Posts Tagged ‘ cyber warfare ’

Canada: Heartbleed hack case sees first arrest

April 16, 2014
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"A 19-year-old Canadian became the first person to be arrested in relation to the Heartbleed security breach. Stephen Arthuro Solis-Reyes from London, Ontario was accused of hacking into the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA)'s website last Friday by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The RCMP say Mr Solis-Reyes then stole 900 social insurance numbers." (04/16/14)

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-27058143  

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Your tax returns are hacker bait

April 11, 2014
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JD Tuccille Reason
by JD Tuccille  

"The IRS is a terrible guardian of information, and the tax man keeps a treasure trove of personal data about almost every American." (04/10/14)

http://reason.com/archives/2014/04/10/your-tax-returns-are-hacker-bait  

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NM: Albuquerque protests over police killing turn to “mayhem,” says mayor

March 31, 2014
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Washington Post    

"Hundreds of protesters blocked traffic, trying to get on freeways and shouting out anti-police slogans. They trapped police in a vehicle and tried to break the windows. Gas canisters were thrown outside police headquarters and Bernalillo County sheriff’s deputies charged at demonstrators to disperse the crowd. That was the scene in Albuquerque described late Sunday night by news reports. It was unfortunate but characteristic of riots. What wasn’t so typical was the work of 'hacktivists' who reportedly sparked the protests, participating on the other side of the mayhem and teargas." (03/31/14)

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NATO websites hit in cyber attack linked to Crimea tension

March 17, 2014
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Reuters    

"Hackers brought down several public NATO websites, the alliance said on Sunday, in what appeared to be the latest escalation in cyberspace over growing tensions over Crimea. The Western military alliance's spokeswoman, Oana Lungescu, said on social networking site Twitter that cyber attacks, which began on Saturday evening, continued on Sunday, although most services had now been restored. 'It doesn't impede our ability to command and control our forces. At no time was there any risk to our classified networks,' another NATO official said." (03/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/muhc542  

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Mask: Posssibly the most sophisticated malware campaign ever seen

February 10, 2014
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Ars Technica    

"Calling it the most sophisticated malware-driven espionage campaign ever discovered, researchers said they have uncovered an attack dating back to at least 2007 that infected computers running the Windows, OS X, and Linux operating systems of 380 victims in 31 countries. ... Victims include government agencies, embassies, research institutions, private equity firms, activists, energy companies, and companies in other industries. The sophistication of Mask makes it likely that the campaign is the work of attackers sponsored by a well-resourced nation-state, said researchers from Kaspersky Lab, the Moscow-based security company that discovered it." (02/10/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ldwsoz4  

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Yahoo discloses attack attempt on mail accounts

January 31, 2014
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USA Today    

"Yahoo on Thursday said it reset passwords on many Yahoo Mail accounts after identifying 'a coordinated effort' to gain unauthorized access. It said usernames and passwords of its email customers were used to access accounts. It did not say how many accounts were affected. ... Yahoo says it believes the usernames and passwords weren't collected from its own systems, but from a third-party database."

http://tinyurl.com/mbc4haw  

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Target: Cybercrook stole vendor’s credentials

January 30, 2014
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Minneapolis Star Tribune    

"Target Corp. said Wednesday that the huge data breach it suffered late last year happened after an intruder stole a vendor’s credentials and used them to gain access to the company’s computer system. A Target spokeswoman wouldn’t identify the vendor or type of credentials because the retailer is in the midst of forensic and criminal investigations into the malware attack, where cybercrooks hijacked debit and credit card information from up to 110 million people." (01/29/14)

http://www.startribune.com/business/242688511.html  

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Hackers transform Angry Birds website into “Spying Birds” following NSA claims

January 29, 2014
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PC World    

"The official Angry Birds website was defaced by hackers following reports that U.S. and U.K. intelligence agencies have been collecting user information from the game and other popular mobile apps. Some users trying to access the http://www.angrybirds.com website late Tuesday were greeted by an image depicting the Angry Birds game characters accompanied by the text 'Spying Birds.' The U.S. National Security Agency’s logo was also visible in the image." (01/29/14)

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Netherlands: Court orders end to Pirate Bay ban

January 29, 2014
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"A Dutch court has told local internet service providers they can restore access to The Pirate Bay. The ISPs had been ordered in 2011 to stop internet addresses linked to the file-sharing site working. But the Hague Appeals Court has reversed the decision on the basis it had proved 'ineffective' at reducing copyright infringement. Anti-piracy group Brein now faces having to pay 400,000 euros ($547,000; £330,000) of the ISPs' legal costs." (01/29/14)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-25943716  

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China: Regime blames Internet outage on hacking attack

January 22, 2014
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PC World    

"Tuesday’s Internet outage in China is dividing experts over what caused the networking error, with authorities calling it a hacking attack, and others blaming it on the country’s censorship systems. The outage briefly crippled the Internet in China, with many local websites inaccessible to users. User traffic was mysteriously redirected to a U.S.-based IP address belonging to a company that has hosted software capable of circumventing China’s online censorship. The networking error, which only lasted a few hours, affected at least two-thirds of China’s websites, according to Qihoo 360, a software security vendor in the country." (01/22/14)

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Back doors, government hacking and the next crypto wars

January 6, 2014
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Daily Anarchist Daily Anarchist
by Seth King  

"I really have to thank the likes of Richard Stallman and other longtime outspoken advocates of free and open source software. They sufficiently instilled the fear in me of government backdoors that allow for complete surveillance of my personal computing, including built in microphones and video cameras. I’d also like to thank Edward Snowden for vindicating them and showing the rest of the world just how vulnerable we really are." (01/06/14)

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Syrian Electronic Army attacks Skype in NSA spying protest

January 2, 2014
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The Inquirer [UK]    

"Political hacktivist outfit the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) has struck at Microsoft's voice, video and chat network Skype and posted to its Twitter feed and blog. The SEA made a name for itself by taking over social networking accounts in 2013 and seems keen to carry on. In its Skype Twitter post the SEA made clear its agenda. While usually it has been politically vocal, this time it posted the message to users of Microsoft software products that they are not good for privacy aware users. 'Don't use Microsoft emails (hotmail,outlook),' it said in a short post on the Skype blog. 'They are monitoring your accounts and selling the data to the governments.'" (01/02/14)

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Snapchat hack leaks 4.6 million users’ details

January 2, 2014
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Telegraph [UK]    

"Photo-sharing site Snapchat has been hit by a cyber attack that reportedly exposed the usernames and phone numbers of 4.6 million users. The data was posted on a website called SnapchatDB.info, which has since been suspended. ... In a statement to tech news site TechCrunch, the hackers explained that their motivation behind the attack was to raise public awareness around the issue, and put public pressure on Snapchat to fix the exploit." (01/02/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kevrvvq  

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Anonymous hackers plead guilty to 2010 PayPal cyberattack

December 9, 2013
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Anonymous CNet News    

"Thirteen people have pleaded guilty to charges they were involved in a 2010 cyberattack on PayPal for the eBay unit's refusal to process payments for WikiLeaks. The hacktivist collective claimed responsibility for engineering the December 2010 distributed-denial-of-service attack in retaliation for the online payment processing company's suspension of an account linked to WikiLeaks after the document-leaking organization released a large number of classified documents." (12/08/13)

http://tinyurl.com/or9hukl  

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Silk Road: Suspicions grow that server was hacked ahead of abductions

October 9, 2013
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Guardian [UK]    

"There's a new theory about how the FBI And CIA tracked down the physical location of the Silk Road servers, and it has nothing to do with the man accused of being the site's operator, Ross Ulbricht, or queries he might have made on StackExchange. Instead, the rumour in hacker circles is that the CIA -- with or without the help of the National Security Agency -- accessed the server via Tor, and somehow ran an exploit on it which meant that they could locate it over the 'normal' internet." (10/09/13)

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“Cyberwar” allegations threaten rift between Brazil and Canada

October 8, 2013
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The Globe and Mail [Canada]    

"The President of Brazil is accusing Canada of 'cyberwar' after allegations that government hackers in Ottawa likely tried to steal state secrets from the South American country’s mining and energy ministry last year. The disclosure threatens to create a lasting rift between the two nations. Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird visited Brazil in August to court the country, now the world’s sixth-largest economy, as a crucial bilateral business partner. On Monday, the Canadian ambassador in Brasilia was asked to account for the brewing scandal." (10/07/13)

http://tinyurl.com/przxzfh  

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Syrian Electronic Army hijack Reuters’ Twitter feed

July 30, 2013
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The Register [UK]    

"The official Twitter account of the Reuters news agency became a conduit for pro-Assad propaganda on Monday after the account was taken over by hacktivists from the infamous Syrian Electronic Army. Updates supportive of Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad spewed from @thomsonreuters before normality was restored and the news agency regained control of the hacked account, the Wall Street Journal reports." (07/30/13)

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/07/30/reuters_twitter_pwned/  

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Anonymous signals US Congress that there are limits to its patience

July 18, 2013
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Anonymous The Hill    

"The Twitter handle @OpLastResort warned Congress in a tweet that it's closely watching how lawmakers respond to the revelations over a pair of controversial National Security Agency surveillance programs. The tweet included a link to a website that listed the email addresses to hundreds of current and former Hill staffers and their alleged passwords for those accounts. 'We mean it. This is a pivotal moment for America, and we will not tolerate failure,' OpLastResort tweeted. It included the hashtags #Congress #Senate #FISA #PRISM"(07/18/13)

http://tinyurl.com/mo5g274  

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Guantanamo: Wi-fi shut down after Anonymous threat

May 22, 2013
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Anonymous BBC [UK state media]    

"The American military has turned off its wi-fi service inside the prison at Guantanamo Bay following threats by the hacker collective Anonymous. Access to social networks, including Facebook and Twitter, from military computers has also been blocked because of the threat. Anonymous had threatened to 'disrupt activities' at the base, in solidarity with the prisoners on hunger strike." (05/21/13)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22608083  

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Anonymous hacks North Korea social network accounts

April 4, 2013
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Anonymous BBC News [UK state media]    

"The hacking collective Anonymous has said it has been 'hacking' and vandalising social networking profiles linked to North Korea. The group has issued several warnings since the country's threats have intensified. Uriminzokkiri, a news site, has been forced offline -- while Twitter and Flickr accounts have been breached. Anonymous also claimed to have accessed 15,000 usernames and passwords from a university database." (04/04/13)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22025724  

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Cyber attacks hit emergency call centers

April 4, 2013
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Christian Science Monitor    

"Hundreds of emergency call centers nationwide have been hit with Internet-based phone-blocking attacks, part of a criminal extortion scheme that aims to clog the centers used to dispatch emergency services, according to federal law-enforcement authorities and cyber experts. Since January, more than 200 public-safety answering points (PSAPs) -- administrative call centers where 911 calls are routed after having been received -- have been bombarded with 'telephony denial of service' (TDoS) attacks that last several hours, according to the Department of Homeland Security’s Emergency Management and Response Information Sharing and Analysis Center (EMR-ISAC). So far, the 911 lines that directly receive emergency calls have not been hit." [editor's note: I'm not usually big on "false flag" theories, but this sounds like a good candidate for one - TLK] (04/04/13)

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Wisconsin man indicted in Anonymous attack of Koch Industries

March 28, 2013
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Anonymous Los Angeles Times    

"A Wisconsin man could face years in federal prison if he is convicted of helping hacker collective Anonymous take down Koch Industries' website during protests in the state's capital in 2011, according to an indictment revealed this week. The charges were announced Tuesday by the U.S. attorney's office in Wichita, Kan. -- the home of Koch Industries, a $115-billion-a-year oil and manufacturing conglomerate owned by libertarian [sic] iconoclasts Charles and David Koch. Officials said Eric J. Rosol, 37, of Black Creek, Wis., participated in an Anonymous-organized shutdown of Koch websites http://www.kochind.com and http://www.quiltednorthern.com on Feb. 27 and 28 in 2011." (03/28/13)

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Global internet slows after “biggest attack in history”

March 27, 2013
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"The internet around the world has been slowed down in what security experts are describing as the biggest cyber-attack of its kind in history. A row between a spam-fighting group and hosting firm has sparked retaliation attacks affecting the wider internet. It is having an impact on popular services like Netflix -- and experts worry it could escalate to affect banking and email systems. Five national cyber-police-forces are investigating the attacks." (03/27/13)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21954636  

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South Korea: Bank, media networks crash in possible cyber attack

March 20, 2013
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Fox News    

"Computer networks at major South Korean banks and top TV broadcasters crashed simultaneously Wednesday, paralyzing bank machines across the country and prompting speculation of a cyberattack by North Korea. Screens went blank at 2 p.m. (0500 GMT), the state-run Korea Information Security Agency said, and more than seven hours later some systems were still down. ... The network paralysis took place just days after North Korea accused South Korea and the U.S. of staging a cyberattack that shut down its websites for two days last week. Loxley Pacific, the Thailand-based Internet service provider, confirmed the North Korean outage but did not say what caused it." (03/20/13)

http://tinyurl.com/cnqdepm  

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NATO cyberwar manual lays down rules for online attacks

March 20, 2013
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Myrtle Beach Sun News    

"Even cyberwar has rules, and one group of experts is putting out a manual to prove it. Their handbook, due to be published later this week, applies the practice of international law to the world of electronic warfare in an effort to show how hospitals, civilians and neutral nations can be protected in an information-age fight." (03/19/13)

http://tinyurl.com/d6q7vos  

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