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Hacker claims exposing Unix flaw

A self-proclaimed hacker claims to have stolen three unreleased security advisories from a corporate computer and posted them to a public mailing list. The online vandal, who uses the monicker “Hack4Life,” said Wednesday that he stole advisories detailing flaws in a common set of Unix code, the Kerberos authentication system and some implementations of encryption for Web sites. He claims to have stolen them from a firm that had been working with the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) Coordination Center, a clearinghouse for security information. “I am not in any way connected with CERT or any of the vendors involved,” he wrote in an e-mail to CNET News.com. He added that he wouldn’t give further details of the break-in and that he primarily stole the information for amusement and to show off. Full Story

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