A live hacking competition that begins tomorrow in London is intended to publicise the UK's lackadaisical attitude towards security.
Computer hackers from around the world are being invited to break into a locked-down Web server for £35,000, in a competition launched for to publicise Britain's largest security
A teenage hacker arrested during an FBI investigation into an alleged $3m internet fraud
is due to be sentenced on Friday.
Last month Raphael Gray, 19, from west Wales, admitted gaining unlawful access to company websites and to dishonestly obtaining services from the internet.
Using a computer which he bought from Dixons, Gray hacked into the customer records
of corporate sites to prove they were insecure.
Hollywood will get a rude awakening later today when three mainstream celebrities find out that their official websites have been defaced by digital graffiti artists the Prime Suspectz.
The three sites in question - jenniferaniston.com, melgibson.com and denzelwashington.com - were defaced overnight, with their usual glossy, star-spangled pages replaced by a Prime Suspectz logo featuring the Brazilian flag.
After pleading guilty to federal charges in November for hacking into NASA computers, Jason Allen Diekman of Mission Viejo, Calif., was arrested a second time this morning on federal wire charges.
Diekman was taken into custody at his home by special agents representing the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He is scheduled to make his first court appearance on wire fraud charges this afternoon in United States District Court in Los Angeles.
Forget the popular myth of the teen hacker. An older, more sophisticated hacker is out there, spreading malicious code disguised as files and standard Internet apps into corporate networks. It's this fear of the unknown that's starting to scare some IT managers into adding behavior-blocking, or "sandboxing," technology, as a last line of defense at the desktop. Behavior blocking prevents malicious code from doing something it's not authorized to do. If a downloaded executable program tries to erase the PC's hard drive or copy its address book, for instance, the software stops it cold.