[funsec] FOX News: Cyber Attack Linked to Company of Former Russian Spies
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Wed Dec 10 22:53:17 CST 2008
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Via Fox News.
The recent cyber attack on the U.S. military's classified computer network
has been traced to a front company run by several former Russian KGB or
Federal Security Service spies, FOX News has learned.
The attack led the Pentagon to ban the use of external hardware devices,
such as flash drives, because that's how the "worm" got into the classified
FOX News has learned the intrusion was discovered by the U.S. military in
Afghanistan -- and that the attack came through the local Internet service
provider that the Afghans (under U.S. supervision) contracted out to a
front company run by former Russian spies.
The U.S. military relies on this Internet service provider. Homeland
Security Secretary Michael Chertoff on Wednesday warned the Russians had
already used cyber warfare in Georgia.
"There was a preceding effort in denial of service ... by let us say
sympathizers to the Russian side of the dispute. That was a prelude and an
adjunct to the military attack where Russian troops entered Georgia,"
Chertoff said. "I think this is a harbinger of what's to come, the use of
cyber attacks -- preparing the battlefield, so to speak."
Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) has denied any involvement in the
recent cyber attack, and some Pentagon officials worry the former Russian
spies might actually have been working for some other entity.
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