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  • Credibility Of Cyber Firm That Claimed Russia Hacked The DNC Comes Under Serious Question

    03/23/2017 8:47:51 AM PDT · by bobsunshine · 17 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | March 23, 2017 | Tyler Durden
    Before I get to the meat of this post, we need to revisit a little history. The cyber security firm hired to inspect the DNC hack and determine who was responsible is a firm called Crowdstrike. Its conclusion that Russia was responsible was released last year, but several people began to call its analysis into question upon further inspection. Jeffrey Carr was one of the most prominent cynics, and as he noted in his December post, FBI/DHS Joint Analysis Report: A Fatally Flawed Effort:
  • France and Mexico demand answers over US spying (“deeply shocked”)

    10/21/2013 2:40:14 PM PDT · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Saudi Gazette ^ | 10/22/13
    PARIS — France and Mexico have angrily demanded prompt explanations from the United States over new spying allegations leaked by former US security contractor Edward Snowden. French daily Le Monde and German weekly Der Spiegel said in separate reports published Monday that the US National Security Agency (NSA) secretly monitored tens of millions of phone communications in France and hacked into former Mexican president Felipe Calderon’s email account. The allegations come on top of revelations already leaked by Snowden and published in June that the US had a vast, secret program called PRISM to monitor Internet users, which French prosecutors...
  • Emails expose Chelsea clashes with parents' aides, amid Clinton Foundation concerns

    10/19/2016 4:23:42 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 20 replies
    FOX News ^ | 10/18/2016 | Staff
    While the media started asking critical questions about The Clinton Foundation when Hillary Clinton launched her presidential bid last year, newly published emails show Chelsea Clinton was digging deeper into the foundation's dealings as far back as 2011. According to hacked documents released by WikiLeaks, the former first daughter discovered and shared wide-ranging allegations involving conflict-of-interest concerns, suspected internal cyber spying and other issues. In nearly four-dozen emails from October 2011 to February 2012, Chelsea Clinton’s sometimes-abrasive relationship with her father’s top confidant and other key Clinton aides is on full display.(snip) She claimed an employee witnessed Cooper loading spyware...
  • Company that will create 500 jobs opens in DeKalb (Georgia)

    03/16/2017 1:42:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | March 10, 2017 | Joshua Sharpe
    An Ireland-based cyber-security and payments industry firm has opened its Brookhaven location, which will eventually create 500 jobs for DeKalb County. Sysnet Global Solutions intends to invest $2 million with the Brookhaven center in the Perimeter Summit development. Numerous officials and community leaders were on hand for a ceremony at the site Thursday, including Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst. He’s said he’s excited to have the company in town. “Five hundred plus jobs is always a great sign of a vibrant economy,” he said in January....
  • House Staffers In Security Probe Allegedly Kept Stepmom In ‘Captivity’ To Access Offshore Cash

    03/08/2017 10:22:28 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 9 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 8, 2017 | By Luke Rosiak
    Days before U.S. Capitol Police told House members that three Pakistani brothers who ran their computer networks may have stolen congressional data, their stepmother called Fairfax County, Virginia police to say the Democratic staffers were keeping her from her husband’s deathbed. A relative described her situation as being held in captivity for months while the brothers schemed to take their father’s life insurance and other assets. The brothers — who as IT professionals for Congress could read House members’ emails — allegedly used wiretapping devices on their own stepmother and threatened to abduct loved ones in Pakistan if she didn’t...
  • Congressman: We need a National Guard for cybersecurity

    03/14/2017 6:35:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    CNN Tech ^ | March 12, 2017 | Selena Larson
    There are few people with computer science backgrounds who work in the federal government. Long hours coupled with smaller salaries make it hard to recruit techies to Washington, according to Representative Ruben Gallego. But one way to get more tech people to serve their country is to set up a cybersecurity reservist system, like a National Guard for digital security, said Gallego, a Democrat from Arizona. "We have to accept that, look, this person is not going to man a machine gun, why would we put them through bootcamp, we're never going to send them to the front line," Gallego...
  • Flashback: First FISA Request on Trump Tower Came After Clinton and AG Lynch Met Privately on Tarmac

    03/05/2017 11:31:53 AM PST · by wtd · 27 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | March 5, 2017 | Jim Hoft
    Flashback: First FISA Request on Trump Tower Came After Clinton and AG Lynch Met Privately on Tarmac Was it coincidence or an indication of things to come? The pieces to Obamagate are falling together. On June 27th of 2016, Bill Clinton met secretly with Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. A week later FBI Director James Comey laid out in a press conference the many scandalous activities taken by Hillary Clinton while she was President Obama’s Secretary of State and then he said the famous words: "Our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would...
  • *VANITY* I was hacked and I'm no longer secure on FR *VANITY*

    03/03/2017 2:32:11 AM PST · by knarf · 52 replies
    self ^ | March 3, 2017 | knarf
    A couple of months ago, my card was hacked, not my account, so I waited for a new one to re-submit my FR donation.
  • Homeland InSecurity: Former DHS Secretary & 3 Homeland Officials Pulled a Hillary Clinton

    02/15/2017 7:42:36 AM PST · by ReformedMedia · 6 replies
    The Washington Standard ^ | 02-14-2017 | Tim Brown
    Though former Homeland Security Secretary and "voice of the plight of Muslims" Jeh Johnson didn't set up an illegal private email server like former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did, he did use private, unsecured email to conduct official business and discuss sensitive matters, according to watchdog Judicial Watch. According to 216 pages of documents, Johnson was not the only one who used unsecured emails to conduct official business and disclose sensitive material.  Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Chief of Staff Christian Marrone, and General Counsel Stevan Bunnell were the other three employees of DHS who did the same thing....
  • White House abruptly removes chief cybersecurity officer

    02/10/2017 1:05:16 PM PST · by ForYourChildren · 58 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 02/10/2017 | Eric Lieberman
    Cory Louie, the White House’s now former chief cybersecurity officer, was reportedly removed from his position. Louie “was forced to resign,” according to an editor at The Atlantic, who was the first to report his exit, despite initially saying that he was a member of the Secret Service. The story was apparently corroborated by ZDNet, who spoke to unnamed sources on the matter. {..snip..}
  • Trump names Rudy Giuliani as cyber security adviser

    01/12/2017 8:12:54 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 51 replies
    NY Post ^ | January 12, 2017 | Daniel Halper
    Rudy Giuliani has found his place in the Trump administration. The former New York City mayor will be advising President-elect Donald Trump on cyber security issues, the presidential transition team announced Thursday. “Mayor Rudy Giuliani will be sharing his expertise and insight as a trusted friend concerning private sector cyber security problems and emerging solutions developing in the private sector,” the Trump team said in a press release. The soon-to-be president also plans to meet with corporate executives to understand their cyber challenges — as well as those that face the US government.
  • Report: Hacker Breaches ‘Lazy’ FBI Website Security

    01/06/2017 10:02:34 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 5 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 6, 2017 | Ben Kew
    A hacker claims to have breached the FBI’s official website for the second time, describing their security systems as “lazy.” The hacker, who goes by the name CyberZeist, reportedly breached the FBI’s website and posted some of the private information he obtained to the open source site Pastebin. FBI trying to patch-up their Plone CMS #0day at https://t.co/IRhqdQjNbp, too late!! #ComingSoon #NewYearsEve pic.twitter.com/u7KOXNO3qV — CyberZeist (@cyberzeist2) December 31, 2016 “This leak is totally devoted to the Anonymous Movement,” he wrote. CyberZeist reportedly exposed a vulnerability in the Plone Content Management System (CMS) of the FBI’s, reportedly penetrating the website’s systems...
  • No One Cared About Hacking until We found Out How Corrupt Liberals Are

    01/06/2017 6:43:15 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 16 replies
    Independent Sentinal ^ | Jan 6, 2017 | S. Noble
    No One Cared About Hacking until We found Out How Corrupt Liberals Are By S. Noble - January 6, 2017 US major government and military organizations are hacked all the time by endless numbers of foreign and domestic actors. Nothing was done to fix our cybersecurity. But let a privates organization like the DNC get hacked or careless John Podesta’s emails get hacked and all hell breaks loose. John Podesta left his smart phone in a cab, he fell for a phishing incident and his password was ‘passwØrd”. Hillary put our state secrets on a personal server she kept in...
  • Office Depot halts PC Health Checks amid bogus infection claims

    11/22/2016 7:40:46 AM PST · by snarkpup · 13 replies
    The Register ^ | 22 Nov 2016 at 01:46 | Iain Thomson
    Office Depot has suspended PC Health Check – its malware-scanning service – after it was accused of lying about infections to push antivirus software. Former Office Depot technician Shane Barnett told Seattle TV station KIRO 7 that the PC Health Check service would lie to customers that their otherwise-clean PCs were infected with malware, and that this was used to flog expensive disinfection tools. He claimed he was let go from his job because he refused to run the allegedly dodgy scanner on people's machines. ... The station decided to investigate his claims and took six virgin PCs along to...
  • [REDDIT] Breaking: Ceo With Ties To The CIA Makes A Direct Threat To Kill Donald Trump With A Sni

    11/13/2016 3:28:34 PM PST · by RummyChick · 133 replies
    REDDIT R/THE_DONALD ^ | 11/13 | REDDIT R/THE_DONALD
  • Senator Prods Federal Agencies on IoT Mess

    10/26/2016 7:21:23 AM PDT · by snarkpup · 1 replies
    Krebs on Security ^ | October 25th, 2016 at 1:21 pm | Brian Krebs
    The co-founder of the newly launched Senate Cybersecurity Caucus is pushing federal agencies for possible solutions and responses to the security threat from insecure “Internet of Things” (IoT) devices, such as the network of hacked security cameras and digital video recorders that were reportedly used to help bring about last Friday’s major Internet outages. ... I have been asked by several reporters over the past few days whether I think government has a role to play in fixing the IoT mess. Personally, I do not believe there has ever been a technology challenge that was best served by additional government...
  • Connected devices create millions of cyber security weak spots

    10/23/2016 4:42:29 PM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 21 replies
    financial times ^ | 10/23/16 | Hannah Kuchler
    Default passwords on devices from the digital video recorder in your living room to the security camera in your office threaten the stability of the internet, as hackers build vast networks of “Internet of Things” devices to bombard websites with traffic. The attack on Dyn, a domain name service provider, that disrupted access to high-profile sites such as Twitter, Spotify and the New York Times on Friday, highlighted the risks posed by the billions of devices connected to the internet with little or no cyber security protections. Unidentified hackers took over tens of millions of devices using malicious software called...
  • Today the web was broken by countless hacked devices – your 60-second guide

    10/21/2016 8:48:16 PM PDT · by snarkpup · 22 replies
    The Register ^ | 21 Oct 2016 at 21:45 | Chris Williams
    Updated Today, a huge army of hijacked internet-connected devices – from security cameras to home routers – turned on their owners and broke a big chunk of the internet. Compromised machines, following orders from as-yet unknown masterminds, threw huge amounts of junk traffic at servers operated by US-based Dyn, which provides DNS services for websites large and small. We're told gadgets behind tens of millions of IP addresses were press-ganged into shattering the internet – a lot of them running the Mirai malware, the source code to which is now public so anyone can wield it against targets. The result:...
  • Hacked Cameras, DVRs Powered Today’s Massive Internet Outage

    10/21/2016 3:13:03 PM PDT · by snarkpup · 44 replies
    Krebs on Security ^ | Oct. 16, 2016 | Brian Krebs
    A massive and sustained Internet attack that has caused outages and network congestion today for a large number of Web sites was launched with the help of hacked “Internet of Things” (IoT) devices, such as CCTV video cameras and digital video recorders, new data suggests.
  • A Peek Into the Clinton Campaign in Damage Control Mode, From the Podesta Emails

    10/21/2016 12:46:12 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 16 replies
    Intercept, the ^ | 19 October 2016 | Zaid Jilani
    When Hillary Clinton came under attack last February for her 2001 vote in favor of a bankruptcy bill that made it more difficult for poor people to discharge their debts, she defended herself by saying she did it for women and children. During an appearance on ABC News’s “This Week”, Clinton was confronted with a 2004 Bill Moyers video interview with then-consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren, in which she explained that she had personally briefed Clinton on the bankruptcy bill but that large financial contributions from the credit card industry had helped sway the senator in favor of it. Clinton responded...
  • Clinton Emails with Petraeus Reveal Her ‘BlackBerry Blues;’ Clinton Tells Then-CENTCOM Commander...

    10/20/2016 11:58:21 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | October 20, 2016 | Tom Fitton
    Full title: Clinton Emails with Petraeus Reveal Her ‘BlackBerry Blues;’ Clinton Tells Then-CENTCOM Commander to Use Her ‘Personal Email Address’ (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today released new State Department documents containing email correspondence between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Gen. David Petraeus, in which she had what she termed “blackberry blues” over her inability to use her BlackBerry inside her secure office. The FBI recovered these new emails from those not turned over by Hillary Clinton. These emails are government documents and not personal emails, as Clinton claims in defending her decision to not turn over 30,000...
  • Re: Obama Says He Didn’t Know Hillary Clinton Was Using Private Email Address -

    10/20/2016 6:40:02 AM PDT · by Protect the Bill of Rights · 50 replies
    The Podesta Emails ^ | October 20, 2016 | Clinton Machine
    Re: Obama Says He Didn’t Know Hillary Clinton Was Using Private Email Address - NYTimes.com From:pir@hrcoffice.com To: jennifer.m.palmieri@gmail.com Date: 2015-03-08 10:21 Subject: Re: Obama Says He Didn’t Know Hillary Clinton Was Using Private Email Address - NYTimes.com Ok. Sounds like people are putting words into his mouth. On Mar 8, 2015, at 7:56 AM, Jennifer Palmieri wrote: Suggest Philippe talk to Josh or Eric. They know POTUS and HRC emailed. Josh has been asked about that. Standard practice is not to confirm anything about his email, so his answer to press was that he would not comment/confirm. I recollect that...
  • Cspan video:Show this to those who don't fully grasp the severity of @HillaryClinton's email breach

    10/17/2016 9:20:16 PM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 16 replies
    Twitter ^ | 10-17-16
    https://twitter.com/youngdems4trump/status/752960915444633601
  • Headline, “CIA plans cyber-attack on Russia” should say, “Frightened Obama goes Dr. Strangelove”

    10/17/2016 9:09:51 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 16 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 10/17/16 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Okay, so now we are supposed to believe that Barack Obama, The Cowardly Lion is so worried about “The Russians” hacking the Democrats to pervert the outcome of the election that he is planning to plunge America into a nuclear war to stop them. Really? How very Dr. Strangelove of him! Whether The Cowardly Lion is bluffing or serious, once again he has shown us exactly why neither he, nor any other Democrat should ever be our Commander in Chief. If he is serious, then this “leak” is yet another “telegraphing” of our intentions; a politically inspired tip-off which would...
  • Why the FBI Let Hillary Go Free

    10/15/2016 5:44:17 PM PDT · by AndyJackson · 72 replies
    National Review ^ | Sep 29, 2016 | National Review
    National Review youtube video Thesis is that FBI let Hillary off because Obama was complicit in emailing classified info to Hillary on open channels. Taking down Hillary would have implicated Obama and so the whole thing was cooked
  • Cybersecurity Concerns Intelligence Officials

    10/07/2016 8:55:13 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 8 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 7, 2016 | Spencer Irvine
    Cybersecurity is a huge concern for the CIA in today's world. At a panel during a recent CIA-George Washington University conference, several panelists from the CIA, the U.S. Naval Academy and cybersecurity consulting firms discussed the implications of hacking and encryption. Chris Darby, who is the president and CEO of the consulting firm In-Q-Tel, believed that cybersecurity is "not a U.S. conversation anymore" due to the international aspect of cybersecurity or cyberterrorism. He advised that Americans "have to get comfortable with that and take the appropriate steps to deal with it." Too often, Darby said, "We tend to look at...
  • The Democratization of Censorship [Krebs is back]

    09/25/2016 1:58:19 PM PDT · by snarkpup · 13 replies
    Krebs on Security ^ | Sept. 16, 2016 | Brian Krebs
    As many of you know, my site was taken offline for the better part of this week. The outage came in the wake of a historically large distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack which hurled so much junk traffic at Krebsonsecurity.com that my DDoS protection provider Akamai chose to unmoor my site from its protective harbor. ... Today, I am happy to report that the site is back up — this time under Project Shield, a free program run by Google to help protect journalists from online censorship. And make no mistake, DDoS attacks — particularly those the size of the assault...
  • ICANN's Secret Plot: rigged oversight, designs on .mil, $2.5 mil in lobbying

    09/21/2016 7:52:55 AM PDT · by Arthur Wildfire! March · 40 replies
    FR exclusive, many links to be provided in followup posts. | September 21, 2016 | Arthur March
    Condi Rice and Madam Albright are both tied to the $2.5 million lobby effort to get ICANN's internet 'transition' passed. [And evidence of 'walking around money'.] According to professional witness testimony this lobby effort was a ... pack ... of ... lies. [This exclusive uncovers all of that.] "Without [free speech protection] ICANN risks becoming an unregulated monopoly with no effective outside oversight and control." -- Paul Rosenzweig [professional witness at latest ICANN hearing] That's the fastest summary I've found yet: ... a "monopoly with no effective outside oversight". And one thing in their crosshairs is our military websites. They...
  • ICANN A FReeper List of Those Who Opposed (Vanity)

    09/21/2016 1:31:46 PM PDT · by The Westerner · 45 replies
    The Westerner
    For future reference, a list of congressmen or major public figures who opposed transfer of ICANN to foreign control is important. Granted that some senators are taking a stand now, for political reasons, but FReepers can put that on the list as background information. Please keep your post brief so the list can be skimmed quickly. Or separate the name and your comment with a paragraph. Some FReepers have argued that the impending transfer on October 1, 2016 is akin to giving Communist China the Panama Canal--or worse: because they who control domain name listings, control Free Speech. Some FReepers...
  • Trump opposes plan for U.S. to cede internet oversight

    09/21/2016 5:05:35 PM PDT · by Freedom56v2 · 62 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 21, 2016 | Dustin Volz
    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump opposes a long-planned transition of oversight of the internet's technical management from the U.S. government to a global community of stakeholders, his campaign said in a statement on Wednesday. Congress should block the handover, scheduled to occur on Oct. 1, "or internet freedom will be lost for good, since there will be no way to make it great again once it is lost," Stephen Miller, national policy director for the Trump campaign, said in a statement. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, a former presidential primary foe of Trump's who has refused to endorse the real...
  • Someone is learning & practicing how to take down the Internet

    09/18/2016 7:11:32 PM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 29 replies
    Fellowship of the Minds ^ | 18 September 2016 | Dr. Eowyn
    This is serious and genuinely alarming. Bruce Schneider is an expert in cyber-security, the Chief Technology Officer of Resilient, an IBM Company, a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center, and a board member of Electronic Frontier Foundation — an organization defending our rights in the digital world. In a blog post, Schneider sounds the alarm that in the past year, the websites of major companies that provide the Internet’s basic services repeatedly have been attacked, each time more sophisticated than the last, which suggests “someone” is practicing how to take down the Internet by learning from the companies’ defensive moves. Below...
  • ICANN, a Pack of Liars [Internet Giveaway vanity]

    09/16/2016 5:30:57 AM PDT · by Arthur Wildfire! March · 14 replies
    source: Paul Rosenzweig, a cyber-war insider | September 16, 2016 | aw!m
    Wednesdays's senate hearing regarding the Internet Giveaway revealed that ICANN has been not merely dishonest but truth is alien to them. Senator Grassley found no solid reason to believe that our .gov and .mil websites will be left alone. [Which means no website is safe]. That lack of assurance concerns him. According to Paul Rosenzweig [a cyber-war insider and former Homeland Administrator who wrote extensively about freedom-of-speech concerns] the only thing protecting the .mil and .gov websites is empty assurances in letters that have no legal value whatsoever. To put it bluntly: The senator and Rosenzweig both smell a rat....
  • FIREWORKS Predicted at Today's Hearing reg. Internet Giveaway

    09/14/2016 5:46:06 AM PDT · by Arthur Wildfire! March · 45 replies
    Paul Rosenzweig [2nd Panel witness] and other sources | self -- Free Republic Current News
    One expert witness, Paul Rosenzweig, predicts fireworks during the First Panel: "I will be testifying as well, but on the second panel—the fireworks will be on the first panel, I'm sure." The first panel will include many in favor of multinational oversight for ICANN, and the questioning will likely get hot. While many in congress trust President Obama's plan, Paul Rosenzweig noted: "The Chairmen of the four relevant committees (Senate and House, Judiciary and Commerce), however, have called for the administration to reconsider its decision." ** Get that -- ALL FOUR chairmen [who are most informed about the controversy], and...
  • FBI says foreign hackers penetrated state election systems

    08/29/2016 7:42:23 AM PDT · by maggief · 103 replies
    YAHOO News ^ | August 29, 2016 | Michael Isikoff
    The FBI has uncovered evidence that foreign hackers penetrated two state election databases in recent weeks, prompting the bureau to warn election officials across the country to take new steps to enhance the security of their computer systems, according to federal and state law enforcement officials. The FBI warning, contained in a “flash” alert from the FBI’s Cyber Division, a copy of which was obtained by Yahoo News, comes amid heightened concerns among U.S. intelligence officials about the possibility of cyberintrusions, potentially by Russian state-sponsored hackers, aimed at disrupting the November elections. Those concerns prompted Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson...
  • What Facebook REALLY knows about you: Firm reveals the 98 pieces of data it uses to target ads...

    08/23/2016 7:40:27 AM PDT · by snarkpup · 47 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | Updated: 16:50 EST, 22 August 2016 | Stacy Liberatore
    Facebook users are constantly being bombarded with ads, but sometimes one shows up on the screen that is so well-suited, it's as if the site has tapped into your thoughts. ... 'The majority of promoted topics that I see in my Facebook feed are relevant to my interests, and they're worth clicking on more often.' However, others are not sold that Facebook's methods are completely innocent. Peter Eckersley, the chief computer scientist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, calls them 'the most invasive in the world.' 'Facebook's business model is to amass as much first-party and third-party data on you as...
  • WikiLeaks uploads 300+ pieces of malware among email dumps

    08/19/2016 4:05:25 PM PDT · by snarkpup · 12 replies
    The Register ^ | 19 Aug 2016 at 07:02 | Darren Pauli
    WikiLeaks is hosting 324 confirmed instances of malware among its caches of dumped emails, a top Bulgarian anti-malware veteran says. Random checks of reported malware hashes find the trojans are flagged as malware by Virus Total's static analysis checks. Much of the malware appear to be attachments emailed by black hats in a bid to compromise the various parties affected in the WikiLeaks dumps.
  • Clinton Foundation hired cyber firm after suspected hacking: sources

    08/17/2016 6:13:14 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 17,2016 | By Mark Hosenball, Dustin Volz and John Walcott | WASHINGTON
    Bill and Hillary Clinton's charitable foundation hired the security firm FireEye to examine its data systems after seeing indications they might have been hacked, according to two sources familiar with the matter. So far, no message or document clearly hacked from the New York-based Clinton Foundation has surfaced in public, the sources said. One of the sources and two U.S. security officials said that like hackers who targeted the Democratic National Committee, Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democrats' congressional fundraising committee, the hackers appear to have used “spear phishing” techniques. These include creating bogus emails or websites in an...
  • Social Security Administration Now Requires Two-Factor Authentication

    08/04/2016 8:11:41 AM PDT · by snarkpup · 53 replies
    Krebs on Security ^ | 8/16/2016 | Brian Krebs
    The U.S. Social Security Administration announced last week that it will now require a cell phone number from all Americans who wish to manage their retirement benefits at ssa.gov. Unfortunately, the new security measure does little to prevent identity thieves from fraudulently creating online accounts to siphon benefits from Americans who haven’t yet created accounts for themselves. ... “People will not be able to access their personal my Social Security account if they do not have a cell phone or do not wish to provide the cell phone number,” the agency said. ... Also, as one reader already pointed out...
  • Social Security rolls back two-factor mandate

    08/17/2016 5:07:47 AM PDT · by ken in texas · 21 replies
    FCW ^ | Aug 15, 2016 | Adam Mazmanian
    The Social Security Administration is relaxing a recent security directive requiring beneficiaries to use two-factor authentication to log into personal accounts after complaints that the new restrictions hindered user access. ...SSA has not come up with a new two-factor verification method. The agency is strongly recommending that users take advantage of the text-message security option, but beneficiaries are able once again to use a simple username and password to access their accounts....
  • DNC forms cybersecurity advisory board after breach [with no cybersecurity expertise!]

    08/16/2016 7:11:01 AM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 8 replies
    TechTarget ^ | 15 Aug 2016 | Rob Wright
    Following an embarrassing data breach, the Democratic National Committee has formed a cybersecurity advisory board, but experts have questioned the pedigree of board members. Following high-profile data breaches that led to embarrassing headlines and resignations, the Democratic National Committee has reportedly formed a cybersecurity advisory board. However, the four members of the board appear to have little infosec expertise. The DNC's cybersecurity advisory board, which was first reported by Politico, includes Rand Beers, deputy Homeland Security advisor to President Obama and former acting secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Aneesh Chopra, executive vice president and co-founder of data...
  • These "Hacks" are How Hillary Sells US Intel.She refused helping FBI catch hackers-Vanity

    07/29/2016 9:33:03 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 11 replies
    NLZ | July 29,2016 | NLZ
    "FBI warned Clinton campaign last spring of cyberattack"She refused to help the FBI catch the hackers! This is how she sells US Intel to Putin. Whats the term? Plausible Deniability. https://www.yahoo.com/news/fbi-hillary-clinton-cyber-attack-000000269.html
  • FBI investigating apparent cyberattack on Clinton campaign [ DNC stores US Intel!! ]

    07/29/2016 5:01:33 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 14 replies
    www.foxnews.com/ ^ | July 29,2016
    Published July 29, 2016 FoxNews.com Facebook3881 Twitter404 livefyre3620 Email Print Now Playing Judge Jeanine: Obama caused a great divide in this country Never autoplay videos The FBI is investigating an apparent cyberattack on Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, Fox News confirmed Friday. The breach appears to be part of a series of cyberattacks targeting Democratic organizations, including the the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). The investigation was first reported by Reuters, which said that the Justice Department's national security division was investigating whether the cyberattacks threatened national security.
  • Exclusive: Clinton campaign also hacked in attacks on Democrats - sources

    07/29/2016 2:13:19 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 106 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 29 Jul 16 | Mark Hosenball, Joseph Menn and John Walcott
    The computer network used by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign was hacked as part of a broad cyber attack on Democratic political organizations, people familiar with the matter told Reuters. The latest attack, which was disclosed to Reuters on Friday, follows reports of two other hacks on the Democratic National Committee and the party’s fundraising committee for candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives. The U.S. Department of Justice national security division is investigating whether cyber hacking attacks on Democratic political organizations threatened U.S. security, sources familiar with the matter said on Friday.
  • Exclusive: FBI probes hacking of Democratic congressional group - sources

    07/28/2016 9:21:22 PM PDT · by wildwoodla · 26 replies
    Reutres ^ | Thu Jul 28, 2016 11:20pm EDT | JOSEPH MENN, DUSTIN VOLZ AND MARK HOSENBALL
    The FBI is investigating a cyber attack against another U.S. Democratic Party group, which may be related to an earlier hack against the Democratic National Committee, four people familiar with the matter told Reuters.
  • Shattuck: All of a sudden DNC cares about cybersecurity

    07/28/2016 6:33:15 AM PDT · by calvincaspian · 6 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | 07/28/16 | Tom Shattuck
    PHILADELPHIA — You would have thought it was a global cybersecurity convention this week instead of the Democratic National Convention here at the Wells Fargo Arena. It is certainly heartening that the multitudes of Democrats walking around have such deep knowledge of computer forensics and counterintelligence. What’s even more remarkable and fortunate is that their principled and learned grasp of the issues developed just in time for the WikiLeaks hack of the DNC
  • Democrats Ignored Cybersecurity Warnings Before Theft

    07/27/2016 5:21:51 PM PDT · by orchestra · 6 replies
    Bloomberg | 7/27/2016 | Michael Riley
    (link only) http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-07-27/democrats-said-to-ignore-cybersecurity-red-flags-before-theft?utm_content=politics&utm_campaign=socialflow-organic&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&cmpid%3D=socialflow-twitter-politics
  • Suspected Russian cyberattack on #DNC is latest in a series of intrusions on U.S. govt

    07/27/2016 12:19:53 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 30 replies
    Twiiter ^ | 7/27/2016 | Fox News Research
    WHOLE TITLE: "Suspected Russian cyberattack on #DNC is latest in a series of intrusions on U.S. govt & political computer systems"
  • Opera sells open-source Chromium browser for $600m to Chinese bods

    07/19/2016 8:24:53 AM PDT · by snarkpup · 30 replies
    The Register ^ | 18 Jul 2016 at 20:07 | Shaun Nichols
    Opera will sell its web browser technology to Chinese investors for $600m after a larger sale worth $1.2bn fell apart.
  • Ubuntu Linux forums hacked!

    07/15/2016 6:57:53 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 24 replies
    BetaNews ^ | Published 10 hours ago (that's what it says!) | Brian Fagioli
    There is a common misconception that all things Linux are bulletproof. The fact is, no software is infallible. When news of a Linux vulnerability hits, some Windows and Mac fans like to taunt users of the open source kernel. Sure, it might be in good fun, but it can negatively impact the Linux community's reputation -- a blemish, if you will. Today, Canonical announces that the Ubuntu forums have been hacked. Keep in mind, this does not mean that the operating system has experienced a vulnerability or weakness. The only thing affected are the online forums that people use to...
  • Mark Zuckerberg Tapes Laptop Camera And Microphone (trunc)

    06/24/2016 12:31:26 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 20 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 22 June 2016 | David Gilbert
    Given that he recently had the embarrassment of having his Twitter and Pinterest accounts hacked, it is really no surprise to learn that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is taking some additional security measures after he accidentally revealed he tapes over the camera and microphone of his laptop. Celebrating Instagram's announcement Tuesday that it had grown to 500 million users, Zuckerberg posted a photo of himself at his desk with a cardboard cutout of the Instagram interface. Here's the photo: