Berkeley CSUA MOTD:Entry 12299
Berkeley CSUA MOTD
2018/03/18 [General] UID:1000 Activity:popular

2004/2/18 [Computer/Networking, Computer/SW/Security] UID:12299 Activity:nil
2/18    Wireless Bank "Hack":
        \_  Does Haifa have the largest nerd density in Israel?
2018/03/18 [General] UID:1000 Activity:popular

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Last week a story came to life in Israeli news about a computer heist in an Haifa branch of the Israeli Postal Service, successfully stealing 56 thousand Shekels a sum equal to about 13 thousand US Dollars using a wireless networking device planted in a computer rack and hooked into the local computer network. About a month ago, a break-in was reported in a branch of the Israeli Postal Service which is also a small bank in Israel in the City of Haifa. Israeli Police detectives hurried to the scene, yet could find nothing missing or out of place. It is reported that last week roughly 3 weeks after the incident the Israeli Postal Service noticed large withdrawals of money from newly opened accounts, all originating from the Haifa branch. According to Postal Service this was detected by auditing abnormal transfers of money, a known technique used for fighting Financial Frauds. Upon further investigation the unauthorized device was discovered. The perpetrators then attempted to withdraw the funds from the new accounts, which led to the arrest of four suspects. The suspects have yet to cooperate with the authorities, which are trying to locate the brains as well as the hacker behind the operation. An Israeli Police official was quoted saying This computer crime takes us to year 3000. The hack itself could be performed in many different ways, accessing different computers, sniffing and re-constructing traffic, etc. Personally, I believe some inside information was used rather than pure network research. If we are to believe how this scam was busted and that financial auditing raised the alarm, we can presume that the legit-looking wireless networking device connected to the switch in the Postal Service branch would have gone undetected for a long time still. Had the perpetrators not gone ahead and withdrawn large sums of money, using statistical techniques to guide their actions instead, the heist would probably have been long over by the time the wireless networking device was found. On the conspiratorial side, it is quite possible the scam was detected by other means. With four suspects in custody, and rumors of quite a few people involved, one can speculate that someone within the crime ring might have talked. It is also possible that somebody actually noticed the legit-looking network hardware or that the police was already investigating this group when they came across this latest crime. If this wireless networking device, that simply appeared, had no reason to look suspicious in a computer rack that is virtually never opened, one would have to speculate the crime did not warrant a less alarming or better hidden device. This is a case of the right tool for the right job, with the correct amount of resources cost vs.