Security Bytes: Dragon IDS at a price; company e-mail snoops

Source code for a popular IDS is reportedly for sale, while authorities say they nabbed a Verizon phone phreak and Red Hat restates earnings.

Dragon IDS source code for sale? A hacker group called Source Code Club claims it will sell source code for a recent version of Enterasys Networks's popular Dragon IDS for $16,000, according to eWEEK.com. The group claims it broke into Enterasys's networks and stole the code; meanwhile, the Andover, Mass.-based company apparently was unaware of the sales offer until recently. The group, which also seeks hacker work on its Ukranian-registered...

Web site, bragged it was not worried about authorities because the group operates outside U.S. jurisdictions. "We do not wish to continue offering source code publicly, but it is something that must be done initially to ensure the public that we are real," it wrote.

New York man arrested for illegally accessing network more than 100 times
An Eastchester, N.Y., man is expected to plead not guilty in court today to charges he illegally accessed Verizon internal computers more than 100 times this year, forcing the telecommunications giant to revamp its security system, according to The New York Times. Authorities say William Quinn, 27, learned passwords to a central computer Verizon technicians use to test malfunctioning telephone lines. Quinn reportedly posted the information online and encouraged other phone phreaks to use it. Given Verizon provides service for fire and police in New York, the theft could have created more devastating consequences if hackers had interfered with emergency systems, federal investigators contend.

One of the biggest e-mail snoopers: your company
A new survey of large companies shows more than 43% read employees' outbound e-mails. The survey of 140 corporations with 20,000 or more employees, conducted by Forrester Consulting and sponsored by antispam vendor Proofpoint Inc., cites the threat of information leakage as the prime motivation for snooping. Meeting government regulations like HIPAA, Gramm-Leach-Bliley and Sarbanes-Oxley ranks high, too, according to internetnews.com.

Red Hat restates results after SEC begins probe
Linux security provider Red Hat, based in Raleigh, N.C., is restating its earnings and income statements for FY 2002 through 2004 just as the Securities and Exchange Commission questioned one of its annual reports, according to Reuters. Upon the announcement Tuesday, stock shares dropped 22%. The news came shortly after CFO Kevin Thompson resigned and just before Red Hat reported its quarterly earnings. CEO Matthew Szulik told Reuters that the SEC inquiry was related to results for one year, but that the SEC probe did not influence the restatements.

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