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CompterWorld: Security Manager Dons Hacker Hat for a Change

Nov 28, 2000, 07:50 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jude Thaddeus)

"Downloaded Linux hacker tools provide new and interesting views into world of corporate computers."

"For about a year now, I've been nodding my head wisely whenever anyone mentions Linux. I have sagely agreed with people that yes, it's definitely a viable commercial operating system; yes, it obviously beats Windows hands down in so many areas; yes, it clearly has so much potential; and so on. Recently, I decided it was time I installed Linux and actually saw it run."

"Well, I finally did it, though in the end, I installed it about 10 times because things kept going wrong. Admittedly, some of these errors were due to crass mistakes on my part, but it was still a difficult process...."

"I've been trying to install Linux because more and more hacker tools seem to be available for it. The combination of power, flexibility and the open-source community seems to be very attractive to hackers. Web sites such as the Nomad Mobile Research Centre and Securify Inc.'s Packet Storm regularly offer new Linux tools. I want to be able to try these tools and see what they can do, just so I can keep an eye on new developments and find out how others could see our network."

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