Curaçao identified as hackers satellite grid during investigation of 2012 cyber attack on Grenada and several other OECS countries
WILLEMSTAD - In 2012, the Caribbean island state of Grenada and most of the other OECS countries suffered a massive attack that actually shut down a larger part of the OECS financial system.
To make matters worse, it took Grenada several months to realize that the hackers were actually resident on their servers and was scooping up information and email records of the Island’s government and its financial system.
But their efforts to track down the hackers ran into futility as each footprint pointed to seemingly legitimate networks spanning across networks in Curaçao, Bonaire, Brazil, Ukraine, and Moldova.
The reality was that the hackers were not resident in either countries but had created a satellite network that was supported by more than twenty networks in Curaçao alone, and more than three hundred others worldwide.
For those who doesn’t know, a Satellite hacking network is a grouping of computers that are remotely hijacked unknowing to its owners by an hacker in one country, and then used by that hacker to commit a cyber crime or series of cyber crimes in a third country.
By using intermittent hired VPN’S and an innocent person’s computer, it becomes almost impossible to track the hacker’s actual location or identity even if you are given a million years to do so.
In essence, the naïve computer owner’s IP and other details would aways be listed as the potential perpetrator of that cyber crime, with an obvious listing on the cyber watch list of the FBI or global law enforcement authorities.
Therefore, when Grenada and the OECS realized what they were faced with a cyber war of almost unexpected proportions, they sought the assistance of retired FBI train Ethical Hacker Michael Denny and his team of ethical hackers to tackle the problem.
But after identifying the fact that multiple attackers were infiltrating the country’s cyber network, Denny flew to Moscow to hire additional rogue cyber warriors while the remaining two members of his team battle the attackers in St. Georges.
It would have took more than a week of training and arming more than twenty Grenadians with the required knowledge and expertise to form one of the Caribbean’s most equipped cyber security team to solve the OECS hacking plague.
But while they must have resolved this challenge and make Grenada and its OECS partners safe again, the extended aspect of the Caribbean’s cyber warfare is still too far from over.
For sure, they never traveled to Curaçao or any of the other countries from which they detected hundreds of satellite networks.
For sure, unless Curaçao had figured this out and had destroyed all of the satellite networks that hackers from half a world away were using to attack the rest of the world, the island would still be stuck as a silent haven and technological transit point for cyber terrorists at this very moment.
So if you are living in Curaçao like most of us, then that would now beg the question; - Is your computer a silent and unrealized satellite grid for hackers or it is a thought that you should simply ignore?
For most of us, that is a question that our technologically illiterate minds may certainly find difficult to answer.
And even if we were to go down to Willemstad and ask the very best of our IT specialist, I am sure that they can never tell you for sure or with a any genuine certainty that you are not on a hacker’s satellite grid.
By Dennis Adonis for Curaçao Chronicle.