2000 Roundup: Cybercrime goes global

    Date26 Dec 2000
    CategoryHacks/Cracks
    3268
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    In February, computer hackers demonstrated that even the biggest Internet companies remain vulnerable to basic forms of attack, combining an age-old denial of service technique with new tools to cripple CNN, Amazon, eBay and Yahoo!. In the space . . . In February, computer hackers demonstrated that even the biggest Internet companies remain vulnerable to basic forms of attack, combining an age-old denial of service technique with new tools to cripple CNN, Amazon, eBay and Yahoo!. In the space of a few short hours these attacks illustrated that computer security is fast becoming one of the most important issues around. The FBI were quick to see the importance of being on top of the issue and swiftly launched a worldwide manhunt for the vandals behind the attacks.

    Sensing growing disquiet, US president Bill Clinton waded into the foray, calling for a global summit on cybercrime. Insurance firms, never ones to miss out on an opportunity, also jumped on the cybercrime bandwagon by offering hacking insurance to companies shaken by the upsurge in high-profile hack attacks.

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