[Full-Disclosure] Major hack attack on the U.S. Senate
jeremiah at nur.net
Thu Jan 22 20:00:02 GMT 2004
We should be so lucky. No Plame investigation, no Scalia "duckhunt" conflict of interest, no nothin'.
Someday they won't let you
but now you must agree
The times they are a telling and the changing isn't free.
You've read it in the tea leaves
And the tracks are on T.V.
Beware the savage roar of 1984.
They'll break your pretty cranium
and fill it full of air
And tell you that you're eighty
but lover, you won't care.
You'll be shooting up as usual
like tomorrow isn't there
Beware the silent roar of 1984.
--David Jones, "1984"
----- Original Message -----
From: "Matt Burnett" <marukka at mac.com>
To: "Richard M. Smith" <rms at computerbytesman.com>; <full-disclosure at lists.netsys.com>
Sent: Thursday, January 22, 2004 10:23 AM
Subject: Re: [Full-Disclosure] Major hack attack on the U.S. Senate
> Could this be the start of Water Gate 2?
> On 1/22/04 11:24 AM, "Richard M. Smith" <rms at computerbytesman.com> wrote:
> > http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2004/01/22/infiltration_of_files_
> > seen_as_extensive?mode=PF
> > Infiltration of files seen as extensive
> > Senate panel's GOP staff pried on Democrats
> > By Charlie Savage, Globe Staff, 1/22/2004
> > WASHINGTON -- Republican staff members of the US Senate Judiciary Commitee
> > infiltrated opposition computer files for a year, monitoring secret strategy
> > memos and periodically passing on copies to the media, Senate officials told
> > The Globe.
> > From the spring of 2002 until at least April 2003, members of the GOP
> > committee staff exploited a computer glitch that allowed them to access
> > restricted Democratic communications without a password. Trolling through
> > hundreds of memos, they were able to read talking points and accounts of
> > private meetings discussing which judicial nominees Democrats would fight --
> > and with what tactics.
> > The office of Senate Sergeant-at-Arms William Pickle has already launched an
> > investigation into how excerpts from 15 Democratic memos showed up in the
> > pages of the conservative-leaning newspapers and were posted to a website
> > last November.
> > With the help of forensic computer experts from General Dynamics and the US
> > Secret Service, his office has interviewed about 120 people to date and
> > seized more than half a dozen computers -- including four Judiciary servers,
> > one server from the office of Senate majority leader Bill Frist of
> > Tennessee, and several desktop hard drives.
> > ...
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