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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 Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 12, 2011 @04:13AM (#36416190)

    > Bloomberg quoted an unnamed security expert as saying the hackers were connected to a foreign government
    So this "unnamed security expert" sees the IMF as a (world?) government or as part of some (the american?) government.
    Or what does the word "foreign" mean here?

  • Re:IOW, the Chinese (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 12, 2011 @04:42AM (#36416274)

    I'm sorry, but after seeing how the IMF and the World Bank basically actively keep the desperate state of Africa up, causing horrible wars and mass-starvation, just for the wealth of the "west",
    I, for one, proudly proclaim, that anyone who tries to kick their asses for that cause, is a hero to me, and anyone who disagrees will be force-moved to Africa, and get a good luck wish from me. (Won't help him one bit though).

    Luckily, I know most people here are pretty educated about such things.

    P.S.: If it was China, which I disagree with, I don't think they did it for that cause though.

  • Re:IOW, the Chinese (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Pharmboy (216950) on Sunday June 12, 2011 @05:57AM (#36416420) Journal

    You have led a sheltered life if you have to ask that question. As phucked up as US foreign policy is, the US is still the lesser of all the available evils. At least here in the US, we can (and do) speak out about our policies. Try that in China.

  • Re:IOW, the Chinese (Score:5, Interesting)

    by drinkypoo (153816) <martin.espinoza@gmail.com> on Sunday June 12, 2011 @06:59AM (#36416516) Homepage Journal

    At least here in the US, we can (and do) speak out about our policies.

    The thing is, that is changing rapidly. People are now regularly being accused of terrorism for pointing out flaws and failures. If we allow this situation to worsen...

  • by tick-tock-atona (1145909) on Sunday June 12, 2011 @07:45AM (#36416634)
    You have got to be fucking kidding me.

    So it was all the elites who were dancing in the streets last month when the US executed Osama Bin Laden? You guys just don't get it. Pulling that kind of crap is exactly why everyone else in the world detests US foreign policy.

    If you still can't see it, consider the arrest of Ratko Mladic the other day. Almost identical situation, except Mladic personally helped to execute at least twice as many people as died in the attack on the World Trade Centre, so you could say he is more evil than OBL. And he was arrested and taken to the ICC. He wasn't shot in the head and dumped in the ocean, because that is not how civilised societies deal with criminals.

    The way the US public cheers the fact that their government can and does execute anyone in the world with no due process, and is perfectly entitled to invade any country they don't like makes me feel physically ill.

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