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  • Fred Cohen
    February 8, 2001 Hackers say love bug was ammo in cyberwar Welcome to hackers paradise, where cyberspace is a battle ground, computers are fortresses that
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      February 8, 2001

      Hackers say 'love bug' was ammo in cyberwar
      Welcome to hackers' paradise, where cyberspace is
      a battle ground, computers are fortresses that rival
      gangs try to wipe out with sophisticated viruses and
      Onel de Guzman, the suspected author of the "love bug,"
      is revered as "The Terminator." Hackers here are
      convinced that the love bug went out of control last
      May during a cyberspace war between rival local gangs.
      The bug is widely considered to have been history's
      worst computer virus and may foreshadow worse to come,
      some experts fear.

      E-envoy to wage war on hackers
      Andrew Pinder, the newly appointed UK government E-envoy,
      is spearheading a security crackdown to stop the spate of
      website hacking that has so embarrassed Whitehall. "We
      will press hard on standards for security," he said. "It
      is important that government sites conform to reasonable
      standards so that people feel that government is secure
      and cannot be brought down. We will define strong
      guidelines to prevent the sorts of attacks that we have
      seen recently." Pinder's pledge comes just before the
      first meeting of the UK's National Crime Squad, which
      will announce how its newly formed National Hi-Tech Crime
      Unit (NHCU) will improve incident reporting procedures
      and evidence gathering on security breaches. The European
      Commission is also proposing a network of similar units
      to enforce an international computer misuse law.

      Reps. Saxton, Chambliss Intro Cyber-Terrorism Measure
      Reps. James Saxton, R-N.J., and Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga.,
      this week introduced legislation that calls on the
      government to develop a new legal framework to prosecute
      hackers and other Internet criminals. Saxton and Chambliss
      offered a House resolution that also labels cyber-terrorism
      "an emerging threat to the national security of the United
      States which has the potentiality to cause great harm to
      the nation's critical infrastructure..." The resolution
      also calls for a public-private industry partnership to
      combat cyber-crime, and a multi-agency study to assess the
      threat of cyber-terrorism to the US. The study would be
      conducted by the Commerce and Defense Departments, along
      with the National Security Agency, the Central Intelligence
      Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Cyber-crime
      is a high priority not only in the US at this time, but
      throughout the world. How to fight it is an issue that has
      received far from unanimous agreement, however. The Council
      of Europe has adopted a draft-cyber-crime treaty, but many
      privacy advocates as well as a number of corporate lobbying
      groups have signaled their opposition to it.

      Stop using the boogeyman to sell security
      The boogeyman may be a childish cliche, but security
      professionals use him all the time in their attempts
      to convince corporate management to buy into whatever
      project they're advocating. The security industry has
      for years been in the business of selling fear. Its
      dire warnings of catastrophic events have become so
      commonplace, management has tuned them out.
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