David Sanger and John Markoff:
The International Monetary Fund was hit recently by what computer experts describe as a large and sophisticated cyberattack whose dimensions are still unknown.
The concern about the attack was so significant that the World Bank, an international agency focused on economic development, whose headquarters is across the street from the IMF in downtown Washington, cut the computer link that allows the two institutions to share information.
Undersecretary of Commerce Mark Foulon:
It has become clear that Internet access in itself is a vulnerability that we cannot mitigate. We have tried incremental steps and they have proven insufficient.
People say to me, "Whatever it takes." I tell them, It's going to take everything.
Sanger and Markoff:
The fund's database includes communications with national leaders as they negotiate, often behind the scenes, on the terms of international bailouts. Those agreements are, in the words of one fund official, "political dynamite in many countries."
If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place.
The real reason to wear the mask is to spare others the discomfort of seeing your facial expression ... To make it possible to see without seeing.