July 13, 2000 |
A notorious computer hacker who led the FBI on a three-year manhunt while allegedly causing millions of dollars in damage to technology companies now has federal permission to pursue work as a computer consultant or online writer. It's a "180-degree change" in the restrictions previously enforced by Kevin Mitnick's probation officer, Mitnick attorney Donald Randolph said Wednesday.
March 25, 2005 |
The Securities and Exchange Commission's computer security system has weak controls that put financial information and other data at risk of being stolen, a congressional watchdog agency said Thursday. The Government Accountability Office faulted the SEC for leaving computers logged on in public areas, not protecting passwords and not removing access for terminated employees for as long as eight months.
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.
April 11, 2013 |
North Korea recently launched a cyber attack on South Korean TV stations and banks. Iran carried out a cyber campaign against U.S. banking sites. The U.S. and Israel released malware that disabled Iranian nuclear centrifuges. Or did they? There's no doubt someone did all these things, and there are reasons to believe that those suspected are responsible. But because of the way the Internet is designed and the poor general state of computer security, it is extremely difficult to pinpoint an attack's origin.
February 19, 2013 |
Computer-hackers tied to the Chinese military have stolen massive quantities of data from at least 140 organizations in 20 major industries since 2006, a U.S. computer security firm said in an extensive report released Tuesday. The 74-page report , prepared by Mandiant, comes as the United States has toughened its stand against computer hacking by China and is expected to seek to do more to protect both commercial and national security information. Just last week, President Obama signed an executive order to improve protection of the American computer assets.
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.