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Re: Experts: Cyberspace could be next target
From: InfoSec News <isn () c4i org>
Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2001 06:46:51 -0500 (CDT)

Forward from: Dan Verton <Dan_Verton () computerworld com>


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 <arcturous () hotmail com>

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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  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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