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RE: Fwd: Security Watch: Source Code Dealer Arrested
From: "Michael Evanchik" <mevanchik () relationship1 com>
Date: Tue, 23 Nov 2004 10:46:37 -0500

This crew has this entirely wrong.  Have they read securityfocus.com lately?
This was a setup. He does have prior convictions but if you notice they are
the same date ever year.  It seems they have this guy on their outlook
calendar reminders.  Also by no means should anyone feel safe now since the
feds have cracked down on a 20 dollar sale of a known source code release.
Its actually pathetic.  Also they raided wills house, but yet left other
devices, hard drives and even computers.  Imagine if this was a real
terrorist of some sort.  Frankly the person that wrote that article needs to
understand the basics of journalism.

Mike
www.michaelevanchik.com


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November 22, 2004
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**By Roberta Bragg

Last week William Genovese, a.k.a. "illwill," was arrested and charged
with selling Windows 2000 and Windows NT 4.0 source code. The source
code was purportedly stolen from the drives of a computer owned by
longtime Microsoft partner Mainsoft Corp. The arrest was the result of
the work of an online security investigator hired by Microsoft, the
U.S. Attorney's office and the FBI. Genovese has a previous conviction,
in March of 2003, for eavesdropping when he wrote a virus used to hack
into computers.

Genovese, 27, of Meriden, Connecticut, faces a maximum sentence of 10
years in prison and a fine of $250,000 if convicted.

The arrest is good, and welcome, news. It's been disheartening of late
to witness the criminal activity concerning computers and computer
information. In spite of all we know, in spite of all we do, it seems
we're deluged daily with, or beaten down with, the news of new
vulnerabilities, new malware, new incidents of data theft, denial of
service attacks and increasing evidence of criminal and malicious
intent behind them.

Just when I was ready to succumb to my paranoia and retire to my
fortress, two good things happened. First, the arrest shows that
organizations are working together to "do something" about it. A single
arrest won't stop the attempts or successful attacks on our information
systems, but it does indicate progress.

Second, you, the readers, continue to write me with not just questions,
but information on how you're engaged in the battle. Keep those letters
coming. I answer as many questions as I can, and I like hearing about
your successes in keeping the boogey man at bay.

Meanwhile, Microsoft has a slew of tools that may help in your efforts.
These tools, all part of the ALTools package, focus on Netlogon and the
Windows event log. They can be downloaded from http://snipurl.com/2vic.
Included in the package:

- LockoutStatus.exe. Displays information about a locked-out account.
- ALockout.dll. Helps determine the program or process sending the
incorrect credentials in a scenario.
- AcctInfo.dll. Isolates and troubleshoots account lockouts.
- ALoInfo.exe. Displays user account names and their password age.
- EnableKerbLog.vbs. Startup script that enables Kerberos logging.
- EventCombMT.exe. Gathers events for event logs at many locations for
a centralized view.
- NLParse.exe. Extracts and displays desired entries from Netlogon
files.

But before you rush out and start using the tools, read the
disclaimers. For example, Microsoft warns that you shouldn't run
ALockout.dll on servers that host network programs such as Exchange,
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Also check out the Microsoft document "Account Passwords and Policies,"
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frivolous use. (The tools can be used with Windows Server 2003, Win2K
and, in some cases, NT 4.0.) As usual, before running any new tool, you
should back up a copy of the operating system and your valuable data.

-- Roberta Bragg, MCSE: Security, CISSP, Security+, and contributing
editor for MCP Magazine, owns Have Computer Will Travel, Inc., an
independent firm specializing in information security and operating
systems. She's series editor for McGraw-Hill/Osborne's Hardening
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