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01.07.03 DECSS AUTHOR JON JOHANSEN FOUND INNOCENT IN NORWEGIAN COURT
Jon Johansen, author of the controversial DeCSS program, was cleared of charges in a Norwegian court on Tuesday. Judge Irene Sogn found that Johansen had not violated any of Norway's strict anti-piracy laws in creating the software.

01.20.03 COUNTDOWN TO MITNICK'S FREEDOM
A long saga will come to an end on Tuesday morning as Kevin Mitnick's supervised release expires at midnight Pacific Time. At that time, Mitnick will no longer have any restrictions on his activities as has been the case since his release from federal prison three years ago.

02.09.03 AMERICAN JOURNALIST POSES AS TERRORIST GROUP, FOOLS U.S. GOV
An American journalist named Brian McWilliams fooled his fellow journalists on Wednesday, by posing on the Internet as the terrorist group Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HUM). He also fooled the U.S. Government.

02.12.03 KEVIN MITNICK GETS HACKED BY SECURITY JOB SEEKERS
On January 21st, Kevin Mitnick accessed the Internet for the first time since 1995. The press was watching eagerly, wondering what this notorious hacker would do first. But in a twist that's hardly surprising, a true mark of the occasion has been what other hackers have done with Kevin's new electronic presence.

02.12.03 IN THE MEDIA, HACKERS TAKE WEEKEND VACATION FROM VILLAIN ROLE
Hackers rarely play themselves in the media. More often, the printed word "hacker" represents little that's real, and much to do with raising paranoia or placing blame. Yet somehow, in the midst of all this illusion, some very sensible words about hackers trickled through the media faucet this weekend.

02.13.03 NIPC TELLS U.S. HACKERS TO CENSOR THEMSELVES AS IRAQ TENSIONS ESCALATE
The United States' National Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC) has posted an advisory to its web site, warning potentially "patriotic" hackers to keep their exploits at bay.

02.13.03 NEW RADIO SHOW BEGINS TUESDAY
Beginning Tuesday, February 18, we'll have a second weekly radio show available here for streaming and downloading. This is in addition to the weekly Wednesday broadcasts of "Off The Hook."

02.13.03 NAUGHTY HACKER, 11 YEARS OLD, CHARGED WITH FELONY IN "SCHEME TO DEFRAUD"
An 11-year old student at St. Lucie West Middle School in Florida has been charged with a felony for attempting to change his grades.

02.21.03 MAN WHO EXPOSED COUNTY'S WIRELESS INSECURITY FOUND INNOCENT
A Texas jury has acquitted a computer security analyst who last year was accused of wrongful access to a county computer network.

02.23.03 TEENAGE HACKER CHARGED WITH FELONY FOR EXPOSING SCHOOL'S SECURITY FLAWS
A student at Turlock High School in California has been arrested for demonstrating the school's computer security flaws to a teacher. The 17-year-old senior discovered that it was possible to access not only grade books, but the personal and financial information of 1,200 school employees as well.

02.23.03 DEFENSE LAWYERS WARN THAT COMPUTER ABUSE PENALTIES DON'T FIT THE CRIME
The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, along with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Sentencing Project, has released a position paper warning that current computer abuse laws are seriously flawed, and that greater penalties may quell legitimate research activities.

02.26.03 DRUG ENFORCEMENT TAKES CONTROL OF DOMAIN NAMES, THREATENS PRIVACY
As part of a crackdown on U.S. companies that sell drug paraphernalia, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has taken control of six domain names previously used to market the goods.

02.27.03 ENGINEER BLOWS WHISTLE OVER TAINTED VOTING BOOTHS, FILES LAWSUIT
A former employee of electronic voting booth maker VoteHere has filed a civil suit against the firm, claiming that the company's digital balloting systems contain error-laden software which has never been properly audited.

02.28.03 CHAOS COMMUNICATION CAMP 2003 OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED
The second Chaos Communication Camp has been officially set for August 7-10, 2003. It's being described as an "International Hacker Open Air Gathering" and will take place near Berlin, Germany.

03.21.03 IN TIME OF WAR, HUMOR AND ALTERNATIVE VIEWS THRIVE ON THE NET
For those who have grown tired of the mainstream media's war cheerleading, a number of alternatives and humorous parodies have been contributed to us by readers. As always, hacker ingenuity and a cynical sense of humor are helping to put much of this together.

03.26.03 HACKERS BLAMED FOR AL-JAZEERA OUTAGE
Once again, hackers are taking the blame for a denial of service attack which almost anyone with the desire and decent net connectivity could have accomplished.

05.02.03 "HIPPIES FROM HELL" DOCUMENTARY ONLINE
A documentary by Prix du Genève award winner Ine Poppe about a group of Dutch hackers, techies, artists, writers, and puzzlers known as the "Hippies From Hell" is now available for free online.

06.03.03 1990 EDITIONS OF "BRAIN DAMAGE" NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE
An additional year of the WUSB radio show "Brain Damage" is now available for downloading or streaming here. These episodes (38 in all) are from 1990.

06.09.03 2600 IRC SERVER BACK IN OPERATION
After an absence of nearly a year, the irc.2600.net service has been restored thanks to the efforts of volunteers who were determined to see the hacker communications network succeed.

06.24.03 OUR ANALYSIS OF THE CIPA DECISION
In a defeat for free speech online, the Supreme Court ruled Monday that the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) is legal. This decision overturns that of a Philadelphia appeals court by arguing for the constitutionality of a law which can require public libraries to install filtering software.

07.01.03 2600 SWEATSHIRTS NOW AVAILABLE
It's now July which means it's time to start thinking about sweatshirts. For the first time in the history of mankind, 2600 sweatshirts are now available to the general public. Find out more at our online store!

07.12.03 NEW 2600 TSHIRTS NOW ON SALE
We've just released brand new 2600 shirts for the first time in quite a while. They've got the 2600 "government seal" on the back with a 2600 logo in the front. The shirts are black with white printing and are the same design as our recently released sweatshirts. If your summer has been dull and boring so far, this could be the thing you need to turn things around. These and all kinds of other items can be found at our Internet store.

07.26.03 2600 SUMMER ISSUE RELEASED
The summer 2003 edition of 2600 is now out. It was mailed to subscribers on Wednesday, July 23 and should be showing up in bookstores soon. You can order a copy online at our online store.

07.26.03 CALL FOR TRANSLATORS FOR "FREEDOM DOWNTIME"
We're still looking for caption translators for the DVD version of "Freedom Downtime," due to be released later this year.

09.07.03 UPDATED INFORMATION ON ASHCROFT'S PATRIOT ACT MEETINGS
On the September 3 edition of Off The Hook, we spoke about John Ashcroft's campaign to defend the USA PATRIOT act. It seems that Attorney General Ashcroft is travelling around the country to talk about the US Goverment's efforts to fight terrorism and reduce its citizens civil liberties.

10.24.03 H2K2 VIDEOS NOW AVAILABLE, AUDIO ONLINE
At long last, we've finished the massive H2K2 audio/video project. We've got the entire thing logged, all 67 parts.

10.28.03 FALL ISSUE OF 2600 HITS THE STANDS
The Fall issue of 2600 has been sent to subscribers and should be making its first appearances on the shelves of newsstands and bookstores everywhere. If you want to purchase it online instead, just wander over to our Internet store to find it along with all kinds of other interesting hacker-related items.

10.28.03 WHITE HOUSE'S SEARCH ENGINE PRACTICES CAUSE CONCERN
Senator Hiram Johnson famously quipped that "the first casualty when war comes is the truth." As the war in Iraq continues, is the White House intentionally preventing search engines from preserving a record of its statements on the conflict? Or, did their staff simply make a technical mistake?

11.04.03 DATES FOR NEXT HOPE CONFERENCE CONFIRMED
It's official. The next HOPE conference will take place from July 9 to July 11, 2004 at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York - same location as last time. This is about all we're going to say about it at the moment. People who need to make travel plans and put in for vacation time can start doing that now. We'll have a lot more info posted in the days, weeks, and months ahead with information on how you can participate, what will be going on, and even what this conference will be called! Stay tuned.

11.24.03 FINAL CALL FOR TRANSLATORS FOR "FREEDOM DOWNTIME"
We've gotten a number of responses for our call over the summer for caption translators for the DVD version of "Freedom Downtime," now due to be released early next year. We've extended the deadline in order to get additional languages added. There are hacker communities in many parts of the globe and this is a great opportunity to reach them with this hacker documentary.

12.02.03 'HOMELAND SECURITY' TOWN HALL MEETINGS TO BE HELD
"Homeland Security" is a phrase that's been bandied about quite a bit over the past couple of years. We've recently learned of a series of Town Hall Meetings to be held with a number of important players in the arena, including Tom Ridge, the Secretary of the Homeland Security Department.

12.11.03 UN INTERNET SUMMIT HELD; DISSENTERS IGNORED
As world leaders gather in Geneva to debate the future of the "Information Society", activists are attempting to hold a counter-summit where they will present their visions of a truly democratic information age.

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