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International Monetary Fund Hit By Cyber Attack 208

Posted by timothy
from the prithee-cease-with-such-vile-news dept.
DotNM writes "CityNews and other media outlets are reporting that the International Monetary Fund has been hit by a 'cyber attack.' They are withholding most of the details; however, it is known that the World Bank has shut down a 'link' between them and the IMF." Adds reader Hugh Pickens, "A cyber security expert told Reuters the infiltration had been a targeted attack, which installed software designed to give a nation state a 'digital insider presence' at the IMF. 'The code was developed and released for this purpose,' said Tom Kellerman, who has worked for the Fund. Bloomberg quoted an unnamed security expert as saying the hackers were connected to a foreign government — however, such attacks are very difficult to trace."
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International Monetary Fund Hit By Cyber Attack

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  • by jhoegl (638955) on Sunday June 12, 2011 @04:00AM (#36416148)
    Not much info is given, but it looks like someone got an email, they clicked it and then got infected.

    So the hack was really just an employee doing something.
  • IOW, the Chinese (Score:4, Insightful)

    by gmhowell (26755) <gmhowell@gmail.com> on Sunday June 12, 2011 @04:01AM (#36416150) Homepage Journal

    Bloomberg quoted an unnamed security expert as saying the hackers were connected to a foreign government — however, such attacks are very difficult to trace."

    IOW, the Chinese did it, and everyone is too fucking scared to point the finger.

  • Suits them good (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 12, 2011 @04:05AM (#36416172)

    IMF is the "Henry" for other nations. Take Greece for example: IMF is lending money to Greece, even though the country wont be able to pay back. Eventually, IMF has managed to infiltrate the country, without the use of weapons, and now they affect Greece's international and also national policies, laws were changed in favour of the Man, situation gets worse everyday.

    What i am trying to say is that IMF has only done harm to humanity, and they will always be a justified target.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 12, 2011 @04:31AM (#36416232)

    Nonsense, if the Chinese did it, that would have been an act of war. Don't you remember that fancy speech? Only choice is to blame Anonymous. The extra excuse for new laws is a bonus of course.

  • foreign (Score:5, Insightful)

    by anonieuweling (536832) on Sunday June 12, 2011 @04:54AM (#36416298)
    How can the hackers be foreign if we're the *international* monetary fund?
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 12, 2011 @04:56AM (#36416310)

    You already lost the game, when you accepted belief instead of facts.
    I, as a social engineer, would thrive on you, if I weren't on your side here.
    Basically, you already did my job. All I would have to do, is feed you "news" about whatever reality I want you to believe in. Causing you to act, based upon that "reality". Resulting in whatever I want you to do. You'd even defend me against others, because your beliefs would be me.
    Yes, "evil" just doesn't describe it anymore. And yes, that's why it's only acceptable for me, to do something good with it. (Like educate people about it.)

    If you want to know what to think, look at this: Pierce’s cycle of scientific knowledge development.
    Notice how it says "observation". Personal observation. And even that can deceive you. (Hence there are optical illusions and "magicans".)
    But it's the best you've got. And rational thinking (logic is good, but they can't free you from emotions [youtube.com]) does the rest.
    Everything else, news, friends, books, me... are just external sources, and hence inherently can't give you any guarantees. You can choose to trust them. But then you also trust their agenda. As all they say, is for the purpose of that agenda. (That's not evil. It's just natural. Their agenda can also be something good to you.)

    So make wise choices, and when in doubt, never ever "believe". :)

  • by jhoegl (638955) on Sunday June 12, 2011 @07:00AM (#36416520)
    First of all, if its on youtube it must be the truth.
    Secondly "clips" taken out of context does not equal truth
    Third, it is possible this kind of thing happens, just like when terrorists use human shields to protect themselves, planting evidence to make it look like a civilian, and other such events.
    Fourth, you troll.
  • by JamesP (688957) on Sunday June 12, 2011 @10:26AM (#36417220)

    Incompetent governments blaming it on someone else. Oldest trick in the book.

    And btw, defaulting is not an option. The ONLY reason the US dollar still stands is that the US NEVER defaulted.

  • by BasilBrush (643681) on Sunday June 12, 2011 @11:04AM (#36417400)

    First of all, if its on youtube it must be the truth.

    6 vets, one now a professor of law. All named, so you can google them and find references in any number of news agencies. You can't just shrug it off as "it's on youtube".

    Third, it is possible this kind of thing happens, just like when terrorists use human shields to protect themselves, planting evidence to make it look like a civilian, and other such events.

    So if named vets are saying it happens, and you are admitting it may well happen, what's your point? And why are you calling the OP a troll? Because you don't want to hear stuff about the US army that makes you uncomfortable?

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