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 klpat_private -----Original Message----- From: owner-isnat_private [mailto:owner-isnat_private]On Behalf Of InfoSec News Sent: Monday, April 29, 2002 2:14 AM To: isnat_private Subject: [ISN] FAA hacked 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? JP http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/55/25029.html 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at 06:54 GMT Hackers were able to penetrate a Federal Aviation Administration system earlier this week and download unpublished information on airport passenger screening activities, federal officials confirmed Thursday.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. [...] - 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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