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ComputerWorld: Hackers, IT consultants embrace free security tool

Aug 13, 1999, 19:08 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ann Harrison)

"When IT security consultants attend hacker conferences, they have high expectations for finding open-source security tools that have been tested in hostile environments.

"One tool that met the standard for hacker information technology consultants is the Linux FreeS/WAN project, free, open-source Linux-based server software that uses strong encryption to create secure data tunnels between any two points on the Internet -- a badly needed alternative to expensive, proprietary virtual private networks (VPN)."

"The software generated strong interest among the 1,800 hackers who attended the Chaos Communication Camp, the Chaos Computer Club's first international hacker conference held outside Berlin last weekend..."

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