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    Broad New Hacking Attack Detected

    Broad New Hacking Attack Detected - WSJ.com

    Global Offensive Snagged Corporate, Personal Data at nearly 2,500 Companies; Operation Is Still Running

    The damage from the latest cyberattack is still being assessed, and affected companies are still being notified. But data compiled by NetWitness, the closely held firm that discovered the breaches, showed that hackers gained access to a wide array of data at 2,411 companies, from credit-card transactions to intellectual property.

    The hacking operation, the latest of several major hacks that have raised alarms for companies and government officials, is still running and it isn't clear to what extent it has been contained, NetWitness said. Also unclear is the full amount of data stolen and how it was used. Two companies that were infiltrated, pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. and Cardinal Health Inc., said they had isolated and contained the problem.

    ...In more than 100 cases, the hackers gained access to corporate servers that store large quantities of business data, such as company files, databases and email.

    They also broke into computers at 10 U.S. government agencies. In one case, they obtained the user name and password of a soldier's military email account, NetWitness found. A Pentagon spokesman said the military didn't comment on specific threats or intrusions.
    Comforting, innit?

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    Don't concern yourself, the Obama Admin is quite capable.
    It was the Austrasians, that hewed on bravely through the thick of the fight, it was they who found and cut down the Saracen King.

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    Re: Broad New Hacking Attack Detected

    Quote Originally Posted by Charles Martel View Post
    Don't concern yourself, the Obama Admin is quite capable.
    Hackers in Europe and China successfully broke into computers at nearly 2,500 companies and government agencies over the last 18 months in a coordinated global attack that exposed vast amounts of personal and corporate secrets to theft, according to a computer-security company that discovered the breach.
    Who was the president 18 months ago?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    Who was the president 18 months ago?
    The guy who wasn't president during the Fort Hood shooting, the underwear bomber, and perhaps today's plane crash into the FBI building in Austin.

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    Re: Broad New Hacking Attack Detected

    Congratulations. This thread has established that neither president has a perfect track record against domestic terrorism. Lets get to the topic now.

    Ouch, it looks like it got in through Firefox and this probably means Windows desktops.
    Last edited by tacomancer; 02-18-10 at 01:05 PM.

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    I don't care what president it is, our cyber security, and technology awareness in general, in this country is subpar and not a priority like it needs to be as we move further into this new century. I will at least give Bush the fact that the PATRIOT Act at least finally brought some of our intelligence gathering laws into the modern age and out of an era when "Cell Phone", "Internet", "Instant Message", and "Chat Room" was barely likely touching the imaginations of William gibson let alone a functional reality.

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    Re: Broad New Hacking Attack Detected

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    I don't care what president it is, our cyber security, and technology awareness in general, in this country is subpar and not a priority like it needs to be as we move further into this new century. I will at least give Bush the fact that the PATRIOT Act at least finally brought some of our intelligence gathering laws into the modern age and out of an era when "Cell Phone", "Internet", "Instant Message", and "Chat Room" was barely likely touching the imaginations of William gibson let alone a functional reality.
    This is a good point and something that I feel partially helped lose the election for McCain.

    When he came out and said he knew less than nothing about computers and that his wife did his email for him, that was a HUGE red flag.

    The leader of the strongest country in the world with a cyber infrastructure of billions of dollars would have no clue how a computer even worked. How would he deal with things like net neutrality, digital copyright laws, cybersecurity, internet regulation etc etc when he had no idea what any of these were or how they worked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoplite View Post
    This is a good point and something that I feel partially helped lose the election for McCain.

    When he came out and said he knew less than nothing about computers and that his wife did his email for him, that was a HUGE red flag.

    The leader of the strongest country in the world with a cyber infrastructure of billions of dollars would have no clue how a computer even worked. How would he deal with things like net neutrality, digital copyright laws, cybersecurity, internet regulation etc etc when he had no idea what any of these were or how they worked.
    Easy, he would just ask a lobbiest.

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    Re: Broad New Hacking Attack Detected

    Quote Originally Posted by Charles Martel View Post
    Don't concern yourself, the Obama Admin is quite capable.
    The president actually isn't responsible for each and every mishap that occurs while he's in office, in case you didn't know.

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    Re: Broad New Hacking Attack Detected

    This will be the kind of attack that ultimately could be our downfall.

    Imagine waking up one morning, and every account you have is blanked - every dollar gone - and there's nothing anyone can do about it. Imagine if that happened to 20 million Americans instantly and simultaneously.

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