Solar Sunrise revisited

Just reading this NY Times article regarding the fear of attacks by Iraqi computer hackers. I thought it was pretty cool when I read this one passage: “He pointed to an episode in 1998 in which hackers penetrated United States military computers and briefly disrupted troop exercises in the Persian Gulf. The authorities originally suspected Iraqi agents, but they ultimately traced the attack to two California teenagers.” During my course at GW, we had an agent from the NIPC who taught us all about that case. It was dubbed Solar Sunrise, and it involved a couple of California teenagers exploiting a hole in Sun’s Solaris OS at the time of the 1998 crisis with Iraq over weapons inspectors. I love it when the things you learn come back to you. 🙂