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Security is on everyone’s mind these days, as villains spread various kinds of terror and mischief. Law firms’ tech people worry that their computer systems may be snooped or damaged by hackers. Following are some Web sites that provide guidance for anyone responsible for keeping information systems secure. And, with the idea that it’s always wise to know one’s enemy, the list includes some sites maintained by and for hackers. Internet Tools for Lawyers www.netlawtools.com/security/ Netlawtools Inc. sponsors this site, which features a handy section called “Computer Security for Law Firms.” Under the “Hackers” heading, check the link for “Netlawtools Firewall Page.” That page has some articles about using firewalls to keep hackers away from a network or stand-alone computer. SecuritySearch.net www.securitysearch.net Click on the “Law Link” of the directory to see a collection of links to sites that cover computer security with a legal angle. LawCommerce.com www.lawcommerce.com/technology/art_legal_asps.asp The increasing use of application service providers for law firms’ time-and-billing functions and document management has led to greater security concerns, according to this article by Bob Butler of Time Matters Software. The article features a list of questions a law firm should ask an ASP before submitting confidential information for safekeeping. The Hackers’ Home Page www.hackershomepage.com This site sells products that could be used for hacking into computer networks and phone systems. “All products are designed for testing and exploring the vulnerabilities of CUSTOMER-OWNED equipment, and no illegal use is encouraged or implied. We WILL NOT knowingly sell to anyone with the intent of using our products for illegal activities or uses,” says a disclaimer. Infosyssec www.infosyssec.com Labeling itself “The Security Portal for Information System Security Professionals,” this site nevertheless has a download section where a “system security professional” can find programs for — as the site phrases it — phreaking, hacking, cracking, flooding and nuking. (“Phreaking” is tricking a phone system; “hacking” is exhibiting expertise with computer systems; “cracking” is breaking into secure systems; “flooding” and “nuking” refer to overwhelming a system with an avalanche of messages or commands.)

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