Hackers will be challenged to penetrate a variety of computer networks early next month with no threat of punishment if they are successful, a network security firm said yesterday. Parinya Homanek, managing director of Net En Tel Co Ltd, said the first hackers' conference in Thailand would be held on September 3 and 4 with a network of more than 50 powerful servers set up specially for them to try to hack into.
Logicon Inc., a Northrop Grumman company, has been chosen to develop a Network Early Warning System (NEWS) prototype capable of providing advance warning of impending Internet- based coordinated attacks on Department of Defense computer networks. The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Rome, N.Y., selected Logicon to help protect military computers from organized information warfare assaults designed to disrupt their usage. In recent months, the Pentagon has reported numerous such attacks on its computer systems.
The British man suspected of releasing a sophisticated Internet worm may have been hoping to make money from the malicious code, security experts said today. The FBI announced Tuesday that a 24-year-old man was arrested by law enforcement officials in the U.K. last month in connection with "designing and propagating" a worm known as W32-Leave.worm.
Saw this over at SNP:
I just received an interesting e-mail from BigBill, concerning a worm that entered his Symantec and ZoneAlarm protected home computer. The tale he tells is interesting and I have been able to confirm some of the information he said about Symantec issuing an update as a result of what happened to him. I have included his e-mail explaining what happened...
The Code Red II computer worm has attacked some of the Hong Kong government's internal servers causing temporary suspension of access, a government spokeswoman said on Wednesday. "The first signs of infection appeared shortly after 6 p.m. (1000 GMT) on Monday and access to the Intranet was suspended soon afterwards," a spokeswoman with the Information Technology Services Department told Reuters.