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WIKILEAKS How did Bradley Manning remove data from a US government intranet?

Insider Threat Behind Wikileaks Cybersecurity Saga

…according to the published chatlog of a conversation that Manning had with a fellow-hacker. “I would come in with music on a CD-RW labelled with something like ‘Lady Gaga’ … erase the music … then write a compressed split file. No one suspected a thing … [I] listened and lip-synched to Lady Gaga’s Telephone while exfiltrating possibly the largest data spillage in American history.” He said that he “had unprecedented access to classified networks 14 hours a day 7 days a week for 8+ months”.

Wikileaks cybersecurity saga shows importance of insider threats

Amichai Shulman, chief technology officer of data security specialist Imperva:

…there are hackers out there, but IT history has shown that the rogue employee is also a threat. The banking community is now starting to take action to protect its assets, but organisations have a long way to go before they can truly tackle the very real risks that insider threats pose to their reputation and integrity

… is very difficult today for organisations to control access to files at an individual level – particularly with collaborative behaviour being encouraged.


December 21, 2010 - Posted by | asset misuse, cyber security, data leakage, Guardian, insider security, Iraq war logs, Julian Assange, Network security, rogue employee, WikiLeaks

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