Stealthy hacker dons a white hat

The Globe and Mail — Busi­ness Sec­tion
July 1st, 1999 — 1450 words

Brad Gri­er — in Cal­gary

Bri­an Lynch looked like any oth­er exec­ut­ive as he flew to his next busi­ness meet­ing, typ­ing notes on his laptop and fin­ish­ing off yet anoth­er memo.

But the papers in the clean-cut young man’s carry-on told a dif­fer­ent story. The bag con­tained a prin­tout of 10,000 val­id cred­it card num­bers, taken after a suc­cess­ful secur­ity pen­et­ra­tion of a com­puter sys­tem.

Bri­an is a hack­er. A White Hat hack­er to be pre­cise. A pro­fes­sion­al com­puter secur­ity spe­cial­ist work­ing for ‘the forces of good’. Con­tin­ue read­ing “Stealthy hack­er dons a white hat”

PHOSPHOR PEDOPHILES (The New Evil of the Electronic Age)

The Globe & Mail — Tech­no­logy
Novem­ber 1999 — 2080 words

“Do you want to see some pic­tures? Some fun and naughty ones?”. Before Patty73 could reply, anoth­er line appeared; “Erin19 is a 19/f look­ing for some cute young girls to trade self-nudes and more…Msg Me”. Then anoth­er ” GOTO http://pornsex011alpha.com for 100% free porn, no age check”

Line after line of cryptic text sim­il­ar to what you’d find in the per­son­al sec­tion of a taw­dry tabloid appeared on Patty73’s screen. Scrolling upward on the mon­it­or, multi-line advert­ise­ments for porn Web­sites, FTP serv­ers, and Fservs were con­stantly appear­ing, and being replaced by yet anoth­er appeal; “The first 100% FREE PORN SITE with nev­er before seen Pamela Ander­son pics!…Sex stor­ies, Live video stream, 100% free!…All you would ever need to get off!!…NO cred­it card checks and/or age veri­fic­a­tions…”

In a quiet room in down­town Edmon­ton, Patty73 stares at the con­sole; face bathed in the soft glow from the screen and not really sur­prised by the pas­sion­ate mes­sages from people who spe­cial­ize in col­lect­ing and dis­trib­ut­ing child por­no­graphy.

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A Working Vacation?

Nation­al Post Vaca­tion Art­icle
May 8th, 2003
Brad Gri­er

Breath deeply. Savour. That won­der­ful scent on the breeze is the smell of Hol­i­day Sea­son “ the peri­od of time between the May and Septem­ber long week­ends when col­leagues and co-work­ers juggle sched­ules, meet­ings and work­flow to ensure that come Thursday after­noon the work week is over and the reward of a long sum­mer week­end lies ahead.

Or does it? This sum­mer, more than ever before, many Cana­dians feel it’s no longer an option to com­pletely dis­con­nect from the work­place while on vaca­tion. Pro­jects con­tin­ue, cli­ents need updates, and issues arise.

This begs the ques­tion; do you really need to stay con­nec­ted to the office? Per­haps. For many people, keep­ing in touch with the work­place offers them a great­er sense of com­fort, enabling them to relax and enjoy their vaca­tion more, rather than wor­ry­ing about pro­jects back at the office.
There are new tools that can make work­ing on vaca­tion less pain­ful. Work­ers have the option to effect­ively par­ti­cip­ate in crit­ic­al meet­ings or col­lab­or­at­ively revise that mar­ket­ing plan from the com­fort of an Adiron­dack chair on the deck, rather than miss the meet­ing, or have com­mute in to the office.

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