Ever since Sept. 1998, criminals have frequently assaulted
the Happy Hacker web site with these same
sorts of DOS attacks. Fortunately our guardian angel,
knows how to track down and shut off the attackers fast.
Now that the bad guys are hitting the mega web sites, the FBI
is finally making noises about tracking down the criminals
and putting them behind bars. About time!
hacker war news from Adam Penenberg. He reports on how
yet another person the FBI has accused of being a Hacking
for Girliez d00d has emotionally disintegrated. Nowadays
Jay Dyson sounds like a homicidal maniac. Get the
Feb. 6, 2000 print version of Forbes magazine to
see Dyson holding the gun he says he's going to use to
shoot a member of the Hagis gang. Dyson has been acting
like a kewl haxor d00d in flame wars on the DC-stuff list (the
official Def Con mailing
list) for a long time, so we don't feel entirely sorry for him.
If you were wondering whether Penenberg is giving an
accurate report of the Jay Dyson story, Dyson's attorney,
Jennifer Granick, emailed Meinel saying "First, Mr. Dyson
never threatened to use a gun to kill a member of
the Hagis gang, or anyone else for that matter. A February
6, 2000 article by Forbes magazine writer Adam Penenberg states
as follows, quoting Mr. Dyson: "I have no intention of dragging
u4ea to the authorities,' he [Dyson] says, fingering his.45,
'This is strictly between him and me. I will do whatever it takes
to see this end [of the harassment] come about.' The writer of
that story certainly inferred that Mr. Dyson was threatening
some sort of revenge. That conclusion was Mr. Penenberg's to
draw. But it was not what Mr. Dyson said... Most importantly,
I must remind you and your readers that while the FBI questioned
Mr. Dyson in connection with their investigation of the Hacking
for Girliez group, he is not formally charged with or accused
of anything... I am Mr. Dyson's lawyer and I spoke personally
with the investigating FBI agents. As far as I know, Mr. Dyson
is not now a suspect in or a target of any FBI investigation."
Granick goes on to threaten to sue Meinel
over the comments on this web page regarding Peneberg's article.
Granick has also threatened to sue Vranesevich
over Penenberg's Dyson story, even though Vranesevich's
Antionline site has never written anything about it. Check
out Antionline's Feb.
21 mailbag for his hilarious response and the full text of
Granick's threatening email (which is identical to the
one she sent Meinel). Sheesh, we get blamed for everything. News
flash to Granick: neither Meinel nor Vranesevich control
Penenberg or Forbes. Wonder how much money she's charging Dyson
for sending threatening emails to people who didn't write Adam
Penenberg's story? If you ever need a lawyer to charge
you money by threatening to sue us over other people's
news stories, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The L0pht just
got $10 million in venture capital to become a "nontraditional"
computer security firm. At first the media response was -- fawning.
However, two reporters have raised the issue that this development
looks very much like a protection racket. Click
here for PC Week's view of this disturbing development.
For more on the L0pht threat, see Antionline's
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