CERT Rides the Short Bus
Wed May 17 13:44:30 MDT 2000
Brian Martin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
One of the resources Attrition.org provides is mirroring defaced web pages. One of the related services is running three mail lists revolving around defaced web pages. We offer three different mail lists to accomodate people wishing to stay abreast of the latest defacements:
defaced - this list receives one piece of mail per domain hacked and spans all TLDs regardless of country. defaced-gm - this list receives on piece of mail for each .gov or .mil domain defaced. this caters to law enforcement, security personnel, etc. defaced-alpha - this list contains the same traffic as 'defaced-gm', but sends it to alpha-numeric pagers. this list caters to law enforcement.The Attrition defacement mirror is fairly high profile. Articles from almost every online publication ranging from the New York Times to MSNBC to Slashdot have linked to our mirrors to show their readers what was defaced or list other defacements by the same individual. There are currently over one thousand subscribers to the various lists mentioned above, with more joining every day.
Who funds CERT? The CERT/CC is funded primarily by the U.S. Department of Defense and a number of Federal civil agencies. Other funding comes from the private sector. As part of the Software Engineering Institute, some funds come from the primary sponsor of the SEI, the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology.My tax dollars help fund CERT. Great. There is nothing more discouraging than seeing a citizen funded organization not using free resources at their disposal. Resources that would help them in their mission statement and be more effective at what they do. With organizations like CERT wearing blinders, computer criminals are a bit safer.