back to article Infostealer malware, weak password leaves Orange Spain RIPE for plucking

A weak password exposed by infostealer malware is being blamed after a massive outage at Orange Spain disrupted around half of its network's traffic. The network provider is Spain's second most popular and on Wednesday evening confirmed its RIPE account had been breached by an attacker. RIPE is the regional database that …

  1. Diogenes8080

    Not limited

    So if "Snow" had chosen to redirect a whole collection of announcements for high-traffic Orange networks on to one specific customer, the effect would have been trivial?

    Considering previous BGP whoopsies, I think not. In fact, is there a correlation between the MFA implementation date for ARIN and an apparently inadvertent attempt to route a large part of the US eastern seaboard through an obscure southern US steelworks or lumber yard?

  2. sitta_europea Silver badge

    ripeadmin

    I ask you.

  3. t245t Silver badge
    Facepalm

    Infostealer malware infected account¿

    ‘the RIPE account had been accessed after the attacker harvested admin credentials using infostealer malware.’

    elREG: “The exploit revolves around stealing victims' session tokens. That is to say, malware first infects a person's PC – typically via a malicious spam or a dodgy download, etc

  4. Jou (Mxyzptlk) Silver badge

    "only the browsing of some services has been affected"

    Classical understatement here. Only true if you take the whole world, including everything we threw into space, into account.

  5. Will Godfrey Silver badge
    Facepalm

    Once again?

    How many times does this sort of thing have to happen before people take the matter seriously?

  6. gnasher729 Silver badge

    Weak password didn’t matter

    They “harvested” admin credentials. It’s sad that the password was so weak, but a very strong password would have been harvested just the same.

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