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[ISN] Mysterious "Spy" Computer In Parliament Works Differently Than Being Reported, Tech Expert Says

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_nospam>
Date: Fri Jan 21 2011 - 11:19:16 GMT

By Paul Nikolov
The Reykjavik Grapvine

An unmarked computer found in a spare room of parliament, and connected
directly to parliament's internet system, was most certainly planted
there, a computer expert told the Grapevine. However, he says, the media
has a few misconceptions about the matter.

The computer in question was found in a spare room shared by the
Independence Party and The Movement last February. It was apparently
connected directly to parliament's internet system.

The computer was disconnected and taken to the police. Any identifying
serial numbers had been erased from the machine, nor were any
fingerprints found, and its origins have not yet been traced. The police
believed that the matter was the work of professionals.

MorgunblaĆ°iĆ° and other media outlets have reported that the computer was
set up in such a way that disconnecting it would erase any files on the
hard drive. But a computer expert The Grapevine spoke to said that this
is highly unlikely.


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