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IMF Cyber Attack....Couldn't happen to a nicer organization
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I.M.F. Reports Cyberattack Led to Very Major Breach'
By DAVID E. SANGER and JOHN MARKOFF
Published: June 11, 2011 NYT

WASHINGTON The International Monetary Fund, still struggling to find a new leader after the arrest of its managing director last month in New York, was hit recently by what computer experts describe as a large and sophisticated cyberattack whose dimensions are still unknown.

The fund, which manages financial crises around the world and is the repository of highly confidential information about the fiscal condition of many nations, told its staff and its board of directors about the attack on Wednesday. But it did not make a public announcement.

Several senior officials with knowledge of the attack said it was both sophisticated and serious. "This was a very major breach," said one official, who said that it had occurred over the last several months, even before Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the French politician who ran the fund, was arrested on charges of sexually assaulting a chamber maid in a New York hotel.

Asked about the reports of the computer attack late Friday, a spokesman for the fund, David Hawley, declined to provide details or talk about the scope or nature of the intrusion. "We are investigating an incident, and the fund is fully functional," he said.

Because the fund has been at the center of economic bailout programs for Portugal, Greece and Ireland and possesses sensitive data on other countries that may be on the brink of crisis its database contains potentially market-moving information. It also includes communications with national leaders as they negotiate, often behind the scenes, on the terms of international bailouts. Those agreements are, in the words of one fund official, "political dynamite in many countries." It was unclear what information the attackers were able to access.

The concern about the attack was so significant that the World Bank, an international agency focused on economic development, whose headquarters is across the street from the I.M.F. in downtown Washington, cut the computer link that allows the two institutions to share information.

A World Bank spokesman said the step had been taken out of "an abundance of caution" until the severity and nature of the cyberattack on the I.M.F. is understood. That link enables the two institutions to share nonpublic data and conduct meetings, but users of the system say that it does not permit access to confidential financial data.

Companies and public institutions are often hesitant to describe publicly the nature or success of attacks on their computer systems, partly for fear of providing information that would be useful to the individuals or countries mounting the efforts. Even so, Google has recently been aggressive in announcing attacks and, in one recent case, of declaring that its origin was China, an accusation the Chinese government quickly denied.

But in the case of the I.M.F., officials declined to say where they believe the attack originated a delicate subject because most nations are members of the fund.

The attacks were likely to have been made possible by a technique known as "spear phishing," in which an individual is fooled into clicking on a malicious Web link or running a program that allows open access to the recipient's network. It is also possible that the attack was less specific, a case in which an intruder was testing the system merely to see what was available.

The fund said that it did not believe that the intrusion into its systems was related to a sophisticated digital break-in at RSA Security that took place in March, which compromised some information that companies and governments use to control access to their most sensitive computer systems. RSA notified its clients of the loss of its data, and last month hackers attempted to use the information stolen from RSA to gain access to computers and networks at the Lockheed Martin Corporation, the nation's largest military contractor.

After that attack, the World Bank briefly shut down external access to its most sensitive systems, for fear that the stolen information could make it a target. But it quickly resumed its normal operations and says it has seen no evidence of any attacks.
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It hasn't appeared yet in public. Could be a false flag to go after Anonymous since they had them in their sights and to bolster NATO's announcement of war on Anonymous. Could be a state who wants some inside information....Ireland....Greece...take a number and wait.
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Magda Hassan Wrote:.....take a number and wait.
Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin :kraka:
"Let me issue and control a nation's money and I care not who writes the laws. - Mayer Rothschild
"Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience! People are obedient in the face of poverty, starvation, stupidity, war, and cruelty. Our problem is that grand thieves are running the country. That's our problem!" - Howard Zinn
"If there is no struggle there is no progress. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and never will" - Frederick Douglass
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Heh...unfortunately, it didn't blow the place up, but I can always dream.
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Just thinking out loud.....but could this have some connection to the arrest of the Director - or his being set up and taken down?! They are saying very little, but seem to hint it was a very BIG and MAJOR cyber attack! Insider putsch going on? Outsider attacks? Those third world people most negatively affected by the IMF, for the most part, are not able to attack. Yes, some more powerful countries like Greece, Ireland, Portugal, et al. are..... and of course Russia and China would be interested to see 'the books' - plus there are individual and groups of hackers who just hate that kind of Oligarchic structure......
"Let me issue and control a nation's money and I care not who writes the laws. - Mayer Rothschild
"Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience! People are obedient in the face of poverty, starvation, stupidity, war, and cruelty. Our problem is that grand thieves are running the country. That's our problem!" - Howard Zinn
"If there is no struggle there is no progress. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and never will" - Frederick Douglass
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Peter Lemkin Wrote:Just thinking outloud.....but could this have some connection to the arrest of the Director - or his being set up and taken down?!
Could well do Peter.
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"He would, wouldn't he?" Mandy Rice-Davies. When asked in court whether she knew that Lord Astor had denied having sex with her.

“I think it would be a good idea” Ghandi, when asked about Western Civilisation.
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Investigation Into IMF Cyber Attack

June 12th, 2011
In other news: Hacker Groups Thoroughly Infiltrated by Government
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Via: RTE: http://www.rte.ie/news/2011/0612/imf.html

The FBI is helping the International Monetary Fund investigate a cyber attack on its computer systems.

It is understood the breach was designed to install software which would create a digital insider presence'.

The IMF, which holds sensitive economic data about many countries, said its operations were fully functional.

A cybersecurity expert who has worked for both the IMF and the World Bank said the intruders' goal had been to install software that would give a nation state a digital insider presence' on the IMF network.

Such a presence could yield a trove of non-public economic data used by the Fund to promote exchange rate stability, support balanced international trade and provide resources to remedy members' balance-of-payments crises.

It was a targeted attack,' said Tom Kellerman, who has worked for both international financial institutions and who serves on the board of a group known as the International Cyber Security Protection Alliance.

The code used in the IMF incident was developed specifically for the attack on the institution, said Mr Kellerman.

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