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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.

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