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FBI Confirms Chinese Attacks on U.S.  Web Sites The Federal Bureau of
Investigation (FBI) on Monday confirmed past hack attacks on several
U.S.  Web sites, and said that perhaps several more have been
perpetrated by Chinese hacktivists protesting U.S.  actions in the
recently-ended spy plane crisis.  Although the FBI declined to offer
specific details about the hacked sites, news sources have learned that
hackers have defaced two U.S.  Navy sites, neither of them classified,
and two e-businesses that don't appear to have any connection to the


The never ending China-US saga The apology has been accepted, the
hostages returned, but it will be a long, long time before we hear the
end of this story.  Hackers on both sides of the Pacific will ensure
that tensions stay high.  To date nine American sites have been defaced
in retaliation for the downing of a Chinese fighter plane and the
subsequent loss of its pilot.  While the FBI are not openly holding the
Chinese responsible for the hacks, the Washington Post is making it
quite clear whom they believe is to blame.  The Chinese are seen as a
frightening bunch, embodying a deadly combination -- nationalism and
technology.  On the Chinese side, the People's Daily is furious at what
it sees as underhanded maneuvering on the part of the Americans who have
sent arms to Taiwan. 

Anti-Hacking premiums 25% higher for Win NT An insurance policy against
hacker-inflicted damage costs 25 per cent more for companies using
Windows NT.  This is because "there are so many security holes in
Microsoft products", John Wurzler, of Wurzler underwriting managers,
told us today.  Wurzler's stance could be a little unfair - security is
far more dependent on how well the infrastructure is designed and set up
rather than the products used to build it, we argued.  Wurzler concedes
this point but says his company has to charge premiums based on an
insured organisation's turnover, the probability of an attack and the
chances of success of an attack. 

The Spy Who Lost Me British intelligence officers have developed a
rather worrying tendency of forgetting that they are carrying a
computer, leaving a trail littered with lost laptops.  The British
Defense Ministry has reported 205 laptops missing since 1997 -- most of
which contained classified information.  That's an average of 51 lost
laptops per year.  The latest was reported missing on Monday.  This one
reportedly contained data about new weapons systems.  Its owner left it
in the back of a taxi.  To combat this spate of missing-in-action
machines, the Defense Ministry plans to outfit their absent-minded
workers with secret-agent- style briefcases that protect national
secrets by automatically destroying the contents of lost laptops' hard

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