Posts Tagged ‘ cyber warfare ’

Kim Dotcom’s Mega launches Skype competitor MegaChat

January 22, 2015
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CNet News CNet News    

"The controversial Mega, a storage locker for online content, on Thursday launched MegaChat, a communication platform designed to compete with the likes of Skype. According to Mega founder Kim Dotcom, the new platform allows users to engage in end-to-end encrypted video and audio communication. ... Given the existing controversy surrounding Kim Dotcom, it may not be long before MegaChat faces the onslaught of governments fearing that criminals will turn to the company's new platform to communicate privately. For his part, Dotcom didn't shy away from that potential onslaught, as he thanked his development team in a tweet Thursday 'for conspiring to provide secure and private file storage and communications solutions to the world.'" (01/22/15)

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Officials: NSA hacked North Korea before North Korea hacked Sony

January 19, 2015
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New York Times    

"The trail that led American officials to blame North Korea for the destructive cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment in November winds back to 2010, when the National Security Agency scrambled to break into the computer systems of a country considered one of the most impenetrable targets on earth. Spurred by growing concern about North Korea’s maturing capabilities, the American spy agency drilled into the Chinese networks that connect North Korea to the outside world, picked through connections in Malaysia favored by North Korean hackers and penetrated directly into the North with the help of South Korea and other American allies, according to former United States and foreign officials, computer experts later briefed on the operations and a newly disclosed N.S.A. document." (01/18/1)

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The myth of a secure military

January 15, 2015
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Robert P. Murphy Free Advice
by Robert P Murphy  

"On NPR today they were talking about cybersecurity. The host made a throwaway remark along the lines that with private businesses, you couldn't expect a full-throated response to the threats his expert guests were discussing, because they responded to the profit motive and it 'wasn't like Los Alamos.' Here the host was referring to the famous lab where physicists and other scientists worked on the atomic bomb during World War II, and then continued to work on nuclear weaponry. His point, of course, was that the military engaged in state-of-the-art security to protect such critical secrets, whereas you couldn't expect Visa to do the same thing for its customers. ... The Soviets did steal the secrets to the atomic bomb, and one of their spies was at Los Alamos." (01/15/15)

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Security theater: France hit by “unprecedented” wave of cyber attacks

January 15, 2015
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CBS News CBS News    

"Hackers have targeted about 19,000 French websites since a rampage by Islamic extremists left 20 dead last week, a top French cyberdefense official said Thursday .... 'What's new, what's important, is that this is 19,000 sites -- that's never been seen before,' [Adm. Arnaud Coustilliere, head of cyberdefense for the French military] said. 'This is the first time that a country has been faced with such a large wave' of cyberattacks. ... Military authorities have launched round-the-clock surveillance to protect the government sites still coming under attack." [editor's note: On the one hand, I am skeptical of screeches from the usual suspects that the Charlie Hebdo attacks were a "false flag." On the other hand, I suspect that the cyberattack claim is 100% bullshit fabricated to keep up the scare and help justify the developing wave of added state authoritarianism that the Hebdo attacks are being used to put over - TLK] (01/15/15)

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Arrgh! Pirates rule the high IPs!

January 14, 2015
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Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Elias Garcia  

"Let me be the first to lament the ‘fall’ of The Pirate Bay, a service that, statistically speaking, there’s a decent chance you use. On December 9th, Swedish officials decided to raid the facilities that contained the servers that TPB was hosted on, effectively shutting the site down. While TPB has remained ‘offline,’ it’s search engine and catalog no longer available to those who access the site, it’s probably a good time to realize that this is not the end. Nor has it ever been. Or will be." (01/13/15)

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Security theater: Obama to push law protecting companies from liability for assisting government spies

January 14, 2015
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United Press International    

"President Barack Obama plans to announce legislation to protect companies from lawsuits for sharing data with the government for help in preventing cyberattacks. ... Critics of legislation of this type are concerned that it allows the government too much access to people's data with immunity from any legal action." (01/13/15)

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Snowden: US has put too much emphasis on cyber-offense, needs defense

January 9, 2015
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Ars Technica Ars Technica    

"In an on-camera interview with James Bamford for an upcoming episode of PBS'[s] NOVA, Edward Snowden warned that the US Department of Defense and National Security Agency have over-emphasized the development of offensive network capabilities, placing the US'[s] own systems at greater risk. With other countries now developing offensive capabilities that approach those of the NSA and the US Cyber Command, Snowden believes the US has much more at stake." (01/08/15)

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Bitstamp claims its bitcoins are secure after attack forces exchange shutdown

January 5, 2015
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Network World    

"Bitstamp reassured customers that their bitcoins are safe after a weekend hack forced the exchange to shut down on Monday. 'As a security precaution against compromises Bitstamp only maintains a small fraction of customer bitcoins in online systems. Bitstamp maintains more than enough offline reserves to cover the compromised bitcoins,' the exchange said in a statement on its website. The hack, which took place Sunday, targeted one of Bitstamp's operational or hot wallets, the statement said. Hot wallets are connected to the Internet and used to immediately exchange the virtual currency. Bitstamp hasn't revealed details of the attack nor whether bitcoins were stolen." (01/05/15)

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Report: Chick-fil-A faces credit card breach

January 2, 2015
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Atlanta Business Chronicle    

"Chick-fil-A Inc. may be the latest victim of a major credit card breach. Krebs on Security reported Dec. 30 'sources at several U.S. financial institutions say they have traced a pattern of credit card fraud back to accounts that all were used at different Chick-fil-A fast food restaurants around the country.' ... Chick-fil-A operates 1,850 locations in 41 states and Washington, D.C." (12/31/14)

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The Sony hack fraud

December 31, 2014
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"In short, the technical 'evidence' supporting the narrative woven by those geniuses in Washington is rubbish. Yet they are still sticking by it -- because, after all, government officials can never admit they were wrong. Especially since the President of the United States went out on a very thin limb and vowed to retaliate against North Korea -- a pledge apparently carried out a few days ago. Two cyber-attacks took down the Hermit Kingdom's pitiably small Internet structure, which consists of about as many IP addresses as can be found in a single block in Brooklyn. USA! USA! There's just one problem: a rising chorus of independent cyber-security professionals are virtually unanimous in the opinion that the Obama administration muffed it. The North Koreans, they say, didn't hack Sony -- and our 'retaliation' is looking more and more like unprovoked aggression." (12/31/14)

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North Korea blames US for Internet outages

December 27, 2014
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Reuters Reuters    

"North Korea accused the United States on Saturday of being responsible for Internet outages it experienced in recent days amid a confrontation between them over the hacking of the film studio Sony Pictures. ... The spokesman again rejected an accusation by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation that North Korea was behind the cyberattack on Sony Pictures and demanded the United States produce the evidence for its accusation. North Korea's Internet problems began last weekend and it suffered a complete outage of nearly nine hours before links were largely restored on Tuesday. U.S. officials said Washington was not involved." (12/27/14)

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Sony hack: Clooney says movie is about Snowden, not journalism

December 23, 2014
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The Intercept The Intercept
by Natasha Vargas-Cooper  

"As curious journalists, tabloid writers, and Hollywood watchers pore over the massive trove of hacked Sony data, the public is being given a rare glimpse into the complicated world of Hollywood and politics. Tucked between bitchy emails about Angelina Jolie and snarky comments on Will Smith’s family are details of a chummy relationship between Sony executives and the CIA, as well as rare insight into how Hollywood views potential movies about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden." (12/22/14)

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Looking beyond “The Interview” and the Sony hack

December 23, 2014
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Binoy Kampmark  

"Does Pyongyang have such clout that a US-made film can actually be pulled from official release? That is normally the province reserved for local censors, certainly not hackers given a political mission. Those behind The Interview, including Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, must have found it all a touch bemusing. But even more significantly, the tables were turned on a film that featured an assassination plot directed at a living leader, the very much in office Kim Jong-un, albeit dressed up in the form of a comedy." (12/22/14)

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North Korea: Regime denies Sony hack, wants joint probe with US

December 20, 2014
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Reuters Reuters    

"North Korea said U.S. accusations that it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures were "groundless slander" and that it was wanted a joint investigation into the incident with the United States. An unnamed spokesman of the North's foreign ministry said there would be 'grave consequences' if Washington refused to agree to the joint probe and continued to accuse Pyongyang, the official KCNA news agency reported on Saturday." (12/20/14)

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Security theater: Sony hack is pols’ latest excuse for attempted Internet power grab

December 19, 2014
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CNN CNN    

"White House Economic Council Director Jeff Zients pointed fingers at Congress on Thursday for not acting fast enough on cybersecurity legislation, in the wake of news that North Korea was behind the Sony Entertainment cyberattack. ... The Sony hack attack has breathed new life into controversial legislation often called the 'zombie bill' by opponents because of its failure to launch. The proposed cybersecurity bill is intended to [pretend to] help companies and the government work together to thwart hackers through increased data sharing. Privacy advocates have opposed the legislation -- and it's [sic] House companion -- at every turn, since it was first introduced in 2012. They argue the bill's broad language could breach the public's privacy and civil liberties." (12/18/14)

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Anonymous targets Sweden over Pirate Bay

December 16, 2014
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Anonymous stuff [New Zealand]    

"A 'hacktivist' group using the Anonymous banner claims it has leaked official login details of Swedish government email accounts as payback for last week's raid that shut down The Pirate Bay. 'HagashTeam' released the sensitive data in a document on Pastebin, which also includes login credentials for what appear to be official email accounts of the Israeli, Indian, Brazilian, Argentinian and Mexican administrations. The hackers said the leak was 'in retaliation' for the Pirate Bay raid." [editor's note: Couldn't have happened to a nicer bunch of evil, filthy low-lifes. Go, Anon! - TLK] (12/16/14)

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Isohunt resurrects The Pirate Bay

December 15, 2014
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ZDNet ZDNet    

"Days after The Pirate Bay was wiped from the Web, many believed that it was only a matter of time before a carbon copy of the website's database reappeared online. Thanks to The Pirate Bay's database of torrent links being freely available for download, it would only take another organization to upload the site's base and cater for traffic levels in order to resurrect the system. It seems the game of whack-a-mole with law enforcement is back on, thanks to Isohunt stepping into the breach. Isohunt, one of many torrent search websites blocked [sic] in countries including the United Kingdom, recreated a version of The Pirate Bay over the weekend." (12/15/14)

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Sweden: Stockholm gangsters steal Pirate Bay equipment, site goes down briefly

December 10, 2014
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ZDNet ZDNet    

"The Pirate Bay is yet to reappear online following a raid in Stockholm by police who confiscated servers and equipment, placing the website in the dark. On Tuesday, access to The Pirate Bay disappeared, together with a number of torrent-related websites. While there was no official word from authorities, sources told TorrentFreak that a raid in Stockholm caused the temporary closure, which was later confirmed by Paul Pinter, police national coordinator for Sweden's IP enforcement. ... At the time of writing, the main website has reappeared with a Costa Rican address, although high volumes of traffic makes access difficult .... The Pirate Bay's magnet link archive has been hosted as a downloadable file itself for some time, and there are likely hundreds of copies of the database stored globally -- especially as the full file is less than 100MB." (12/10/14)

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Sony’s PlayStation hit by hack attack

December 8, 2014
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"A hacker group has claimed responsibility for attacking Sony's online PlayStation store, which is down on Monday. Visitors to the site are greeted with a message that says 'Page Not Found! It's not you. It's the internet's fault.' A group called 'Lizard Squad' has taken credit for the outage, posting 'PSN Login #offline #LizardSquad' as their Twitter status. The outage is the most recent in a series of attacks on tech giant Sony." (12/08/14)

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North Korea: Regime denies Sony attack, calls it “righteous deed”

December 7, 2014
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Fox News Fox News    

"North Korea released a statement Sunday that clearly relished a cyberattack on Sony Pictures, which is producing an upcoming film that depicts an assassination plot against Pyongyang's supreme leader. While denying responsibility for an attack last week that disrupted Sony's computer system and spewed confidential information onto the Internet, an unidentified spokesman for the North's powerful National Defense Commission acknowledged that it 'might be a righteous deed of the supporters and sympathizers' of the North's call for the world to turn out in a 'just struggle' against U.S. imperialism." (12/07/14)

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Sony cyber attack one of the worst in corporate history

December 4, 2014
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Newsweek    

"Sony Pictures Entertainment experienced one of the most devastating corporate attacks in history. Thousands of files, seized by hackers last week, have been leaked online including personal details of around 6,000 Sony employees, upcoming Sony feature films and the salary details of top executives. The hackers also managed to access details about Deloitte bankers who are Sony’s auditors. The initial data breach, which occurred on 24th November, resulted in the shutdown of the entire computer network of one of Hollywood’s largest and most powerful studios." (12/04/14)

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“Bone-chilling” research suggests Iran gearing up to avenge Stuxnet hacks

December 3, 2014
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Forbes    

"A vast number of western organisations have been breached by hackers operating out of Iran, according to researchers at Cylance, a security startup. The victims include military, energy firms, airlines and airports, hospitals, governments and their contractors in the US, the UK and beyond, the Operation Cleaver report read. And the level of access at some of the compromised critical organisations was described as 'bone-chilling.' ... US researchers have repeatedly claimed the Middle Eastern nation has expanded its cyber divisions at a startling pace since the uncloaking of Stuxnet, malware thought to have been forged in the labs of US and Israeli computer labs that sought to cause disruption to Iranian nuclear development. Now, Iran’s hackers are seeking to establish a 'beachhead for cyber sabotage' in response, the study suggested." (12/02/14)

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Hackers stealing Wall Street insider data

December 1, 2014
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Detroit News    

"Hackers with Wall Street expertise have stolen merger-and-acquisition information from more than 80 companies for more than a year, according to security consultants who shared their findings with law enforcement. A group dubbed FIN4 by researchers at FireEye Inc. has been tricking executives, lawyers and consultants into providing access to confidential data and communications, and probably using the information for insider trading, FireEye said in a report Monday. The hackers’ sophistication suggests they’ve worked in the financial sector, Jen Weedon, FireEye’s manager of threat intelligence, said in an interview." (12/01/14)

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NSA reform — the consequences of failure

December 1, 2014
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Patrick G Eddington  

"In the absence of real reform, people and institutions at home and abroad are taking matters into their own hands. In America, the NSA’s overreach is changing the way we communicate with and relate to each other. In order to evade government surveillance, more and more Americans are employing encryption technology." (11/26/14)

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Censoring the Web isn’t the solution to terrorism or counterfeiting. It’s the problem.

November 30, 2014
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Electronic Frontier Foundation Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Jeremy Malcolm  

"In politics, as with Internet memes, ideas don't spread because they are good—they spread because they are good at spreading. One of the most virulent ideas in Internet regulation in recent years has been the idea that if a social problem manifests on the Web, the best thing that you can do to address that problem is to censor the Web. It's an attractive idea because if you don't think too hard, it appears to be a political no-brainer." (11/25/14)

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