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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.

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