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

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Date: Fri Oct 12 2001 - 04:46:51 PDT

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    Forward from: Dan Verton <Dan_Vertonat_private>
    I reported on this when it first happened and have a source in Moscow
    who was, in fact, interviewed by the FBI in Russia shortly after this
    news broke. So I think it is fair to say that although there is much
    speculation about the nature of Moonlight Maze, and even if it every
    really happened, something serious did occur that sparked an
    investigation overseas. I would also add that I have been told that
    our friends in Moscow have not been very cooperative at all. This, of
    course, from a country that has become a toxic blend of crime and
    business, and where cybercrime flourishes with government sponsorship.
    I also don't have to tell you about the "connections" between NIPRNET,
    SIPRNET, JWICS etc...  Officially, they're not there, but some of us
    know better.
    Dan Verton
    Senior Writer
    former intelligence officer
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    Subject:  Re: [ISN] Experts: Cyberspace could be next target
    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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