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UK: Hacking threat to national security?  12 July 2000 
Source: ZDNet UK - Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
UK population of the opinion that the Internet poses a serious threat to national security, says WhichOnline survey. Nearly a third of all Britons believe the Internet poses a serious threat to national security, according to figures published by WhichOnline . . .
 
Learning how to hack the enemy  11 July 2000 
Source: ZDNet - Posted by Dave Wreski   
With a few keystrokes, nearly 40 student hackers started mapping the computer network of Rutgers University. Using a Unix-based command known as a "traceroute," students who were sequestered in a room just south of San Francisco's Market Street caused every server . . .
 
How a cracker defeated 'Hackopen'  10 July 2000 
Source: ZDNet - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Seven days after the start of our Openhack security competition at www.openhack.com, we've had our first successful crack, of the e-commerce storefront. The rest of the site, including the Web server, mail server and database, is still secure and remains a target of attack.. . .
 
Counterpane To Offer Hacker Insurance  10 July 2000 
Source: TechWeb - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Counterpane Internet Security plans to put money behind its claim that it can protect companies from Internet intruders. The San Jose, Calif.-based company on Monday will announce plans to offer hacker insurance policies of up to $10 million through Lloyds of . . .
 
A practical vulnerability analysis: The PCWeek Crack  10 July 2000 
Source: JFS - Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
First of all, I had to gather information on the remote host, what ports the machine had open and what possibilities were left open. After checking that most of the ports were either filtered by the firewall or unusable due to . . .
 
Hacker insurance  08 July 2000 
Source: CNNfn - Posted by Dave Wreski   
The recent rash of computer viruses and denial of service attacks has put online businesses on alert. The Internet is becoming the next insurance frontier. AIG, Marsh and Lloyd's of London all are offering policies covering hacker attacks, viruses and other . . .
 
A Year Ago: Exclusive: UK hackers have an easy life  07 July 2000 
Source: ZDNet - Posted by Chris Pallack   
A Welsh ex-hacker, famed for cracking the Pentagon's computers from his Cardiff bedroom, claims inadequacies in UK law and erratic media coverage guarantee leniency for British hackers -- even for serious offences.. . .
 
Hacker attacks welcomed.. I'm sure they are.  06 July 2000 
Source: Attrition.org - Posted by Dave Wreski   
The recent ZDNet OpenHack project claims to "Openhack data will help e-businesses develop the appropriate balance of Net security, openness". Jericho from attrition.org has a different view. "Does this bring flashbacks of any previous contest? Does for me. I seem to recall the same group running a contest like this before. I also recall the previous contest being extremely unbalanced, poorly setup, and very unclear as to the actual goal of it.. . .
 
Commentary: Crackers are common criminals  06 July 2000 
Source: The Register - Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
On British TV the other night, a young hacker from Wales was asked why he had broken into a computer and downloaded several thousand people's bank details. He replied that he had done it to prove that the bank's security procedures . . .
 
No Love For Computer Bugs  05 July 2000 
Source: NewsBytes - Posted by Dave Wreski   
"Anthony Carathimas, an intense, dark-haired college student, is writing his first computer virus. His eyes locked on his computer screen at Sandia National Laboratories' Livermore branch, he tentatively types a line: Cat virus >> /etc/profile"
 
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