I commented on an incident
that occurred back in May that might be related to this. You may wish to check that out before continuing.
Thieves strolled into a Verizon datacenter in White Plains, NY and removed 150 network interface cards from equipment kept in the heavily guarded facility.
I wrote the following back in May:
It would be impossible to enter/exit the rackspace in a datacenter like this without passing through (probably armed) security guards, keyscanners and maybe even biometric access control measures. Security cameras would be everywhere... In other words, it shouldn't be a mystery as to who was in the "cage" where these DS-3 units were located at the time of the outage.
Are you with me so far?
Now, consider what the Verizon spokesman said about the latest incident:
Dan Diaz Zapata, a spokesman for Verizon, said the building had many levels of security - from video cameras to security badges to on-site guards - and that the company was cooperating with local and federal authorities.
How did a couple of guys manage to stroll into a facility like this AND remove 150 carrier class network interface cards from caged and locked client rackspace?
Brother, something stinks!
THERE IS NO WAY THIS IS A SIMPLE BURGLARY CASE! I'm sorry. It's impossible. All I can tell you is that something very weird happened here. The left hand wasn't communicating with the right hand and these guys got busted. It's kinda like when $30 million worth of cocaine
gets discovered on a Walmart truck, or Italian Customs intercepts an illegal shipment of 8,000 AK-47s
headed to private U.S. company, or George Bush Senior's plane crashes
immediately before he was supposed to board the thing. The media reports this stuff like it's everyday news---nothing to see here, move along---and then it just disappears. (The Cryptogon archives are packed with stories like this.)
These are glitches in the Matrix. We are catching fleeting glimpses of events that are so far outside the realm of "normal news" that we can't even begin to imagine the puzzle within which the pieces fit. All we can do is pay attention when veil between worlds becomes thin and make the connections when we can.
If anyone has experience with carrier class network interface hardware, I'd like to know just how anonymous this stuff is. My guess is NOT VERY ANONYMOUS. Some unnamed, bullshit source in the story said, "There apparently is a strong, robust black market for this stuff."Apparently.
Or, apparently, the burglary story was the quickest thing the spook perception management team could come up with on short notice. Come on guys, how stupid do you think we are? This is a lie that is feeble at best. Are you drunk when you write this nonsense?
Ever hear the one about the "renegade" NSC officer who went around to wealthy "patriotic" Americans and asked permission to steal their aircraft for U.S. covert operations? We'll steal it, and then you can file a claim with the insurance company.
*wink* *blink* *nod* God Bless America!
Never heard that one, eh? The "renegade" NSC officer was Col. Oliver North. And in order for the Contra/Cocaine operations to get off the ground (no pun intended), Ollie and the boys needed some aircraft. Also remember that when a covert op gets too big, the spooks need to bring in increasingly older, drunker and/or less competent contractors in order to get to job done. Eugene Hasenfus
looked pretty stupid being perp walked through the jungle... As Bush was talking about how NO Americans were involved with the nastiness in Nicaragua. The point, for our purposes, is that these things sometimes blow up in the Their faces. See Compromised: Clinton, Bush and the CIA by Terry Reed
Ponder on that one the next time the New York Times tries to convince you that a couple of guys bypassed multiple layers of high security in a Verizon datacenter and then nearly sauntered off with $1 million plus worth of carrier class networking gear. (At least it wasn't Hasenfus. He's been busy
with other matters.)
If I had to guess, I'd say these "thefts" are probably related to some sort of Internet related terror attack that is nearing operational readiness. Consider the Federal Reserve's recent move to a packet switched (Internet) system
and the decline of the dollar... Maybe the next "big" one will be the excuse for "The" financial collapse. The Big One. Who will have time to think about that national debt closing in on $8 trillion if terrorists wreck the financial system with a cyberwar attack? Hmm.
I don't want to get into how the hardware in question might be used in such an attack (mentioning offensive cyberwar techniques will result in a door knock from the feds), but it's not difficult to see the angles.
I've included the entire NY Times story below because the entire matter will disappear soon:A Burglary Foiled by Calls That Didn't Reach 911
By MARC SANTORA
Published: November 27, 2004
The plan seemed simple enough. The building had been cased and the burglars knew exactly what they wanted - advanced computer circuit panels that could be sold on the black market for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The night before Thanksgiving, about 8 p.m., they entered the Verizon building in White Plains undetected and set to work.
But as the criminals removed the panels, they soon triggered problems across Westchester County. Most problematic, 911 systems across the region began to crash. By the time some 150 panels were removed, roughly 25,000 people had lost 911 service.
At 9:51 p.m., the White Plains Police received a call alerting them to the fact that there might be a problem at the Verizon building. Still unaware that burglars were at work inside, a patrol car rolled up to the site, according to Inspector Daniel Jackson.
"Literally, the two guys were walking out the door," Mr. Jackson said. They were carrying two large boxes when the officer shouted for them to stop. The men dropped the stolen boxes, fled on foot and were eventually run down by the officer and arrested, Mr. Jackson said.
The two men were identified in a criminal complaint as Larry D. Davis, 43, of Brooklyn, and Gailican Phillips, 34 of Manhattan.
They have been charged with conspiracy to commit interstate shipment of stolen property, a federal crime with a maximum sentence of five years in jail, according to the complaint.
Mr. Jackson said that the burglary itself was not as disturbing as the widespread effect it had on the 911 system.
The police are working with the F.B.I. and the Department of Homeland Security on the case. Terrorism has been ruled out as a possible motive.
Although the burglary occurred in the Verizon building, the stolen equipment belonged to some half-dozen other telecommunications companies that use the premises to house part of their operations. No Verizon customers were affected, a company official said.
Dan Diaz Zapata, a spokesman for Verizon, said the building had many levels of security - from video cameras to security badges to on-site guards - and that the company was cooperating with local and federal authorities. Mr. Zapata said that Verizon had redundancy capabilities built into its system that would have prevented a theft of their own equipment from having such a wide impact.
Mr. Jackson said that there had been a theft at the building once before, in 2003, and the police had reason to believe one of the two men involved Wednesday also took part in that operation. He would not elaborate on other details in that case. However, much less was stolen then.
According to the complaint filed in Southern District of New York, the circuit boards ranged in value from $5,000 to $70,000 each and, all told, were worth in excess of $1 million. The plan was to deliver them to an unnamed co-conspirator who, in turn, planned to sell them to an unnamed company in California, according to the complaint.
"There apparently is a strong, robust black market for this stuff," said a federal law enforcement official, who insisted on anonymity for fear of saying something that would compromise the investigation.
There have been two other similar burglaries in New York City and New Jersey in recent years, according to Mr. Jackson. Those thefts were much smaller in scale.
National Infrastructure Coordination Center of the Department of Homeland Security is also working with local police because of concern that the 911 system could be relatively easily compromised.
After arresting the two men and photographing the stolen circuit panels, the police returned them to the companies that owned them. Once reinstalled, the 911 problems ended, and by 7 a.m. the system was back to normal, Mr. Jackson said.
Police said the panels that were stolen were each about the size of a legal pad and are used by telecommunications companies to transmit data and connect calls. There is an industry standard for the panels and they can easily be transferred from one computer to another.
Potential buyers of the panels on the black market range from small telecommunications companies to overseas clients, the police said.