[For clarification on who the Hong Kong Blondes are, please see NOTE below this post. Tony]
FBI probes cyber attack on Citigroup: report
Tue Dec 22, 2009
(Reuters) – The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating a hacking that targeted Citigroup Inc and resulted in the theft of tens of million of dollars, the Wall Street Journal said, citing U.S. government officials.
The cyber attack by hackers believed to be linked to a Russian cyber gang was aimed at Citi’s Citibank subsidiary, the paper said, adding it was unclear whether the hackers gained access to the bank’s systems directly or through third parties.
Two other entities, including a U.S. government agency, were also attacked by hackers, the paper said, citing people familiar with the attack on Citibank.
The cyber attack on Citibank was believed to have taken place last summer but U.S. investigators suspect the attack could have taken place a year earlier, the paper said.
“We had no breach of the system and there were no losses, no customer losses, no bank losses,” Joe Petro, managing director of Citigroup’s Security and Investigative services told the paper.
“Any allegation that the FBI is working a case at Citigroup involving tens of millions of losses is just not true,” he said.
The FBI’s press office could not be immediately reached for comment by Reuters outside regular U.S. business hours, while a Citigroup spokesman in Hong Kong was not immediately available for comment. [Why would they ask a spokesman from Hong Kong and not any other city. A clue? Tony]
NOTE: Mark on the Hong Kong Blondes
The Hong Kong Blondes are a group of opponents of the Chinese Com. Party, who have become F3 cyberlifters or super-hackers.
The Hong Kong Blondes were part of the Tiananmen Square uprising some years ago, which I know you remember. They were Indigos and subsequently, because of their skills, they were invited into the Chinese secret government [Mark refers to an anti-Chinese government group].
Then when the need was to utilize the skills and they became more adept than their mentors were and developed such a level beyond what you might call an adept’s capabilities, they, in turn then, and I’m sure that is the way it was, they were approached by the King of Swords and invited to come in out of the cold and be part of the big picture for the whole planet. And so they now work with him.
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