Posts Tagged ‘ cyber warfare ’

Hacker who leaked US military “kill list” for Islamic State sent behind bars

September 27, 2016
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ZDNet ZDNet    

"An ISIS supporter who hit the headlines after breaking into computer systems in order to steal and leak the details of military personnel has been awarded a sentence of 20 years in prison for his crimes. Ardit Ferizi, also known as 'Th3Dir3ctorY,' was charged at the Eastern District of Virginia court by US District Judge Leonie Brinkema last week, according to the US Department of Justice (DoJ). ... Ferizi, who once lived in Malaysia, was arrested by local police on a provision arrest warrant on behalf of US law enforcement and later pleaded guilty to all charges." (09/26/16)

http://www.zdnet.com/article/hacker-who-leaked-us-military-kill-list-for-isis-sent-behind-bars/  

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Yahoo reveals biggest hack in history

September 23, 2016
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CNet News CNet News    

"Yahoo revealed that hackers accessed data on at least half a billion of its users in a 2014 leak. The breach exposed at least 500 million accounts' names, email addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth and, in some cases, security questions and answers, the company said Thursday. Encrypted passwords, jumbled up so only someone with the right computer code can read them, were also taken. It's one of the largest-scale attacks at a time when massive hacks have become commonplace. The internet pioneer said it's 'working closely with law enforcement' on the breach, and believe that it was from a 'state-sponsored actor,' though it did not specify what country. Yahoo is urging its users who haven't changed their passwords since 2014 to do so." (09/22/16)

https://www.cnet.com/news/yahoo-500-million-accounts-hacked-data-breach/  

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White House contractor’s leaked email reveals Secret Service plans, Michelle Obama passport

September 23, 2016
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NBC News NBC News    

"A White House contractor's email appears to have been hacked, leaking material ranging from Michelle Obama's passport to the number of stairs the Secret Service anticipated Joe Biden would be climbing during a trip to Cleveland. The emails were sent from the Gmail account of Ian Mellul, who is a contractor employed as an advance associate at the White House .... A senior U.S. intelligence official called the hack 'the most damaging compromise of the security of the President of the United States that I've seen in decades, all caused by a careless staffer who compromised information outside government systems merely for convenience.' ... The White House contractor's emails were made public by DC Leaks, the group that last week also printed emails from former Secretary of State Colin Powell." (09/22/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/white-house-contractors-leaked-email-reveals-secret-service-plans-michelle-n652621  

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Leaked emails: Colin Powell on the Clintons and Trump

September 15, 2016
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The Daily Beast    

"You've never heard Colin Powell talk like this. The former secretary of state and four-star Army general who has been in the national spotlight since he was Ronald Reagan's national security advisor let loose on Hillary Clinton ('greedy, not transformational'), her husband Bill (still 'dicking bimbos'), and Donald Trump (a 'national disgrace'). The frank, biting version of Powell made public is thanks to private emails that appeared on dcleaks.com, a mysterious repository for hacked information suspected to be of Russian origin. Powell's office confirmed to The New York Times that the emails were genuine."

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/09/14/colin-powell-bombs-bill-hillary-and-trump.html  

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Guccifer 2.0 leaks more DNC documents

September 14, 2016
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New York Daily News    

"Hacker Guccifer 2.0 released more Democratic National Committee documents in the latest leak Tuesday. The 600-megabyte data dump revealed at a London cybersecurity conference included spreadsheets that appeared to show DNC donors' personal information, Politico reported. Officials at the DNC, the party's electoral strategy organization, said they were aware of more documents 'stolen [sic] by Russian agents.'" [editor's note: I guess they don't think the "pay no attention to the content, THEM RUSSIANS ARE OUT TO GETTTTTT YOUUUUUU!" approach is worn out yet - TLK] (09/13/16)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/dnc-anticipates-leak-hacked-documents-article-1.2791055  

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Democratic Party tactics for “dealing” with Black Lives Matter leaked by hacker

September 1, 2016
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International Business Times    

"An internal memo reportedly hacked from the personal computer of Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in the US House of Representatives, shows how officials were briefed on how to respond to the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement -- including 'tactics' on how to answer questions by activists. The document, reportedly authored in November last year by a staffer called Troy Perry .... instructs Democratic Party officials to 'meet with local activists.' He wrote: 'If approached by BLM activists, campaign staff should offer to meet with local activists. Invited BLM attendees should be limited. Please aim for personal or small group meetings.' He advised to 'listen to their concerns' but 'don't offer support for concrete policy positions.'" [hat tip -- Angela Keaton] (08/31/16)

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/democratic-party-tactics-dealing-black-lives-matter-leaked-by-hacker-1578918  

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Dropbox employee’s password reuse led to theft of 60 million+ user credentials

August 31, 2016
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TechCrunch    

"Dropbox disclosed earlier this week that a large chunk of its users’ credentials obtained in 2012 was floating around on the dark web. But that number may have been much higher than we originally thought. Credentials for more than 60 million accounts were taken, as first reported by Motherboard and confirmed by TechCrunch sources. The revelation of a password breach at Dropbox is an evolution of the company’s stance on the 2012 incident -- the company initially said that user emails were the only data stolen." (08/30/16)

https://techcrunch.com/2016/08/30/dropbox-employees-password-reuse-led-to-theft-of-60m-user-credentials/?ncid=mobilenavtrend  

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FBI says hackers penetrated state election systems

August 30, 2016
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New York Daily News    

"Foreign hackers penetrated two separate state election databases in recent weeks, the FBI is warning state election officials. The FBI's Cyber Division sent a 'slash' alert warning election officials nationwide to enhance their security measures ahead of this November's elections. ... Illinois and Arizona were the states targeted." [editor's note: For real, or "!THEM RUSSIANS!" security theater? - TLK] (08/29/16)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/fbi-hackers-penetrated-state-election-systems-article-1.2769951  

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Apple patches iOS security flaws found in spyware targeting activist

August 25, 2016
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ComputerWorld    

"To spy on a human rights activist, hackers allegedly connected to a Middle Eastern government used three previously unknown vulnerabilities in Apple's iOS. The claims -- from research at Toronto-based Citizen Lab and mobile security firm Lookout -- focus on spyware that targeted Ahmed Mansoor, an activist in the United Arab Emirates. The exploits work by remotely jailbreaking the device to secretly download the spyware -- which can then access the iPhone's camera, microphone, and messages. Lookout called the attack the most sophisticated it's ever seen on a device. The researchers have already informed Apple about the exploits, and iOS version 9.3.5 -- which was released on Thursday -- fixes the issues." (08/25/16)

http://www.computerworld.com/article/3112844/security/apple-patches-ios-security-flaws-found-in-spyware-targeting-activist.html  

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FBI investigating possible cyberbreach of New York Times reporters’ email accounts

August 24, 2016
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Fox News Fox News    

"The FBI is probing a possible cyberbreach of numerous company email accounts belonging to New York Times reporters by Russian government-linked hackers, a law enforcement source close to the investigation told Fox News on Tuesday. The investigation, which is ongoing, is looking into how and how far the perpetrators infiltrated the Times email accounts in question. It was not exactly known how many New York Times email accounts may have been compromised, according to law enforcement sources. The latest apparent hacking adds to the laundry list of recently disclosed Russia-involved hacks of high profile U.S. organizations." [editor's note: Loooooooooooooook! It's !THEM RUSSIANS! Pay no attention to what the DNC or Hillary Clinton actually did, just blame !THEM RUSSIANS! for all your problems. Here, we have another story to tell you about !THEM RUSSIANS! - TLK] (08/23/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/08/23/fbi-investigating-possible-cyber-breach-new-york-times-reporter-email-accounts.html  

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Kaspersky outs Android malware riding on Google Adsense network

August 17, 2016
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SlashGear    

"More often than not, malware attacks start with conning unsuspecting users into visiting seemingly innocent, even helpful, websites or downloading software. Far more frightening, however, is malware that escapes early detection because it piggybacks on legitimate channels or apps. Such is the case with an Android Trojan reported by security company Kaspersky Lab Solutions called 'Trojan-Banker.AndroidOS.Svpeng.q,' or Svpeng, for short. This particular malware, which attempts to intercept and steal banking information, is spreading on perfectly legit websites through Google's own AdSense advertising network. ... The Svpeng Trojan downloads itself immediately as soon as an infected ad is loaded, regardless of whether the user tapped on it or not." (08/16/16)

http://www.slashgear.com/kaspersky-outs-android-malware-riding-on-google-adsense-network-16451932/  

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We shouldn’t wait another fifteen years for a conversation about government hacking

August 15, 2016
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Electronic Frontier Foundation Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Nate Cardozo and Andrew Crocker  

"With high-profile hacks in the headlines and government officials trying to reopen a long-settled debate about encryption, information security has become a mainstream issue. But we feel that one element of digital security hasn’t received enough critical attention: the role of government in acquiring and exploiting vulnerabilities and hacking for law enforcement and intelligence purposes. That's why EFF recently published some thoughts on a positive agenda for reforming how the government, obtains, creates, and uses vulnerabilities in our systems for a variety of purposes, from overseas espionage and cyberwarfare to domestic law enforcement investigations." (08/12/16)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/08/we-shouldnt-wait-another-fifteen-years-conversation-about-government-hacking  

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Hacker reveals personal information for almost 200 congressional Democrats

August 14, 2016
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Wall Street Journal    

"A hacker posted cellphone numbers and other personal information of nearly 200 current and former congressional Democrats on Friday, the latest public disclosure of sensitive records this election season. The hacker, or group of hackers, going by the name 'Guccifer 2.0' said the records were stolen as part of a breach of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. A number of files were posted onto Guccifer 2.0’s website, including a spreadsheet that has information, such as phone numbers and email addresses, for 193 people." (08/13/16)

http://www.wsj.com/articles/hacker-reveals-personal-information-for-almost-200-democrats-1471048195  

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Pelosi: DNC hack is “electronic Watergate”

August 11, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"Amid reports that the hack of the Democratic National Committee was even broader than had been believed, the highest-ranking Democrat in Congress is calling the incident an 'electronic Watergate.' Speaking to reporters on Thursday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi compared the hack to the infamous break-in of DNC offices at the Watergate complex that was tied back to President Richard Nixon and the White House. ... Pelosi was responding to a report late Wednesday by The New York Times that the scope of the hack of the DNC was broader than had been known. Citing sources familiar with the investigation, the Times reported that hackers compromised the private email accounts of over 100 party officials and groups, including officials in the campaign of Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Governors Association." [editor's note: They continue trying as hard to spin the conversation away from the content of the emails. The whole thing is "wahhhhh -- you CAUGHT US, you meanies!" - TLK] (08/11/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/11/politics/dnc-hack-electronic-watergate/  

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Australia: Regime’s census website shut down after cyber attacks

August 10, 2016
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United Press International United Press International    

"The Australian Bureau of Statistics says a series of hacking attacks led to the census website being shut down Tuesday night on the first day people were able to fill out the forms online. Last Wednesday, the Australian Bureau of Statistics' top statistician, David Kalisch, said the agency was 'ready' with 'the best security features [for which] you could ever ask.' But six days later, Kalisch said the census website was hacked four times and was shut down as a precaution after the fourth attack. It remained shut down Wednesday." (08/10/16)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2016/08/10/Australias-census-website-shut-down-after-four-hack-attacks-on-first-day-of-online-census/3971470836167/  

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Clinton supporters to hold fundraiser at cybersecurity conference

August 3, 2016
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CNN Money    

"Some of the world's top security officials are heading to Las Vegas for Black Hat this week. And Hillary Clinton's campaign could get a boost. During the week-long conference, a cybersecurity-focused fundraiser will be held, according to Clinton's website. According to a campaign official, the event was organized by supporters without any involvement from the campaign. ... Developing relationships with supporters in the security community makes sense for a campaign that's been plagued with a number of cybersecurity issues, most notably Clinton's email controversy. The Democratic National Committee recently revealed that it had been hacked, and some experts believe it is linked to the Russian government." (08/02/16)

http://money.cnn.com/2016/08/02/technology/clinton-fundraiser-black-hat/  

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Hacker selling 200 million Yahoo accounts on the Dark Web

August 2, 2016
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The Hacker News    

"Hardly a day goes without headlines about any significant data breach. In the past few months, over 1 Billion account credentials from popular social network sites, including LinkedIn, Tumblr, MySpace and VK.com were exposed on the Internet. Now, the same hacker who was responsible for selling data dumps for LinkedIn, MySpace, Tumblr and VK.com is now selling what is said to be the login information of 200 Million Yahoo! users on the Dark Web." (08/01/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/08/hack-yahoo-account.html  

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The Hunt for Red Trump-tober

July 26, 2016
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"Julian Assange has done it again: exposed the inner workings -- and crimes -- of our political class, that is. This time his target is Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee, whose emails were hacked by a Romanian who calls himself 'Guccifer 2.0,' and posted online by WikiLeaks. As revelations tumble out of the enormous data dump -- e.g. DNC staffers conspired to target Bernie Sanders, who is Jewish, as an 'atheist' -- the collusion of the party leadership with the Clinton campaign to marginalize Sanders threatens the Democrats with a potential explosion on the eve of their convention. It's 'gas meets flame,' as one Democratic party leader put it. The Clinton campaign has responded by pushing a bizarre conspiracy theory that recalls the darkest days of the cold war: the DNC leak, they claim, is part of a plot by the Kremlin to elect Donald J. Trump President of these United States. Yes, seriously." (07/25/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/07/24/hunt-red-trump-tober/  

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New Tor-powered backdoor malware targets Macs

July 7, 2016
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PC World    

"Security researchers have found a new backdoor program that allows attackers to hijack Mac systems and control them over the Tor network. The new malware has been dubbed Backdoor.MAC.Eleanor by researchers from antivirus vendor Bitdefender and is distributed as a file converter application through reputable websites that offer Mac software. ... The good news is that the app is not digitally signed by an Apple-approved certificate, so users will see security warnings on the latest OS X version if they try to install it. On OS X El Capitan (10.11) users would actually need to perform a manual override in order to install the application." (07/06/16)

http://www.pcworld.com/article/3092227/security/new-tor-powered-backdoor-program-targets-macs.html  

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The hunter

June 29, 2016
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The Intercept The Intercept
by Peter Maass  

"There is no Miss Manners for exchanging pleasantries with a man the government has trained to be the digital equivalent of a Navy SEAL. Though I had initiated the contact, I was wary of how he might respond. The hacker had publicly expressed a visceral dislike for [Edward] Snowden and had accused The Intercept of jeopardizing lives by publishing classified information. One of his memos outlined the ways the NSA reroutes (or 'shapes') the internet traffic of entire countries, and another memo was titled 'I Hunt Sysadmins.' I felt sure he could hack anyone's computer, including mine. ... I got lucky with the hacker, because he recently left the agency for the cybersecurity industry; it would be his choice to talk, not the NSA's. Fortunately, speaking out is his second nature." (06/28/16)

https://theintercept.com/2016/06/28/he-was-a-hacker-for-the-nsa-and-he-was-willing-to-talk-i-was-willing-to-listen/  

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Six times a government hack was bigger than first disclosed

June 28, 2016
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Robinson Meyer and Kaveh Waddell  

"In July 2014, the New York Times reported that Chinese hackers broke into the servers of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the agency that functions as a kind of government-wide human-resources department. More than a year later, in May 2015, the Internal Revenue Service announced that more than 100,000 taxpayer accounts at the IRS had been breached. Both would have been bad by themselves. But since then, the number of people affected by both of those hacks have grown. ... The difficulty of pinning down even the most basic details of critical hacks -- what was actually stolen, the number of people affected -- is the result of an outdated but still prevalent way of thinking about cybersecurity." (06/28/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/06/6-times-a-government-hack-was-bigger-than-first-disclosed/488996/  

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Anonymous hacks pro-ISIS Twitter accounts, fills them with gay pride

June 16, 2016
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CBS News CBS News    

"In response to the Orlando mass shooting, the hacker-activist group known as Anonymous has hacked into dozens of pro-Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) Twitter accounts and infused them with gay pride, CBS San Francisco reported. While San Francisco-based Twitter did not admit that the accounts were hacked, images of the hacked accounts and the Twitter account responsible for the hacking suggest otherwise." (06/15/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/anonymous-hacks-pro-isis-twitter-accounts-fills-them-with-gay-pride/  

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Flaws in Samsung’s “smart home” let hackers unlock doors and set off fire alarms

May 3, 2016
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Wired    

"The security research community has been loudly warning for years that the so-called Internet of Things -- and particularly networked home appliances -- would introduce a deluge of new hackable vulnerabilities into everyday objects. Now one group of researchers at the University of Michigan and Microsoft have published what they call the first in-depth security analysis of one such 'smart home' platform that allows anyone to control their home appliances from light bulbs to locks with a PC or smartphone. They discovered they could pull off disturbing tricks over the internet, from triggering a smoke detector at will to planting a 'backdoor' PIN code in a digital lock that offers silent access to your home, all of which they plan to present at the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy later this month." (05/02/16)

https://www.wired.com/2016/05/flaws-samsungs-smart-home-let-hackers-unlock-doors-set-off-fire-alarms/?mbid=nl_5216  

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With Rule 41, little-known committee proposes to grant new hacking powers to government

May 1, 2016
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Electronic Frontier Foundation Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Rainey Reitman  

"The government hacking into phones and seizing computers remotely? It's not the plot of a dystopian blockbuster summer movie. It's a proposal from an obscure committee that proposes changes to court procedures -- and if we do nothing, it will go into effect in December. The proposal comes from the advisory committee on criminal rules for the Judicial Conference of the United States. The amendment would update Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, creating a sweeping expansion of law enforcement's ability to engage in hacking and surveillance." (04/30/16)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/04/rule-41-little-known-committee-proposes-grant-new-hacking-powers-government  

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Cyberwarfare: Challenge of tomorrow

May 1, 2016
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Alice Donovan  

"Computer hacking has become part of everyday life for the past few years Internet-connected devices have been hacked left and right, but most of the times, these are harmless so-called Internet of Things appliances, like kettles or fridges. According to the Boston hospital Beth Israel Deaconess, it is attacked about every 7 seconds, 24 hours a day, and the strikes come from everywhere: hacktivists, organized crime, cyberterrorists and even MIT students." (04/29/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/04/29/cyberwarfare-challenge-of-tomorrow/  

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