http://www.helsinki-hs.net/news.asp?id=20020225IE2 Monday 25.2.2002 Two 18-year-old Helsinki youths are suspected of having taken part in the largest data security breach ever recorded in Finland. The pair are believed to have hacked into the data systems of upwards of 100,000 companies and other organisations in Finland and abroad. According to a report on YLE's TV-news on Sunday evening, the accused have broken into numerous Finnish corporate systems, have altered internet web pages, and have read others' e-mail. They also reportedly left "back doors" and other devices to cover their tracks and to facilitate further re-entry. Vantaa police arrested the two men last Tuesday and confiscated computers during searches carried out at their homes. The pair are likely to be charged with data break-ins, the illegal use of data systems, and endangering data security. They were released after questioning on Thursday. Apparently only around one quarter of the astonishing 140,000 targets on their list have been Finnish, with the remainder located in Russia and the United States among other places. Police are examining around 300 servers that have reportedly been penetrated by the pair. This concerns a three-month period from towards the end of last year. According to the news report, there could be thousands of victims of this assault in Finland alone. Among them are telecoms operators, IT companies, the media, universities, municipalities, the State, and private individuals. Claims for compensation and damages could become very large indeed, and some demands have already been presented. - ISN is currently hosted by Attrition.org To unsubscribe email majordomoat_private with 'unsubscribe isn' in the BODY of the mail.
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