Re: [ISN] Sudan Bank Hacked, Bin Laden Info Found - Hacker

From: InfoSec News (isnat_private)
Date: Sun Sep 30 2001 - 03:23:22 PDT

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    Forwarded from: Tim Slighter <timslighterat_private>
    I read that story and I would like to have the glorious opportunity of
    confronting the "so-called" hackers to find specifics on how exactly
    they managed to bypass perimeter defense.  First off, what Financial
    Institution would be stupid enough to place DNS on the same server as
    the Firewall ? (especially if there was 50 Million of that guy's cash
    there), Secondly, even if they had done something so stupid as placing
    DNS on the Firewall, the only bypass vulnerability that Checkpoint
    Firewall-1 has been known to have is the PASV FTP where a one way
    connection could be exploited given very specific conditions.  
    Assuming that they had gained access, then the initial claim that they
    had "hacked" the DNS server would indicate that access was gained via
    port 53 or a known exploit via DNS, this however, would not provide
    them with any known exploits by which to bypass the Firewall.  The
    more I research this and the more I think about it, that story has
    more holes in it than Swiss Cheese.  What a HOAX !!
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    Subject: [ISN] Sudan Bank Hacked, Bin Laden Info Found - Hacker
    By Ned Stafford, Newsbytes
    27 Sep 2001, 2:46 PM CST
    A group of U.K.-based hackers has cracked computers at the AlShamal
    Islamic Bank in Sudan and collected data on the accounts of the Al
    Qaeda terrorist organization and its leader Osama bin Laden, Kim
    Schmitz, a flamboyant German hacker/businessman, has claimed.
    Schmitz, who has offered a $10 million reward for the capture of bin
    Laden, told Newsbytes that the information has been turned over to the
    FBI. Bin Laden, a millionaire Saudi exile whose base is now
    Afghanistan, is suspected of being the driving force behind the deadly
    Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon with
    hijacked planes.
    Newsbytes could not confirm Schmitz's claim. An FBI spokesman in
    Washington declined to confirm or deny the story, saying that the
    agency's policy is not to comment on information and leads it is
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