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01.10.02 DeCSS CO-AUTHOR INDICTED IN NORWAY
The DeCSS case just won't go away. Apparently the MPAA's victory against 2600 wasn't enough. The authorities are now threatening one of the authors of the DeCSS program with prison time.

01.11.02 MAJOR CHANGES AT PACIFICA AS NATIONAL BOARD MEETS
This weekend's meeting of the newly established interim Pacifica National Board in New York is likely to be a turning point in the history of the radio network and has many hoping for positive steps in the internal conflict that has been going on throughout the 90's and intensified over the past year.

01.13.02 PACIFICA THROWS OUT WBAI MANAGEMENT - RESTORES ALL FIRED/BANNED
In front of wild cheering from a packed auditorium of more than 500 listener supporters, the interim Pacifica National Board has reversed virtually all of the actions taken by WBAI management since its takeover of the station in December of 2000.

01.14.02 APPEALS PROCESS MOVES ALONG IN DECSS CASE
The following press release is being issued Monday concerning the future of the DeCSS case:

01.18.02 "FREEDOM DOWNTIME" TO APPEAR AT NEW YORK CITY FILM FESTIVAL
The 2600 documentary "Freedom Downtime" has been accepted at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival and will be screened in February.

01.31.02 FORD APPEALS 2600 VICTORY - HERE WE GO AGAIN
The Ford Motor Company is now appealing to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn our recent victory against their frivolous lawsuit which sought to prevent us from linking a web page to them. We're committed to defending ourselves and the net community against this kind of attack. But it means yet more money will have to be spent in order to do this and more time and resources wasted on something which should never have been brought to court in the first place. These are the tactics that companies like Ford use to try and crush their opposition into submission and with virtually unlimited funds, they can afford to. Despite this, we're confident that we will win the appeal as well. But we're not so confident that Ford will ever really get the message and respect the concept of free speech.

02.13.02 'OFF THE HOOK' PREEMPTED - EXTENDED EDITION NEXT WEEK
Due to a commuications mixup, we were given late notice that the February 12th edition of "Off The Hook" will be preempted by an extended edition of "Tahrir" on WBAI 99.5 FM New York.

02.18.02 "OFF THE HOOK" NOT ON THIS WEEK AFTER ALL
In a direct contradiction to what we were told last week, there won't be an expanded edition of "Off The Hook" on the radio this week. This means that we won't have any further shows on the air during the current WBAI fundraiser. During our one hour show on February 5, "Off The Hook" raised a record $6,000+. Our next show will be Tuesday, February 26.

02.22.02 NEW 2600 T-SHIRTS RELEASED
Over the years, we've managed to get a lot of corporations, agencies, and entire governments very angry at us for the things we print in the magazine or the web site. It's become difficult for us to keep track of all the legal threats we've gotten. So we decided to stick it all on a t-shirt so nobody would forget.

03.04.02 H2K2 PREREGISTRATION IS OPEN
Preregistration for the fourth Hackers On Planet Earth conference is now open.

03.23.02 ALL "OFF THE HOOK" BROADCASTS NOW AVAILABLE AS MP3'S
In response to our listeners' demands, we've made available every edition of our WBAI radio show "Off The Hook" in MP3 format. Previously, only the most recent years were available as MP3's. The earlier ones had only been available in Realaudio format. We intend to keep both formats for all shows.

04.03.02 LAS VEGAS SCREENING OF "FREEDOM DOWNTIME" MONDAY
"Freedom Downtime," the 2600 documentary about the hacker world and the Free Kevin movement, will be shown at a special Las Vegas screening of the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival. Our film will be shown on Monday, April 8th at 4 pm at the Brenden Theater: Palms Resort, 4321 West Flamingo Rd. Admission is free.

04.05.02 H2K2 REDUCED HOTEL RATES AVAILABLE
We've secured special rates at the Hotel Pennsylvania for the weekend of the H2K2 conference. Attendees can get a single or double room for $109, a triple for $119, and a quad for $129 a night. You can make your reservation by calling +1 212 736 5000 and asking for the H2K2 rate. H2K2 will run from July 12 to July 14, 2002.

04.22.02 "FREEDOM DOWNTIME" RELEASED ON VIDEO
The question we've probably been asked the most over the last year is "When will 'Freedom Downtime' be available on video?" The answer is "Now."

04.29.02 2600 IRC SERVER OUT OF SERVICE TEMPORARILY
The 2600 IRC server was taken offline on Friday when an arrangement with a now bankrupt provider suddenly came to an end.

05.01.02 2600 IRC SERVER BACK ONLINE
We've gotten a replacement server and provider for our IRC network. Everything should work exactly as before - simply connect to irc.2600.net using any IRC client. The server had been offline since Friday.

05.01.02 SKIPPING COMMERCIALS IS STEALING ACCORDING TO TURNER CEO
It was inevitable. The broadcast industry is now describing people who skip over commercials as thieves! And with new technology like HDTV and insane laws such as the DMCA, they may very well make it stick in the future.

05.02.02 H2K2 VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT
The fourth H.O.P.E. conference (H2K2) is just over two months away. We're incredibly busy planning everything from speakers to what could be the largest hacker network ever assembled at a hacker conference. As always, we rely on the time and talent of volunteers to make it all possible. If you're interested in helping, this is what you need to know.

05.14.02 EXPANDED "OFF THE HOOK" POSTPONED
We've been hit with the usual WBAI scheduling snafu. The previously announced three hour "Off The Hook" fundraising show has been postponed until Tuesday, May 21 at 7 pm ET. In addition, we will join forces with the program which follows ("Nuff Said") which will add an additional two hours to the program. So, to sum up, "Off The Hook" will be on next week starting at 7 pm for an expanded fundraiser and we will be staying on the air until midnight in conjunction with the "Nuff Said" program. We hope you show your support for this program and for the station it airs on. "Off The Hook" can be heard over WBAI 99.5 FM in New York City as well as over the Internet at www.2600.com/offthehook.

05.30.02 DIRECTOR QUESTIONS STUDIOS ON "PIRACY"
In an article in Monday's edition of The Guardian, movie director Alex Cox questions the movie industry's definition of "piracy." He argues that the studios, which he notes "are already hugely wealthy," are the real "pirates" as they manipulate the legal process to ensure their own profits at the expense of their artists' creativity.

05.31.02 MPAA "CRUSADES" AGAINST FILE-SHARING
In an apparent attempt to link the MPAA's actions on the Internet to the European invasions of the "Holy Land" in the 11th-13th centuries, the research company Viant released a report entitled "The Copyright Crusade II" about music and movie sharing online.

05.31.02 FBI TO FOCUS ON CYBERCRIMINALS, INVESTIGATE US POLITICAL GROUPS
The FBI announced Wednesday that it will be reorganizing itself, moving agents away from the "War on Drugs" to focus more strongly on "counterterrorism, counterintelligence, and cyber security."

06.01.02 HUNGARIANS PROTEST AS INTERNET COSTS SKYROCKET
As the Hungarian telephone company Matáv prepares to raise Internet access rates, a group of concerned Internet users is protesting. This group considers Matáv's actions to be monopolistic and detrimental to the growth of the Internet in Hungary—where Internet access is already more expensive than almost anywhere else in the world.

06.01.02 PRELIMINARY H2K2 SPEAKER LIST RELEASED
We figured you might be interested in seeing some of what we have in store for H2K2 this July. We've released a preliminary list of people who have agreed to speak at the conference. This is NOT a complete list so don't panic if you're planning to do a panel and you don't see your name here. We have many names to add and we're working on getting even more people to participate. Here's some of what we have so far.

06.03.02 CANADIAN INTERNET RADIO IN DANGER
As the US Librarian of Congress considers license fees for Internet radio, the Canadian equivalent of the RIAA is pushing to increase fees for Internet broadcasting there. Canadian Internet broadcaster RantRadio is leading a campaign to stop these fees, which they argue might lead to the end of independent, non-profit Internet radio in Canada.

06.03.02 1991 EDITIONS OF "BRAIN DAMAGE" NOW ONLINE
An additional year of the WUSB radio show "Brain Damage" is now available for downloading or streaming here. These episodes (39 in all) are from 1991.

06.04.02 MAJOR SCHEDULE CHANGES AT WBAI - "OFF THE HOOK" LIKELY TO MOVE
In a move that has brought controversy back to Pacifica Radio's WBAI in New York, many programmers are being notified of changes to the schedule that dramatically affect their shows and in some cases have resulted in their termination. We've been notified that "Off The Hook" in all probability will have a new timeslot as early as next week.

06.05.02 INTERNET CENSORSHIP IN SOUTH KOREA
The world's attention is currently focused on South Korea as the host (along with Japan) of this year's World Cup. But there is another reason why we should pay attention to this country, which President Bush has described as "a vibrant democracy": its nasty habit of censoring websites of which the government does not approve.

06.05.02 TAKE ACTION: HELP SAVE CANADIAN INTERNET RADIO
On Monday, we reported on Tariff 22, which threatens Internet radio in Canada. We have learned that there are some actions which our readers can take in order to help stop this destructive tariff.

06.08.02 EFF, CONSUMERS ASK COURT TO SAY SKIPPING COMMERCIALS IS NOT STEALING
Last month, we reported that Jamie Kellner, CEO of AOL Time Warner subsidiary Turner Broadcasting, had publicly likened the skipping of commercials to stealing. On Thursday, the EFF and concerned consumers sued the entertainment industry to ensure that Kellner's claims will remain no more than meaningless hyperbole.

06.09.02 JACK BIELLO, VOICE OF FREEKEVIN.COM, DEAD AT 47
We're saddened to announce the death of a great friend, talented writer, and community activist. Jack Biello was a key voice in the Free Kevin movement whose words reached many through the freekevin.com and kevinmitnick.com websites. He was instrumental in helping Mitnick adjust to life after prison, assisting him in writing speeches and articles, as well as preparing testimony in front of a Senate subcommittee in 2000. He also served as a liaison with members of the press during the Mitnick affair.

06.13.02 LAW ENFORCEMENT TO GAIN YET MORE NEW POWERS
We've known for a long time that "homeland security" means bad news for civil liberties. Now, a new bill is going to ask law enforcement to use technology make it even worse.

06.14.02 US SENATOR CRITICIZES MEDIA CONSOLIDATION
In a sign that politicians are finally waking up to the dangers of the current monopolistic radio market, US Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) delivered a statement before Congress Thursday in which he criticized the growing concentration of media industries.

06.17.02 ANCIENT COMPUTERS NEEDED FOR H2K2
The call is out for old, ancient, and obsolete computers to bring to the H2K2 conference July 12-14 in New York.

06.17.02 MITNICK TO FIGHT FOR HAM LICENSE TUESDAY
Kevin Mitnick, the computer hacker imprisoned by the United States for five years and subject of our documentary "Freedom Downtime," faces yet another challenge on Tuesday when he appears at a Federal Communications Commission hearing in Washington DC on Tuesday.

06.18.02 2600 IRC SERVER OFFLINE INDEFINITELY
As a result of a massive Denial of Service attack of biblical proportions, we no longer have a home for irc.2600.net.

06.19.02 FCC CONSIDERING ALLOWING FURTHER MEDIA CONSOLIDATION
As we recently reported, there has been a fair amount of criticism of the current trend towards media consolidation in the radio industry. Apparently ignoring this criticism, however, the FCC (according to a Reuters article and other sources) is considering lifting many of the remaining limits on consolidation of ownership of other forms of media.

06.21.02 THE DEATH OF WEBCASTING?
The US Librarian of Congress released his final decision on royalty rates for Internet music broadcasting. Already, at least one such "webcaster" has shut down rather than pay these fees.

06.26.02 H2K2 PANELS ANNOUNCED - PREREGISTRATION TO CLOSE FRIDAY
H2K2 is just over two weeks away and we've put together a huge collection of panels and speakers. This is in addition to the gigantic network of computers we're assembling, the largest ever at a hacker conference.

06.27.02 SPECIAL NEW EDITION OF "BRAIN DAMAGE" THIS WEEKEND
As part of radio station WUSB's 25th anniversary, a special edition of the program "Brain Damage" will be presented this weekend. It's the first time this program has aired since January 1995. Recently, we have been encoding old editions of this telephone talk/variety program and making them available here. The show ran from 1988 to 1995. We currently have all shows from 1991-1995 available.

06.28.02 FORD DROPS APPEAL - 2600 VICTORY AFFIRMED
Ford Motor Company has officially and unconditionally conceded its complete, utter, and perpetual loss on the merits of the FORD v. 2600 "FuckGeneralMotors.com" case. Ford has dismissed its appeal to the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, meaning that Ford has completely given up all attempts to reverse the victory that 2600 Enterprises won on December 20, 2001. The mutually agreed dismissal papers were officially entered by the Sixth Circuit on June 27, 2002.

07.03.02 2600 DROPS DECSS APPEAL
Yes, it's true. After numerous consultations with our legal team and all kinds of internal debate, we have decided that we've gotten the DeCSS case as far as we can. We won't be bringing it to the Supreme Court.

07.08.02 JELLO BIAFRA TO SPEAK AT H2K2
We're happy to announce that Jello Biafra, former lead singer of the Dead Kennedys, social activist, and H2K keynote speaker, will be joining us for H2K2.

07.09.02 MITNICK TO APPEAR AT "FREEDOM DOWNTIME" SCREENING IN LOS ANGELES
The 2600 documentary on the hacker culture and the Free Kevin movement will be screening in Los Angeles on Sunday, July 21. Kevin Mitnick, the main subject of the documentary, will be making a special appearance at the screening.

07.22.02 PALESTINIAN ISP SHUT DOWN
According to Agence France Presse and other sources, the Israeli Defense Forces raided the Ramallah offices of Palnet, the largest ISP in Palestine, last week.

07.24.02 H2K2 PICTURES/FEEDBACK SOUGHT
Now that most of us have finally gotten back to a degree of normalcy, it's time to offer our sincere thanks for making the H2K2 conference the smashing success it was. While we've become used to the good karma that emanates from the HOPE conferences, this was our biggest effort by far and none of it would have been possible without so many people doing everything they could to make it fun and educational. It was also the first time we've had one conference so closely followed by another - H2K2 followed H2K by only two years as opposed to the three year gap we normally had between conferences.

07.26.02 VANDALIZING COMPUTERS OKAY - IF YOU'RE THE MPAA
A new bill introduced in Congress Thursday aims to give the copyright industries the right to vandalize the computers of the users of peer-to-peer file sharing services. The bill, if passed, would give copyright owners exemption from liability for "disabling, interfering with, blocking, diverting, or otherwise impairing the unauthorized distribution, display, performance, or reproduction of his or her copyrighted work on a publicly accessible peer-to-peer file trading network."

07.27.02 ACLU CHALLENGES CENSORWARE, DMCA
The ACLU filed a lawsuit in Federal Court in Boston Thursday that aims to challenge "censorware" companies and a law familiar to many 2600 readers: the DMCA.

07.30.02 H2K2 LEFTOVER MERCHANDISE AVAILABLE
For those who may have missed it or for those who just want more, there is an assortment of leftover H2K2 merchandise now available at our online store.

08.05.02 H2K2 PICTURES ONLINE
Pictures of the H2K2 conference are now available online at www.h2k2.net. We will have audio of the talks up soon. If you have pictures to submit, send them to pictures@h2k2.net.

08.06.02 DeCSS CO-AUTHOR TO BE TRIED THIS DECEMBER
It appears that the Norwegian courts announced recently that Jon Johansen will be tried on December 9, 2002. Johansen is the only non-anonymous member of the team of programmers which wrote DeCSS, a tool for decrypting DVDs, written with the intent to allow playback on free Operating Systems.

08.08.02 FBI CITIZEN-SPY PROGRAM ADMINISTERED BY FOX TELEVISION
An ACLU press release and salon.com story are reporting on a move which will surely make political satire irrelevant: the Department of Justice has begun forwarding calls destined for its TIPS program to the producers of the Fox television show America's Most Wanted.

08.31.02 RAISETHEFIST.COM ADMINISTRATOR INDICTED OVER WEBSITE CONTENT
RaiseTheFist.com administrator Sherman Austin, 19, has been indicted again by the US Federal Government over information posted on his web site. Austin's case first came to national attention last January when FBI and Secret Service agents raided his Los Angeles home and seized his computer, shutting down his web site. In early February, immediately after protests countering the World Economic Forum in New York City, Austin was arrested, charged, and transported back to Los Angeles, where all charges against him were dropped.

09.10.02 "OFF THE HOOK" UPDATE
Despite our repeated attempts to work out a plan that would have allowed "Off The Hook" to air on September 11, it appears that the program has been pre-empted yet again.

09.12.02 FIRST H2K2 AUDIO FILES ONLINE
The first of many audio files from this summer's H2K2 conference are now available on the H2K2 site. We will be adding more in the weeks ahead.

10.05.02 MITNICK IN THE NEWS AGAIN
There seems to be a flurry of Kevin Mitnick related stories lately.

10.07.02 NEW BILL MAY RESTORE FAIR USE RIGHTS UNDER DMCA
A recent bill introduced by Congressman Rick Boucher (D-VA) continues to generate interest and support from many in the hacker community as well as civil libertarians. The bill would ensure that "fair use" of copyrighted works continues to be legal, even under the restrictions set forth by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

10.08.02 SATELLITES - A LAST VESTIGE OF OLD WORLD VALUES
Although most people have never seen one up close, and even fewer have spoken to one, satellites are a big part of hacker folklore. According to a new report from the General Accounting Office issued on Thursday, little has changed about their security since the days of Captain Midnight.

10.08.02 NEW RAY OF HOPE FOR INTERNET RADIO STATIONS
To just about everyone's surprise, the Record Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the Voice of Webcasters (VOW) reached an agreement Monday on royalties for Internet radio.

10.09.02 NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL REPORTS UNRELIABILITY OF LIE DETECTORS
A major report released Tuesday is stirring skepticism about the effectiveness of polygraphs in employment screening. The polygraph created quite a stir when it was introduced in the early 1900's, and while the questionable contraption could easily have been dismissed as a novelty, it instead gained a mythical reputation for "detecting lies" and went into commercial production in 1921.

10.09.02 CARNEGIE MELLON TO HIDE SECURITY IN THE DARNEDEST PLACES
Carnegie Mellon University will become the recipient of a $35.5M 5-year grant from the U.S. Department of Defense, according to the Associated Press. CMU has one of the best computer science programs in the country, and will spend $8M this year on computer security research for the government.

10.09.02 WHITE HOUSE CYBERCZAR STEPS OUT OF CYBERSPACE TO ASK FOR CYBERSTUFF
Richard Clarke, head of the White House's Office of Cyberspace Security, took a moment on Tuesday to remove his VR goggles and spend some time lobbying for new toys. His office is now exactly a year old, having been created shortly after the Office of Homeland Security.

10.10.02 INDUSTRY STARTS CRACKING DOWN ON P2P DOWNLOADERS
In what appears to be a first, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has made direct threats against a user of a peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing network for simply downloading a pirated movie.

10.12.02 WEBCASTERS MAY FIND NO RELIEF IN NEW RIAA COMPROMISE
As we reported on Monday, the Record Industry Association of America (RIAA) had potentially struck a deal with Internet webcasters as represented the Voice of Webcasters (VOW). On Saturday, The Register reported that the VOW apparently does not speak for many webcasters, and that the new royalties may in fact be disasterous for the vast majority of small Internet radio stations.

10.21.02 RIAA-BACKED WEBCASTING BILL WON'T BE PASSED BY SENATE
A bill which could have established more reasonable royalties for Internet webcasters while silencing non-commercial webcasters, has died in the Senate. We reported on October 12th that the bill could prevent small-scale and college-based Internet radio stations from operating, and asked readers to express their concerns to the government.

10.26.02 MITNICK BOOK TOUR SCHEDULE
Kevin Mitnick's tour for his newly published book ("The Art of Deception") has begun.

10.29.02 FBI ATTEMPTING TO TRACE ATTACKS ON "MODERN COCKROACH"
2600 has learned that the FBI is having little success in its attempts to investigate an Internet attack which happened last Tuesday. This particular attack may have occurred to teach us a lesson - that the Internet is overdue to shed the bureaucratic and vulnerable DNS.

10.30.02 E-MAIL AND WEB SITES ARE COMPUTER-BASED ATTACKS, SAYS GOV
A truly bizarre new web site at www.intelligence.gov claims to represent the U.S. Intelligence Community as a whole. Examining some of the statements on this site, its slogan, "Uncovering the Truth," must refer to some special definition of "truth" that we aren't yet aware of.

10.30.02 'OFF THE HOOK' PRE-EMPTED YET AGAIN
Regrettably, our weekly radio show ("Off The Hook") will once again not be heard at its usual Wednesday night timeslot over WBAI 99.5 FM in New York. The reason we're being given this time is that the station hasn't reached the goal for the latest fundraising drive and other programming will have to be substituted in order to accomplish this. While we don't want to second guess this programming decision, we feel it's important to point out that the unprecedented number of pre-emptions we've had to endure since moving to our new timeslot has made it virtually impossible to adequately cover the many technological issues affecting not only our community, but people everywhere.

11.03.02 MITNICK "BANNED CHAPTER" APPEARS ON INTERNET DISCUSSION GROUP
It was probably inevitable that the unprinted chapter of Kevin Mitnick's new book ("The Art of Deception") would eventually find its way into the public's hands. Now it appears that this has indeed happened.

11.03.02 ICANN TO PUSH INTO INTERNET SECURITY USING FOREIGN CASH
ICANN, the private organization which effectively controls the Internet's domain name system (DNS), has once again become the subject of sharp criticism from the Internet community. ICANN's board on Thursday voted 15-3 in favor of discontinuing public elections to its ranks, alienating the group even further from real Internet users. A powerful and suddenly more private ICANN is now poised to become even more deeply involved in "governance" of the Internet.

11.04.02 US MIL SUGGESTS CHINA HAS CONTROL OF ITS HACKER POPULATION
The Chinese government recently prevented a wave of hacktivism, an Air Force official told reporters last Tuesday. According to Maj. Gen. John Bradley (USAF), the department had expected to come under attack this May by masses of Chinese hackers replacing U.S. military websites with the Chinese flag.

11.08.02 EPIC OPPOSES RIAA/MPAA BACKED INTERNET MONITORING
The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) wrote an open letter to college and university presidents Wednesday, asking them not to become involved in a crackdown on peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing.

11.11.02 "FREEDOM DOWNTIME" TO AIR ON NATIONWIDE TV NETWORK
We're happy to announce that our documentary on the Free Kevin movement will be airing nationwide on a satellite network that can be received throughout North America.

11.11.02 UNDER HOMELAND SECURITY, U.S. GOVERNMENT WILL SPY ON EVERY AMERICAN
The U.S. military has begun construction of a new system which will spy on global communications and databases - including those that occur within American borders - according to a weekend article in The New York Times.

11.12.02 INFO ON THIS YEAR'S CCC CONGRESS
The longest running hacker conference anywhere has announced this year's agenda. The 19th annual Chaos Computer Club Congress will once again be held in Berlin from December 27th through the 29th.

11.13.02 ANTI-COPYRIGHT ART SHOW OPENS IN NEW YORK
If you're concerned by the tactics of the entertainment industry - who jealously guard their fragments of contrived media-pop with threats and intimidation - you'll be relieved to witness the "Illegal Art Show" which starts Wednesday in New York City.

11.19.02 PASSAGE OF WEBCASTING BILL OFFERS AN UNDECIDED FUTURE FOR SMALL STATIONS
A new version of H.R. 5469, the Small Webcaster Settlement Act (SWSA), has finally been passed by the Senate. The bill concerns royalties which Internet radio stations may have to pay to the Record Industry Association of America (RIAA), and as we reported in October, will have a serious impact on the future of alternative radio.

11.25.02 STUDENTS' COMPUTERS SEIZED FOR DOWNLOADING MUSIC AND MOVIES
Nearly one hundred students at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, have had their computers seized by the administration there, according to The Capital.

11.25.02 2600 ANNOUNCES HOMELAND SECURITY HOLIDAY SPECIALS
In the spirit of Homeland Security, we've put together a collection of holiday packages specifically designed for you to feel more secure in your homeland. After all, an educated populace is a secure populace. But an educated populace is also a DANGEROUS populace, especially in this case. That's why we feel compelled to add a "danger code" to each of these packages, so that you know what you're getting yourself into. Coincidentally, these codes correspond precisely to those of our nation's Homeland Security alert system.

Come and see what we've put together for the holidays!

11.27.02 TERROR-BEEPERS TO HELP AMERICANS PANIC FASTER AND MORE EASILY
A not-for-profit security institute is recommending that the U.S. develop a unified hazard alert system that creeps into every corner of our communications and media.

12.01.02 IRISH AUTHORITIES TO GET GREATLY EXPANDED ACCESS TO PERSONAL INFORMATION
A new bill would require service providers in Ireland to retain logs of their customers' activities for up to four years, according to The Irish Times. The information could include data on a person's physical location moment-by-moment, as broadcast by certain 3G mobile phones commonly carried in Europe.

12.05.02 PHOTOGRAPHER ARRESTED FOR TAKING PICTURES OF VICE PRESIDENT'S HOTEL
An amateur photographer named Mike Maginnis was arrested on Tuesday in his home city of Denver - for simply taking pictures of buildings in an area where Vice President Cheney was residing. Maginnis told his story on Wednesday's edition of Off The Hook.

12.10.02 DECSS AUTHOR JON JOHANSEN PLEADS INNOCENT TO COMPUTER BREAK-IN
Jon Johansen, author of the "DeCSS" computer program which removes the encryption from DVD video discs, has pleaded innocent in a Norwegian courtroom to charges relating to his role in the software.

12.10.02 UPDATE ON THE MIKE MAGINNIS STORY
2600 has received a tremendous amount of correspondence regarding the December 4th edition of "Off The Hook," and the news article that followed, in which Mike Maginnis told his story of harassment by the Secret Service.

12.18.02 ELCOMSOFT FOUND INNOCENT IN DMCA CASE
Elcomsoft, a Russian software company on trial in America for allegedly violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), was found not guilty by a jury in California on Tuesday.

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