Posts Tagged ‘ cyber warfare ’

MCX confirms CurentC email breach

October 29, 2014
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USA Today    

"E-mail addresses connected to a pilot program for payments service CurrentC have been breached, confirms the consortium that created the system. MCX confirmed 'unauthorized third parties' grabbed the e-mail addresses of some members of the CurrentC pilot program. The exchange says most addresses were 'dummy accounts' and that the app itself was not affected. ... The CurrentC payment system has vaulted into the spotlight after retailer Rite-Aid and CVS dropped support for Apple Pay in favor of the MCX system. Retailers who opt to use the CurrentC mobile payment system must do so exclusively, dropping access to rival services, according to a blog post from the creators of CurrentC." (10/29/14)

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Report: White House computer network hacked

October 29, 2014
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Los Angeles Times    

"A White House computer network was hit by hackers, resulting in a series of outages and connectivity issues, a White House official said Tuesday. The official, who asked not to be named discussing the security issues, would not comment on who was believed to be behind the attack. Russian hackers were suspected, the Washington Post reported, citing unnamed sources." (10/28/14)

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Apple addresses iCloud hacks; Chinese regime denies hacking allegations

October 21, 2014
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Mashable    

"On Monday, a group that monitors online censorship in China accused the People's Republic of intercepting traffic between local users and iCloud.com in an attempt to steal their passwords. In a so-called 'man-in-the-middle' attack, the Chinese government allegedly hijacked virtually all connections to iCloud.com from inside the country using a fake certificate. A day later, Apple appears to have thwarted the operation with a technical fix, though the company has not confirmed whether the change was a direct response to the attacks. ... The Chinese government has categorically denied being involved in the 'man-in-the-middle' attack." (10/21/14)

http://mashable.com/2014/10/21/apple-icloud-attacks-china/  

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The Silk Road case outcome will impact us all

October 13, 2014
posted by

Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Brittney Little  

"The future of our internet freedom, privacy, and online commerce is at stake. On August 21, 2014, federal prosecutors charged the alleged creator of the Silk Road, Ross Ulbricht, with seven drug trafficking, narcotics, and ID theft charges after the FBI conducted illegal hackings against Ulbricht. FedEx is essentially facing many of the same charges for creating a way for people to obtain illegal substances. There is a lot that just doesn’t seem right here and the public should be demanding answers." (10/10/14)

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Attack code for “unpatchable” USB flaw released

October 6, 2014
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"Computer code that can turn any almost any device that connects via USB into a cyber-attack platform has been shared online. Computer security researchers wrote the code following the discovery of the USB flaw earlier this year. The pair made the code public in an attempt to force electronics firms to improve defences against attack by USB." (10/06/14)

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-29475566  

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Of Russian hackers and Google cops

August 10, 2014
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Alfredo Lopez  

"Last week, Google revealed that it had turned into police a Google user who had included child pornography on some of his emails. The company made clear that it had been investigating this guy and that its procedures for doing so 'cannot violate the privacy of other users.' This week, MicroSoft made a similar announcement about a similar investigation of data stored on its 'Cloud' storage system. It seems these guys can’t refrain from competing in whatever they’re into. It also seems that, as usual, these companies are playing an informational shell game when they explain what they’re doing and the threat it poses." (08/08/24)

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Australia’s prime minister admits metadata collection is for “general crime,” not terrorism

August 8, 2014
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A Lightning War for Liberty
by Michael Krieger  

"Myself and countless others have been warning for many years that the 'war on terror' is a complete and total sham. A power grab used by governments to further consolidate power and control over the masses that reside within their borders. Slowly but surely, we have all realized that none of the spying is actually about stopping terror attacks. ... Fortunately for us in the Western world, Australia's Prime Minister is a gigantic bumbling buffoon who can't open his mouth for more than five seconds without saying something stupid. Sometimes his verbal diarrhea gives us a glimpse into what the status quo really thinks." (08/07/14)

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Your data is no longer safe anywhere in the world

August 8, 2014
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John Engle Heartland Institute
by John Engle  

"Last week a federal judge ordered Microsoft to hand over its data stores to the government, including data housed overseas. The ruling marks an ominous new chapter in Internet privacy, one that could have lasting impacts on both individuals’ privacy online and the nature of international law." (08/07/14)

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Google strengthens web encryption drive by making HTTPS a ranking issue

August 7, 2014
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Gigaom    

"Google has begun giving better search rankings to websites that use secure, encrypted connections to transmit customer data. Late Wednesday, the company said it was starting off by taking a site’s use of HTTPS --- the web address prefix that denotes secure 'TLS' connections -- as a light signal, 'affecting fewer than 1 percent of global queries, and carrying less weight than other signals such as high-quality content.' However, it may take it as a stronger signal in future." (08/07/14)

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CIA venture capital guru babbles nonsense at Black Hat conference

August 7, 2014
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Wired    

"To increase the security of the internet and computers, the government should corner the market on zero-day vulnerabilities and exploits, offering top-dollar to force out all other buyers. At least, that’s what Dan Geer thinks, and his opinion matters. Geer is chief information security officer at the CIA’s venture capital arm In-Q-Tel, which invests in technologies that help the intelligence community. Geer, an icon in the world of computer security, delivered his controversial stance during a keynote at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas today." (08/06/14)

http://www.wired.com/2014/08/cia-0day-bounty/  

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Report: Russian crime ring in massive Internet data heist

August 6, 2014
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Fox News    

"A Russian crime ring has got its hands on more than a billion stolen Internet credentials, according to a New York Times report. Citing records discovered by Hold Security, the New York Times reported on Tuesday that the stolen credentials include 1.2 billion password and username combinations and more than 500 million email addresses. ... Citing nondisclosure agreements and a reluctance to identify companies still at risk, Hold Security would not name the victims of the hack that resulted in more than a billion stolen Internet credentials." (08/05/14)

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Internet privacy service Tor warns users it was attacked

July 30, 2014
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GMA News Online [Philippines]    

"Tor, the Internet privacy protecting service, said on Wednesday it discovered a compromise on its network that indicated somebody was trying to monitor the activity of its users. 'While we don't know when they started doing the attack, users who operated or accessed hidden services from early February through July 4 should assume they were affected,' Tor said in a blog entry." (07/30/14)

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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)

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

July 9, 2014
posted by

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)

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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)

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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)

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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.

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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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