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February 20, 2003

Civil Liberties Group Opposes Pennsylvania's Internet Blocking

The state's attorney general, working under authority of a state law passed last year, is forcing ISPs to block subscribers from accessing child porn sites.

February 11, 2003

Kevin Mitnick's Web Site Attacked

Mitnick's Web page for his security consulting company was compromised over the weekend.

February 5, 2003

Pentagon Reaches Deal on Wireless Internet

The Department of Defense will sign off on plans of the federal government to boost the number of licenses for wireless frequencies.

January 28, 2003

Internet Attack Rattles Assumptions

Police and fire dispatchers resorted to paper and pencil after the worm incapacitated a 911 center, and ATMs went down as well.

January 24, 2003

Gates Pledges Better Software Security

One area Microsoft said it will improve is in support for smart cards.

January 22, 2003

Net Providers Must Aid in Piracy Fight

Verizon vows to appeal, claiming privacy issue could have "troubling ramifications" for the Internet.

January 14, 2003

Music, Tech Groups OK Copyright Plans

The agreement should mean Congress playing less of a role in settling copyright debates between the entertainment industry and the tech industry over movies and music.

January 6, 2003

White House Trims Cyber-Security Plan

Critics say the plan does little to protect personal privacy and doesn't include stringent regulatory approaches to security.

December 16, 2002

Industries Invokes National Security to Hasten Federal Approval

Watchdog organizations warn that a variety of industries use national-security concerns to influence federal regulators' policy decisions.

December 11, 2002

Net Filters Can Block Health Sites

A study from health researchers finds "modest" impact on Internet users seeking health information.

December 3, 2002

West Virginia, Massachusetts Continue Microsoft Battle

The two states will appeal the Microsoft settlement to a U.S. appeals court, but critics argue the effort is wasteful, given the states' budget shortcomings.

November 19, 2002

GAO Criticizes Computer Security

Investigators reported finding widespread weaknesses at 24 of the U.S. government's largest agencies and departments.

November 19, 2002

Homeland Security Bill Has Internet Provisions

Some provisions relate to penalties for electronic attacks; others set the terms for ISPs to share subscriber information with government agencies.

November 13, 2002

Cracker Suspect to Fight Extradition

The man allegedly penetrated 92 separate networks across 14 states over twelve months.

November 12, 2002

U.S. Government Solves Case of British Cracker

The suspect, who allegedly broke into about 100 military networks, could be indicted on Tuesday.

November 11, 2002

Microsoft Picks Three for Watchdog Panel

The Justice Department and state attorneys general will have a say in Microsoft's compliance with sanctions from last week's closure of the anti-trust case.

November 8, 2002

Court Promises New Policies to Avoid Early Release of Rulings

Last week's Microsoft ruling appeared on the court's Web site 90 minutes before financial markets closed.

November 7, 2002

Changes to Root Servers in Response to Internet Attacks

Two of the servers have been separated to prevent them from both crashing in the event of an electronic attack.

November 4, 2002

Court Posts Microsoft Ruling on Web

The ruling, not supposed to be released until after financial markets closed, appeared on the federal court's Web site 90 minutes before end of trading.

November 1, 2002

Computer Attack Victims' ID to Stay Secret

Government agencies will do all they can to protect the identity of companies that have been victimized by crackers.

October 24, 2002

FBI Seeks to Trace Internet Attack

Though minor, the attack on Monday did demonstrate the potential for larger harm.

September 26, 2002

Lawmaker Defends Proposal to Disrupt Internet Music Downloads

The proposal, which would give the entertainment industry the power to electronically disrupt downloads of pirated movies and music, might be changed.

September 17, 2002

Lobbying Impacts Federal Internet Security Plan

Several proposals have been dropped as a result, including a restriction on the use of wireless networks.

September 9, 2002

Administration's Emerging Plan for Internet Security Detailed in Internal Documents

One proposal is creating a government network to handle communications and computing needs in the event of an attack on the Internet.

August 8, 2002

FTC, Microsoft Settle Privacy Case

Under the settlement, the company agrees to government oversight and will increase security in its Passport service.

August 7, 2002

U.S. Internet Attacks Fizzle

A large spike in Internet traffic at an unusual time of day didn't slow the Net down.

August 6, 2002

Federal Government Monitoring Internet Attacks

The attacks were aimed at Internet providers on both U.S. coasts.

August 6, 2002

Group OKs Changes for Internet Commerce

The National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws has ratified changes to UCITA, though the changes will take effect on a state-by-state basis.

July 31, 2002

Defense Department to Impose Limits on Mobile Devices

DoD leaders are worried about devices being used to track personnel or to eavesdrop on classified meetings.

July 29, 2002

Bill May Disrupt Downloading Music

The bill would give copyright holders the power to secretly crack into the PCs of those suspected of illegally downloading music and movies.

July 25, 2002

Computer Secrecy Proposals Debated by Congress

Corporations are seeking protection from sharing information with the government, but critics say that protection is too big of a loophole.

July 24, 2002

Experts Speak on Computer Terrorism

Securing electronic systems just as important as securing physical locations.

July 23, 2002

U.S. Computer Security Efforts Faulted

A new report from the General Accounting Office identified more than 50 entities involved in protecting information infrastructure, but problems remain.

June 5, 2002

Reporter Subpoenaed in Cracking Probe

U.S. prosecutors want the reporter's notes, e-mail and related information from a story he wrote about an electronic attack on computers at the New York Times.

May 29, 2002

Changes in FBI Organization Expected

The changes may translate into added responsibilities for state and local police agencies.

May 28, 2002

Comcast Sued Over Web Recordings

Though the company has quit tracking customers' surfing, a lawyer argues the company violated the 1984 Cable Act.

November 6, 2001

Microsoft Faces Two-Front Court Fight

Nine states will press ahead with the antitrust case.

October 31, 2001

Microsoft, Justice Dept. Reach Deal

Attorneys general from 18 states haven't agreed to the deal as of yet.