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05 October 2006 | 11,435 views

California Passes Wi-Fi Security Guidance Law – War-Driving going down?

It seems like war-driving may become a thing of the past, legislation is starting to happen. It’s a good start though, you have to target the manufacturers to educate their users, not target the users as they don’t care, sometimes ease of use has to be traded a bit with security. California legislators have passed […]

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21 September 2006 | 6,823 views

DOE Hit By Hackers and Covered Up

Ahah! More government cover-ups? This one was a while back too. Digging on those archives right now yah. A hacker stole a file containing the names and Social Security numbers of 1,500 people working for the Energy Department’s nuclear weapons agency, scary eh? The US government security really does scare me sometimes, their internal departments […]

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18 September 2006 | 3,856 views

Former Hacker Irks Microsoft in EU Dispute

Ah the anti-trust battle continues, good to see someone with technical skills involved, I wonder how the case is coming along, I haven’t heard about it for a while. Again this is quite an old story. As an expert witness on digital crime, British computer consultant Neil Barrett has helped prosecutors in the United Kingdom […]

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10 September 2006 | 4,825 views

What Responsibility do Anti-Spyware Researchers Have?

Ethical debates are always interesting, and people have gotten in trouble lately for reverse engineering and various other branches of research. This is a fairly old topic, but as I’m clearing out some old drafts, I still find it an interesting one. There’s been an ongoing debate in security circles concerning how security researchers should […]

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26 July 2006 | 12,159 views

HOPE Speak Steven Rombom (Rambam) Charged

It turns out yesterday one of the planned speakers at HOPE Number 6 was arrested on Saturday and is being charged by the FBI. Security Fix obtained a copy of the complaint against “Steven Rambam” the private investigator arrested Saturday at the Hope Number Six hacker conference in New York City. The government document says […]

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24 July 2006 | 7,490 views

IBM Accused of Hacking

This is actually a very important case depending on which way it goes. It could become a landmark case in regards to liability for machines on your network, or actually any traffic originating from your IP range. A boutique Washington, D.C.-based law firm is accusing IBM of hacking into its e-mail system and is seeking […]

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12 July 2006 | 3,921 views

Consultant Breached FBI’s Computers

Using standard script kiddy tools a consultant managed to compromise some of the FBI’s computers containing confidential information. Quite a hack eh? A government consultant, using computer programs easily found on the Internet, managed to crack the FBI’s classified computer system and gain the passwords of 38,000 employees, including that of FBI Director Robert S. […]

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25 June 2006 | 17,705 views

UFO ‘Hacker’ Gary McKinnon Reveals What He Found

An interesting interview had been posted on Wired with Gary McKinnon about what he actually found whilst penetrating the US government networks. After allegedly hacking into NASA websites — where he says he found images of what looked like extraterrestrial spaceships — the 40-year-old Briton faces extradition to the United States from his North London […]

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20 June 2006 | 5,439 views

Money Lost Due to Cybercrime Down Again This Year!

It seems even though vendors are pushing their snakeoil harder than ever, the actual figures show that the money lost due to cybercrime has decreased every year for the last four years! Perhaps people are finally getting more secure, it’s not suprising with the advent of cheaper and easier to use intrusion detection and intrusion […]

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03 June 2006 | 5,816 views

The MPAA TorrentSpy Hacker – $15,000!

Ah the big boys can’t get in legitimately, so they are starting to use underhand tactics eh? A lawsuit filed Wednesday accuses the Motion Picture Association of America of hiring a hacker to steal information from a company that the MPAA has accused of helping copyright violators. The lawsuit (click for PDF), filed in U.S. […]

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