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[infowar.de] Kim Schmitz hat angeblich Bin Ladens Bank im Sudan gehackt
Kim Schmitz, ein deutscher "Hacker" und Geschäftsmann hat mehrfach seit
dem 12. September für Aufregung gesorgt. Er hat ein Kopfgeld von 10
Millionen Dollar für Bin Laden ausgesetzt und hat verschiedenen
Regierungen die Hilfe seiner "Hackergruppe" "Young Intelligent Hackers
Against Terror" (YIHAT, ausgerechnet!) gegen Bin Laden angeboten. Das
ganze riecht extrem nach Hype und Selbstinszenierung, schaut euch dazu
mal Schmitz' Webseite an. Die Materialien, die er dem FBI angeblich
übergeben hat, sind natürlich nicht veröffentlicht. Das FBI gibt keinen
Kommentar dazu ab.
Weiss jemand mehr dazu?
Sudan Bank Hacked, Bin Laden Info Found - Hacker
By Ned Stafford, Newsbytes
27 Sep 2001, 2:46 PM CST
A group of U.K.-based hackers has cracked computers at the AlShamal
Islamic Bank in Sudan and collected data on the accounts of the Al Qaeda
terrorist organization and its leader Osama bin Laden, Kim Schmitz, a
flamboyant German hacker/businessman, has claimed.
Schmitz, who has offered a $10 million reward for the capture of bin
Laden, told Newsbytes that the information has been turned over to the
FBI. Bin Laden, a millionaire Saudi exile whose base is now Afghanistan,
is suspected of being the driving force behind the deadly Sept. 11
attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon with hijacked planes.
Newsbytes could not confirm Schmitz's claim. An FBI spokesman in
Washington declined to confirm or deny the story, saying that the
agency's policy is not to comment on information and leads it is
"We have received a lot of information on this case," he told Newsbytes.
"Of course we appreciate the leads we are receiving from the public, but
we cannot confirm what specific information has been provided to us or
Schmitz, 27, a former teen hacking prodigy who spent time behind bars
before tarting a successful data security business, has been accused of
being press hungry. He says his recent strong anti-terrorism
pronouncements are not a PR prank, but stem from his strong desire to
wipe out terrorism. He says he has received death threats from the
The bank Schmitz claimed was hacked was mentioned Wednesday by Sen. Carl
Levin, D-Mich. during a Senate Banking Committee hearing. According to
CNN, Levin referred to a 1996 State Department report that said bin
Laden had provided the AlShamal Islamic Bank with $50 million in
Schmitz told Newsbytes that he could not provide details about what
hackers found in AlShamal Islamic Bank's computers or about the hackers
Nonetheless, he provided Newsbytes with the following outline of what he
Last week, Schmitz, who lives in Munich, posted letters on his Web site
rallying politicians to the cause of fighting terrorism and offering his
"I received plenty of e-mails from hackers around the world offering
their services," he said.
Schmitz founded a group that numbers around 23 hackers called "Young
Intelligent Hackers Against Terror." He calls the group YIHAT, which is
similar to the word Jihad, which is Arabic for Holy War.
Schmitz said that last Friday, a Sudanese banker sent the group an
e-mail after reading about the $10 million reward, informing the group
that Al Qaeda and bin Laden have accounts at AlShamal Islamic Bank.
A team of U.K.-based hackers sprang into action, and hacked the
nameserver of AlShamal Islamic Bank, he said. They were able to gain
access to the bank's intranet by exploiting a "checkpoint firewall 1
vulnerability," he explained.
After bypassing the firewall, the hackers achieved "superuser" status on
the server, and "sniffed" eight valid user IDs, and then were able to
collect information on accounts of Al Qaeda and bin Laden.
"This information was sent to the authorities in the USA," Schmitz said.
Schmitz sent the following e-mail to the Webmaster at the AlShamal
"dear webmaster of sudans shamalbank,
"your bank has been hacked. information regarding Al Qaeda's and bin
Ladens accounts have been captured. all information reached the US
authorities. thanks for using products from checkpoint (firewall1).
"have a nice day, Kim "Kimble" Schmitz, Founder of "Young Intelligent
Hackers Against Terror" YIHAT"
When asked which authorities received the information from the hackers,
Schmitz said: "FBI."
He said that authorities had not given the hackers a "green light" to
undertake the hacking, that the group had done so on its own initiative.
Schmitz said the U.K.-based hackers wish to remain anonymous.
"I am the spokesperson of the group," he said. "They don't want to be
involved with the press. What they do is illegal, unless we find a
government that legalizes our activities."
And somewhat mysteriously, he added: "If I would deliver details about
the hacks, I could get arrested. I am not hacking myself, because that
is illegal. I must keep myself out of the details to make sure that I am
still able to offer them the communication platform they need to fight
as united hackers of the world against terror."
AlShamal Islamic Bank Home Page: http://www.shamalbank.com/
Kim Schmitz's Personal Web Site: http://www.kimble.org/
Schmitz Letter to governments around the world:
Schmitz Reward For Osama Bin Laden:
Reported by Newsbytes.com, http://www.newsbytes.com .
Reposted 15:03 CST
(20010927/WIRES TOP, ONLINE, LEGAL, BUSINESS/)
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