| Tuesday May 31st 2016

Russian spy ring needed some serious IT help

spy posterCouldn’t the unnecessarily complicated means of communicating easily have been replaced with any number of prolific and untraceable communication methods that have been developed since the cold war?

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.


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