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  • Fred Cohen
    August 29, 2001 Clear and Present Danger? Government Warns that Its Computer Systems Need Security Improvements. Are computer hackers getting the upper hand
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      August 29, 2001

      Clear and Present Danger? Government Warns that Its Computer Systems
      Need Security Improvements. Are computer hackers getting the upper hand
      on the U.S. government? That's what a government official is saying
      today at House subcommittee hearing in San Jose, Calif., as Congress
      scrutinizes the government's current level of security in the wake of a
      series of recent computer attacks.

      CBI demands action on cybercrime The Confederation of British Industry
      calls for more government action after finding that fear of Internet
      crime is stopping businesses getting online. The UK's top business
      leaders are calling upon the government to take action against
      cybercrime, warning that many firms are still refusing to put their
      business online for fear of losing money or reputation.

      DISA chief says DOD's Code Red defense worked The director of the
      Defense Information Systems Agency today said the decision to block
      public access to many Defense Department Web sites because of threats
      posed by the Code Red computer virus limited damage to servers and let
      the department keep its systems running. Access was blocked for several
      weeks this month.

      Defense to create post for spectrum management The Defense Department
      will appoint an assistant deputy chief information officer for spectrum
      management to help the department as it wrangles with industry over the
      use of radio frequency for wireless applications.

      New Defense CIO to focus on future warfare The Defense Department's
      newly named chief information officer said Friday that using technology
      to transform warfare is one of his top priorities. John Stenbit, the
      new assistant secretary of Defense for command, control, communications
      and intelligence, who also serves as the Defense Department CIO, said a
      new vision of future warfare will provide the impetus for the
      transformation of the Pentagon's information systems.

      EMC chief points up data access effect on war Mike Ruettgers sees an
      interesting link between information technology and the length of time
      the United States has engaged in wars. "There seems to be a correlation
      between how long it takes you to move the information and how long wars
      last," said Ruettgers, executive chairman for EMC Corp. of Hopkinton,
      Mass. "Conflicts have been reduced from decades and years down to
      months." http://www.gcn.com/cgi-bin/udt/im.send.story

      Researchers discover new method of stealth computing Uncovering a new
      but relatively benign Internet vulnerability, researchers tricked Web
      servers around the world into solving math problems without permission.
      Unlike hackers who exploit flaws to gain direct access to machines, the
      University of Notre Dame computer scientists created a simple virtual
      computer by relying on the protocols used in everyday Internet
      communications. http://www.siliconvalley.com/docs/news/tech/049987.htm

      Consumers Will Keep Copyright Guards In Check - Report It's possible
      that a legal and commercial war is looming over the digital content
      landscape. Copyright holders and media businesses are devising ever
      more draconian technologies to protect their wares from bootleggers,
      while consumers struggle to maintain their rights to use purchased CDs,
      DVDs and e-books in the manner they choose.

      Lawyer Lessig raps new copyright laws The desire of entrenched
      commercial interests to control information is crushing the spirit of
      innovation that allowed the Internet to blossom, Stanford Law School
      professor and technology pundit Lawrence Lessig said Wednesday.
      Copyright and patent law, ostensibly designed to protect innovation, now
      have become tools large companies can use to maintain their dominance
      and control, Lessig said in his keynote address at the LinuxWorld
      Conference and Expo. http://news.cnet.com/news/0-1003-200-7004860.html

      Floodgates opened on .info cybersquatting complaints Cases have started
      to trickle in, but a flood of up to 12,000 complaints is expected for
      the dodgy domain claims. Afilias and the World Intellectual Property
      Organization (WIPO) yesterday opened the floodgates for complaints about
      cybersquatting in the new .info top-level Internet domain.

      Now everybody can be a spy Proliferation of tiny cameras raises privacy
      concerns Peter Karlson, a Boston-area technology executive, bought an
      X10 wireless color video camera shortly after he drove up the driveway
      to his Cape Cod vacation house and discovered that a fallen tree had
      been leaning on his garage for a whole week. Now he has two X10 cameras
      so he can monitor his Cape house from a computer in his Boston-area
      home. http://digitalmass.boston.com/news/2001/08/29/x10.html

      Voice of America considers anti-censorship tech Voice of America is
      considering new technology to allow Chinese citizens access to Web sites
      now banned by their government. Currently, Chinese government firewalls
      block many Western Web sites, including some Voice of America sites.
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