[ISN] 'Flippergate' Assault by US Navy Sinks in Bath

From: mea culpa (jerichoat_private)
Date: Fri May 08 1998 - 01:26:01 PDT

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    A hacker employed by the US navy found himself in deep water when he tried
    to penetrate the network of Bath, UK-based lobby group the Whale and
    Dolphin Protection Society. The navy was anxious to get an advance copy of
    a report by the society on the how dolphins trained for military use by
    the former Soviet Union had been sold off after the end of the cold war.
    Rather than wait a week until the report is freely available on the
    society's website http://www.wdcs.org, the navy decided to launch an
    assault on their network in a hack dubbed 'Flippergate' by the UK media.
    But they clearly did not reckon on the stout defenses surrounding the
    Lotus Domino site. 
    Lotus developer Matt Penton, director of Merchant Technology, the company
    that set up the site, had written a routine that spotted anyone attempting
    to violate security on the site and identified the culprit. It even
    emailed him with details. "It points exactly who is doing it and where
    they are from," said Penton. As a professional familiar with the dangers
    of hackers, he was a little taken aback when he found the attack on the
    network had come from someone at hq.navy.mil at the Pentagon. For this is
    the same Pentagon that is forever issuing warnings about the dangers
    hackers pose to its own security. Indeed, anyone accessing the site
    http://www.hq.navy.mil will find a stern warning: "Unauthorized use may
    subject you to criminal prosecution." Evidence of unauthorized use
    collected during monitoring may be used for administrative, criminal or
    adverse action." "It's a gorgeous bit of double-standards," said Penton.
    The Pentagon has admitted that the hacker was based at its site but has
    yet to identify the guilty person.  Lotus Domino's ability to defeat
    hacking by the world's most powerful military machine is clearly a tribute
    to the company's technology. Yet rather than trumpet 'Flippergate' as
    evidence of its prowess, Lotus is strangely silent on the whole subject.
    This remarkable reticence may not be unconnected with the fact that its
    biggest single customer is the US military. 
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    (c) APT Data Group plc 1998. 
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