[PLUG-TALK] Hacking in TV SHows

Dick Steffens dick at dicksteffens.com
Mon Nov 24 19:19:59 PST 2014

On 11/24/2014 07:10 PM, Russell Senior wrote:
>>>>>> "Daniel" == Daniel Herrington <herda05 at gmail.com> writes:
> Daniel> I haven't done computer forensics, but is that essentially how
> Daniel> it works? I can't think of another way to chase a hacker in real
> Daniel> time through across multiple domains through the internet? Is
> Daniel> there some other way I'm just ignorant of?
> To the extent this is possible, it would most likely rely on the
> real-time penetration of the networks in use.  Presumably, many if not
> most large networks worldwide are penetrated this way by the NSA et al.
> That is, compromised routers or midspan fiber taps, that can snarf
> passing traffic.  E.g. the fiber tap in the secret room at the AT&T
> building in SF https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Room_641A.  You identify
> the host, then you see what else is talking to that host and backtrack.

Sounds like the process is similar, but a bit more modern, to the same 
thing Clifford Stoll at UC Berkeley had to do when, in 1986, he tracked 
a hacker back to West Germany, as recounted in The Cuckoo's Egg.


Dick Steffens

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