---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Mon, 26 Aug 2002 23:37:33 -0400 From: R. A. Hettinga <rahat_private> To: Digital Bearer Settlement List <dbsat_private>, dcsbat_private, cryptographyat_private, cypherpunksat_private Subject: The $7 million hack (was re: [dgc.chat] Crowne Gold Update) --- begin forwarded text Status: RO Date: Mon, 26 Aug 2002 19:14:44 -0400 From: Sean Trainor <email@example.com> Subject: [dgc.chat] Crowne Gold Update To: GoldMoney List Server <dgcchatat_private> Organization: Crowne Gold Reply-To: <dgcchatat_private> To all for worldwide delivery. Update: Crowne Gold I wanted to brief the Gold community on the situation at Crowne Gold and apologize for the delay in coming back on-line after recent events. Crowne's staff is available and working even though servers have not been accessible. Here's a brief overview of what happened and where we are: Crowne Gold was attacked by hackers who attempted to hijack U.S. $7 million but failed. They failed in part because members of the digital gold community quickly offered assistance to thwart their assault. The level of cooperation was excellent. Hackers managed to breach part of the Crowne Gold system due to a key-logging program not recognized by the most up-to-date anti-virals that came in attached to an email directed to a customer service person. The email was sent and received outside the normal encrypted email system provided within the Crowne Gold program. This was not a frontal attack on the server but rather a carefully orchestrated process that engaged direct email interaction between the hackers (under alias) and a customer service person from their own workstation. By getting an administrator to respond directly to email, the hackers gained access to a computer half a world away from the front-end server and eventually captured administrative logons. The primary server system was not attacked until 'Carnival' was in full swing in the Caribbean from whence Crowne Gold customer service functions are provided. When it was discovered that hackers had penetrated the system, IP addresses were put under trace and the information gained was submitted to Interpol. Crowne elected to shutdown servers including front-end, back-up, and double mirror-backup systems in order to ascertain the extent of the penetration. Even the customer service network was shutdown until IT personnel arrived on site and made changes to secure these normally benign networks. The hackers were both clever and to some extent lucky, on the other hand, and as already pointed out, they failed to make even a single dollar out of the entire exercise. However, we have been led to believe that they have attempted to blackmail other digital gold providers based on their ability to force the temporary shutdown of Crowne Gold. So where are we now? As you may be aware, Crowne Gold absorbed the former 3PGold whose front-end server was located at Havenco at the Principality of Sealand. Havenco is physically secure but when the hackers accessed Crowne Gold's equipment at the Havenco server farm, there was no one on location at Havenco to support the several IT persons on the Crowne Gold side who desperately needed on site assistance. It took several days for Havenco staff to respond to calls for assistance and then it became immediately apparent that those in communication were nowhere near the actual Havenco platform. Hence Havenco is now a backup server in the new server structure, at least until Havenco is able to provide 24/7 support on-site. Considerable changes have been made which required the server systems to remain down longer than we would have liked but "safe rather than sorry" has been pretty much the by-line of the entire event. There are a host of technology enhancements now taking place, both hardware and software, but to say more than this would probably be unwise. Again we apologize for the delay. We have been rudely educated. Yet as things go it has been a dramatic wake-up call and probably the best time possible for us to live through this experience. To our customers, the digital gold community, and new users, we apologize for this huge inconvenience. Rest assured we will be back online soon and with a system that is better suited for our future success together. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details regarding our position. Best regards, Sean Trainor Sean Trainor Crowne-Gold The worlds easiest way to buy, sell, hold and use gold as money. 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