a detention facility for his offenses. It's the first instance of a convicted juvenile hacker having to serve time for acts of juvenile delinquency, . . .
 
Bank software firm disputes hacking claims  25 September 2000 
Source: ZDNet - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Banking software firm Fiserv has denied claims by the Observer newspaper that data accessed through one of its Web sites gave a UK security expert access to thousands of genuine bank accounts. Fiserv says security engineer Ralph Dressel . . .
 
Western Union Site Back Up After Breach  25 September 2000 
Source: AntiOnline - Posted by Jen Olson   
WESTERN Union Holdings Inc.'s Web site was out of commission for five days last week after a malicious hacker broke into the site and apparently copied the credit-card or debit-card numbers of about 15,700 Western Union customers. Peter Ziverts, a . . .
 
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