An education in hacking

Tuesday, 28 May 2002, 6:51 AM EST

Netrepreneur Dan Clements is a museum curator, only you won't find him working at the Met or the Louvre. Rather, Clements is the CEO of CardCops.com, an online credit-card fraud-prevention site. In February, 2001, Clements and CardCops opened the cyberdoors of their own online Fraud Museum, which contains what Clements judges to be most egregious examples of crime in the annals of hackerdom.

It's quite a display. One exhibit on the site details - with explicit instructions and screen shots - how to find and compromise vulnerable Web servers. Another exhibit shows software used to create fake credit-card numbers. Then there are the displays of fake Web pages used to dupe surfers into offering up credit-card numbers or other personal information to scammers.

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