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Is It Open Season For Crackers

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Martin Burns

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A number of sites have been announced as having been cracked within the last few days, some of which have been claimed by cracker groups, while some sites alleged that their attackers are governments.

Some choice picks are:

  • Symantec. Claimed to be by a cracker group upset at Norton stopping BackOrifice.

  • The US Army, allegedly by the cracker group who cracked the WhiteHouse not so long ago, as a 'we did it, honest' move.
  • US & UK based Falun Gong sites. Falun Gong is a meditation group banned by the Chinese government, and it's claimed that the Chinese govt were responsible for the cracking.
The latter crack excepted, it begs the question of revenge attacks by script kiddies in retaliation for the Kevin Mitnick case.

Martin Burns has been doing this stuff since Netscape 1.0 days. Starting with the communication ends that online media support, he moved back through design, HTML and server-side code. Then he got into running the whole show. These days he's working for these people as a Project Manager, and still thinks (nearly 6 years on) it's a hell of a lot better than working for a dot-com. In his Copious Free Time™, he helps out running a Cloth Nappies online store.

Amongst his favourite things is ZopeDrupal, which he uses to run his personal site. He's starting to (re)gain a sneaking regard for ECMAscript since the arrival of unobtrusive scripting.

He's been a member of since the very early days, a board member, a president, a writer and even contributed a modest amount of template code for the current site. Above all, he likes to do things because it knowingly chooses to do so, rather than randomly stumbling into them. He's also one of the boys and girls who beervolts in the UK, although the arrival of small children in his life have knocked the frequency for 6.

Most likely to ask: Why would a client pay you to do that?

Least likely to ask: Why isn't that navigation frame in Flash?

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