Forwarded from: Richard Forno <rfornoat_private> > 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 documents. Of course not - for a few reasons: - to do so would be trying to prove a negative, since the average person can't find out what was truly impacted. - any formal review of these networks would be embarassing for DoD, since it's a very good bet that SIPR and NIPR meet in more than the allegedly "100 or so" known points on their network. SIPRnet is probably nowhere as SIPR as the DoD thinks it is. - admitting specific networks have problems means that someone must be held responsible, and we all know that ain't going to happen. - admitting specific networks certainly is a security concern, I for one would not want to publish "shoot me here" signs to the world. This I can agree with, but it's Washington knowledge that classifying things is often done more to cover up things and maintain political power than for really securing information. There were other major network 'events' with DoD and elsewhere that I've heard rumors about, but got only a passing glance in the press and public. Would not surprise me that this too is being kept under wraps, however, given the "Electronic Pearl Harbor" hooey we're hearing these days, anything is possible from those in charge! later rf PS - Cyberterrorism is not the problem. The problem is uninformed policymakers, FUD, placing so-called "Critical Infrastructures" on public networks, and using buggy operating systems and software to run such public-access "critical infrastructures." The problem is INSIDE US, in the form of vulnerabilities and poor planning, not from an EXTERNAL threat of "cyberterrorism." Again, nobody wants to accept responsibility for making a real defense here. - ISN is currently hosted by Attrition.org To unsubscribe email majordomoat_private with 'unsubscribe isn' in the BODY of the mail.
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