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'Biggest Military Hack of All Time' Was Done Over a 56k Connection
Gizmodo ^ | 4:30 PM on Sat Aug 2 2008 | Gizmodo

Posted on 08/02/2008 2:16:23 PM PDT by CarrotAndStick



Gary McKinnon, the British hacker who broke into military computers looking for evidence of UFOs in the "biggest military hack of all time," did so using his home computer and a 56k modem. I think we just lost our rights to complain about not having Japan-fast broadband.

Using his own computer at home in London, McKinnon hacked into 97 computers belonging to and used by the U.S. government between February 2001 and March 2002.

McKinnon is accused of causing the entire U.S. Army's Military District of Washington network of more than 2,000 computers to be shut down for 24 hours.

Using a limited 56-kbps dialup modem and the hacking name "Solo" he found many U.S. security systems used an insecure Microsoft Windows program with no password protection.

He then bought off-the-shelf software and scanned military networks, saying he found expert testimonies from senior figures reporting that technology obtained from extra-terrestrials did exist.

At the time of his indictment, Paul McNulty, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, said: "Mr. McKinnon is charged with the biggest military computer hack of all time."

He's currently awaiting extradition to the United States where, if convicted, he'll face up to 70 years in jail and up to $1.75 million in fines. Let us know about that alien technology first, Gary! [Valleywag]


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Technical
KEYWORDS: callingartbell; computers; cybersecurity; dod; hack; hacker; mcnulty; military; security; ufo

1 posted on 08/02/2008 2:16:23 PM PDT by CarrotAndStick
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To: CarrotAndStick

...that we know of...


2 posted on 08/02/2008 2:17:56 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (I'm a non Soros non lefitst supporting maverick Gang of 1, who won't be voting for McCain.)
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To: CarrotAndStick
"..he found many U.S. security systems used an insecure Microsoft Windows program with no password protection..."

If so, whoever installed that should be fired.

I bet they did not even have a firewall.

3 posted on 08/02/2008 2:28:10 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: CarrotAndStick
Using a limited 56-kbps dialup modem and the hacking name "Solo" he found many U.S. security systems used an insecure Microsoft Windows program with no password protection.


4 posted on 08/02/2008 2:31:05 PM PDT by Old Sarge (CTHULHU '08 - I won't settle for a lesser evil any longer!)
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To: CarrotAndStick

he hacked it in ‘91 and ‘92 and it just finished downloading...


5 posted on 08/02/2008 2:43:00 PM PDT by edzo4
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To: edzo4

LOL!


6 posted on 08/02/2008 2:57:46 PM PDT by melsec (A Proud Aussie)
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To: CarrotAndStick

Does HE now have the advanced alien technology?


7 posted on 08/02/2008 3:12:34 PM PDT by 2harddrive (...House a TOTAL Loss.....)
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To: CarrotAndStick

I see a very cushy and lucrative job with a big software company in this guy’s future.


8 posted on 08/02/2008 3:16:38 PM PDT by frankiep (Every socialist is a disguised dictator - Ludwig von Mises)
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To: Old Sarge

Very funny!


9 posted on 08/02/2008 3:18:21 PM PDT by StormEye
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To: CarrotAndStick
"He then bought off-the-shelf software and scanned military networks, saying he found expert testimonies from senior figures reporting that technology obtained from extra-terrestrials did exist."

It's a well-known fact that ET has lousy data security!

10 posted on 08/02/2008 3:21:42 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: Southack

I think Mr McKinnon IS an extraterrestrial brought here to show our government it’s security is as solid as wet snotpaper.


11 posted on 08/02/2008 3:26:19 PM PDT by Cyman
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To: CarrotAndStick

Not the most flattering photo of him. Kind of makes him look like the illegitimate offspring of Danny Bonaduce and Carrot Top.


12 posted on 08/02/2008 3:35:39 PM PDT by Pablo64 (What is popular is not always right. What is right is not always popular.)
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To: frankiep
I see a very cushy and lucrative job with a big software company in this guy’s future.

Yeah, the IT Department for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, under STRICT supervision.
13 posted on 08/02/2008 3:46:36 PM PDT by mkjessup (Jimmy Carter is the Skidmark in the panties of American history.)
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To: CarrotAndStick

> He’s currently awaiting extradition to the United States where, if convicted, he’ll face up to 70 years in jail and up to $1.75 million in fines.

I hope he gets off scot-free: it will do no good at all to send him to gaol. Clearly the US Military needs somebody with his smarts to test their vulnerabilities. They should be thankful that it was only a relatively-harmless UFO nut doing the hack, rather than al Qaeda.


14 posted on 08/02/2008 3:47:10 PM PDT by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: CarrotAndStick
'Biggest Military Hack of All Time' Was Done Over a 56k Connection

oh, so what. 56K aint that far out of date.

Now, had he used a Commodore 64 with a blazing 300-baud modem, that would've been impressive!

15 posted on 08/02/2008 4:01:58 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Teachers open the door. It's up to you to enter.)
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To: Anti-Bubba182
Go Linux!
16 posted on 08/02/2008 4:26:36 PM PDT by wally_bert (Tactical Is Still Missing A Chair!)
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To: Tanniker Smith

Commodore 64, that’s no big deal, try an Atari 400 with the 300 baud Atari 830 modem.


17 posted on 08/02/2008 4:51:56 PM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: CarrotAndStick

Guys like this are 1000 times harmless than the porn-spammers. To call this the biggest military hack is a bad joke. The full time Chinese spy agents working 24/7 to hack our every system makes this look like what it is, amateur snooping. This is like a UFO nut standing outside a military base with a pair of goggles hoping to glimpse an alien autopsy. What the Chinese are doing is a concerted effort to glean every secret we have, both technological as well as military.


18 posted on 08/02/2008 5:26:21 PM PDT by douginthearmy
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To: CarrotAndStick

What’s the big deal about the connection? They act as if it were some extraordinary feat to hack on dialup as compared to some form of broadband. It’s all bits, only difference was in how fast he could hack it.

As for security, it doesn’t surprise me. One of the worst security setups I’ve seen while working with networks was a state system concerning their election and voter registration. It was practically wide open. Helping to set up a county node, I offered the info to the state network administrator with whom I was working. They weren’t concerned as a private sector employee couldn’t possibly know as much as a government one.


19 posted on 08/02/2008 7:16:26 PM PDT by kenth (Just think, .000001783% of the population is screwing it all up for the rest of us.)
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To: CarrotAndStick

Kevin Mitnik was using Win 3.1 to do his hacking.


20 posted on 08/02/2008 7:23:15 PM PDT by amigatec (Once you go Mac, you never go back!!!)
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To: kenth
They weren’t concerned as a private sector employee couldn’t possibly know as much as a government one.

Something uber-prophetic about that statement, I'll leave it for others to fully interpret.

21 posted on 08/03/2008 7:33:57 AM PDT by norraad ("What light!">Blues Brothers)
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To: CarrotAndStick
After McKinnon hacked into the Military computer, he was surprised to see this:


22 posted on 08/03/2008 9:47:53 PM PDT by anymouse
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To: CarrotAndStick

Gary can write a book and cover the cost of the fines.


23 posted on 08/07/2008 11:00:40 PM PDT by dragonblustar (Once abolish the God, and the government becomes the God - G. K. Chesterton)
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To: Quix

ping


24 posted on 08/07/2008 11:06:03 PM PDT by dragonblustar (Once abolish the God, and the government becomes the God - G. K. Chesterton)
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To: dragonblustar

Thanks.

Given all the givens . . .

He broke the law.

However, the criminal traitorous satanic globalist powers that be . . . are a law unto themselves.

They are supposed to be the people’s servants.

They have no moral nor other right to hide tons of things ehy are hiding in order to bring about the global government and the deaths of [they hope, plan and think] more than 5 billion people.


25 posted on 08/08/2008 7:50:16 AM PDT by Quix (key QUOTES POLS 1900 ON #76 http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2031425/posts?page=77#77)
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