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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.

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