[Full-Disclosure] Fwd: How to Steal a Mainframe
goncalo.costa at kpnqwest.pt
Fri Sep 5 15:11:11 BST 2003
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>Two unidentified unsubs posing as EDS contractors illegally gained access
>to sensitive computer equipment at Sydney International Airport and
>wheeled out a couple of IBM servers. These servers we are told contained
>confidential information and may even hold details of ongoing
>international investigations into terror acts. The data could reveal the
>identities and activities of undercover agents from Western governments.
>"The Community and Public Sector Union, which represents customs officers,
>has asked for guarantees that none of its members is at risk as a result
>of the theft.
>"The union expressed fears thatthe lives of undercover agents could be
>jeopardised after officers claimed that customs officials were covering up
>the true extent of the damage. Also at risk, they said, are operations
>against terrorists and international drug cartels in which customs
>officers watch the movements of suspects and suspicious cargo in and out
>of the country."
> From the SMH:
>On the night of Wednesday, August 27, two men dressed as computer
>technicians and carrying tool bags entered the cargo processing and
>intelligence centre at Sydney International Airport.
>After supplying false names and signatures, they were given access to the
>top-security mainframe room. They knew the room's location and no
>directions were needed.
>Inside, they spent two hours disconnecting two computers, which they put
>on trolleys and wheeled out of the room, past the security desk, into the
>lift and out of the building.
>[On spec, so to speak, I just looked up some data sheets at IBM. I
>wouldn't mind knowing where these guys work out. The entry level IBM
>Zseries weighs in at 240kg...]
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