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More FBI Hacking: Feds Crack Wi-Fi to Gather Evidence




More FBI Hacking: Feds Crack Wi-Fi to Gather Evidence
More FBI Hacking: Feds Crack Wi-Fi to Gather Evidence



http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2009/04/more-fbi-hackin.html 

By Kevin Poulsen 
Threat Level
Wired.com
April 17, 2009

Buried in the 150 pages of CIPAV spyware-related documents released by 
the FBI Thursday is a tantalizing nugget that indicates the bureau's 
technology experts have more than one way to hack a suspect.

In early 2007, FBI agents with one of the bureau's International 
Terrorism Operations Sections sought hacking help from the FBI's geek 
squads. The agents were working a case in Pittsburgh, which is not 
described in the documents, and wanted to know "if [a] remote computer 
attack can be conducted against [the] target."

The FBI's Cryptographic and Electronic Analysis Unit, CEAU, responded 
with two options. One of them was redacted from the released document as 
a sensitive investigative technique. The other is described this way:  
"CEAU advised Pittsburgh that they could assist with a wireless hack to 
obtain a file tree, but not the hard drive content."

Wi-fi hacking has featured prominently in some big cybercrimes, 
including the attack on TJ Maxx that exposed at least 45 million 
customer credit card numbers and other data. In that case, Albert 
"Segvec" Gonzalez and associates allegedly cracked the retailer's WEP 
key and used it to gain entry to the corporate network, where he planted 
packet sniffers to scoop up the data.

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