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  • Fred Cohen
    Palestinian guilty in email death-trap case A Palestinian woman has been found guilty in a remarkable case that illustrates the increasing use of the Internet
    Message 1 of 253 , Apr 10, 2001
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      Palestinian guilty in email death-trap case

      A Palestinian woman has been found guilty in a remarkable case that
      illustrates the increasing use of the Internet in political struggles.
      A Palestinian woman was found guilty on Sunday for the voluntary
      manslaughter of a 16-year-old Israeli schoolboy that she met on the
      Internet. The plot was part of an online strategy to publicise the
      Palestinian cause. Ophir Rahum, a 16-year-old computer enthusiast met
      24-year-old "Sally", a "Moroccan Jew", in an Internet chatroom in
      October. After exchanging affectionate emails for three months, the
      Jewish boy was lured from his home near Tel Aviv into meeting the woman
      for sex. "Sally" was not Jewish, but in fact a Palestinian
      photographer, Mona Amna, who had set out to entice an Israeli boy to the
      West Bank, in order to revenge the murders of Palestinian militants
      during the intifada, or uprising.

      Hackers turn racist in attack on hardware site PC motherboard specialist
      PC Chips has fallen victim to defacement in an attack that shows that
      hackers can be unthinking racists. The home page of the site, which
      runs Apache on a Red Hat Linux server, was replaced by a message from
      the 1i0n Crew, which contained in its headline the racist remark " Kill
      all the Japanese!", the defacement can be seen here. The name of the
      hacking crew is associated with a Linux worm, called Lion, that attacks
      BIND servers and installs DDoS tools, and which poses a serious current
      risk to Web site administrators. Paul Rogers, network security analyst
      at MIS Corporate Defence, said from the evidence on defacement archives
      it was likely that PC Chips, which is hosted in Hong Kong, had been hit
      with a variant of the Lion worm.

      Federal Systems Increasingly Falling Prey to Hackers Officials testify
      before Congress about risks of root privilege compromises Hackers are
      becoming more and more successful in gaining root-privilege control of
      government computer systems containing sensitive information, said
      federal officials who testified last week before a U.S. House
      subcommittee. The officials said computers at many agencies are riddled
      with security weaknesses and that little is being done to change that.
      When an attacker gets root privileges to a server, he essentially has
      the power to do anything a systems administrator could do, from copying
      files to installing software such as sniffer programs that can monitor
      the activities of end users. And intruders are increasingly doing just
      that, the officials told the House Subcommittee on Oversight and
      Investigation. "The increase in the number of root compromises,
      denial-of-service attacks, network reconnaissance activities,
      destructive viruses and malicious code, coupled with the advances in
      attack sophistication, pose a measurable threat to government systems, "
      said Sallie McDonald, an assistant commissioner at the General Services
      Administration (GSA).

      German Threat Raises Infowar Fear The Germans are planning an attack.
      At least, that's the threat that Interior Minister Otto Schily has made,
      vowing the German government may resort to denial-of-service attacks as
      a way to shut down U.S. and other foreign websites that help German
      neo-Nazis. Condemnation of the plan was immediate. But as of Monday
      afternoon in Germany, Schily's office had reported no backtracking from
      his statement, which has been the focus of recent media attention in
      Germany. "If I said something like this in public as a speaker of the
      Chaos Computer Club, I could count the minutes before I had an
      investigation against me," said Andy Mueller-Maguhn, a leader of
      Berlin's famed CCC hacker group -- and also Europe's representative on
      the ICANN board. "It might be that Mr. Schily does not know anything
      about infowar, but I know a lot of countries see attacks coming at their
      computers from other countries as an act of war. If even one country in
      the world were to start acting like this, it could lead to an open
      infowar that no one could win."

      Spies like us online "You can hope that your staff are only surfing the
      Net for business use...or you can ensure it." That's the rather ominous
      marketing pitch from SurfControl, one of the leading purveyors of
      Web-filtering software for businesses. The SurfWatch system--and
      similar products from Elron Software, Websense and others--can monitor
      and log each Web site network users visit. They're able to block access
      to specific sites a company deems inappropriate, as well as to
      predefined site categories. They provide sophisticated data-reporting
      tools that can red-flag individuals who are visiting an unusual number
      of nonbusiness-related Web sites. Sound creepy? It's maybe even
      creepier once you realize that surveillance of employees' Internet
      activity is surprisingly common. According to the American Management
      Association, 54 percent of the 2,100 companies it surveyed last year
      said they monitor Internet usage in some way.

      Security staff face licensing IT security staff may require a government
      licence in future to do their work, Home Office minister Charles Clarke
      has warned. Clarke last week refused to concede IT consultants should
      be exempt from the government-backed Private Security Industry (PSI)
      Bill, which was originally intended to cover bouncers and
      wheel-clampers. Now at committee stage in the House of Commons, the
      bill covers anyone advising on "security precautions in relation to any
      risk to property". Tim Conway, policy director at IT trade body the
      CSSA, said the CSSA had objected to the bill because the government had
      not consulted representatives of all the sectors affected, as required.
    • Glenn Williamson
      Fred and all, I understand the need for information as it relates to IWAR, but I do not see how a story that pertains to billions of burgers served at
      Message 253 of 253 , Sep 7, 2001
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        Fred and all,

        I understand the need for information as it relates to IWAR, but I do not
        see how a story that pertains to billions of burgers served at
        establishments throughout the world involves IWAR. I may be wrong, but what
        one perceives as IWAR now encompasses burger joints and how they get their
        product to market. I am not in agreement with certain companies and the way
        they conduct business, but does it relate to IWAR, unless by generating this
        information across communication channels, one considers it Information
        Warfare and gaining support for Anti-McDonald's Day.

        Ok, that was my 2 cents, I will not say they are right, no offence to
        Mcd's but there will always be people who protest. Does it = IWAR or
        Information Propaganda.

        Glenn Williamson

        -----Original Message-----
        From: Fred Cohen [mailto:fc@...]
        Sent: Thursday, September 06, 2001 11:24 PM
        To: Information Warfare Mailing List
        Subject: [iwar] news

        September 2001

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