[ISN] Anti-India Hackers Turn Attacks on US Systems

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Date: Tue Dec 11 2001 - 21:53:49 PST

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    By Brian McWilliams, Newsbytes
    10 Dec 2001, 9:39 AM CST
    The security of five Internet servers operated by the U.S. General
    Accounting Office was breached Sunday by a hacking group known as Anti
    India Crew.
    Laura Kopelson, a spokesperson for the GAO, confirmed that a network
    intrusion had taken place and said the agency was investigating.  
    According to Kopelson, the agency's main Web site at
    http://www.gao.gov was not affected, but she declined to provide
    further information.
    The GAO is the investigative arm of Congress. The agency "works to
    continuously improve the economy, efficiency, and effectiveness of the
    federal government," according to the site.
    The compromised systems included two servers that handle the
    accounting office's e-mail, as well as a file transfer system and two
    Web servers, according to information obtained by Alldas and Safemode,
    two independent sites that keep records of such attacks.
    E-mails to the GAO's service for distributing daily reports and
    decisions bounced back today with "mailbox unavailable" error
    All of the GAO systems were running the Linux operating system,
    according to Alldas records.
    Anti India Crew (AIC) posted a message at one of the defaced Web
    servers that included the statement: "We will hit the us/in/il
    government servers until there is peace around us!"
    AIC is part of a hacking coalition calling itself the Al-Qaeda Muslim
    Alliance. Other members include the GForce Pakistan hacking group and
    the Pakistan Hackerz Club.
    In recent months, AIC has attacked 28 Web sites in India. The GAO
    servers were the first U.S. government systems compromised by the
    group, according to Alldas records.
    Safemode's mirror of the GAO defacements is at
    http://www.safemode.org/mirror/2001/12/09/ftp.gao.gov .
    The Alldas mirror is at
    http://defaced.alldas.de/mirror/2001/12/10/titan.gao.gov .
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