Tuesday, September 11, 2007

The embassy password thing

I wasn't going to comment on this, but we were discussing it a bit on #snort-gui today, and it made me wonder...

People everywhere are talking about how the embassies are foolish for using Tor to provide "secure" remote access to their systems. Ok, we can all agree that Tor isn't really suitable for that. But as someone on #snort-gui pointed out, how do we know it was an official embassy-supported application, and not just some power users who decided to start using Tor on their own? We don't! At least, I couldn't find any confirmation that the network admins were pushing Tor on their users.

But really, this got me thinking some more this afternoon. How do we know it was the embassy users who were using Tor? If I were a hacker who had somehow gained access to accounts in the embassies, I might use Tor to disguise my origin and wouldn't care if the passwords were exposed. I think there are any number of actors who could be behind this, so I don't want to name any names, but Certainly, Hacking Insecure Networks Around the world is a specialty of some...

Update 2007-09-11 16:02: giovani from #snort-gui reminded me that he was the one who brought up the idea of the power users. And he is unnervingly happy about being referenced here, even indirectly. Thanks, giovani!

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