Sprint security faulted in Vegas hacks

Tuesday, 20 August 2002, 2:41 PM EST

Citing the "compelling, credible testimony" of ex-hacker Kevin Mitnick, state officials urged Nevada regulators to force a series of dramatic security reforms on Las Vegas telephone company Sprint of Nevada last week, as final arguments were filed in the case of an in-room adult entertainment operator who believes he's being driven out of business by phone hackers.

Sprint would be required to retain outside computer security consultants, launch a security training program for company employees, develop a process for detecting a deterring intrusion attempts into its network, and begin documenting its security investigations, if the Public Utilities Commission follows the recommendations of its regulatory operations staff, acting as independent investigators in the case.

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