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  • Haverford student, 22, who hacked the IRS for Donald Trump’s tax returns, pleads guilty

    09/09/2019 3:37:05 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 35 replies
    inquirer ^ | August 6, 2019 | Sam Wood and Mensah M. Dean
    A Haverford College student who used a campus computer to attempt to hack into an IRS database to obtain Donald Trump’s tax returns days before the 2016 presidential election pleaded guilty Tuesday to two misdemeanor crimes in federal court. Justin Hiemstra, 22, who finished his studies in May but will not get his degree until he completes a study-abroad program next May, told Judge Cynthia Rufe that he did not know what he would have done with the tax returns if he and classmate Andrew Harris had succeeded in obtaining them on Nov. 2, 2016. “It was a time when...
  • Concern grows over foreign involvement in spy's [MI-6] death

    09/24/2010 5:17:04 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 8 replies
    telegraph UK ^ | 09.24.10
    Sources have told this newspaper that Britain's intelligence services – MI6, MI5 and GCHQ – are liaising closely to establish whether Gareth Williams was targeted by a foreign power. The 31-year-old was seconded from GCHQ to work on top-secret systems to defend British banks and transport infrastructure from cyber attack and to eavesdrop on terrorist communications.
  • Putin Signs Controversial Internet Law

    05/01/2019 10:09:52 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 11 replies
    France24 ^ | May-01-2019 | unknown/ Agency France Presse
    President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday signed into law a "sovereign internet" bill which will allow Russian authorities to isolate the country's internet, a move decried by rights groups. Russian lawmakers insist the new law is necessary to ensure the security of Russia's online networks but critics say the vaguely worded bill gives new censorship powers to government monitors. The text of the law was published Wednesday but it will not come into effect until November. The measures include creating technology to monitor internet routing and to steer Russian internet traffic away from foreign servers, ostensibly to prevent a foreign country...
  • Noose Closes Around Pro-Wikileaks Vigilantes

    12/08/2010 7:13:01 PM PST · by RummyChick · 28 replies
    Gawker ^ | 12/08 | Gawker
    Some sites have received federal court orders to cease any further online documentation of the attacks, which targeted Visa, Mastercard and other financial companies who froze Wikileaks accounts, a source close to the situation tells us.
  • WikiLeaks Founder Charged in Computer Hacking Conspiracy

    04/11/2019 7:38:26 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 121 replies
    www.justice.gov ^ | Thursday, April 11, 2019 | Department of Justice
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, April 11, 2019 WikiLeaks Founder Charged in Computer Hacking Conspiracy ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Julian P. Assange, 47, the founder of WikiLeaks, was arrested today in the United Kingdom pursuant to the U.S./UK Extradition Treaty, in connection with a federal charge of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion for agreeing to break a password to a classified U.S. government computer. According to court documents unsealed today, the charge relates to Assange’s alleged role in one of the largest compromises of classified information in the history of the United States. The indictment alleges that in March 2010, Assange engaged...
  • Assange hacking charge limits free speech defense: legal experts

    04/11/2019 2:57:15 PM PDT · by Steve1999 · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | 04-11-19 | Jan Wolfe, Nathan Layne
    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has portrayed himself as a champion of a free press, but the U.S. Department of Justice’s decision to charge him with conspiring to hack government computers limits his ability to mount a vigorous free speech defense, some legal experts said.The charge unsealed in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia on Thursday said that in 2010 Assange agreed to help Chelsea Manning, a former U.S. Army intelligence analyst then known as Bradley Manning, crack a password to a U.S. government network. At the time, Manning had already given WikiLeaks classified information about U.S. war activities in both Afghanistan...
  • White House personnel official described Trump GOP nomination as 'end of the world'

    03/22/2019 12:10:51 PM PDT · by deplorableindc · 29 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 22, 2019
    President Trump secured the Republican presidential nomination on May 3, 2016, when he crushed a final “Never Trump” effort to stop him in the Indiana primary. At the GOP Data Trust, a voter outreach organization based in Washington, the mood was bleak. It was clear Trump was heading for a blowout victory. When Trump had delivered his victory speech shortly after 9 p.m., Data Trust staffer Courtney Mullen invited her colleagues to attend an “end of the world” happy hour to mark Trump’s triumph, which the party establishment had watched in horror.
  • Former DIA Officer Who Spied for China Hated Trump

    03/20/2019 6:03:56 AM PDT · by robowombat · 39 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | March 20, 2019 4:59 am | Bill Gertz
    Former DIA Officer Who Spied for China Hated Trump Court documents reveal Chinese intelligence targets BY: Bill Gertz A former Defense Intelligence Agency officer who spied for China worked secretly as a Beijing agent for five years and revealed in an intercepted phone call he was motivated in part by hatred for President Trump. Ron Rockwell Hansen, a DIA operations officer until 2006, was arrested June 5 and pleaded guilty on Friday in Utah to attempting to sell national defense secrets to China. He faces 15 years in prison under a plea deal. Sentencing is set for Sept. 24. Court...
  • JW Inside Report: How the Deep State Risked National Security over the Awan Bros. Scandal

    02/09/2019 10:33:01 AM PST · by Libloather · 29 replies
    In this episode of “JW Inside Report,” investigative reporter Luke Rosiak of The Daily Caller discusses his findings on the Awan Bros/Democrat IT scandal in his new book “Obstruction of Justice.” A Democratic IT staffer named Imran Awan was arrested in July 2017 on charges of bank fraud. He was employed with Debbie Wasserman Shultz and other congressional members. He is also a suspect in a cybersecurity investigation, having been banned from congressional networks earlier in the year. In addition, his relatives, also government IT employees, are currently being investigated for alleged involvement in defrauding the federal government as well...
  • [N. Korea] Pyongyang also targeted Jong-nam’s son, says WSJ

    10/02/2017 5:15:33 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    Malaysian Insight ^ | 2 Oct 2017
    Pyongyang also targeted Jong-nam’s son, says WSJ Updated 12 hours ago · Published on 2 Oct 2017 SHORTLY after the murder of Kim Jong-nam on February 13 at klia2, the North Korean regime began targeting his son, Kim Han-sol, reports The Wall Street Journal, ahead of the father’s murder trial in Shah Alam today. However, North Korean dissidents belonging to a secretive group called Cheollima Civil Defence whisked Han-sol, 21, and his mother and sister to safety from their Macau base. The Kim family are now living in an unidentified country. Cheollima has agreed to speak to a media organisation...
  • Maduro's cryptocurrency 'genius' once pushed US sanctions (Venezuela, Russia, Turkey)

    07/25/2018 3:37:03 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 10 replies
    AP News ^ | Mar. 19, 2018 | JOSHUA GOODMAN
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A chief strategist of Venezuela's government-backed cryptocurrency is a former U.S. congressional intern who once organized protests against the same socialist administration he's now helping to circumvent U.S. financial sanctions.Gabriel Jimenez, 27, was catapulted to something of tech stardom in Venezuela last month when he stood alongside President Nicolas Maduro and two Russian businessmen on national TV signing a contract to position the petro, as the fledgling currency is known, among international investors."It's a company founded and led by young Venezuelan geniuses, boys and girls of Venezuela, who have one of the most technologically advanced blockchain...
  • CIA China Ops Wiped Out By 'Botched' Spy Contact System

    08/18/2018 5:10:30 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 29 replies
    Conservative Daily Post ^ | 18 Aug 2018 | Mark Megahan
    CIA China Ops Wiped Out By 'Botched; Spy Contact System: Investigation results show indicted spy Jerry Chun Shing Lee was not the CIA's only security breach. Sloppy coding led to a back door hole in the messaging system, used by the Chinese to 'wipe out' our entire spy network. Suddenly, in late 2010, undercover agents in China were being rounded up and hauled off for interrogation. Under Barack Obama's administration, the Central Intelligence Agency suffered what intelligence officers are calling one of the worst disasters in decades. Suddenly, in late 2010, undercover agents in China were being rounded up and...
  • Russia's plan to disconnect from Internet raises Great Firewall fears

    02/12/2019 2:30:18 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | Feb 12, 2019 | Christopher Carbone
    Russia is going to temporarily unplug from the internet as part of what the country is calling a planned experiment. According to a report from Russian news site RBC, the planned disconnection is intended to examine whether the country run by Vladimir Putin is prepared for a draft law that mandates a "sovereign" internet. ZDNet reports that a draft of the law required that Russian internet service providers must ensure the independence of the Russian internet space (Runet) in the case of foreign aggression to disconnect the country from the rest of the internet. The legislation's goal is to prevent...
  • Anonymous to donald trump – “suspend campaign…or face consequences.”

    02/26/2016 8:28:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 91 replies
    Fox Weekly ^ | February 26, 2016 | Danny Rogers
    (New York)The hacktivist collective Anonymous has launched a campaign against Donald Trump this weekend, through a video, and website(OpTrump2016.com), which they are using as a public countdown to??? This past December, in response to statements made by Trump regarding not allowing Muslims to enter the United States, Anonymous launched a similar attack against Trump by taking down the website for Donald Trump's trademark New York City skyscraper. You can read what CNN had to say about it here. Though Anonymous hasn't said specifically what they intend to do if Trump doesn't drop out of the race for presidency, some are...
  • The Turkey Trap-Erdogan thinks he can blackmail Trump

    05/08/2017 7:19:51 AM PDT · by SJackson · 12 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | May 8, 2017 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    Turkish autocrat Recep Tayyip Erdogan is coming to Washington, DC, on May 16 loaded for bear.  He has an ambitious agenda and apparently feels he can achieve it all because he holds “trump” cards against the President of the United States. Erdogan and his proxies have publicly said they want to convince the United States to jettison its budding alliance with the Syrian Democratic Union (PYD) and its armed wing, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), the Kurdish group that has become the tip of the spear in the fight against ISIS in Syria. On this point, they will encounter resistance...
  • Report: New computer virus attacks Iranian 'strategic networks'

    11/01/2018 7:23:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/31/2018 | Rick Moran
    The Times of Israel is reporting that a new computer virus 'more powerful' than the Stuxnet worm that devastated the Iranian nuclear weapons program in 2010 has been unleashed on Iran's "infrastructure and strategic systems." While the extent of the damage is unknown, the new virus has been described as “more violent, more advanced and more sophisticated" than Stuxnet. That virus, jointly developed by US and Israel, is believed to have set back the Iranian nuclear weapons programs by several months to several years depending on the source. The report came hours after Israel said its Mossad intelligence agency had...
  • Russia says spyware found in state computer networks

    07/30/2016 3:14:34 PM PDT · by Mariner · 32 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 29th, 2016 | by Lidia Kelly
    Russia's intelligence service said on Saturday that the computer networks of 20 organizations, including state agencies and defense companies, have been infected with spyware in what it described as a targeted and coordinated attack. The Federal Security Service, the FSB, said the malware and the way the networks were infected were similar to those used in previous cases of cyber espionage found in Russia and other countries. The agency did not say who it suspected of being behind the attacks. "Information technology resources of government agencies, scientific and military institutions, defense industry companies and other entities involved in crucial infrastructure...
  • Worst known governmental leak ever is slowly coming to light:

    07/23/2017 9:40:24 PM PDT · by Steve Van Doorn · 18 replies
    expressen | Jul 21, 2017 | Rick Falkvinge
    Sweden’s Transport Agency moved all of its data to “the cloud”, apparently unaware that there is no cloud, only somebody else’s computer. In doing so, it exposed and leaked every conceivable top secret database: fighter pilots, SEAL team operators, police suspects, people under witness relocation. Names, photos, and home addresses: the list is just getting started. The responsible director has been found guilty in criminal court of the whole affair, and sentenced to the harshest sentence ever seen in Swedish government: she was docked half a month’s paycheck Many governments have had partial leaks in terms of method (Snowden) or...
  • Pentagon Puts Cyberwarriors on the Offensive, Increasing the Risk of Conflict

    06/17/2018 7:28:56 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 14 replies
    WRAL via Drudge ^ | June 2018 | David E. Sanger
    The Pentagon has quietly empowered the United States Cyber Command to take a far more aggressive approach to defending the nation against cyberattacks, a shift in strategy that could increase the risk of conflict with the foreign states that sponsor malicious hacking groups. The U.S. Cyber Command was created partly in response to a Russian hacking attack that long predated the 2016 election. In the fall of 2008, Russian intelligence agencies penetrated SIPRNet, the Pentagon’s secret internal network; that led to a rush to consolidate several cyberprograms into a command. The Chinese, meanwhile, were stealing weapons designs, including blueprints for...
  • What killed the computer hacker who turned in Chelsea Manning still a mystery

    06/07/2018 2:55:40 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 32 replies
    Wichita Eagle ^ | 6 June 2018 | AMY RENEE LEIKER
    xactly what killed the computer hacker who gave up Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning to the FBI remains a mystery. Forensic pathologists who performed Adrian Lamo's autopsy were unable to determine how the 37-year-old died in March in Wichita. His autopsy report, released Wednesday afternoon, lists Lamo's cause and manner of death as "undetermined." ...