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From 'WarGames' to Aaron Swartz: How U.S. anti-hacking law went astray

The 1983 movie "WarGames" led to an anti-hacking law with felony penalties aimed at deterring intrusions into NORAD. Over time, it became broad and vague enough to ensnare the late Aaron Swartz.

By Mar. 13, 2013


Court narrows prosecutors' use of anti-hacking law

Appeals court rejects government's interpretation of a nearly 30-year-old act, ruling it was intended to prosecute computer hacking, not misappropriation of trade secrets.

By Apr. 10, 2012


Kaspersky Anti-Hacker

Anti-Hacker does the basic job of a personal firewall, but it's no competition for ZoneAlarm or a complete security suite.

Jan. 29, 2003

3 stars Editor's rating Jan. 29, 2003

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Germany's new antihacking law: Bad for security?

Some charge that a new move to criminalize "hacking tools" as of Saturday could stunt legitimate security research, as some choose to exit Deutschland altogether.

By Aug. 13, 2007


Syrian dissidents besieged by malware attacks

Under the guise of protecting users' computers from cyberattacks, AntiHacker instead infects computers with spyware. And its main target: Syrian activists.

By Aug. 15, 2012


Reuters hacked (again) with fake story of Saudi minister's death

The international news source's Web site is the target of repeated hacks that post phony stories, which seem to have the similar theme of being pro-government forces in Syria.

By Aug. 15, 2012


McAfee VirusScan Professional 8.0

VirusScan Professional 8.0 sports a trimmer profile, a simpler interface, fast performance, and two user licenses, but support is more of a hassle than before.

Oct. 14, 2003

4 stars Editor's rating Oct. 14, 2003

McAfee VirusScan 8.0

VirusScan 8.0 sports a trimmer profile, a simpler interface, and fast performance, but support is more of a hassle than before.

Sep. 23, 2003

3.5 stars Editor's rating Sep. 23, 2003

NetBarrier X 10.1

NetBarrier X 10.1 offers Mac OS 9.x and X users an easy-to-use personal firewall at a reasonable price.

May. 16, 2003

4 stars Editor's rating May. 16, 2003

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