By Tim Greene
June 30, 2010
The Russian ring charged this week with spying on the United States
faced some of the common security problems that plague many companies --
misconfigured wireless networks, users writing passwords on slips of
paper and laptop help desk issues that take months to resolve.
In addition, the alleged conspirators used a range of technologies to
pass data among themselves and back to their handlers in Moscow
including PC-to-PC open wireless networking and digital steganography to
hide messages and retrieve them from images on Web sites.
They also employed more traditional methods including invisible ink,
Morse Code and ciphers, according to assertions made by federal agents
in court papers seeking arrest warrants for the suspected spies.
One of the most glaring errors made by one of the spy defendants was
leaving an imposing 27-character password written on a piece of paper
that law enforcement officers found while searching a suspect's home.
They used the password to crack open a treasure trove of more than 100
text files containing covert messages used to further the investigation.
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