Hebrew coverage of Y2hacK

Yediot Achronot

(soon will be uploading all the others)

International coverage of Y2hacK

ASSOCIATED PRESS - Hackers Hold Convention in Israel
note - there were some basic mistakes in AP story - see our remark

Financial Times - 'Cereal' hacker calls for talks By Avi Machlis in Tel Aviv - 31 Mar 2000

GEEK.COM - Hackers Conference not Hacked by Feds posted 12:57pm EST Fri Mar 31 2000

Wired - polititician Anat Maor tries to stop Y2hacK from happening

Wired - Anat Maor withdraws her claim, Y2hacK team attended the Knesset discussion (without being invited), through online connection.
Lithuanian/Russian Electronic magazine
Allnews Rambler - Moscow
USA Today - TechReport - Even hackers have an expo
Fairfax - Ausralia
Walla (hebrew)
http://www.ugeek.com/news/geeknews/jan2000/gee2000331001101.htm http://www.heise.de/tp/deutsch/special/info/6621/1.html http://www.interface.co.il/internet/hack.html russian israeli http://derstandard.at/dynamic/aktuell/ressort_article.asp?channel=WebStandard&id=200878&ressort=Netzpolitik http://www.canoe.ca/TechNews0003/30_hackers.html http://underground.cz/clanek.html?id=292 http://now.nana.co.il/page.asp?storyid=3688 http://punto-informatico.it/p.asp?i=31336 http://www.ahram.org.eg/ait/ahram/2000/3/14/Case0.htm http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2000/03/30/financial1420EST0167.DTL&type=tech_article http://www.gildot.org/articles/00/04/04/0846239.shtml spanish hacking forum http://news.china.com/zh_cn/important/384/20000403/103019.htm http://www.vnunet.fr/VNU2/svmmac/actualites/page_article.htm?date=2000-04-03&id=4 http://www.blackserver.at/linux/texte/333.html http://wirtschaft.aon.at/schlagzeilen/4145.html http://www.deandreis.it/p.asp?i=30729 http://www.securityfocus.com/templates/calendar_date.html?year=2000&month=March

Remarks to AP coverage

The Associated Press coverage of the Y2hacK conference contains several factual errors:

"Police prevented the organizers from publishing one of the results of the conference: a list of vulnerable Israeli commercial Web sites."

There was never any intention of publishing a list of vulnerable sites. The results gathered in security survey were in statistical form only to protect both the sites and ourselves. Publishing such a list would have been incredibly stupid and probably illegal. There were attempts (not by the police) to prevent the publishing of the statistical results as well as the very existence of the survey.

"To compile the list, participants played "HackTheseSites" with sites offered up by Israeli companies. The site owners were confident no one could thwart them, but they were wrong. "

The "HackTheseSites" challenge had nothing to do with the survey. A few companies vulunteered to have their security tested but eventually backed off. No attempt was made to attack any site without the consent of its operators. The security survey was conducted by an automated scanning software which detects the presence of known vulnerabilities, without exploiting them and without causing any damage.

Keep these examples in mind whenever you read anything in the press. Reporters often make up such "facts". Even text which appears as a quote is sometimes the reporter's own words and opinions rather than the words of the person interviewed.