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From: Glenn_Everhart at (
Subject: Major hack attack on the U.S. Senate

So the computer got set up with apparently access permissions set
for new accounts to let everyone access new accounts' files?
And it was set up under Leahy's control? I wonder if any of the
Democrats had operatives who might have noticed this also and been
looking the other way. 

It certainly is going to be less clear to a jury than a burglary would
have been if the stuff was, as reported, left wide open to anyone on
the machine. 

I wonder how long it will take some of the folks in Congress to figure out
that PGP or Gnupg are their friends? The story sounds like something out
of the 1970s.

-----Original Message-----
From: Matt Burnett []
Sent: Thursday, January 22, 2004 1:23 PM
To: Richard M. Smith;
Subject: Re: [Full-Disclosure] Major hack attack on the U.S. Senate

Could this be the start of Water Gate 2?

On 1/22/04 11:24 AM, "Richard M. Smith" <> wrote:

> seen_as_extensive?mode=PF
> Infiltration of files seen as extensive
> Senate panel's GOP staff pried on Democrats
> By Charlie Savage, Globe Staff, 1/22/2004
> WASHINGTON -- Republican staff members of the US Senate Judiciary Commitee
> infiltrated opposition computer files for a year, monitoring secret strategy
> memos and periodically passing on copies to the media, Senate officials told
> The Globe.
> From the spring of 2002 until at least April 2003, members of the GOP
> committee staff exploited a computer glitch that allowed them to access
> restricted Democratic communications without a password. Trolling through
> hundreds of memos, they were able to read talking points and accounts of
> private meetings discussing which judicial nominees Democrats would fight --
> and with what tactics.
> The office of Senate Sergeant-at-Arms William Pickle has already launched an
> investigation into how excerpts from 15 Democratic memos showed up in the
> pages of the conservative-leaning newspapers and were posted to a website
> last November.
> With the help of forensic computer experts from General Dynamics and the US
> Secret Service, his office has interviewed about 120 people to date and
> seized more than half a dozen computers -- including four Judiciary servers,
> one server from the office of Senate majority leader Bill Frist of
> Tennessee, and several desktop hard drives.
> ...
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