Chapter 1 Assignmnet
Ryan M. Kethcart
1. Look up “the paper that started the study of computer security.” Prepare a summary of the key points. What in this paper specifically addresses security in areas previously unexamined?
a. A paper titled the “Rand Report R-609” was sponsored by the Department of Defense and initiated the movement toward security that went beyond protecting physical locations. It attempted to define multiple controls and mechanisms necessary for the protection of a multilevel computer system; identifying the role of management and policy issues in computer security. This report/paper significantly expanded the scope of ...view middle of the document...
5. Using the Web, find out more about Kevin Mitnick. What did he do? Who caught him? Write a short summary of his activities and explain why he is infamous.
a. Kevin Mitnick grew up in Los Angeles, California and is currently a computer security consultant. At a very young age, Mitnick used social engineering to successfully bypass the Los Angeles bus pass punch -card system; it was Mitnick’s mastery of social engineering which once granted him the title of the most-wanted computer criminal in the United States. Overall, Mitnick of various crimes including: wire fraud, computer fraud, illegally intercepting a wire communication and more. Mitnick’s confirmed criminal acts include: using the Los Angeles bus transfer system to get free rides, evading the FBI, hacking into DEC systems to view VMS source code, gaining full administrator privileges to an IBM minicomputer at the Computer Learning Center in Los Angeles in order to win a bet, and hacking Motorola, NEC, Nokia, Sun Microsystems, and Fujitsu Siemens systems. He is also accused of the following: stealing computer manuals from a Pacific Bell telephone switching center in Los Angeles, reading emails of computer security officials at MCI communications and Digital, wiretapping the California DMV, free cell phone calls, hacking Santa Cruz Operations, Pacific Bell, FBI, Pentagon, Novell, California DMV, University of Southern California and the Los Angeles Unified School District systems and also wiretapped NSA agents. On February 15th, 1995, the FBI arrested Mitnick at his...