Re: Gates indicted for hacking into JPL :-)

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From: B.K. DeLong (
Date: Wed Oct 11 2000 - 04:51:40 PDT

At 12:05 PM 10/11/2000 +0530, you wrote:
>How difficult can it be to hack up a system that automatically computes
>md5 digests for each story as it is posted by an authorised user, and then
>recomputes it every X hours, comparing against an offline database ? Can I
>nominate this for stupid FoRK idea of the day ? Where's my funding ?

I'm sure it's easy but that's not the point. News organizations want to
make it as easy as possible for editors to approve and post stories.
Security in the news media hasn't been a big deal. So a bunch of kids break
in and deface a site. Although we've been predicting[1] this for a while,
they didn't think Subversion of Information would happen to them.



B.K. DeLong
Research Lead
ZOT Group

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