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It's down to Slovakia on Europe bailout plan

Malta votes for a proposal to beef up the fund for debt-strapped nations, which Europe's leaders are hoping will help contain the crisis.
But in Slovakia, one party has threatened to block the plan.

By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
6:33 PM PDT, October 10, 2011
Reporting from London

Following approval by the tiny island of Malta, a crucial plan to beef up Europe's bailout fund for debt-strapped nations now lies in the hands of lawmakers in Slovakia, where the outcome remains up in the air.

The Maltese parliament voted unanimously Monday in favor of the plan, which would increase the rescue fund's lending capacity to about $600 billion and enable it to buy government bonds and extend credit lines to distressed banks. European leaders hope the extra firepower will help contain the debt crisis that has rocked both the regional and global economy.

But the strengthened fund requires ratification by all 17 nations that use the euro, and in Slovakia, the only one left to decide, a junior party in the governing coalition has threatened to block the plan. Last-ditch talks with the dissidents on Monday reportedly failed to reach a resolution, leaving European officials and international investors on tenterhooks ahead of a vote expected in the Slovak parliament Tuesday.

Still, Europe's main stock markets all closed higher Monday. The rally was fueled by hope that the expanded bailout fund would eventually pass and that the leaders of France and Germany, the Eurozone's most influential countries, would fulfill their pledge to present a new strategy for dealing with the debt crisis and the region's shaky banks by the end of the month.

Markets were also buoyed by an agreement among Belgium, France and Luxembourg to shore up jointly owned Dexia bank, the first major lender to fall victim to the crisis because of its large holdings of Greek debt. Many experts say that Greece is on track to default in the near future, which would inflict heavy losses on banks across Europe; those without a sufficient capital cushion could be wiped out.

Brussels said Monday that it would buy Dexia's retail division within Belgium for $5.4 billion, essentially nationalizing the privately owned Belgian portion of the institution. All three countries also agreed to provide about $122 billion in guarantees to the bank while it prepares to sell off some of its operations to raise money.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy acknowledged over the weekend that the debt crisis now encompassed a banking crisis as well. The two leaders said they would unveil a new plan to recapitalize Europe's banks as soon as possible.

As for the beefed-up rescue fund, what was originally touted as a comprehensive solution is now widely considered merely a prelude to stronger measures that will have to be taken to keep the euro crisis from spreading to larger economies, such as Spain and Italy. European officials are scrambling to put together a package that could leverage the fund to make it worth more than $2 trillion.

But such a move is likely to be controversial and subject to intense debate by European leaders. On Monday, Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European Union, said he would postpone a summit scheduled for next week until Oct. 23, to give officials more time "to finalize our comprehensive strategy."

In Slovakia, Prime Minister Iveta Radicova is trying to overcome objections to a strengthened bailout fund raised by one of her party's coalition partners, the Freedom and Solidarity party, which contends that Slovak taxpayers should not have to pay for the mistakes of richer countries that recklessly overspent.

Without the party's support in parliament, Radicova would have to rely on opposition votes to pass the measure. But the main opposition leader has said that the price for his backing would be new elections.

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Pricey Pumps the Price for Lawyer’s Advice to ID Scammers
By Kim Zetter
October 10, 2011 | 5:36 pm
Categories: Crime

More than 100 people, including a New York attorney, have been indicted in what is being termed the largest identity theft case ever prosecuted in the United States. The ring allegedly involved corrupt insiders at banks, stores and restaurants stealing customer data.

The suspects, members of five criminal gangs that operated primarily out of Queens County, New York, have ties to gangs in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and were allegedly responsible for fraud losses that amounted to more than $13 million in the 16-month period between May 2010 and September 2011. Eighty-six of the defendants have been arrested, while the remainder are still being sought, according to the Queens County District Attorney’s office.

New York attorney Susan Persaud, who was arrested Oct. 4, is accused of aiding some of the defendants by providing them with information about how to conduct their crimes and evade authorities. Persaud, 34, allegedly received payment for her services in the form of expensive designer shoes. Persaud did not respond to a call for comment.

“This is by far the largest and certainly amongst the most sophisticated identity-theft credit card fraud cases that any of us have ever seen,” said Queens district attorney, Richard A. Brown, in a statement.

According to an Operation Swiper press release (.pdf), restaurant and store employees used hand-held skimming devices to swipe the bank card details of customers in some cases, while bank employees stole data in other cases.

That data was then passed to criminal colleagues who embossed the data onto blank cards and passed them to mules who went on high-end shopping sprees in New York, Florida, Massachusetts, California and elsewhere. The mules racked up charges, buying iPads, iPhones, and other Apple electronics, as well as designer handbags from Gucci and Louis Vuitton, and designer shoes and jewelry, much of which was fenced online for cash.

Not all of the defendants engaged in card crimes, however. At least four defendants were plotting an old-fashioned bank robbery — targeting a branch of the Flushing Savings Bank in Queens — but were thwarted after investigators learned of the plan through intercepted telephone calls and placed a marked police car in front of the bank to deter them.

Five defendants also were charged with stealing more than $95,000 worth of cargo containing drill bits and power tools from Quantas Airways at Kennedy Airport, and seven have been charged with stealing about $850,000 worth of computer equipment from the Citigroup Building in Long Island City. One of the defendants, Angel Quinones, worked at the building as a security guard for Allied Barton Security Services, while another defendant was a former employee of Citicorp.

A number of the suspects were living large while conducting their crimes, staying at five-star hotels like the Fontainbleau and Royal Palm in Miami Beach and at Las Casitas Village at El Conquistor in Puerto Rico, charging their rooms to victims’ credit card accounts. They also used fraudulent cards to rent luxury cars such as Lamborghinis and Porsches and, in one case, to lease a private jet to fly from New York to Florida.

The police and prosecutors told the New York Times that they received no tips from credit card companies or retail businesses when the fraudulent activity began, even though balances on stolen accounts were skyrocketing and should have set off alerts.

The investigation, dubbed “Operation Swiper,” began in October 2009 when police officers in Queens County launched a joint investigation with the district attorney’s office into an identity theft ring that was operating locally. The investigation quickly ballooned to involve physical surveillance, as well as wiretaps on dozens of phones. Authorities say they intercepted thousands of calls that had to be translated into English from Russian, Mandarin and Arabic.

Imran Khan, Ali Khweiss, Anthony Martin, Sanjay “Rocky” Deowsarran and Amar Singh were the alleged “bosses” of the criminal enterprises based in the U.S., who received lists of bank card data from skimmers in the U.S. and from associates in Russia, Libya, Lebanon and China. They allegedly contracted with others to embed the stolen data onto fraudulent cards. In some cases, the fraudulent cards included artwork and logos from financial institutions to make them look like legitimate cards. In other cases, the fraudsters also made forged government identification — such as a New York State driver’s license — to match the name on the forged credit card to make it easier to use.

Authorities raided 15 locations throughout New York City and Long Island — including several “mills” where fraudulent documents were manufactured — and seized about $650,000 in cash, seven handguns, and a truck full of electronics, shoes and watches, skimmers, card readers and card embossers.

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Another flight of fancy for conspiracy theorists as 'UFO' is caught on camera off Cornish coast

By Nadia Gilani
Last updated at 1:07 PM on 11th October 2011

Spotting a UFO is not the kind of sight-seeing you expect to find when you go on holiday.

But that is exactly what one man chanced upon without even realising it when he thought he was taking a picturesque photograph of the sea.

The witness had been taking a stroll in Black Head at Trenarren near St Austell, Cornwall at around 5pm on August 1, when he pulled out his camera to capture a snap of the sea.


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In a strange twist, it was not until he later downloaded the photograph from his digital camera onto his computer that he noticed the mysterious 'flying object' hovering above.

The photograph of the circular object has now been unveiled at the Cornwall UFO Research Group (CUFORG), which was founded by Dave Gillham in 1995.
He said: 'The person who took the photo never saw anything in the area while taking the photo.

'It was only when he got home and downloaded it onto his computer that he saw an object - a disc shaped craft, hovering just above the sea.

'There appear to be two trails of water beneath the object which looks as though they are falling from it in to the sea.
'It could be that the object has just emerged from the sea.'

Mr Gillham could not shed any further light on the origins of the object, which has left many scratching their heads for an explanation.

Other observers have a more straight forward answer - it is merely a seagull doing to the loo mid-flight.

A spokesman for the Royal Navy air base at nearby Culdrose confirmed that no military aircraft were in the area at the time.

He said: 'Culdrose did not have any aircraft airborne after 5pm on Monday August 1 so any helicopter in the St Austell area was not one of ours.

'As the airfield was closed until approximately 19.00 when the SAR was scrambled to an incident at Newquay the radar was not manned between 17.00 and 19.00.

'It is always possible of course that a civilian helicopter could have been in the vicinity of St Austell around 17.14.'

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Activists to march on billionaires' homes

Published: Oct. 11, 2011 at 4:30 AM
NEW YORK, Oct. 11 (UPI) --

Occupy Wall Street activists promised to march on the homes of five New York billionaires Tuesday to decry the planned expiration of a state millionaires' tax.

They planned an afternoon march to an area once informally known as the "Silk Stocking District" to the exclusive homes of News Corp. Chief Executive Officer Rupert Murdoch, JPMorgan Chase & Co. CEO Jamie Dimon, conservative billionaire David Koch, financier Howard Milstein and hedge fund mogul John Paulson, march organizers said.

The marchers planned to present oversize checks at each location to dramatize how much less the billionaires will pay when New York state's 2 percent tax on millionaires expires Dec. 31.

"While everyone else is struggling and being asked to make sacrifices to get through the economic downturn, these folks are actually being given more money to line their pockets," Occupy spokesman Doug Forand told the amNewYork newspaper. "They live in luxury -- these folks don't need a tax break."

The tax-law expiration is "fiscally, economically and morally wrong," Forand told the New York Daily News.

None of the targeted billionaires had any immediate comment on the march or the tax-law change.

The demonstrations, which began Sept. 17, have spread to 150 U.S. and European cities, ABC News reported.

Protesters in Boston and Atlanta feared mass arrests as before dawn Tuesday after police in both cities threatened mass arrests if occupiers didn't vacate city parks.

Atlanta organizers planned to march to the Bank of America building Tuesday morning.

The Occupy protesters say they are demonstrating against the richest 1 percent of the population, who hold 35.6 percent of the country's wealth, and what the protesters say is Wall Street greed that contributed to the global economic crisis. Their demands include wanting limits imposed on corporate donations to political campaigns.

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« Reply #5240 on: Oct 11th, 2011, 09:25am »

5241 above is a seagull. You can even see the opposite side wing.

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on Oct 11th, 2011, 09:25am, HAL9000 wrote:
5241 above is a seagull. You can even see the opposite side wing.

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It sure looks like a seagull.

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on Oct 11th, 2011, 09:25am, HAL9000 wrote:
5241 above is a seagull. You can even see the opposite side wing.

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I'd say so too.


Not a seagull but maybe General Veers' ("Star Wars - The Empire Strikes Back") dog grin :

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« Reply #5243 on: Oct 11th, 2011, 1:01pm »

Good morning Phil!

Thank you for that photo. I love it. Looks like the dog doesn't though. grin

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Nah, he's just looking for the rebel base. wink


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Thanks Phil! cheesy


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Journey to Antarctica: Mission to Drill Lake Buried Under 2 Miles of Ice

Published October 11, 2011

A team of British engineers is set to begin a journey to a lake hidden beneath nearly 2 miles of Antarctic ice.

The explorers depart next week for Antarctica on the first stage of an ambitious scientific mission to collect water and sediment samples from a lake buried beneath 1.8 miles (3 kilometers) of solid ice. This mission will hopefully yield new knowledge about the evolution of life on Earth and other planets, and will provide vital clues about the Earth's past climate.

It is one of the most remote and hostile environments on Earth, with temperatures that hover at minus 13 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 25 degrees Celsius). Their task is to prepare the way for the "deep-field" research mission that will take place next year, when the team of scientists and engineers will live in tents, spending around three months working above the lake.

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In October 2012, a team of 10 scientists and engineers will use state of the art hot-water drilling technology to make a borehole through the ice to the lake below. They will then lower a titanium probe to measure and sample the water followed by a corer to extract sediment from the lake.

New lifeforms?


For years, scientists have speculated that new and unique forms of microbial life could have evolved in the cold, pitch-black and isolated environment of these subglacial lakes. Sediments on the lakebed are likely to reveal vital clues about the history of life in the lake and the ancient history of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, including past collapse.

"Finding life in a lake that could have been isolated from the rest of the biosphere for up to half a million years will tell us so much about the potential origin of and constraints for life on Earth, and may provide clues to the evolution of life on other extraterrestrial environments," Pearce said in a statement. "If we find nothing, this will be even more significant because it will define limits at which life can no longer exist on the planet."

The unique 16-foot-long (5 meters) water-sampling probe will collect 24 water samples at different lake depths. It will also capture the top layer of sediments where the lake-floor meets the water.

The sediment corer can extract a core up to 10 feet (3 m) long. The corer is strong enough to penetrate even the most compacted glacial sediments to extract a core sample.

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"Finding life in a lake that could have been isolated from the rest of the biosphere for up to half a million years will tell us so much about the potential origin of and constraints for life on Earth, and may provide clues to the evolution of life on other extraterrestrial environments," Pearce said in a statement. "If we find nothing, this will be even more significant because it will define limits at which life can no longer exist on the planet."

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Saudi says Iran will "pay the price" for alleged plot
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TEHRAN/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia vowed on Wednesday that Iran would "pay the price" for an alleged plot to kill its ambassador in Washington and U.S. officials said there could be a push for a new round of U.N. sanctions.

Tehran angrily rejected the charges laid out by a number of top U.S. officials on Tuesday as "amateurish," but a threat nevertheless to peace and stability in the Gulf, a region critical to global oil supplies with a number of U.S. military bases.

"The burden of proof is overwhelming... and clearly shows official Iranian responsibility for this. Somebody in Iran will have to pay the price," senior Saudi prince Turki al-Faisal, a former ambassador to Washington, said in London.

Vice President Joe Biden echoed those hawkish sentiments, telling U.S. network ABC Iran would be held accountable. He said Washington was working for a new round of international sanctions against Iran, warning that "nothing has been taken off the table."

U.S. authorities said on Tuesday they had broken up a plot by two men linked to Iran's security agencies to assassinate Saudi Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir. One was arrested last month while the other was believed to be in Iran.

The motive for the alleged plot was not clear. Iran has in the past assassinated its own dissidents abroad, but an attempt to kill an ambassador would be a highly unusual departure.

Iran and Saudi Arabia are bitter regional and to some extent sectarian rivals, but they maintain diplomatic ties and even signed a security agreement in 2001. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visited Riyadh in 2007.

The United States has led a global effort to isolate Iran and pile on United Nations sanctions in recent years over Tehran's nuclear energy program which Washington and its regional allies including Israel and Saudi Arabia fear is a front for developing nuclear weapons. Iran denies nuclear arms ambitions.

Those allies fear Washington could take its eye off the ball on Iran. US diplomatic cables from Riyadh leaked by Wikileaks over the past year -- in which Jubeir features prominently -- show Riyadh repeatedly pushing the United States to take a tougher stand, including the possible use of military force.

Tensions rose between Riyadh and Tehran when Saudi Arabia sent troops to help Bahrain put down pro-democracy protests let by the island state's Shi'ite majority that both governments accused Iran, a non-Arab Shi'ite state, of fomenting.

This month Riyadh accused some among its Shi'ite Muslim minority of conspiring with a foreign power -- a reference to Iran -- to cause instability, following street clashes in the Eastern Province.

But Iranian analyst Saaed Leylaz said it was hard to see why Iran would risk involving itself in such a plot.

"Killing the Saudi envoy in America has no benefit for Iran," he said. "The consequences of this plot are dangerous ... It could cause military confrontation in 2012 between Iran and America."

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A Western diplomat in Riyadh said the charges would likely be discussed at the UN Security Council.

"The U.S. and Saudi Arabia and other allies are discussing the possibility of taking this to the Security Council because this is an assault on a foreign diplomat in the U.S," he said.

President Barack Obama, who seeks reelection next year, called the alleged conspiracy a "flagrant violation of U.S. and international law."

The United States said Tehran must be held to account and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she hoped countries hesitant to enforce existing sanctions on Iran would now "go the extra mile."

But also seeking recourse in the world body, Iran's ambassador to the United Nations voiced outrage and complained of U.S. "warmongering" in a letter to Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon. "The U.S. allegation is, obviously, a politically motivated move and a showcase of its long-standing animosity toward the Iranian nation," Mohammad Khazaee wrote.

Ali Larijani, Iran's parliament speaker, said the "fabricated allegations" aimed to divert attention from Arab uprisings Iran says were inspired by its own Islamic revolution that toppled the U.S.-backed Shah -- though Islam has not been the overt driving force for unrest across the Arab world.

"America wants to divert attention from problems it faces in the Middle East, but the Americans cannot stop the wave of Islamic awakening by using such excuses," Larijani said, calling the a "childish, amateur game."

"These claims are vulgar," he said in an open session of parliament. "We believe that our neighbors in the region are very well aware that America is using this story to ruin our relationship with Saudi Arabia."

The State Department issued a three-month worldwide travel alert for American citizens, warning of the potential for anti-U.S. action, including within the United States.

"The U.S. government assesses that this Iranian-backed plan to assassinate the Saudi ambassador may indicate a more aggressive focus by the Iranian government on terrorist activity against diplomats from certain countries, to include possible attacks in the United States," it said in a statement.

At a news conference, FBI Director Robert Mueller said a convoluted plot involving monitored international calls, Mexican drug money and an attempt to blow up the ambassador in a Washington restaurant smacked of a Hollywood movie.

Attorney-General Eric Holder tied it to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), guardian of Iran's 1979 revolution, and the Quds Force, its covert, operational arm.

"I think one has to be concerned about the chilling nature of what the Iranian government attempted to do here," he said.

QUDS FORCE CONNECTION

The primary evidence linking Iran to the alleged conspiracy is that the arrested suspect is said to have told U.S. law enforcement agents that he had been recruited and directed by men he understood were senior Quds Force officials.

The Quds Force has not previously been known to focus on targets in the United States.

A plot against targets inside the U.S. "would be a first for the Quds Force," said Kenneth Pollack, a former CIA and National Security Council analyst who now heads the Saban Center at the Brookings Institution in Washington.

"I do want to hear more about what evidence (U.S. authorities) have and why they believe" that the Quds Force was involved, Pollack said.

U.S. officials said there had also been initial discussions about other plots, including attacking the Saudi and Israeli embassies in Washington, but no charges for those were brought.

There are no formal diplomatic ties between the Islamic republic and Washington, which accuses Tehran of backing terrorism and pursuing nuclear arms, charges Iran denies.

Iran already faces tough U.S. economic and political sanctions and Washington slapped further sanctions on five Iranians, including four senior members of Quds.

U.S. SAYS AMBASSADOR NEVER IN DANGER

U.S. officials identified the two alleged plotters as Gholam Shakuri, said to be a member of the Quds Force, and Manssor Arbabsiar, who was arrested on September 29 when he arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport from Mexico.

Arbabsiar, 56, a naturalized U.S. citizen with an Iranian passport, initially cooperated with authorities after being arrested. He made calls to Shakuri after being arrested and acted as if the plot was still a go, court documents said.

Arbabsiar appeared briefly in a Manhattan courtroom on Tuesday where he was ordered detained and assigned a public defender. He appeared in blue jeans and a dress shirt, with thinning gray hair and a scar on the left side of his face.

Officials said the Saudi ambassador, who is close to King Abdullah and has been in his post since 2007, was never in danger. Obama was briefed in June about the alleged plot.

Court documents say a plot began to unfold in May 2011 when Arbabsiar sought help from an individual in Mexico who was posing as an associate of an unidentified drug cartel and who was in fact a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration informant.

The unidentified paid informant tipped off law enforcement agents, according to the criminal complaint. Arbabsiar paid $100,000 to the informant in July and August for the plot, a down-payment on the $1.5 million requested.

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Shakuri approved the plan to kill the ambassador during telephone conversations with Arbabsiar, the complaint said.

As part of the plot, the informant talked to Arbabsiar about trying to kill the ambassador at a Washington, D.C. restaurant he frequented, but warned him that could lead to dozens of others being killed, including U.S. lawmakers.

The criminal complaint said that Arbabsiar responded "no problem" and "no big deal."

In a monitored call, Shakuri told Arbabsiar to execute the plot, saying "just do it quickly, it's late," court papers say.

After Arbabsiar's arrest in New York, he gave U.S. authorities more details of Tehran's alleged involvement, Holder said.

Mueller, the FBI director, said that "individuals from one country sought to conspire with a drug trafficking cartel in another country to assassinate a foreign official on United States soil."

He added: "Though it reads like the pages of a Hollywood script, the impact would have been very real and many lives would have been lost."

The men face one count of conspiracy to murder a foreign official, two counts of foreign travel and use of interstate and foreign commerce facilities in the commission of murder for hire and one count each of conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism.

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RSA Blames Breach on Two Hacker Clans Working for Unnamed Government

By Kim Zetter
October 11, 2011 | 3:19 pm
Categories: Breaches, Crime, Cybersecurity, Hacks and Cracks

Two separate hacker groups whose activities are already known to authorities were behind the serious breach of RSA Security earlier this year and were likely working at the behest of a government, according to new statements from the company’s president.

RSA President Tom Heiser, speaking at the RSA conference in London this week, said that the two unidentified hacker groups had not previously been known to work together and that they possessed inside information about the company’s computer naming conventions that helped their activity blend in with legitimate users on the network, according to IDG news service.

Heiser said that due to the sophistication of the breach, “we can only conclude it was a nation-state-sponsored attack.”

RSA announced last March that intruders had breached its network and succeeded in stealing information related to the company’s widely used SecurID two-factor authentication products. SecurID adds an extra layer of protection to a login process by requiring users to enter a secret code number displayed on a keyfob, or in software, in addition to their password. The number is cryptographically generated and changes every 30 seconds.

The company was forced to replace SecurID customer tokens after the breach.

The attackers gained access to the network after sending two different targeted phishing e-mails to four workers at its parent company EMC. The e-mails contained a malicious attachment that was identified in the subject line as “2011 Recruitment plan.xls.”

None of the recipients were people who would normally be considered high-profile or high-value targets, such as an executive or an IT administrator with special network privileges. Nonetheless, when one of the recipients clicked on the attachment, the attachment used a zero-day exploit targeting a vulnerability in Adobe Flash to drop another malicious file — a backdoor — onto the recipient’s desktop computer. This gave the attackers a crack they used to burrow farther into the network and gain the access they needed.

“The email was crafted well enough to trick one of the employees to retrieve it from their Junk mail folder, and open the attached excel file,” RSA wrote on its blog in April.

Heiser revealed this week that the hackers had knowledge of the internal naming conventions that his company used for hosts on its network. They also had knowledge of Active Directory — a Microsoft product used for managing the authentication of users on a network. This knowledge helped them disguise their malicious activity inside the network so that it appeared to be legitimate.

“User names could match workstation names, which could make them a little more difficult to detect if you are not paying attention,” Eddie Schwartz, RSA’s chief security officer, told IDG.

Heiser said the attackers used various pieces of malware to penetrate its system, some of which were compiled just hours before the attackers used them. The attackers also compressed and encrypted the data they stole before they exfiltrated it from the network, making it more difficult to identify as malicious traffic.

The attackers appeared to be after information that would help them penetrate networks belonging to U.S. defense contractors who used SecurID to authenticate their workers.

Heiser said that so far there has been only one attack discovered that involved an attempt to use the SecurID information taken from RSA. Heiser wouldn’t identify the company, but news reports in May indicated that hackers had tried to breach defense contractor Lockheed Martin using information stolen from RSA.

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