The cracker who broke into the
Web servers of open source
development site SourceForge
has broken cover to boast of
his exploits, and brag he also
compromised the systems of the
Summer is approaching, and with it the annual Bacchus of silicon and beer known as the DefCon hacker
convention. But this year, for the first time, a kinder, gentler DefCon will reward righteous and upstanding behavior
as much as computer intrusion skill, with a contest that challenges attendees' sense of "cyber ethics".
Call it a sign of the times. Last year, the increasingly mainstream convention drew over four thousand people:
hackers, security professionals, law enforcement and intelligence agents, along with scores of reporters from
A hoax e-mail warning people that their PCs might contain a virus tricked an untold
number of people into deleting a beneficial Windows application--and now they're
scrambling to get it back.
The e-mail, which was originally written in Portuguese and is circulating internationally, urges
readers to wipe a Microsoft Windows utility called sulfnbk.exe off their hard disks.
The cracker who broke into the Web servers of open source
development site SourceForge has broken cover to boast of his
exploits, and brag he also compromised the systems of the Apache
Fluffy Bunny defaced a Web site (themes.org) to list the accounts he
had managed to compromise and to brag that his actions had gone
unnoticed by SourceForge administrators for five months (against
Excite@Home is a little more secure thanks to a hacker known as Adrien Lamo. After
he was done poking around their network, he notified Excite@Home about the security hole that
allowed access to the company's intranet, and over 3 million service records. These records contain
data such as PC configurations and IP addresses.
By Robert Lemos, ZDNet News