Acres of newsprint have been devoted to the outbreak of the Code Red worm but little attention has been given to the collateral damage the worm is creating. Although Code Red targets IIS web servers, a number of readers have contacted us to report denial of service problems with Cisco DSL routers that are linked to the worm.
Company corporate officers and directors are legally responsible, and potentially liable, for the protection of a company?s information systems and corporate data, according to attorney and cyber-security legal expert Daniel J. Langin in a recent report by Recourse Technologies.
It's a tough question: Just what does a hacker do to follow through on the urge to take socially responsible, socially meaningful action? Dave Del Torto, founder of the CyrptoRights Foundation, offered a suggestion during his talk Sunday afternoon at HAL2001, and it went over like gangbusters.
On July 13 a new worm launched that had the potential to become the biggest threat in Internet history. This worm, named Code Red, infected approximately 300,000 Microsoft Internet Information Servers and then, for good measure, took aim at the White House Web site in a denial-of-service attack on July 20. When this article was written, it appeared some malicious individual or group would relaunch Code Red.
A survey by anti-virus company Symantec has revealed the level of casual hacking that many web users are subject to. Symantec recruited 167 volunteers from around the UK and gave them personal firewalls set up to record any attempt made to compromise the security of their PC over a month-long period.