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UK security breach exposes 7000 customers  20 July 2000 
Source: ZDNet - Posted by Dave Wreski   
In what has been described as a gross breach of consumer confidence, consumer watchdogs condemned lax security at Powergen Wednesday, for exposing the credit details of over 7,000 customers on its Web site. It is potentially one of the biggest online . . .
 
Teen Hacking Idol Hits Big Apple  20 July 2000 
Source: Wired - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Most 16-year-olds spend their summers vacationing at camp or planning their next beer-tinged revelry. Not so Jon Johansen. The Norwegian teen hacker may testify Thursday in a landmark trial over the DVD-descrambling program he wrote, which Hollywood hopes to ban from . . .
 
Hackers attack censorship with software  18 July 2000 
Source: ZDNet - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Hacktivismo, a new international working group of hackers led by Cult of the Dead Cow (cDc) member "Oxblood Ruffin," is developing a software application designed to circumvent censorship on the Internet. Speaking at the Hacking on Planet Earth 2000 (H2K) conference . . .
 
Openhack database gets cracked  18 July 2000 
Source: ZDNet eWeek - Posted by Dave Wreski   
The jewel of eWEEK Labs' Openhack e-commerce site -- the database -- has been cracked, and the hack has revealed a previously unreported hole in an operating system running some of the biggest Web sites in the world: Sun Microsystems Inc.'s . . .
 
Mitnick teaches 'social engineering'  18 July 2000 
Source: ZDNet - Posted by Dave Wreski   
In the early '90s, Mitnick had the run of many phone systems. On Sunday, the celebrity hacker told hackers, wannabes and activists who packed two rooms at Hacking on Planet Earth 2000 how he did it. "Through social engineering, I gained . . .
 
Hackers flexing political muscles  17 July 2000 
Source: ZDNet - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Former Dead Kennedys singer Jello Biafra, the punk icon who made an unsuccessful run for the Green Party's 2000 presidential nomination, was the keynote speaker at the Hacking on Planet Earth 2000 (H2K) conference here Saturday afternoon. And, despite the fact . . .
 
Hackers making Napster 'irrelevant'  16 July 2000 
Source: ZDNet - Posted by Dave Wreski   
ZDNet's got quite a bit on the H2K conference. "Musicians and academics debated the right and wrong of sharing digital music on the Internet at the Hacking on Planet Earth 2000 (H2K) conference Saturday. While both the panelists and the . . .
 
Commentary: Cult of the Dead Cow more fluff than stuff  16 July 2000 
Source: ZDNet - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Cult of the Dead Cow (cDc) put on their usual extravaganza here Saturday at the Hacking on Planet Earth 2000 (H2K) conference. Last year at DEF CON 7.O, I reported on the hacking group releasing the . . .
 
Why it's a 'Summer of Hacking'  14 July 2000 
Source: ZDNet - Posted by Jen Olson   
If you want an exercise in semantics, randomly ask five wired people to define the term hacker. Their answers will vary wildly, I guarantee. An old school techie may insist a hacker is a black-belt computer programmer or engineer. A belabored . . .
 
Two accused of hacking NASA computers  14 July 2000 
Source: CNN - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Two New Yorkers, one of them a 15-year-old high school student on Long Island, have been arrested and accused of hacking into NASA computers. It was unknown whether the cases were linked. The teen surrendered to police Tuesday for allegedly hacking . . .
 
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