- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 21, 2003


Legendary hacker Kevin Mitnick, 39, returned online Tuesday after almost five years in jail and three years on probation for what the FBI called cyber-terrorism. In March 2000, at the end of a three-year manhunt, Mitnick pleaded guilty to wire and computing fraud as well as intercepting communications. He was sentenced to 22 months in federal prison. Mitnick was released from prison three years ago, but according to the terms of his probation was not allowed online, although he has been able to use a cell phone and computer. A hacker cause celebre, Mitnick will begin his cyber-freedom by appearing on TechTV's "The Screen Savers," Tuesday night at 7 p.m. ET.



Forty-four percent of voters in the Swiss town of Anieres, near Geneva, went to the Net to cast their ballot in the country's first online election, the Swiss news portal swissinfo.ch reports. Swissinfo said 323 of the town's residents e-voted vs. 349 — or 50 percent — who voted by mail and only 48 — or 6 percent — who showed up to cast their ballot in person last week. The referendum involved whether to provide additional funding to renovate one of the town's buildings. Anieres set up special security measures to prevent fraud and ensure confidentiality, swissinfo reported, with a 16-digit password required to log into the system. Users then had to enter their birthplace, date of birth and another password sent in the mail before they actually could vote. The results are in, swissinfo reports: the motion passed with the support of 60 percent of the voters.



President George W. Bush is asking Congress for a $59 billion federal information technology budget, a 12 percent increase from last year that includes $4.7 billion for cyber-security. As reported by Internetweek.com, Mark Forman, associate director for IT and e-government at the Office of Management and Budget, said the administration is looking to develop a standard architecture to improve access to online information and services, and to consolidate its nearly 22,000 federal Web sites to eliminate redundancy. Also, the new budget would allow the government to beef up cyber-security in legacy systems and those with the weakest online security systems. Another new focus for the administration: e-learning and wireless data initiatives.



Internet job sites are selling premium services to help resume posters get to the top of the heap, according to a report by The New York Times. Two of the top career services — CareerBuilder.com and Monster.com — offer different models to stack the deck in a job seeker's favor. With Careerbuilder.com, resume posters can chose a resume upgrade option for between $20 and $150 apiece to move their resumes toward the top of the search list for 30 days. "Obviously, the more you pay, the more on top you are," said Dawn Haden, Careerbuilder's vice president for human resources. Meanwhile, Monster.com offers a "resume enhancement" option it claims draws attention to members' resumes by listing the title in bold and adding colorful graphics. Employers select resumes posted using their service's enhanced option 200 percent more often, Haden said, adding that fewer than 10 percent of job seekers chose the option. The practice translates to other sites with search engines — such as eBay and online dating services.


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