August 25, 2003 |
The fast-spreading SoBig.F e-mail virus slowed Sunday and failed for a second time to launch a remote data attack using thousands of infected personal computers, computer security experts said. SoBig.F, which emerged Aug. 18, was programmed to unleash a data attack at noon PDT Sunday. But the trigger -- a computer program unwittingly installed on 20 poorly defended computers mostly in the United States and Canada -- was deactivated Friday.
November 20, 1987 |
Robert W. Herman can sympathize with companies that make automobile air bags--one of those sure-fire products of the future that deflated somewhere along the road. Herman, one of Orange County's high-tech pioneers and founder of Codercard, a tiny Irvine company that makes computer security cards, has been waiting--and waiting--for his firm's products to find a market. Unlike those unlucky makers of air bags, however, Herman may be nearly through waiting.
August 7, 1988 |
The corporate war against computer crime has come into the open. Executives are stepping up efforts to stop computer hackers and disgruntled employees from manipulating their data processing systems to embezzle funds, uncover secrets and destroy data. Among other things, security-conscious businesses are installing sophisticated "access control" gadgetry, bringing in special consultants and working more closely with other companies and law enforcement authorities.
September 8, 2012 |
BARRE, Mass. - Working from a beige house at the end of a dirt road, Jeff Bardin switches on a laptop, boots up a program that obscures his location, and pecks in a passkey to an Internet forum run by an Iraqi branch of Al Qaeda. Soon the screen displays battle flags and AK-47 rifles, plus palm-lined beaches to conjure up a martyr's paradise. "I do believe we are in," says Bardin, a stout, 54-year-old computer security consultant. Barefoot in his bedroom, Bardin pretends to be a 20-something Canadian who wants to train in a militant camp in Pakistan.
December 7, 1988
The Pentagon has decided to establish an emergency team of computer experts and a small crisis communications center to respond to future "virus" attacks on its scientific and contractor computer networks. The team will "include over 100 experts throughout the United States whose expertise and knowledge will be called upon when needed," a Defense Department statement said.
May 27, 1989
Codercard Inc., Santa Ana, lost $478,370 for its third quarter ended March 31, compared to a loss of $195,998 for the like period a year ago. The computer security company said the increased loss was attributable to product development costs and a reduction in the recorded value of its inventory. No sales for the quarter were reported, and the $121 revenue resulted from interest income. That compares to revenue of $21,858 for the comparable period last year. For the first 9 months of fiscal 1989, the company reported a loss of $913,580, more than double the $436,517 posted for the comparable period last year.
January 27, 2000 |
Computer hackers have raided the Web site of a Japanese government agency, the third national entity to be so targeted in a week, just a day after central authorities convened an emergency meeting to discuss beefing up computer security, newspapers said today. The government tried to play down the security lapses, urging against widely publicizing the raids.
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June 26, 2005 |
A computer whiz who insisted he was only trying to warn officials about Web-security flaws when he hacked into Department of Defense computers has been sentenced to four months in federal prison. Robert Lyttle, 21, of Pleasant Hill was also sentenced Friday to four months' home confinement after his release. In addition, he must pay $71,000 in restitution, the amount it cost the government to shore up computer security after his breach.
August 8, 2000 |
Security experts warned Internet users about a security hole in Netscape's Web browser that has infected almost 1,000 computers. Once a computer is infected, a hacker can click through the victim's computer and see, run and delete files on the target computer. The method has been making the rounds of computer security mailing lists and bulletin boards over the weekend. Netscape said it was working to find a speedy remedy to the problem.
April 5, 1995 |
Dan Farmer, cyberspace's favorite devil incarnate, is celebrating his birthday today. At 7 a.m. this morning, the computer program that cost him his job, the one that brought down upon him the wrath of the computer security community and a firestorm of media attention in recent weeks, was set to be released for free on the Internet. The program is called SATAN, short for Security Administrators Tool for Analyzing Networks.