Posts Tagged ‘ cyber warfare ’

Wave of 100 Gbps “mega” DDOS attacks hits record level in 2014

July 18, 2014
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Computer World India    

"Huge DDoS attacks are becoming a regular occurrence with over 100 incidents breaching the psychological 100Gbps barrier that used to be seen as signifying trouble, new figures from Arbor Networks have confirmed. Arbor's numbers drawn from its Atlas monitoring of traffic through 290 global ISPs show a consistent upward trend on such volumetric attacks at every point on the scale in the last year, with a doubling in the number of attacks over 20Gbps compared to 2013." (07/18/14)

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Cyber war: The enemy is you

July 10, 2014
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Thomas L. Knapp Center for a Stateless Society
by Thomas L. Knapp  

"Bloomberg reports that 'Wall Street's biggest trade group has proposed a government-industry cyber war council,' led by a 'senior White House official' and composed of representatives from the finance industry and no fewer than eight US federal agencies. The aforementioned 'trade group,' the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, has already brought in former National Security Agency director Keith Alexander and a firm headed by former Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff to 'facilitate' the project. The gang's all here! The government, former government hangers-on, bankers ... hey, wait, someone's missing. Who could it be? Oh, yeah -- you! But don't worry. You do have a role to play. For starters, you get to pick up the check." (07/09/14)

http://c4ss.org/content/29183  

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Wall Street teams up with US intelligence cronies in bid to form fascist “cyber war council”

July 9, 2014
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A Lightning War for Liberty
by Michael Krieger  

"Want to hear the worst idea in the history of horrible ideas? How about we take the industry responsible for destroying the U.S. economy and wrecking the lives of tens of millions of people, and then allow it to create a 'government-industry cyber war council.' It appears that trillions in taxpayer bailouts simply wasn’t enough for Wall Street. Recognizing that it can seemingly get whatever it wants whenever it wants, the industry is now positioning itself to overtly control U.S. 'cyber' policy. What could go wrong?" (07/08/14)

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If you’re connected to the Internet, the NSA always has ways of spying on you

July 2, 2014
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Ronald Bailey Reason
by Ronald Bailey  

"'The NSA has turned the Internet into a giant surveillance platform,' declared renowned tech guru and Harvard Berkman Center fellow Bruce Schneier at the Cato Institute's conference on NSA domestic spying last fall. There are supposed to be some limits on how much snooping the NSA and its minions can do on Americans, but a new analysis by two Harvard researchers suggests that with clever technical work-arounds combined with creative legal interpretations the agency can brush aside even those paltry restrictions." (07/01/14)

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“Complete control”: Notorious surveillance contractor tech uncovered

June 26, 2014
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Reason
by Zenon Evans  

"Hacking Team, a company which has been described as an 'enemy of the Internet,' provides law enforcement and intelligence agencies with legal 'offensive technology' to infiltrate and remotely control people's phones and other digital devices. The extent of this company's capabilities remain murky, but two groups of Internet security experts say they have just exposed some of their surveillance firepower and the fact that Hacking Team has more servers spitting out malware based in the U.S. than any other country." (06/26/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kr6y7ba  

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Study: US could run short on talent to fight cyber-war

June 20, 2014
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Christian Science Monitor    

"Job postings for cyber-security experts are going unfilled in the federal government, a shortfall threatening to undermine US national security by leaving the nation poorly prepared to fight in cyber-space, a new study says. Demand for cyber-security professionals has leaped across the United States in recent years, spurred by events like the 2007 Russian hacker attack on Estonia, cyber-crime against retailers, and pervasive Chinese cyber-espionage targeting US corporations." (06/19/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lt34rhd  

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Blocking social media: The new model for controlling “public unrest”

June 12, 2014
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Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by John Engle  

"Governments almost always like to expand their powers over speech, particularly when that speech is damaging to the governments’ credibility. The freedom of speech is a critical right in all free societies precisely because it is the ultimate means ordinary citizens have to challenge the powers that be, to express dissent, and to organize with like-minded people dissatisfied with the way government is running. The internet has been the most powerful and valuable tool in the expansion of individuals’ power over their governments. The state quakes at the raw people-power that services like Twitter provides." (06/11/14)

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Google’s shareholder theater

June 10, 2014
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CounterPunch Coiunterpunch
by Bill Blunden  

"One thing Google’s PR team fails to acknowledge is that encryption represents little or no defense against hi-tech subversion. Specifically, hardware and software bugs (accidental or otherwise) as back doors trump encryption every time. As witnessed in both the cases of the Heartbleed bug and the malware used in the recent breach of Target, if an attacker can leverage buggy code to compromise a computer and scrape its memory for cryptographic keys (i.e. passwords) it doesn’t matter how strong the encryption is; attackers can walk right through digital bulwarks and sink your battleship." (06/10/14)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/06/10/googles-shareholder-theater/  

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Google releases source for “end-to-end” email encryption tool

June 4, 2014
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Guardian [UK]    

"Google has moved to encourage more people to encrypt their email, releasing source code aimed at offering an extra layer of privacy protection. The move comes as the tech giant announced its support for Reset the Net, a coordinated day of action set for Thursday to oppose mass surveillance online. ... End-to-end encryption offers another layer of security by encrypting data leaving a user’s browser until it is decrypted by the recipient. The service has been available for some time via tools including Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) and Gnu Privacy Guard (GnuPG), but such tools have failed to become mainstream as they require a higher level of technological know-how. Google is hoping its new Chrome service will make end-to-end encryption an easy option for its users." (06/04/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mvawwwj  

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Reset The Net: Say “nay” to the NSA

June 4, 2014
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Garry Reed Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed  

"June 5, 2014, is the one year anniversary of the first NSA surveillance leak revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden. It's also the day a worldwide coalition of tens of thousands of Internet users, companies and organizations pledge to 'Reset The Net.' It's the day thousands of people around the world fight back against the American government's mass surveillance invasions of everyone's privacy by NSA, the National Security Agency." (06/03/14)

http://www.examiner.com/article/reset-the-net-say-nay-to-the-nsa  

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FBI says global effort has halted a cybercrime ring

June 2, 2014
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Washington Post    

"In a secret 72-hour blitz over the weekend, the FBI, several foreign governments and a host of security firms dismantled what officials say is the most sophisticated operation ever to commandeer private computers and siphon tens of millions of dollars from American bank accounts." [editor's note: Yeah, I thought it meant they took down the IRS, too. No suck luck - TLK] (06/02/14)

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“Sabu” to get reduced sentence for betraying Anonymous comrades

May 26, 2014
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Christian Science Monitor    

"Federal prosecutors are seeking to greatly reduce the prison sentence of a prominent computer hacker they say is responsible for helping stop at least 300 cyber attacks of government and military institutions, and for bringing deeper insight into the global hacking collective Anonymous. Hector Xavier Monsegur will be sentenced Tuesday in Federal District Court in Manhattan on a series of charges including identity theft, computer hacking and fraud.

http://tinyurl.com/mty5rth  

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All about Blackshades

May 22, 2014
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Mother Jones
by Dana Liebelson  

"Here's why you might want to update your anti-virus software, or, if you're prone to dancing around your room naked, at least put a piece of tape over your webcam." (05/21/14)

http://tinyurl.com/oekg5ns  

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Hackers raid eBay in historic breach, access 145 million records

May 22, 2014
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The Globe and Mail [Canada]    

"EBay Inc said that hackers raided its network three months ago, accessing some 145 million user records in what is poised to go down as one of the biggest data breaches in history, based on the number of accounts compromised. It advised customers to change their passwords immediately, saying they were among the pieces of data stolen by cyber criminals who carried out the attack between late February and early March." (05/22/14)

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Get ready for the next terror

May 22, 2014
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Freeman's Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg  

"If I had to bet, I think I’d put my money on some type of 'cyberwar' event coming in the not-too-distant future. But whether it’s that or something else, a new terror will be coming. That much is more or less inevitable. The reason is easy: We have people with control-biased minds in positions to create such events, or at least to make the most of them when they do occur." (05/21/14)

http://www.freemansperspective.com/terrifying-event  

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Idiot US prosecutors charge Chinese regime officials in cyberspying case

May 20, 2014
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KRQE 13 News    

"In a landmark case alleging international economic spying, the United States announced on Monday unprecedented cyber espionage charges against five Chinese military officials accused of hacking into U.S. companies to gain trade secrets. The hackers targeted big-name makers of nuclear and solar technology, stealing confidential business information, sensitive trade secrets and internal communications for competitive advantage, according to a grand jury indictment. ... The indictment says that five hackers -- members of the People’s Liberation Army -- worked from a building in Shanghai to steal proprietary information from the companies and the labor union, including communications that could have helped Chinese firms learn strategies and weaknesses of American companies involved in litigation with the Chinese government or Chinese firms." [editor's note: Like this isn't the kind of thing the US government's own hackers do on a daily basis? - TLK] (05/19/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lulj62v  

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FBI’s huge hacker bust could be bogus

May 19, 2014
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The Daily Beast    

"Dozens have been arrested in a king-sized global hacker crackdown. But it’s unclear whether the charges against these supposed cyber criminals will actually stick. In one of the largest coordinated crackdowns in the history of hacking and law enforcement, hundreds of people have been raided, questioned, or arrested for being connected with a commercially available program that sells for as little as $40 on the open market. It’s called Blackshades, and it’s a remote access tool, or RAT as it is known in the computer industry. ... The arrests were trumpeted with press conferences on both sides of the Atlantic. But it’s unclear how many actually used the software for criminal activity -- instead of merely possessing it. And it’s unclear whether the charges against all of these supposed hackers will actually stick." (05/19/14)

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Greenwald: How the NSA tampers with US-made internet routers

May 13, 2014
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Guardian [UK]    

"The NSA has been covertly implanting interception tools in US servers heading overseas -- even though the US government has warned against using Chinese technology for the same reasons, says Glenn Greenwald, in an extract from his new book about the Snowden affair, No Place to Hide." (05/12/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lf287cy  

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Colombia: Hacker tried to sabotage peace talks

May 6, 2014
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Boulder Daily Camera    

"Colombian authorities have arrested a purported hacker for allegedly breaking into President Juan Manuel Santos' email account and trying to obtain information to sabotage government peace talks with the country's biggest rebel movement. The chief prosecutor's office described Andres Sepulveda as the leader of a spying ring that operated in an office raided Tuesday in a tony Bogota neighborhood." (05/06/14)

http://tinyurl.com/okbjh34  

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Governments behind surge in cyber-espionage

April 25, 2014
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JD Tuccille Reason
by JD Tuccille  

"Stealing your money remains the number-one motive for bad guys staging cyber-attacks of various sorts, but greed is dropping in importance relative to nosiness, according to Verizon. The telecommunications company finds espionage soaring as a motive for online threats, driven by governments less interested in cash than information. Overall, cyber-espionage made up about 22 percent of incidents lst year, and growing." (04/24/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lsaop4z  

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Report: FBI informant linked to hacking of foreign websites

April 25, 2014
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Business Standard [India]    

"A hacker who became an informant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) directed hundreds of cyber attacks against the websites of foreign governments, including Brazil, Iran, Pakistan, Syria and Turkey; the New York Times reported today. It was unclear whether the FBI explicitly ordered the digital attacks, but court documents and interviews suggest 'that the government may have used hackers to gather intelligence overseas' .... The figure at the centre of the case is Hector Xavier Monsegur [aka "Sabu"], who had become a prominent hacker with the activist group Anonymous, which has staged cyber assaults on MasterCard, PayPal and other commercial and government targets. Monsegur was arrested by the FBI and became an informant, helping the law enforcement agency identify other members of Anonymous." (04/25/14)

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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)

http://tinyurl.com/m4unugv  

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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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