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  •  Federal Reserve vs Anonymous: (5+ / 0-)

    per guardian-uk.

    "The Federal Reserve system is aware that information was obtained by exploiting a temporary vulnerability in a website vendor product," a spokeswoman for the US central bank said.

    "Exposure was fixed shortly after discovery and is no longer an issue. This incident did not affect critical operations of the Federal Reserve system," the spokeswoman said, adding that all individuals effected by the breach had been contacted.

    The admission follows a claim that hackers linked to the hacktivist group Anonymous struck the bank on Sunday. The technology news site ZDNet separately reported that Anonymous appeared to have published information said to containing the login information, credentials, internet protocol addresses and contact information of more than 4,000 US bankers.

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    by greenbird on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 10:03:26 PM PST

    •  Yep...those Anonymous folks always fessing up (0+ / 0-)

      to exactly what piddly bit of vandalism they managed to do.  

      If I were a cynical soul, I'd wonder if this assuring 'explanation' is the sort of thing said when it's really, really important to prevent runs on banks, or stock market crashes, or loss of confidence in government or FRS data and processing. Hopefully, the spokes folks are right and its all over, with little consequences. Just stand up, brush off the 3 piece suits, show the bandaid on a finger, and keep on banking.

      The nagging problem with being hacked one time is, that once security has been breached, it is possible there are persistent backdoor entrances left behind or data extraction programs., or perhaps 'revolving doors' that open with a frequency the hackers set up. Such may allow hackers to regain access at later time, when it gives them maximum leverage. It's also possible they'e left behind other deceptive software that doen't really show up until a much larger hack is being executed, or waiting for a certain event to trigger their implanted software or firmware. What's not clear is how far back in time the hack actually goes, or what else may have transpired other than accessing around 4,000 bankers' accounts.

      Then there is also the question of whether the hackers may have established knowing or unknowing human agents on the inside providing ongoing assistance.

      When you think of all the possible attack vectors, such as smart phones, tablets, laptops, WiFi cameras, and WiFi MP3 players, USB drives, Bluetooth, it seems like, besides the ccomputer workstations and servers, they'd need a top to bottom review of all systems capable of interacting with networked systms. If I ran the Fed, I'd replace the entire infrastructure with new gear, and load it from a known good secure backup. Then, no personl devices unless they pass forensic inspection...and preferablly are a clean one with whatever data that mattered restord to it.

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      by antirove on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 10:52:50 PM PST

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