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Agencies warned to beef up Web security

June 25, 1999 Experts from three government agencies heavily devoted to information technology testified Thursday that in order to keep hackers from breaking into federal government Web sites, agencies need to rely more upon skilled security precautions than legal statutes against computerized breaking-and-entering. Testifying before a House Science subcommittee Thursday about the vulnerability ...

FBI official decries hack attacks, defends infowar

June 3, 1999 The head of the government agency charged with defending computer networks against unauthorized access said that hackers who deface government Web sites have committed a serious crime, not a harmless prank. "We don't say that attacks on Web sites are a form of cyberterrorism," said Michael Vatis, chief of the ...

Agency computers nailed by new virus

March 30, 1999 Computers at federal offices around the country were tied up Monday by a new computer virus transmitted through e-mail systems. At a Monday afternoon briefing at FBI headquarters in Washington, Michael Vatis, the head of the National Infrastructure Protection Center, said that so far denial of service (users being unable ...

Y2K czar to fly New Year's Eve

March 22, 1999 While many Americans wonder where they will welcome the new millennium, White House Y2K czar John Koskinen already has his plans nailed down: he'll be at New York's LaGuardia Airport. Koskinen said he'll take the last Washington-New York flight of 1999, and fly back on the first available flight on ...

NIST chided for computer security efforts

March 17, 1999 The National Institute of Standards and Technology must make a greater effort to set governmentwide security standards, the Computer System Security and Privacy Advisory Board said Tuesday. Members of the committee created to supervise the development of non-military computer security charged NIST with failing to safeguard the information of federal ...

Pentagon hit by 'major' cyber-attacks

March 8, 1999 Rep. Curt Weldon, R-Pa., sounded a warning call that the United States is under cyber-attack as Pentagon officials confirmed that they are investigating a "major attack of our computer networks." "The civilian infrastructure is in danger, and we need to take steps" to halt such intrusions, said Weldon spokesman Pete ...