FBI: Our Economic Data Is at Risk
Flaw in system could allow hackers to access 'black box'
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Aug 6, 2013 9:56 AM CDT
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(Newser) – The FBI has found "a number of operational vulnerabilities" in the system the government uses to protect sensitive economic information, the Wall Street Journal reports. As part of its long-running attempt to figure out what's behind the suspicious trading activity that often precedes major economic news, the bureau looked into a flaw in the "black box" system that lets the media see the info early. Media companies hook up to these "black boxes," which then ensure that all their reports drop at the same time.

Last year, Bloomberg noticed that there were several ways to subvert the system, and reported them. The FBI soon validated its findings, and in the process, it also found other flaws—including such simple tricks as turning off the power to the black box when no one is looking, or routing around the boxes with a hidden phone. It's unclear if anyone's actually done any of this, but the FBI is warning government agencies to be on the lookout for "concealed IT devices."

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????
Aug 6, 2013 7:34 PM CDT
Already tried. It's password protected and I have no idea what it is.
orlandojonny
Aug 6, 2013 7:03 PM CDT
Just get it back from the NSA, they have it all
wei2szu
Aug 6, 2013 2:16 PM CDT
Here is a good idea that you won't have to worry about 'preventing the public from finding out.' Why don't you stop bailing out banks and other financial institutions (that steal our money in the first place) with our money a second time? This just allows these pricks to hand out OUTRAGEOUS bonuses and flaunt our money in OUR faces. Theft is still a crime the last time I checked.