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Syrian Opposition Forces Social-Engineered And Hacked
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Kelly Jackson Higgins
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Kelly Jackson Higgins,
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2/4/2015 | 8:55:03 AM
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The psychological angle here is interesting to consider, too, isn't it? Even though cyberattacks seem sort of mechanical, there are people behind them, so psychology is a part of the equation. 
RyanSepe
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2/4/2015 | 8:27:49 AM
Re: Anonymity
@Kelly Jackson Higgins. I would definitely agree. A false flag seems highly probable when launching this type of data exfiltration technique. That and to your other point I would say if the previous statement is not the case then most likely they didn't care what happened to the data after they acquired it. Either it already served its purpose or there was some alterior motive.
Kelly Jackson Higgins
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Kelly Jackson Higgins,
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2/3/2015 | 3:58:31 PM
Re: Anonymity
Yep, @Marilyn! Plus I am a little skeptical of all of the Lebanon references...could be a false flag. OR they didn't care about attribution, either. 
Marilyn Cohodas
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Marilyn Cohodas,
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2/3/2015 | 3:56:19 PM
Re: Anonymity
Or they wanted someone to know that they were there ...
Kelly Jackson Higgins
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Kelly Jackson Higgins,
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2/3/2015 | 3:42:27 PM
Re: Anonymity
True that, @RyanSepe. And what also was interesting was how the attackers didn't bother to lock down the stolen data--FireEye's researchers were able to see/grab it from the FTP server, which wasn't credentials-protected. They either didn't know or didn't care if anyone found it. 
RyanSepe
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RyanSepe,
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2/3/2015 | 3:40:41 PM
Anonymity
These types of instances prove that you never truly know who is on the other side of cyber space. But I would say its a safe assumption that security best practices were not employed here.


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