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FBI E-Mail Server Breached

CowboyNeal posted more than 9 years ago | from the breaking-and-reading dept.

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voma writes "The FBI said Friday it has shut down an e-mail system that it uses to communicate with the public because of a possible security breach. The bureau is investigating whether someone hacked into the www.fbi.gov e-mail system, which is run by a private company, officials said. 'We use these accounts to communicate with you folks, view internet sites, and conduct other non-sensitive bureau business such as sending out press releases,' Special Agent Steve Lazarus, the FBI's media coordinator in Atlanta, said in an e-mail describing the problem."

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Look at this spam I just got today (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11575896)

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Troll? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11575921)

Apparently some moderators can't read.

Re:Look at this spam I just got today (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11575942)

It's a fucking joke, you dumbfuck n00b with the mod points.

Re:Look at this spam I just got today (0, Redundant)

dhakbar (783117) | more than 9 years ago | (#11575983)

This wasn't a troll... this was a quite funny and entertaining parody of a spam message many of us have received.

Re:Look at this spam I just got today (1)

bobbyjack (444724) | more than 9 years ago | (#11576180)

If you actually think about this post, it's making some very important points, very cleverly. Shame it was posted AC.

Re:Look at this spam I just got today (2, Funny)

mfender9 (725994) | more than 9 years ago | (#11576325)

But what are they going to do for the nation's penis size?

Request (5, Insightful)

mingot (665080) | more than 9 years ago | (#11575900)

Neal, when you post an article like this the only thing anyone cares about is what OS (and especially if it was microsoft) got ownz0red. Please try to put this information in the summary. Thank you.

Re:Request (1)

ScentCone (795499) | more than 9 years ago | (#11575924)

That piece of their e-mail operations was run by AT&T. Or, was that SBC? It's all a blur...

Re:Request (2)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11575932)

Neal, when you post an article like this the only thing anyone cares about is what OS (and especially if it was microsoft) got ownz0red. Please try to put this information in the summary. Thank you.

It may have been non-Microsoft, hence censored.

Re:Request (1, Funny)

LurkerXXX (667952) | more than 9 years ago | (#11575968)

The 'editors' here don't even read their own site to prevent dupe stories. Now you think they are going to actually read the article posted, and also do background research for it?

Dream on.

Re:Request (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11576021)

It was running linux. For obvious reason he didn't mention this in his summary.

Re:Request (3, Insightful)

kg4gyt (799019) | more than 9 years ago | (#11576068)

It could be Linux, just with a poor pick for a password, or unpatched, or even configured incorrectly. Can't always immediately blame the OS, configuration can be just as large of a problem.

Pick for password. (2, Funny)

www.sorehands.com (142825) | more than 9 years ago | (#11576125)

1 2 3 4

Isn't that a good password?
I use it on my luggage too.

FIRE THE ADMINISTRATOR!!!! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11576100)

As you know, nobody ever got fired for buying a MS product. But people should get fired for installing unproven, unreliable software that they think is any good because they run it at home behind a Linksys router to download copyrighted content.

Re:Request (1)

Ant2 (252143) | more than 9 years ago | (#11576161)

Linux

http://uptime.netcraft.com/up/graph/?host=www.fb i. gov

Re:Request (3, Funny)

say (191220) | more than 9 years ago | (#11576171)

But Netcraft confirms it, mail.fbi.gov is dead!

More seriously, netcraft sez http://www.fbi.gov was running Sun-ONE-Web-Server on Linux when last queried at 4-Feb-2005 18:26:45 GMT. Whatever that is.

Re:Request (2, Informative)

Frank T. Lofaro Jr. (142215) | more than 9 years ago | (#11576243)

http://uptime.netcraft.com/up/graph?site=www.fbi.g ov [netcraft.com]

says it is running Linux.

Perhaps that is why Slashdot didn't post the operating system in the summary.

Re:Request (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11576341)


says it is running Linux.


It doesn't really. It says it's hosted by Akamai. Which means that the data is unreliable at best. Netcraft is actually detecting the OS and Web server software of Akamai's content serving nodes, which are most likely completely different from the FBI's actual servers.

See this FAQ item [netcraft.com] from Netcraft for more information.

How? (5, Funny)

The Grey Clone (770110) | more than 9 years ago | (#11575901)

How was this said in an e-mail if their e-mail server was down?

Re:How? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11575922)

It was obviously sent via the impenetrable forces of an AOL mail account, which never goes down.

Re:How? (1)

superpulpsicle (533373) | more than 9 years ago | (#11575930)

Come on, the FBI is like Don King. Believe half of what they say at best.

Re:How? (1)

Gyorg_Lavode (520114) | more than 9 years ago | (#11575937)

How many email servers can you send through right now?

Re:How? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11575960)

So, the FBI used smtp.comcast.net to relay this information?

Re:How? (5, Funny)

liquidsin (398151) | more than 9 years ago | (#11575941)

I'm more interested in how they use an email account to view internet sites...

Re:How? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11576126)

LOLZ

Re:How? (1)

Shabbs (11692) | more than 9 years ago | (#11576172)

HA! I was waiting for them to say "We had to turn off the CPU... you know, that big grey box thing underneath the monitor - the CPU."

Oh man.

Re:How? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11576342)

Pssst...that's the hard drive.

Re:How? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11576215)

That's easy. They use an Agora server [dmu.ac.uk] .

Re:How? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11576336)

Some sites require registration. I'm assuming this means these email addresses are used for this purpose.

Even worse... (1)

the_skywise (189793) | more than 9 years ago | (#11575944)

How can we verify it was REALLY from them if it didn't come from their usual IP Address!?

Maybe *this* is the hack! :)

Re:How? (5, Funny)

VB (82433) | more than 9 years ago | (#11575957)

It came from fbipressrelease723@hotmail.com

fp? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11575902)

perhaps?

confused (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11575914)

But wait. If this is the email system they use to communicate with people like us, then how did they send the email indicating the email server was shut down?!?!?

Re:confused (1)

dlt074 (548126) | more than 9 years ago | (#11575938)

they explain that in the other email.

first? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11575916)

what platform/server is this anyway?

WWW or SMTP (1)

anandpur (303114) | more than 9 years ago | (#11575933)

Are thay use WWW to send/receive e-mails like HotMail (WebDEV) or SMTP like every one else

Re:WWW or SMTP (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11575975)

Are thay use WWW

You maen tah intarweb?

A bird whispered in my ear that they use avian carriers with security bits turned on.

Re:WWW or SMTP (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11576047)

"...with security bits turned on."

Better than having their "naughty bits" turned on.

are you sure? (0, Redundant)

museumpeace (735109) | more than 9 years ago | (#11575939)

the post says The FBI said Friday it has shut down an e-mail system that it uses to communicate with the public because of a possible security breach. .... Special Agent Steve Lazarus, the FBI's media coordinator in Atlanta, said in an e-mail describing the problem."
I mean WHICH FBI email server was he using to send the message? How do we know its really Agent Steve and not somebody named 133thaxxor?

Re:are you sure? (5, Funny)

grub (11606) | more than 9 years ago | (#11576040)


and not somebody named 133thaxxor?

My name is Lee Thaxxor, you insensitive clod!

Re:are you sure? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11576289)

Well, no worries guy--he was talking about someone named L33.

Server was running Linux Sun-ONE-Web-Server/6.1 (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11575949)

From netcraft: Linux Sun-ONE-Web-Server/6.1

Re:Server was running Linux Sun-ONE-Web-Server/6.1 (2, Funny)

eln (21727) | more than 9 years ago | (#11576103)

Well then, I guess Netcraft confirms it: Linux-Sun-ONE-Web-Server/6.1 is dying.

omg (1)

phyruxus (72649) | more than 9 years ago | (#11576186)

has that joke ever been more ontopic? mod parent up!
:-D

Dupe! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11575951)

"Slashdot said Friday it has shut down an e-mail system that it uses to communicate with the public because of a possible security breach. The bureau is investigating whether someone hacked into the www.slashdot.org e-mail system, which is run by a private company, officials said. 'We use these accounts to communicate with you folks, view internet sites, and conduct other non-sensitive bureau business such as sending out press releases,' Special Agent CoyboyNeal, Slashdot's media coordinator in Atlanta, said in an e-mail describing the problem."

Familiar Special Agent (1)

Anonymous Cowherd X (850136) | more than 9 years ago | (#11575952)

'We use these accounts to communicate with you folks, view internet sites, and conduct other non-sensitive bureau business such as sending out press releases,' Special Agent Steve Lazarus, the FBI's media coordinator in Atlanta, said in an e-mail describing the problem.

Is that the same Special Agent Steve Lazarus who works in the marketing department at Yahoo and who is known for his CIA, FBI and NSA trolls?

And as a followup... (4, Funny)

Tackhead (54550) | more than 9 years ago | (#11575953)

> "We use these accounts to communicate with you folks, view internet sites, and conduct other non-sensitive bureau business such as sending out press releases," Special Agent Steve Lazarus, the FBI's media coordinator in Atlanta, said in an e-mail describing the problem.

In a followup e-mail describing the problem, Special Agent Laz Steverus said "No sensitive information was compromised, but today is a good time to remind citizens that the FBI is in posession of approximately 22,000,000,000 (TWENTY TWO BILLION DOLLARS) in uncollected judicial judgements from spammers, a portion of which we're trying to return to you folks. Just visit our web site, and read our press release, and it will instruct you in how to help us get this money back to you..."

Cool name. (5, Funny)

Gulik (179693) | more than 9 years ago | (#11575959)

Man, what I wouldn't give to be "Special Agent Lazarus." Everything you do sounds cool -- I mean, it might be an utterly boring document about e-mail usage, but you still get to call it "the Lazarus Report."

Re:Cool name. (5, Funny)

rxmd (205533) | more than 9 years ago | (#11575999)

Man, what I wouldn't give to be "Special Agent Lazarus." Everything you do sounds cool -- I mean, it might be an utterly boring document about e-mail usage, but you still get to call it "the Lazarus Report."
Even better: when you die, you're brought back to life by Special Agent Jesus!

Re:Cool name. (2, Funny)

nadadogg (652178) | more than 9 years ago | (#11576059)

Even better: when you die, you're brought back to life by Special Agent Jesus!

Then you have sex with your mom!
[/heinlein]

Re:Cool name. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11576259)

Even better: when you die, you're brought back to life by Special Agent Jesus!

Then you have sex with your mom!

"Then"?

Re:Cool name. (2)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 9 years ago | (#11576098)

Man, what I wouldn't give to be "Special Agent Lazarus."

Everything you do sounds cool


You know, for very similar reasons, I thought to myself "oh yeah, sure, I believe an article that claims to come from Special Agent Lazarus".

It sounds like such a hackneyed/stereotyped name that I didn't initially believe it. Wierd.

Well........ (1)

Prince Vegeta SSJ4 (718736) | more than 9 years ago | (#11575963)

can't you already register your own .mil domain? Some security.

HERE [techspot.com]

They use an email server to surf the web??? (3, Interesting)

dos4who (564592) | more than 9 years ago | (#11575964)

"'We use these accounts to ...view internet sites...".

I'm sorry, but when I hear a media spokesperson hiccup like that, my bullshit detector sends up an immediate flag. What was this email server really used for???

Re:They use an email server to surf the web??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11575997)

Guess what, RMS uses email to surf the web too. Once I emailed him about a web page and he mailed back "uh sorry, don't have web, please send me these pages". So I sent him these pages.

That's how real geeks do it!

Re:They use an email server to surf the web??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11576232)

FBI pr0n, what else [perfectpeople.net] (possibly not work-safe)

Re:They use an email server to surf the web??? (1)

lowrydr310 (830514) | more than 9 years ago | (#11576295)

It just means their spokesperson isn't very technologically literate.

I equate this spokesperson to people who think AOL is the internet.

FBI raids themselves (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11575981)

The FBI reportedly surrounded the building (after leaving it) and broke down the front door, only after realizing they had the keys. They confiscated the computers and surrounding evidence for further investigation. "It must be an insider doing the hacking, these systems were secure." said agent r0\/ l337zki.

In other news... (5, Funny)

teledyne (325332) | more than 9 years ago | (#11575984)

... the FBI, for a short time, became mysteriously more productive within the span of 12 hours. Some say that their coffee was spiked with a new secret uber-caffeine, while others say a lack of spam in their e-mail boxes allowed them to work more freely.

Not only that, but personnel over at the Central Intelligence Agency as well as the National Security Agency have also become more friendlier. One employee was noted saying, "Thank God! I was so fucking tired of those guys sending me pics of Goatse!"

GMAIL (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11575989)

The bureau is in the process of switching its e-mail accounts, officials said.

BETTER GET GMAIL!!!

Non Event (4, Informative)

I8TheWorm (645702) | more than 9 years ago | (#11575992)

The key phrases are run by a private company and We use these accounts to communicate with you folks, view internet sites, and conduct other non-sensitive bureau business such as sending out press releases.

I'm sure, like the NSA, that the FBI has (at least) two networks. One that is internal only for confidential/sensitive communication/files, and one for outside communication such as this one. At the NSA, they are completely seperate, with no ability to copy/move files from one to the other.

Re:Non Event (1)

nharmon (97591) | more than 9 years ago | (#11576130)

All you need is one floppy disk, or one hard copy.

Re:Non Event (1)

I8TheWorm (645702) | more than 9 years ago | (#11576197)

Yes, but no ability to copy/move files from one to the other, at least with regards to the NSA, means no floppies, no USB, etc... Really, meaning no ability at all.

Re:Non Event (1)

idontgno (624372) | more than 9 years ago | (#11576283)

...with regards to the NSA, means no floppies, no USB, etc... Really, meaning no ability at all.

I'm pretty sure the fine folks at Ft. Meade don't confiscate eyeballs and fingers. But admittedly, if you can't trust your personnel to not deliberately transfer data manually between nets, you might as well fire them all.

Re:Non Event (1)

StalinsNotDead (764374) | more than 9 years ago | (#11576319)

Haven't you seen The Recruit [imdb.com] ? I believe it's covered in the movie. Only, it was the CIA.

Re:Non Event (0, Troll)

Master Bait (115103) | more than 9 years ago | (#11576279)

There's no guarantee that the operation of the FBI's other network isn't also farmed out to a similar incompetent cheap-labor dweeb with appropriate Republican political connections.

Oh shoot (4, Funny)

SilverspurG (844751) | more than 9 years ago | (#11576002)

How was I supposed to know?

I'm sitting here in the training cubicle. The guy in the cube next to me decides to check his voicemail... ON SPEAKERPHONE. After he dials in his password (for the entire office to hear) I call softly over the cube wall,"I now have your password."

A tense silence followed, and I could tell that the general perception was "Yeah right--you're just the new guy."

So I brought up my handy DTMF generator and started replaying his password over and over (at a low volume, but just loud enough so that people in adjacent cubes could hear).

How was I supposed to know that he had the Admin password for the e-mail server stored in his voicemail?

At the same time... What sort of dumbass checks their voice mail on speakerphone in public office space?

Re:Oh shoot (1)

karnal (22275) | more than 9 years ago | (#11576056)

Our phone switch doesn't actually play the DTMF tones; it just gives a short "beep" to let you know you've entered a digit....

On the other hand, it does show up on the display, though, so I'm sure some of the more creative people could just pick up a random phone, hit redial, and watch the numbers fly by, noting that certain combinations of numbers aren't passwords (3337 skips through a message and erases it) etc.

Re:Oh shoot (1)

SilverspurG (844751) | more than 9 years ago | (#11576088)

Our phone switch doesn't actually play the DTMF tones

I've seen that sort of option on telephones which insist on making some sort of noise for the user. How does that work on speakerphone, though? Unless you're using some sort of proprietary internal phone system which passes the numbers to the switchboard without using the standard tone signals.

Re:Oh shoot (1)

Junta (36770) | more than 9 years ago | (#11576187)

One thought: pressing a key mutes the speaker (or emits alternate sound) before making the noise, noise stops before mute breaks. It's not as if you could hear anything over the tone anyway...

Re:Oh shoot (1)

karnal (22275) | more than 9 years ago | (#11576312)

Proprietary is right. It's a 10 year old phone switch, and the phones are digital, not analog -- I'm assuming they're using some hacked form of ISDN signalling protocol.

When I was doing computer support, it was fun to walk into an executive's office and smell burnt electronics -- they'd try to plug their analog modem into the digital circuit, and it would fry the modem.

This means war!!! (3, Funny)

toocoolforschool (848274) | more than 9 years ago | (#11576009)

Director Mueller wants his email (gunslinger_cute@fbi.gov) back with a vengeance.

No sensitive information? Re-think that (4, Insightful)

flinxmeister (601654) | more than 9 years ago | (#11576023)

I have worked with FBI agents on a few things, and I can't imagine this email server didn't have sensitive info flow through it.

I'm sure it's FBI policy to avoid it, but it's like a bank...how many people do you think send account numbers, SSN's, etc. to a bank via email? Do you think most people are going to see "fbi.gov" and not think it's safe to email them?

Regardless of what they say, IF this server was compromised, I bet the attacker saw all sorts of interesting things. It's not their fault, but it's probably more serious than they are letting on.

Re:No sensitive information? Re-think that (1)

TykeClone (668449) | more than 9 years ago | (#11576321)

Too many.

It's even more surprising to see the number of people who think a bank's domain "kind of looks like their own bank" and go ahead to register for online banking (giving SSN's, addresses, and account numbers) to the wrong bank - often in the wrong country.

Or did he? (5, Funny)

NMerriam (15122) | more than 9 years ago | (#11576029)

Special Agent Steve Lazarus, the FBI's media coordinator in Atlanta, said in an e-mail describing the problem.

Is this some sort of intelligence test? You get an email press release from someone saying the email account they use for press releases isn't reliable?

How long is this line going to hold? (2, Insightful)

PMuse (320639) | more than 9 years ago | (#11576037)

'We use these accounts to communicate with you folks, view internet sites, and conduct other non-sensitive bureau business such as sending out press releases,' Special Agent ... Lazarus said ...

We'll be seeing the first article any time now about classified material having been sent over this server. Some one start a pool.

hm (2, Funny)

EMH_Mark3 (305983) | more than 9 years ago | (#11576050)

Does that mean we need to change our passwords again?

Kinda makes you wonder... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11576058)

With all of the technical know-how of people here on slashdot ... Has Slashdot ever been breached?

Re:Kinda makes you wonder... (1)

the_mad_poster (640772) | more than 9 years ago | (#11576137)

With "all the technical know-how" on Slashdot, it's probably a spambot by now....

lo (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11576065)

<b>Quick test</b>

lol

Risk of compromise is low (2, Insightful)

Jack Taylor (829836) | more than 9 years ago | (#11576076)

According to the BetaNews Article [betanews.com] Officials said the actual risk of a system compromise was fairly low. So the question is, what did the sysadmin see that prompted him to shut the system down?

Special Agent Lazarus? (1)

i_want_you_to_throw_ (559379) | more than 9 years ago | (#11576083)

Lazarus? Really? Special Agent Jesus? By definition he should be able to resurrect the server and dole out retribution.

Old news... (1)

shamowfski (808477) | more than 9 years ago | (#11576089)

I like to see stuff on slashdot I didn't read on cnn [cnn.com] 4 hours ago...

Re:Old news... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11576329)

welcome to /.

I'm shocked and apalled (3, Funny)

b00m3rang (682108) | more than 9 years ago | (#11576112)

How could someone actually read someone else's email without their permission? Next these crackers will be listening to other people's phone calls. Then what, a knock on the door in the middle of the night?

No Wonder 9/11 Happened! (1, Interesting)

eno2001 (527078) | more than 9 years ago | (#11576124)

The FBI said Friday it has shut down an e-mail system that it uses to communicate with the public because of a possible security breach. The bureau is investigating whether someone hacked into the www.fbi.gov e-mail system, which is run by a private company, officials said. 'We use these accounts to communicate with you folks, view internet sites, and conduct other non-sensitive bureau business such as sending out press releases,' Special Agent Steve Lazarus, the FBI's media coordinator in Atlanta, said in an e-mail describing the problem.

OMFG!!!! The FBI can't tell the difference between the web www.fbi.gov and e-mail user@fbi.gov! Not only that, but they use their e-mail system to "view internet sites"???!!! WTF!!!? That's like a friend of mine asking me about a web address that looks like: http://user@fbi.gov! And the final nail in the coffin is that Special Agent Steve Lazarus sent an e-mail describing the problem to "communicate with you folks". Any guess that they are still using the same web/e-mail system to send out the press release? Wahoo it's so fun to participate in the idiotry of Slashdot!!! ;P

Re:No Wonder 9/11 Happened! (2, Funny)

eno2001 (527078) | more than 9 years ago | (#11576158)

I also fail it as I can't tell the difference between a
<B> and a </B>
.

Re:No Wonder 9/11 Happened! (1)

Beardo the Bearded (321478) | more than 9 years ago | (#11576223)

Or preview and submit, apparently. ;)

Re:No Wonder 9/11 Happened! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11576176)

Well, some sites require you to register with a real email address before you can view their content.

zerg (4, Funny)

Lord Omlette (124579) | more than 9 years ago | (#11576179)

Out of curiosity, does the FBI have any "normal" agents? Cause if they're all "special" agents, are they really that special?

Re:zerg (2, Informative)

vanza (125693) | more than 9 years ago | (#11576276)

A guy who used to work with me joined the FBI and got a "special agent" title right away. He also said everybody there was a "special agent", so maybe they just want to feel special.

Re:zerg (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11576298)

Special agents in training are called "agents". Once you graduate Quantico official, everyone's a "special agent".

Re:zerg (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11576345)

They make the ones who ride the short bus the "special" agents and give them jobs like media relations.

Here come the conspiracy theories... (2, Interesting)

Jack Taylor (829836) | more than 9 years ago | (#11576212)

Sending out press releases designed to provoke your suspect is a tried and tested method in law enforcement. What if they had a mission-critical email server that had been hacked but had to stay online no matter what? (Think of secure intelligence channels.) This press release could be to try and prevent him from coming back...

It would also explain how they were able to send the email ;)

No way (1)

Srsen (413456) | more than 9 years ago | (#11576261)

Special Agent Steve Lazarus, the FBI's media coordinator in Atlanta, said in an e-mail describing the problem.
Or DID he?

This Story is Surprising... Why? (2, Insightful)

Greyfox (87712) | more than 9 years ago | (#11576267)

I mean look at the recent news. Not like they employ the brightest IT grapes in the bunch. I guess the NSA is snapping up all of those guys. Notice how whenever you hear about some government agency fucking up an IT project, it's never the NSA? So we know where all of the good IT talent in the government is...

I guess I shouldn't hit below the belt like that but I'm still pissed off about millions of my dollars (And they were all MY dollars thptt!) being wasted on Virtual Case File. I bet some corrupt individuals got really, really rich off that project, too...

0mg L00n1x w4z 0wnz0r3d!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11576282)

This can't be!! Linux is secure!! Microsoft is teh suck!

Irony of irony (1)

nikkelitous (222386) | more than 9 years ago | (#11576296)

I love the irony of the FBI sending an E-mail press release explaining how they use E-mails for press releases.

Host (1)

101percent (589072) | more than 9 years ago | (#11576299)

Surprisingly the site runs linux.

Who wants to bet? (2, Interesting)

hanshotfirst (851936) | more than 9 years ago | (#11576314)

I'll wager 10:1 the "hacker" breaching the system was the RIAA bot searching for P2P software and mp3's on the server.

Originally I started thinking of this post as a joke, THEN I started thinking... what if the FBI really DID have a server with a collection of confiscated mp3's being held as "evidence" for "review" by agents at their convenience? And what if RIAA really did have such as hack-bot programmed and authorized to shutdown P2P systems?

Food for thought.

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