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Re: Experts: Cyberspace could be next target / RFF
From: InfoSec News <isn () c4i org>
Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2001 06:42:01 -0500 (CDT)

Forwarded from: Richard Forno <rforno () infowarrior org>

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 documents.

Of course not - for a few reasons:

- to do so would be trying to prove a negative, since the average
  person can't find out what was truly impacted.

- any formal review of these networks would be embarassing for DoD,
  since it's a very good bet that SIPR and NIPR meet in more than the
  allegedly "100 or so" known points on their network. SIPRnet is
  probably nowhere as SIPR as the DoD thinks it is.

- admitting specific networks have problems means that someone must be
  held responsible, and we all know that ain't going to happen.

- admitting specific networks certainly is a security concern, I for
  one would not want to publish "shoot me here" signs to the
  world. This I can agree with, but it's Washington knowledge that
  classifying things is often done more to cover up things and
  maintain political power than for really securing information.

There were other major network 'events' with DoD and elsewhere that
I've heard rumors about, but got only a passing glance in the press
and public. Would not surprise me that this too is being kept under
wraps, however, given the "Electronic Pearl Harbor" hooey we're
hearing these days, anything is possible from those in charge!



PS - Cyberterrorism is not the problem. The problem is uninformed
policymakers, FUD, placing so-called "Critical Infrastructures" on
public networks, and using buggy operating systems and software to run
such public-access "critical infrastructures."  The problem is INSIDE
US, in the form of vulnerabilities and poor planning, not from an
EXTERNAL threat of "cyberterrorism." Again, nobody wants to accept
responsibility for making a real defense here.

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