'Stick' causes an anti-hacking panic

    Date19 Mar 2001
    CategoryHacks/Cracks
    3678
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    The Internet crime division of the FBI issued a vaguely-worded warning last week about an alarming new tool soon to be available to computer criminals. But the tool's author has promised not to publish it for months, and is already working . . . The Internet crime division of the FBI issued a vaguely-worded warning last week about an alarming new tool soon to be available to computer criminals. But the tool's author has promised not to publish it for months, and is already working with security companies to help protect their systems against it. So why the FBI warning? Just a case of bureaucratic panic, some say, and a rare look at how security issues create confusion inside the U.S. government.

    The tool--called "Stick"--essentially disarms intrusion detection systems, a crucial line of defense in the largest military and corporate computer systems.

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