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denem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-18-09 01:34 AM
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(LOL) Hackers break into police computer as sting backfires
Edited on Tue Aug-18-09 01:50 AM by denem
Source: Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)

Last Wednesday, federal police officers in co-operation with Victoria Police executed a search warrant on premises in Brighton, Melbourne, connected to the administrator of an underground hacking forum, r00t-y0u.org, which had about 5000 members...

However, what the federal police did not know was that hackers had already cottoned on to their plan... (a) hacker wrote "I couldn't stop laughing" on seeing that the federal police's server was running Windows, which is known among hacker communities for being insecure. Police had also "left the MYSQL password blank".

"These dipshits are using an automatic digital forensics and incident response tool," the hacker wrote. "All of this had been done within 30-40 minutes. Could of been faster if I didn't stop to laugh so much." ...

(Shaon Diwakar, a security consultant at Hack Labs in Sydney) said the hacker would have had access to anything that was stored on the computer.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/technology/security/hackers-break...



The Australian Federal police went to TV Monday night to boast about their breakthrough success in breaking up a hacking group. The next morning screen shots, links, emails and file directories of Police Servers used in the "bust" were posted on the target site itself, and across the internet.

PS. The Australian Federal Police has access to US Classified Criminal and National Security Intelligence, and is responsible for monitoring Terrorism.
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Tangerine LaBamba Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-18-09 01:38 AM
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1. Oh, don't we all feel SO much better now?
All over the world, we're being kept safe by these clowns.

And people keep having to take their shoes off before they can board a plane..........................................
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Occulus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-18-09 01:53 AM
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4. If they were serious about their job, they'd be using Unix
Edited on Tue Aug-18-09 01:57 AM by Occulus
The act that they're using Windows, of all things, for this type of work boggles the mind. They're going after hackers... using that?

I believe that's called "mistake number one". "Mistake number two" is failing to set the MySQL password- and that's a gigantic mistake, especially when going after hackers. I wonder if the guy slipped in a rootkit before he left their machine...

I think these stupid gits deserve the egg on their faces right now. It makes me wonder how many critical systems government in general have Windows somehow involved.
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Grinchie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-18-09 02:42 AM
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6. Quite a few ATM's use Windows
All one needs to do it look up ACI.
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comtec Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-18-09 03:53 AM
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7. Mistake one was putting a sensitive system like that online
without putting at least 2 firewalls between it and the net.
Mistake 1.1 was using windows.
winblows can be made secure if you put time into it.
of course 'nix is better, but c'mon.. these are the cops!
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Gman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-18-09 07:38 AM
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8. I started laughing when I saw they used Windows
I'm surprised they didn't use Access instead of MySQL.

That is hilarious.
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denem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-18-09 08:21 AM
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9.  MySQL with a blank password IS access!
:evilgrin:
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Recursion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-18-09 08:34 AM
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10. MySQL was how Trinity shut down the power grid
In possibly the only remotely-realistic hacking scene in the history of Hollywood.
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Occulus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-18-09 01:46 AM
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2. .
:rofl:

I can't stop giggling myself.
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Mojambo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-18-09 01:52 AM
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3. That is hilarious. n/t
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truthisfreedom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-18-09 01:55 AM
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5. Strange.
And as many of you have seen me say before, Weird.
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undeterred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-18-09 08:36 AM
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11. Its scary that this was so easy.
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