A PART OF the Internet that existed before the Web ever did, and was once among the busiest places online, is now, despite its loss of visitors, a breeding ground for some of the Internet's most vicious viruses, according to anti-virus firm McAfee, a division of Network Associates.
A Russian computer programmer imprisoned in the US
on charges that he perpetrated a cyber crime spree of
extortion and credit card fraud was indicted in
California Wednesday-- adding the Golden State to a growing list of destinations
on the accused hacker's whirlwind tour of American detention centers.
Networking events, started by the likes of First Tuesday, then copied by
Last Thursday and NetBash, are opportunities for players in the new
economy to intermingle, pitch partnerships and fawn over the ones with the
money. I have always thought of these events as places to preen and to be
seen, where the result is rarely anything productive. As a matter of
principle, I've avoided all of them, inspite of the invites, and not gone
to any of the events held in Kuala Lumpur.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The CIA (news - web sites) cannot predict
computer attacks on U.S. systems before they happen, as the agency is
expected to do with political and military events, a top CIA official told
Congress on Thursday.
Despite a major increase in intelligence efforts dedicated to computer
security, attackers still develop new tools and techniques faster than the
CIA can keep up, Lawrence K. Gershwin said.
A few weeks ago, I discussed the dangers of having open ports on a computer. This week I'd like to call your attention to a report that provides an insider's view of what happens when teenage hackers use hundreds of open-port PCs like yours and mine to shut down Web sites in what is commonly known as a distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS).