Tue, 12 Oct 1999 10:40:31 -0400
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These news stories are pretty funny, but there are grains of truth in
both. There will be riots and direct action on November 30th and the
financial industry had better be unprepared. These stories don't even
say anything about the plans being worked on to spread financial
disinformation on investment sites, in an attempt to get edgy day
traders to accidentaly screw up the markets.
The January 4 activities have been in the works for some time. There
will be a decentralized effort over the rest of the year to get tech
workers to take that week off work, a sort of "blue flu" to pay back the
employers for working them for so many long hours. Tech workers can see
the handwriting on the wall. Many of those working on Y2K projects will
be of work next year, which means the tech worker "shortage" will be
exposed for the sham myth it is.
I really shouldn't reveal more, because most of this relies on surprise
and speed and the big guys not having a clue.
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> To news items. One on N30 'Riots & Online Disruption' and the other on London
> 'City firms facing hacking threat'. Both are very crap, so perhaps we should
> set up some kind of 'why activists organise openly on the net' site so people
> can see the other side.
> - Grug
> Riots & Online Disruption
> By Sylvia Dennis, Newsbytes.
> October 11, 1999
> Global riots on November 30, organized on the Internet, have been scheduled to
> coincide with a meeting of the World Trade Organization in Seattle on that day,
> the TC Group says.
> According to The Complete (TC) Solutions Group, the riot is being planned by
> unknown people on the Internet and as many as 30,000 protesters are expected to
> converge on Seattle, with direct action planned for many financial capitals
> around the world.
> Nicola Smith, a spokesperson for the company, told Newsbytes that the news of
> planned riots, which look likely to have an impact on financial services, both
> offline and online, first broke in the UK press last weekend.
> "It's been widely reported and substantiated online," she said, adding that the
> entire story was far from a rumor.
> Dan Morgan, TC's technology business divisional manager, meanwhile, said that
> he believes the financial services industry is unaware of the impact that the
> November 30 incident can have. They are, he said, not prepared for such a
> Morgan said that businesses need to be aware of all risks, whether internal or
> external, and give them as much attention as everyone has been giving the Y2K
> "They need to assess the various risks which threaten their companies on a
> day-to-day basis or in the long term, whether these are rioting anarchists,
> undetected computer viruses, joy-riding hackers, fire, flood, or tempest," he
> TV Group says it has teamed up with Strategy Planning Associates (SPA) to
> develop a range of risk assessment and impact analysis tools to help companies
> plan for different scenarios and rank them according to their severity.
> Using SPA's software, TC Group says its consultants can then provide an
> organization with a risk and impact plan that details how to survive different
> crisis situations and keep the core business operational.
> Geoff Bryant, SPA's managing director, said that businesses must realize the
> vast number of different risks they face and tackle the scenarios before they
> Stories such as the global riot crisis are unexpected until they hit the news
> and this is a perfect example of how external audiences can have a massive
> impact on businesses, he said.
> Bryant added that the Web is a particular area of threat, since it allows
> relatively anonymous groups to organize their activities in a major way.
> Other abuses of the Web, he said, include cyber-espionage and "denial of
> service" attacks. Because of this, he said, businesses need to plan more
> meticulously to stay ahead of the threats and address all issues associated
> with open access to the Internet.
> TC Group's Web site is at http://www.tcsg.co.uk .
> City firms facing hacking threat
> Karl Schneider
> Firms in the City of London face a potentially damaging attempt by hackers to
> disrupt their IT systems on 4 January 2000.
> Speaking at the IT Directors Forum this week, IT security expert Dr Neil
> Barrett said two or three groups of UK hackers have been commissioned to attack
> the systems of top city firms, as part of a demonstration against City "greed".
> He claimed the organisers of the 4 January attack were among those involved in
> the anti-City demonstration on 18 June this year, which resulted in pitched
> battles between demonstrators and police in the Square Mile.
> Barrett, who is on the Confederation of British Industry's Information Security
> Panel, described those planning the 4 January assault as "motivated amateurs"
> rather than professional hackers.
> He said the raid would most likely take the form of "denial of service" attacks
> against city firms' NT-based systems, aiming to block the use of systems by
> legitimate users.
> "A really successful intrusion into a bank's systems takes two or three days to
> put together," he explained. "This is just a one-day exercise, so they won't be
> manipulating systems".
> Barrett said there was a smaller-scale attack by just one group of hackers
> during the 18 June demonstration, but on that occasion the attempts got no
> further than "door-rattling". The attack on 4 January posed a greater threat,
> he said, "the City of London Police are taking this seriously".
> "A lot of the companies targeted are now forewarned," he added. "But some of
> them felt that the attempt on 18 June was pretty ineffective. The danger is
> they could be too complacent".
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