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Hacker Breaches T-Mobile Systems, Reads US Secret Service Email
The Register ^ | January 12, 2005 | By Kevin Poulsen

Posted on 01/13/2005 11:16:20 AM PST by Yonkers Finest

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Doesn't say much for the IT staff over at T-Mobile now does it. Wonder if Rush got his account hijacked given the fondness he has for his Sidekick.
1 posted on 01/13/2005 11:16:24 AM PST by Yonkers Finest
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To: Yonkers Finest

Not gonna see that on the T-mobile commercials. Wonder if Catherine-Zeta jones got her account jacked?


2 posted on 01/13/2005 11:20:57 AM PST by Camaro1LE
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And she had that scary person stalking her too.

3 posted on 01/13/2005 11:22:25 AM PST by BurbankKarl
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To: Yonkers Finest

I read this earlier and laughed real good. Typical of a 21 year old. This kid is good but he got caught.


4 posted on 01/13/2005 11:22:46 AM PST by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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Why are we using a foreign gov't controlled company?


5 posted on 01/13/2005 11:26:42 AM PST by kaktuskid
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It is much worse than you think.

An American Expat in Southeast Asia

6 posted on 01/13/2005 11:28:30 AM PST by expatguy (http://laotze.blogspot.com/)
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To: ShadowAce

Ping-win-less interesting read.


7 posted on 01/13/2005 11:36:40 AM PST by LTCJ
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Who does this Fred Burks character think he is?
8 posted on 01/13/2005 11:39:11 AM PST by bikepacker67 ("This is the best election night in history." -- DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe 11/2/04 8pm)
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Doesn't say much for the IT staff over at T-Mobile now does it.

The USSS uses commercial e-mail to send unencrypted "highly sensitive information pertaining to ongoing USSS criminal cases"?

Doesn't say much for the USSS, does it?

9 posted on 01/13/2005 11:41:41 AM PST by LTCJ (said the person who broke into my FR account)
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Agents had the hacker's ICQ number, which he'd used to chat with the informant. A web search on the number turned up a 2001 resume for the then-teenaged Jacobsen, who'd been looking for a job in computer security. The email address was listed as ethics@netzero.net.

Sloppy, sloppy!

10 posted on 01/13/2005 11:48:53 AM PST by TheDon (The Democratic Party is the party of TREASON)
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To: Yonkers Finest

It's been going on for years. A recently published excerpt sample of SS email from 1997:

"Thunder Thighs called me a no good bastard today when I opened the door for her. Then she kicked B-dog when he ran up to greet her.

If that wasn't enough to be a typical day around here along comes Bent-1 with another awestruck, glassy eyed intern in tow. He sends the secratary out of the office takes the intern into the Oval and asks me to watch the door. A while later he sticks his head out asking for a light for a soggy cigar he's gumming."


11 posted on 01/13/2005 11:49:28 AM PST by Rebelbase (Who is General Chat?)
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To: bikepacker67

I would say he is a man who needs to shut up.


12 posted on 01/13/2005 11:51:04 AM PST by expatguy (http://laotze.blogspot.com/)
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To: Yonkers Finest

I love it. These technotards get burned all the time. If you want to keep a secret don't tell anyone, don't write it down, and for sure don't record it electronically.


13 posted on 01/13/2005 11:55:04 AM PST by JustAnotherOkie
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What it says is that T-Mobiles IT staff about average. The request for a proxy server indicates that some policy and procedures were already in place. That would indicate that the normal protections were in place.

The fact that he was able to get around those normal protections indicate that the T-Mobile staff does not have a top notch IT security on staff or as a consultant.

The truth be told, MOST companies fall in this range.
14 posted on 01/13/2005 11:55:08 AM PST by taxcontrol (People are entitled to their opinion - no matter how wrong it is.)
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I certainly feel comfortable that the National ID system that we're about to have will be secure, that no one will be able to more easily steal our identities than now, or simply find out private information about us. A-yup, I feel very comfortable, indeed...baaaaaah!


15 posted on 01/13/2005 11:59:18 AM PST by Ancesthntr
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bump


16 posted on 01/13/2005 12:11:43 PM PST by Truth is a Weapon (Truth, it hurts soooo good!)
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To: Ancesthntr

I'm prone to projectile vomit whenever I hear the words "National ID" mentioned.


17 posted on 01/13/2005 12:29:39 PM PST by Yonkers Finest
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LOL

Just how absurd that is in and of itself didn't even strike me at first.

I mean why even bother with emails. Secret Service should just create an online forum messageboard to post and discuss cureent secret intelligence. It will build a nice little community of sorts. Of course the website will have to be kept super duper extra top secret so the bad guys dont find it.


18 posted on 01/13/2005 12:33:32 PM PST by Yonkers Finest
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To: MeekOneGOP; PhilDragoo; potlatch; devolve; TexasCowboy; B4Ranch; F15Eagle; Salem; dennisw; Boazo; ..
JUST HOW SAFE IS YOUR EMIAL? - - ping.

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Hacker hit US wireless carrier, Secret ServiceSENSITIVE INFORMATION: Personal details of 400 T-Mobile USA's customers were obtained over a 10 month period, including those of a special agent

AP , WASHINGTON
Friday, Jan 14, 2005,Page 7

A hacker broke into a wireless carrier's network over at least seven months and read e-mails and personal computer files of hundreds of customers, including the Secret Service agent investigating the hacker, the government said on Wednesday.

The hacker obtained an internal Secret Service memorandum and part of a mutual assistance legal treaty from Russia. The documents contained "highly sensitive information pertaining to ongoing ... criminal cases," according to court records.

The break-in targeted the network for Bellevue, Washington-based T-Mobile USA, which has 16.3 million customers in the US. It was discovered during a Secret Service investigation, "Operation Firewall," which targeted underground hacker organizations known as Shadowcrew, Carderplanet and Darkprofits.

The hacker was able to view the names and Social Security numbers of 400 customers, all of whom were notified in writing about the break-in, T-Mobile said. It said customer credit card numbers and other financial information never were revealed.

"Safeguarding T-Mobile customer information is a top priority for the company," said a spokesman, Peter Dobrow. He said T-Mobile discovered the break-in late in 2003 and "immediately took steps that prevented any further access to this system."

Court records said the hacker had access to T-Mobile customer information from at least March through last October.

The Secret Service said its agent, Peter Cavicchia, should not have been using his personal handheld computer for government work. Cavicchia, a respected investigator who has specialized in tracking hackers, was a T-Mobile customer who coincidentally was investigating the T-Mobile break-in, according to court documents and a Secret Service spokesman, Jonathan Cherry.

Cavicchia, who won the Secret Service's medal of valor for his actions in the Sept. 11 terror attacks, resigned to work in the private sector. He said he was not asked to leave and said he was cleared during an internal investigation into whether he had improperly revealed sensitive information or violated agency rules.

Nicolas Lee Jacobsen, 21, of Santa Ana, California, a computer engineer, has been charged with the break-in in US District Court in Los Angeles. Court records said an online offer last March, traced to Jacobsen, claimed hackers could look up the name, Social Security number, birth date and passwords for voice mails and e-mails for T-Mobile customers.

Investigators said they traced the hacker's online activities to a hotel in Williamsport, New York, where Jacobsen was staying. Jacobsen, who was arrested in October in California, was released on a US$25,000 bond posted by his uncle, who was ordered to keep his own personal computer locked up so Jacobsen couldn't use it.

The case against Jacobsen was first reported by the Web site Security Focus. This story has been viewed 75342 times.

19 posted on 01/15/2005 7:41:06 AM PST by Happy2BMe ("Islam fears democracy worse than anything- If the imams can't control it - they will kill it.)
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To: Yonkers Finest

Sigh....I wonder when folks are going to realize that nothing is absolutely secure and hack-proof.


20 posted on 01/15/2005 7:43:41 AM PST by mabelkitty (Blackwell for Governor in 2006!!!)
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