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May 1, 2001

Chinese hackers declare 'May Day War' Tensions between Washington and
Beijing spread to the Internet after Chinese ``hackers'' warned of a
blitz starting Tuesday of U.S.  Web sites in an anti-American protest
and in response to reported attacks on Chinese Web sites.  Chinese
hackers, who illegally enter computer networks, said on Monday their
American counterparts had launched attacks on Web sites in China and
vowed to strike back in a blitz dubbed the "May Day War." But top U.S. 
security experts on Monday played down the significance of growing
vandalism against U.S.  Web sites by hackers expressing pro-Chinese and
anti-U.S.  sentiments. 

Chinese Hackers Launch Web-Site Attacks - Update Web sites for the U.S. 
House of Representatives and the Philadelphia Mayor's Office are among
the latest victims of a US-Chinese hacker war that promises to play
itself out online this week.  Several Chinese hacker groups earlier this
morning launched a highly coordinated volley of attacks on US government
and commercial Web sites, security experts reported.  The
much-anticipated campaign was in apparent retaliation for nearly 100
separate US hacker attacks on Chinese state run sites following the
collision of a US spy plane and a Chinese jet last month. 

Transportation site knocked offline by hackers Hackers have knocked a
Transportation Department Web site offline, a spokesman said Tuesday,
leaving the department unable to post railroad decisions or use e-mail. 
The Surface Transportation Board's Web site was hacked on Monday,
spokesman Dennis Watson said, and federal investigators have been
notified.  Watson said technicians do not know when the site will be
back online.``The board is spending time right now getting the system
up,'' Watson said.  ``Their connection to the outside world is not
functioning right now.''

White House website hit by e-mail 'bombs' The White House website was
hit with e-mail.  "bombs," while dozens of U.S.  and Chinese sites were
defaced, security experts said.  Chinese hackers have started a
week-long campaign of attacks targeting U.S.  government and commercial
internet sites, in retaliation for what they see as assaults by pro-U.S. 
hackers, they noted.  Chinese hackers hit 18 U.S.  websites while
pro-U.S.  hackers had hit 23 sites in China.  The Chinese campaign
dubbed "The Sixth Network War of National Defense," officially began at
1200 GMT as China began its May Day celebrations, according to experts
who monitor hacker activity.

Defacements rise in China hacker war Online vandals made good on their
threats to disrupt U.S.-based Web sites Monday by defacing dozens of
sites.  By late Monday, the hacking group Honkers Union of China
increased the number of Web sites defaced since early April to more than
80, while online vandals posting pro-American graffiti had tagged at
least 100, according to several sources. 

May Day hacking threat fails to materialise Contrary to some security
consultant warnings, anti-capitalist computer hacking does not accompany
May Day demonstrations.  Police and computer security experts report
that fears that the city of London would fall to anti- capitalist
computer hackers have so far proved unfounded. 

Experts Yawn Over US-China Hacker War Reports of a feverish exchange of
attacks between Chinese and US hackers have been largely overblown,
security experts said today.  Several commercial security groups Monday
warned that a ring of Chinese hacker groups had launched a highly
coordinated volley of attacks on US government and commercial Web sites. 

U.S., Chinese hackers break into one another's sites, trade insults
Commentary: Not quite the apocalypse

Is This World Cyber War I? Chinese hackers said Tuesday they have begun
to hit American computer networks with denial- of-service attacks, and
also claim to have placed mass-attack tools into four large American
computer networks.  A new alert from the FBI-led National Infrastructure
Protection Center (NIPC) confirms that hackers have been particularly
active over the past two days.  The distributed-denial-of-service
attacks on the Department of the Interior's National Business Center,
the U.S.  Geological Survey's site and Pacific Bell Internet Services
are among the largest so far. 

'Indianz' Web Site Hacked Visitors to Albuquerque's Gathering of Nations
might have gotten a surprise Sunday if they logged on to indianz.com to
catch up on news relevant to Native Americans.  The site joined some
federal government Web sites this weekend in being hit by apparent
Chinese hackers.  The substitute front page put up on indianz.com was
headlined "KillUsa Union" and called for beating down American and
Japanese imperialism.  It also threatened: "China will kill all the
American! China will kill all the Japanese!"

Army moving to restrict Web access to porn The Army is installing
Internet software at more than 100 military posts worldwide to prevent
the viewing of pornography and other inappropriate material.  The Army
said it wants to prohibit some 200,000 Army personnel from accessing
porn, gambling and other sites prohibited on government computers.  The
purchase also comes as the Army is struggling with the problem of sexual
harassment in its ranks.  Asked if the Army has a problem with soldiers
viewing Internet porn, Karen Baker, a Pentagon-based Army spokeswoman,
replied, "Probably no more than society at large."

Privacy advocates seek 'Carnivore' rollback As police around the world
search for ways to monitor criminal activity on the Internet without
trampling privacy rights, the powerful tool adopted in the United States
faces persistent scrutiny and opposition.  At issue is the Federal
Bureau of Investigation's Carnivore software, so- called for its vaunted
ability to cut to the ''meat'' of court-ordered electronic
communications intercepts.  A broad range of U.S.  privacy advocates has
launched a new drive to de-fang Carnivore, which the FBI says skims
online traffic and stores only the information the government is allowed
to intercept under federal wiretap authority. 

Security at Any Cost Protection from hackers, crackers, and cybervandals
comes at a price -- and companies are willing to pay.  A number of US
corporate and government sites fell victim to a series of hacks,
allegedly retaliatory strikes by the Chinese, on Monday and over the
weekend.  The cyberattacks are expected to continue until May 7.  But
even before this latest round of highly publicized attacks, hacks
against websites and infrastructure were a major concern among US
corporations -- if spending is any indication.  Spending on corporate
network security remains strong even while corporations cut their IT
budgets during the economic downturn, analysts say.  In fact, the demand
for security services is so strong a growing number of security
companies have sprung up to capitalize on corporate America's fears. 

Inadequate security down to human error Almost all security breaches are
due to human error, with mismanagement and inadequate choices of
technology often allowing hackers to walk in through the front door.  A
study carried out by the Computer Security Institute (CSI) found that
hackers are able to take advantage of simple, common vulnerabilities
caused by poor management.  According to the report, 93 per cent of
security breaches can be attributed to errors in configuring systems. 

Fred Cohen at Sandia National Laboratories at tel:925-294-2087 fax:925-294-1225
  Fred Cohen & Associates: http://all.net - fc@all.net - tel/fax:925-454-0171
      Fred Cohen - Practitioner in Residence - The University of New Haven
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