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From: John.Airey at (
Subject: RE: [Fwd: [TH-research] OT: Israeli Post Office break-in]

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Gadi Evron []
> Sent: 11 January 2004 04:07
> To:
> Cc:
> Subject: [Fwd: [TH-research] OT: Israeli Post Office break-in]
> I thought this story might interest some of you. See 
> forwarded message 
> below.
> 	Gadi Evron.
> Date: Sat, 10 Jan 2004 19:23:15 -0800
> From: Gadi Evron <>
> To: th-research
> Subject: [TH-research] OT: Israeli Post Office break-in
> Mail from Gadi Evron <>
> This is completely off-topic, but very interesting.
> Apparently there was a break-in in a branch of the Israeli 
> Post Office.
> The offenders placed a wire-less gateway connected to a switch inside,
> and through it stole a few tens of thousands of Shekels in 
> the few days
> they were in operation (the Israeli Post Office is a sort of 
> a small bank).
I can't resist any longer. I have to ask a few questions.

1. How did they know which switch to connect to? Wouldn't this require some
knowledge of network topology.
2. If it is indeed a switch and not a hub, how did they obtain access to set
this port to monitor traffic?
3. How did they get access to the switch. Shouldn't it have been locked
4. How did they convert electrons to money? Was this by raiding bank
accounts or collecting credit card numbers? 
5. How could they be unable to hide a WAP in a rack (assuming the switch was
in a rack)? I can think of several ways to hide one without it being

Seems like a bit of an inside job to me, but I'm no Dick Tracy...

John Airey, BSc (Jt Hons), CNA, RHCE
Internet systems support officer, ITCSD, Royal National Institute of the
Bakewell Road, Peterborough PE2 6XU,
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