[ISN] Firewall installed to prevent hacking

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Date: Fri Dec 20 2002 - 02:04:31 PST

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    Forwarded from: William Knowles <wkat_private>
    [Ohhh, yeah, someone needs to point out to the folks in Greene County,
    North Carolina Marcus Ranum's idea of a 100% secure firewall
    http://www.ranum.com/pubs/a1fwall/ :)  - WK]
    By Sandy Wall
    Staff Writer
    SNOW HILL - Greene County officials hope a newly installed "firewall" 
    will prevent hackers from again disabling the county's computer 
    An unidentified hacker tapped into the county's e-mail server last 
    week and wreaked havoc on the system, causing e-mail to arrive in 
    French and German, and eventually crashing the system.
    "Nothing was ruined, and we didn't lose anything," said County Manager 
    E. Lee Worsley Jr., who said several county employees use the e-mail 
    system to do their jobs.
    Greene officials, with the assistance of a computer service 
    contractor, were able to remedy the problem on their own. 
    Led by county systems manager Lisa Artis, the group installed a 
    "firewall," which is a software device that makes it difficult for 
    unauthorized users to tap into a computer system.
    The repairs were completed last week. By this week, the e-mail system 
    was working again. Cost of the repairs was estimated at $700.
    "I didn't let the e-mail go back up until the firewall was installed," 
    Worsley said. He said the system was working well, but also 
    acknowledged that it's difficult to prevent all conceivable hacker 
    "Communications without intelligence is noise;  Intelligence
    without communications is irrelevant." Gen Alfred. M. Gray, USMC
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