RE: [ISN] FAA hacked

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Date: Tue Apr 30 2002 - 02:00:37 PDT

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    Forwarded from: "Kevin L. Poulsen" <klpat_private>
    Cc: <john.pescatoreat_private>
    I don't know what John Pescatore thinks "fact checking" means, but my
    contacting the FAA, confirming the hack with them, reporting on the
    details and quoting their spokeman, qualifies, I think, under any
    reasonable definition of the term. On the other hand, John's claim
    that my piece "basically consists of snippets of email conversations
    between hackers" is demonstrably false. It's a five-hundred word
    story, with a single quote from the hackers' email at the end.
    Kevin L. Poulsen
    Editorial Director
    SecurityFocus Online
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    Forwarded from: John Pescatore <john.pescatoreat_private>
    There are a couple of interesting things here:
    1. Ex hacker Kevin Poulsen writes for SecurityFocus online, and gets
    published out of the box by The Register. The article basically
    consists of snippets of email conversations between hackers. This is
    kind of self-perpetuating 15 minutes of fame loop, with not a whole
    lot of fact checking going on.
    2. That said, I heard through other channels that it is accurate, so
    when will the federal government clean up its own backyard and stop
    telling private industry it isn't secure enough?
    By Kevin Poulsen, SecurityFocus Online
    Posted: 26/04/2002 at 06:54 GMT
    Hackers were able to penetrate a Federal Aviation Administration system
    earlier this week and download unpublished information on airport passenger
    screening activities, federal officials confirmed Thursday.
    Styling themselves "The Deceptive Duo," the hackers on Wednesday publicly
    defaced an FAA server used by what was the administration's Civil Aviation
    Security organization, which until recently was responsible for supervising
    passenger screening at U.S. airports.
    There, the intruders posted a mission statement vowing to expose America's
    poor state of cyber security for the good of the nation.
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