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Authorities investigating White House Web attack White House officials
are still unsure who is responsible for a denial-of-service attack
Friday on the U.S.  presidential Web site.  The attack caused "some
degradation" of service beginning at about 8:00 a.m.Eastern time, and
blocked access entirely between about 9:00 a.m.  and 11:15 a.m.,
spokesman Jimmy Orr said Monday.  The technical staff is taking measures
to beef up security at the White House servers, he said. 

US airman nailed for cracking 113 Korean websites A US Air Force
employee is in dep trouble for, uh, avidly pursing his hobby on company
time.  A USAF first class airman posted at Korea's Osan Air Base has
been charged with hacking 113 Korean websites.  Part of the WHP
defacement posse, the 24-year-old loser bragged about his conquests, and
often used his office PC for hacking.  Last week, Korean police caught
'R' in the act -- hacking a system while at his girlfriend's house. 
Included in his, uh, hackers' portfolio are 35 Korea-based venture
companies.  'R' generally left in his wake a defaced homepage and a
backdoor that would let him back into the cracked system at a moment's
notice.  Korean authorities are investigating whether 'R' obtained any
classified company data during his network sojourns. 

Hackers hit two Indian sites Hackers have infiltrated two Web sites in
India, disrupting a software company=92s site and leaving anti-India
messages on a government Web page.  It=92s unclear whether the two
incidents are related.  PRO-PAKISTAN HACKERS infiltrated a Web site of
India=92s External Affairs Ministry and posted anti- India messages, the
Press Trust of India said on Monday. 

Chinese Hackers Protest India's Missile-Defense Support? Apparently
retaliating against India's support of the U.S.  national missile
defense plans, Chinese hackers are believed responsible for defacing a
Web site belonging to India's CMC Ltd., a state-owned software company. 
CMC said the hackers did not cause serious damage and were not able to
access any company secrets. 

Hackers infiltrate Infosys Web site Infosys Technologies Ltd., one of
India's biggest software companies, said on Monday computer hackers had
infiltrated its Web site and disrupted its banking products site.  ``We
realized it this afternoon.  One section of the Web site, the banking
unit, was hacked, '' an Infosys spokeswoman told Reuters.  She said the
site that was infiltrated contained information about its software
products for the banking industry. 

Hackers Step Up Denial-of-Service Attacks - FBI Hackers have stepped up
attempts to crash Web sites using distributed denial-of-service (DDoS)
attacks, assaults that can disrupt access to or cripple targeted Web
sites by flooding them with excess traffic, according to the FBI.  In an
alert posted over the weekend, the National Infrastructure Protection
Center (NIPC) - the FBI's cyber-crime division - said it has witnessed
ongoing attempts to conduct DDoS attacks using large user datagram
protocol (UDP) packets directed at port 80, the port commonly used by
Web servers to send and receive Web page information. 

NSA Adviser Says Cyber-Assaults On Pentagon Persist With Few Clues A
series of sophisticated attempts to break into Pentagon computers has
continued for more than three years, and an extensive investigation has
produced "disturbingly few clues" about who is responsible, according to
a member of the National Security Agency's advisory board.  The NSA
consultant, James Adams, says U.S.  diplomats lodged a formal protest
with the Russian government last year after investigators determined
that the cyber attacks, which they code-named "Moonlight Maze," appear
to have originated from seven Russian Internet addresses.  But Russian
officials replied that the telephone numbers associated with the sites
were inactive and denied any prior knowledge of the attacks, according
to Adams. 

Cyber-Crime Fighter Vatis To Consult FBI Michael A.  Vatis, the first
head of the FBI's National Infrastructure Protection Center who recently
left the agency, says the threat of cyber-terrorism against federal
agencies and their employees is lethal and growing daily - despite
progress by federal, state and local law enforcement officials in
tracking down hackers and cyber-vandals.  The center (NIPC) coordinates
the cyber-terrorism fighting efforts of the federal government,
including the Justice Department, the Pentagon, the CIA, the National
Security Agency, the Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S.  Postal
Service and the General Services Administration. 

Sen.  Bennett Plans Cyber-Security Legislation Sen.  Robert Bennett,
R-Utah, intends to introduce a bill that would make it easier for
companies to share information about cyber-security threats away from
the public eye, a source close to the planned legislation said today. 
Although details of the proposal remain unclear, Bennett may introduce
legislation similar to a cyber-security bill introduced in the House
last year by Reps.  Tom Davis, R-Va., and James Moran, D-Va.  That bill,
the Cyber Security Information Act of 2000, would have provided a
limited exemption from the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to
companies that share information about electronic attacks and
vulnerabilities with government agencies. 

Renegade hacker pack cleans up act 2600 Club begins mentoring young
computer buffs At 3, Patrick Roanhouse got his first computer.  At 7, he
figured out how to construct a modem out of scrap parts.  By 14, he was
running around cyberspace under the alias "Anarchist" and working up all
sorts of havoc.  Then he met the 2600 Club.  The group, which publishes
a popular hacker magazine, has an almost mythical reputation.  It has
been investigated by the Secret Service and inspired monthly gatherings
in more than 100 cities worldwide. 


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