A cautionary tale...
Tue, 04 Aug 98 13:18:04 +1000
I've deleted a signature from this, to be fair to a friend. It appears that a
piece of fake news (attached to the top of the recent inf-war report to the
government) is taking on a life of its own as fact. At least, it's getting
passed around the 'net as fact.
1) Authors, beware of making jokes. In this case, the disclaimer (that the news
is fake) is buried in a footnote a long way into the report. People aren't
reading that far down!
2) Have other Linkers encountered this one?
> This may be crap, but I got it off a government website. URL is
> Hackers Attack NZ & Aust for Joining Gulf Taskforce
> AZP London: A hacker group calling themselves the 'Anti-Christ Doom Squad'
> was involved in attacks against New Zealand and Australia just days after
> Wellington and Canberra announced troop deployments to the latest Gulf
> In a secret UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) report leaked
> today, the Auckland blackouts that crippled the city for weeks earlier in
> the year, were traced to electronic attacks on New Zealand's electricity
> distribution network, launched by computers in Amsterdam over the
> Internet. A senior government source in the Australian equivalent to GCHQ,
> the Defence Signals Directorate (DSD), confirmed that the widespread
> blackouts across the Australian state of Queensland were also traced to
> the same source.
> The 'Anti-Christ' hackers traversed computer systems worldwide using
> 'spoofed' user-names and stolen passwords to try to conceal their
> identity. Once inside the New Zealand power companies' supercomputer, the
> hackers accessed a control system commonly used in energy distributions
> systems to launch their attack. The Supervisory Control and Data
> Acquisition (SCADA) system controls switches and flows across most modern
> power distribution networks.
> The 'Anti Christ Doom Squad' then concentrated on manipulating one key
> choke-point on the outskirts of Auckland. It was the location where all
> five main powerlines converged before entering the city. The 'Doom Squad'
> altered the temperature within the gas-encased power lines thereby
> crippling them within minutes. The whole operation was launched and
> conducted from a drug café in Amsterdam using a lap-top and a modem.
> Simultaneous widespread blackouts across the Australian state of
> Queensland disrupted businesses, schools and emergency services. However,
> the DSD refused to comment on whether any other critical Australian
> infrastructures were affected.
> Because the attacks passed through computers in over 10 countries and
> legal jurisdictions, it will be almost impossible to bring the hackers to
> justice, the GCHQ report notes.
> The government of Iraq denies any connection with the blackouts.