Internet Besieged: Countering Cyberspace Scofflaws

Dorothy E. Denning / Peter J. Denning  
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October 1997
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Internet Besieged features interesting, alarming, original, and recently published writing about the vulnerability of the computer networks we use every day, and timely recommendations for strengthening network security. More than thirty chapters by leading figures in the field of security range from fairly technical explanations of encryption and detection systems to popular accounts of hacker attacks and the cyberpunk subculture. The book provides a history of awareness of Internet security risks while exploring the social, legal, political, and ethical implications of these security breaches and their suggested countermeasures.

Table of Contents




1. The Internet After Thirty Years Peter J. Denning.
2. Cyberspace Attacks and Countermeasures Dorothy E. Denning.
3. Rome Laboratory Attacks: Prepared Testimony of Jim Christy, Air Force Investigator, Before the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, Permanent Investigations Subcommittee Jim Christy.
4. Reviewing the Risks Archives Peter G. Neumann.
5. Securing the Information Infrastructure Teresa Lunt.
6. Computer Viruses Eugene H. Spafford.


7. An Evening with Berferd William Cheswick.
8. Network and Internet Security Steve Bellovin.
9. Internet Sniffer Attacks E. Eugene Schultz and Thomas A. Longstaff.
10. Attack Class: Address Spoofing L. Todd Heberlein and Matt Bishop.
11. Passwords Peter J. Denning.
12. Location-Based Authentication: Grounding Cyberspace for Better Security Dorothy E. Denning and Peter F. MacDoran.
13. Tripwire: A Case Study in Integrity Monitoring Gene H. Kim and Eugene H. Spafford.
14. DIDS (Distributed Intrusion Detection System)- Motivation, Achitecture, and an Early Prototype Steven R. Snapp, James Brentano, Gihan V. Dias, Terrance L. Goan, L. Todd Heberlein, Che-Lin Ho, Karl N. Levitt, Biswanath Mukherjee, Stephen E. Smaha, Tim Grance, Daniel M. Teal, and Doug Mansur.
15. Test Driving SATAN Ted Doty.
16. Java Security: Web Browsers and Beyond Drew Dean, Edward W. Felten, Dan S. Wallach, and Dirk Balfanz.


17. A Brief History of the Data Encryption Standard Walter Tuchman.
18. Wisecrackers Steven Levy.
19. Internet Privacy Enhanced Mail Stephen T. Kent.
20. Authentication for Distributed Systems Thomas Y.C. Woo and Simon S. Lam.
21. A Taxonomy for Key Recovery Encryption Systems Dorothy E. Denning and Dennis K. Branstad.


22. Electronic Commerce Peter J. Denning.
23. Atomicity in Electronic Commerce J. D. Tygar.
24. Securing the Commercial Internet Anish Bhimani.
25. Money in Electronic Commerce: Digital Cash, Electronic Fund Transfers, and Ecash Patiwat Panurach.
26. Identity-Related Misuse Peter G. Neumann.


27. Law Enforcement in Cyberspace Address The Honorable Janet Reno, United States Attorney General.
28. Encryption Policy and Market Trends Dorothy E. Denning.
29. Remarks at Computers, Freedom and Privacy Conference IV Chicago Bruce Sterling.
30. Speech to High Technology Crime Investigation Association Lake Tahoe Bruce Sterling.
31. Are Computer Hacker Break-ins Ethical? Eugene H. Spafford.
32. Georgetown University Computer Systems Acceptable Use Policy.
33. University Administrative Policy Number 60 RESPONSIBLE OFFICE: Vice Provost for Information Technology and Services.
34. Security Across the Curriculum: Using Computer Security to Teach Computer Science Principles Major Gregory White and Captain Gregory Nordstrom.

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Break-ins on the Internet! Assaults on privacy! Theft of information!

Break-ins, assaults, and thefts are prohibited. Yet they happen. How is this so? Just how clever are the invaders? What are the holes in supposedly secure systems? Internet Besieged explains the ingenious strategies employed by intruders. It shows how security experts must be both defensive and proactive to protect information, privacy, and electronic commerce.

Internet Besieged consists of over thirty original and recently published chapters written by leading figures in security. They range from technical explanations of encryption and intrusion-detection systems to popular accounts of hacker attacks.

Internet Besieged is organized for the general reader as well as the practicing professional. It covers:

  • The emergence of the Internet-the evolution of security problems and required countermeasures
  • Major patterns of weakness in Internet-connected computer systems and methods for preventing and detecting attacks
  • The use of cryptography to secure computers and data on the Internet
  • Electronic commerce and secure transactions-authentication and integrity-checking technologies; foiling identity theft
  • Ethics, laws, practices, and policies that govern human interaction on the Internet

For software developers, system managers and engineers, students, and concerned citizens, this book provides a broad awareness of Internet security risk while exploring the social, legal, political, and ethical implications of security breaches and suggested countermeasures.

Contributors include: Steve Bellovin, Matt Bishop, Bill Cheswick, Jim Christy, Stephen T. Kent, Steven Levy, Teresa Lunt, Peter G. Neumann, E. Eugene Schultz, Eugene H. Spafford, and Bruce Sterling.



Peter J. Denning is vice provost for continuing professional education at George Mason University. Denning was president of the Association for Computing (ACM) and is now chair of the ACM Publications Board. His two most recent books are Computers Under Attack and Beyond Calculation: The Next 50 Years of Computing.

Dorothy E. Denning is Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University. She is the author of a classic book in the field, Cryptography and Data Security, a coeditor (with Peter J. Denning) of a more recent work, Internet Besieged: Countering Cyberspace Scofflaws, and the author of 100 papers on computer security. Dr. Denning has shared her special expertise on encryption in testimony before the U.S. Congress.