Re: [ISN] Experts: Cyberspace could be next target

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Date: Thu Oct 11 2001 - 04:15:47 PDT

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    Forwarded from: Ted Arthur <arcturousat_private>
    Is there any sort of reporting to verify these 'hundreds of computer
    networks' which were broken into or the 'thousands of top-secret
    files' that were swiped? This article reads as if the main concern is
    the unclass network world wide, not the SIPRNET or even higher
    classified networks which would be required to contain any top-secret
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but the pilfering of thousands of documents
    at the top-secret level might have put the intelligence community and
    perhaps even oversight committees in an uproar that the American
    public might have heard about. This sounds a little dramatic. But I
    could be wrong.
    Ted Arthur
    Network Security and Vulnerabilities Division
    United States Navy
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      Subject: [ISN] Experts: Cyberspace could be next target
      By Jon Swartz
      SAN FRANCISCO For 3 years, a shadowy group of computer hackers has
      broken into hundreds of computer networks and stolen thousands of
      top-secret files on Pentagon war-planning systems and NASA technical
      research. Dubbed the "Moonlight Maze" group, the hackers continue to
      elude the FBI, the CIA and the National Security Agency, despite the
      biggest cyberprobe ever. And while no one knows what is being done
      with the classified information, some fear the thefts may be the work
      of terrorists or that the information could be sold to terrorists.
      "I'm not saying it is a terrorist group. But it could be," says James
      Adams, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International
      Studies, a research group chaired by former senator Sam Nunn.
      What is clear is that the hackers' success exposes the vulnerability
      of computer networks in the USA at the height of the information age.
      A coordinated terrorist attack, experts say, could topple the
      Internet, muting communications and e-commerce and paralyzing federal
      agencies and businesses.
      "We are picking up signs that terrorist organizations are looking at
      the use of technology" to attack the USA, Congress was told last month
      by Michael Vatis, director of the Institute for Security Technology
      Studies at Dartmouth College and former head of the FBI's National
      Infrastructure Protection Center.
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