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FBI Informant Sabu Tied To Foreign Attacks
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SachinEE
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SachinEE,
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4/26/2014 | 6:12:57 AM
Re: FBI Informant Sabu Tied To Foreign Attacks
Who would have thought an FBI informant would be responsible for foreign attacks? That should be the big question on our minds. This is not the first time something like this has happened. This is merely a security breach. This is so wrong and something needs to be done. His sentencing should not be delayed by the department of justice. People need answers and justice should prevail. He exploited the vulnerability of the Plesk website which is a federal offence.
securityaffairs
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securityaffairs,
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4/25/2014 | 12:14:01 PM
Re: Stranger things ...
Hi Lorna, you have to consider the timeline of events. Sabu initially was a true hacktivist, he changed side after the arrest for convenience.

Anyway US intelligence has tried to infiltrate Anonymous in the last years to predict its operations. At the same time government entities have discovered the possibility to exploit hacktivism actions to cover their cyber campaigns, or to address the rage of groups like Anonymous against strategic targets in foreign government networks.

 
Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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4/25/2014 | 11:32:12 AM
Re: Stranger things ...
Sure, I'm not questioning the efficacy of the strategy, I am questioning why an agency would also be looking to entrap and prosecute the people they are using to perform these attacks. What, they think someone treated that way is going to stay quiet?

These are not nickle and dime CIs that you can pump for infomation on drug deals or a string of break-ins, lock up when they no longer suit your needs, and expect that no one will hear about it.
securityaffairs
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securityaffairs,
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4/25/2014 | 3:28:22 AM
Re: Stranger things ...
As I have explained in my blog post
"The involvement of groups of hacktivists such as Anonymous has numerous advantage for a covert operation like low costs, no official liability for the attacks and the opportunity to exploit them in a diversionary tactic to hide more sophisticated attacks conducted by state-sponsored hackers.
 
Many other governments would use a similar strategy to attack its adversary in the cyberspace."
Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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4/24/2014 | 5:12:10 PM
Stranger things ...
This does seem like the million dollar question: "He has long questioned why the government was using hackers that it was trying to entrap to also hack into foreign websites." The suggestion being that the FBI figured it could just deny and stonewall, or just didn't give a crap. Certainly not beyond the realm of possibility.


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