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  • An earthquake is buried in this story about NSA Director secretly meeting Trump

    11/20/2016 8:44:42 AM PST · by Cats Pajamas · 35 replies
    Twitter ^ | 11-19-2016 | Edward Snowden
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/pentagon-and-intelligence-community-chiefs-have-urged-obama-to-remove-the-head-of-the-nsa/2016/11/19/44de6ea6-adff-11e6-977a-1030f822fc35_story.html …
  • US Intelligence Chief Warns of ‘Armageddon’ Cyberstrike

    09/11/2015 5:56:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    INN ^ | 9/11/2015, 10:19 AM | (Arutz Sheva Staff)
    US National Intelligence Director James Clapper on Thursday warned that America must be ready for a “large, Armageddon-scale” cyber attack, in remarks made at an annual conference of members of the US intelligence community in Washington DC. “Cyber threats to US national and economic security are increasing in frequency, scale, sophistication and the severity of impact,” Clapper warned. “Although we must be prepared for a large, Armageddon-scale strike that would debilitate the entire US infrastructure, it’s not our belief that that’s the most likely scenario.” […] In a sign of the rising concern over the trend of cyber warfare in...
  • Shadow Fight – Angst Within Obama Admin as Intel Community White Hats Align w/ Trump…

    11/19/2016 4:05:47 PM PST · by HarleyLady27 · 48 replies
    The Conservative Tree House ^ | Nov 19, 2016 | Sundance
    Those who enjoy the deep weeds of politics, especially White Hat/Black Hat intrigue, will find this Reuters Story popcorn worthy. The Back Story – Admiral Michael Rogers, not to be confused with former House Intel Chair Rep. Mike Rogers, is the Director of the NSA (National Security Agency) and U.S. Cyber Command. Admiral Michael Rogers met with President-Elect Trump, somewhat quietly, last week (Thursday).
  • [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
  • Moscow insists on return of Russian citizen nabbed in Czech Republic

    10/19/2016 9:37:46 AM PDT · by kimtom · 20 replies
    http://tass.com ^ | October 19, 2016 | TASS
    PRAGUE, October 19. /TASS/. The Russian diplomatic mission in the Czech Republic insists on the return of a Russian national arrested in Prague at the request of the US, Russian Embassy Spokesman Andrey Kolmakov told TASS on Wednesday. "The embassy was officially informed of the Russian national’s detention in the Czech Republic," he stated. "The notice says that he has been detained at the request of one of the US state’s courts." "The embassy has been taking all necessary efforts to protect the interests of this Russian citizen. We are in contact with his attorney. Russia repudiates Washington’s policy of...
  • PUTIN’S WARNING – Now Russia tells the US ‘if you want a war you will get one EVERYWHERE’

    10/18/2016 10:33:02 AM PDT · by wtd · 45 replies
    UK Express ^ | 10/18/2016
    UKExpress: PUTIN’S WARNING – Now Russia tells the US ‘if you want a war you will get one EVERYWHERE’ RUSSIA has warned the US it will give America a war if it wants one after Joe Biden called for an all-out cyber assault on Kremlin emails.
  • All of RT's Accounts in the UK Blocked, Says Editor-in-Chief Simonyan

    10/17/2016 7:16:57 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 23 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | October 17, 2016
    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The RT broadcaster's accounts have been blocked in the United Kingdom, Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan said Monday, suggesting that the move stifles free speech. "Our accounts in the UK have been closed. All Accounts. 'The decision is not subject to revision'. Long live freedom of speech!" Simonyan said in a Twitter post.
  • CIA Prepping for Possible Cyber Strike Against Russia

    10/14/2016 3:31:24 PM PDT · by SpeedyInTexas · 113 replies
    NBC News ^ | 10/14/2016 | WILLIAM M. ARKIN, KEN DILANIAN and ROBERT WINDREM
    The Obama administration is contemplating an unprecedented cyber covert action against Russia in retaliation for alleged Russian interference in the American presidential election, U.S. intelligence officials told NBC News. Current and former officials with direct knowledge of the situation say the CIA has been asked to deliver options to the White House for a wide-ranging "clandestine" cyber operation designed to harass and "embarrass" the Kremlin leadership.
  • Obama Tells CIA To Prepare For Cyber War With Russia

    10/15/2016 6:28:47 AM PDT · by Former Proud Canadian · 87 replies
    Zerhedge ^ | 10/14/2016 | Tyler Durden
    In what is looking more and more like a season finale of the HBO series "House of Cards" with each passing day, the Obama administration is now literally threatening a cyber war with Russia over allegations it was behind the hacking of Clinton's emails. According to an exclusive NBC report, the Obama administration "is contemplating an unprecedented cyber covert action" (though it's unclear how exactly it's covert if Biden is announcing it to the world via an interview with Chuck Todd) against Russia, in "retaliation for alleged" interference in the American presidential election, and has asked the CIA to draft...
  • Hillary Corruption Led to Syria-Russia Crisis [aw!m vanity]

    10/15/2016 5:01:16 AM PDT · by Arthur Wildfire! March · 34 replies
    Big bold Drudge lines [*h*] ... CIA PLANS CYBER STRIKE ON RUSSIA 'DEFCON WARNING UPGRADE' MOSCOW READY FOR WAR Obama wants to not only wag-the-dog, but who knows? A cyber-war could disrupt internet communications -- time to blind Trump supporters. And it all boils down to their bribe money to take out the Syrian government. Obama and Hillary want you to think that Bashar Assad is the very devil. In many ways he is. Worst of all is his defense of Christians and Jews so far as the Establishment thinks. ISIS is cool -- they enslave Christians and Jews for...
  • Iran’s Military Launches Increased Cyber Attacks on Obama Administration Officials

    11/05/2015 9:32:02 AM PST · by lbryce · 14 replies
    Washington Beacon ^ | Morgan Chalfant
    Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps has in recent weeks launched increased cyber attacks on Obama administration officials, hacking into their email and social media accounts. U.S. officials believe that the hacks are related to the recent arrest of an Iranian-American businessman in Tehran. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, has routinely conducted cyberwarfare against American government agencies for years. But the U.S. officials said there has been a surge in such attacks coinciding with the arrest last month of Siamak Namazi, an energy industry executive and business consultant who has pushed for stronger U.S.-Iranian economic and diplomatic ties. Obama administration personnel are...
  • 'Mayhem' rules as DARPA's battle of the machines hits Las Vegas

    08/10/2016 9:49:20 PM PDT · by Company Man · 10 replies
    Foxnews Tech ^ | August 08, 2016 | Allison Barrie
    "In the Cyber Grand Challenge, DARPA challenged the world to create software that can defend networks against attacks without a human typing at a keyboard. This software is designed to identify threats and react to, defend, and seal off vulnerabilities from future attacks."
  • Computer Crash Wipes Out Years of Air Force Investigation Records

    06/15/2016 7:58:41 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 74 replies
    Defense One ^ | 13 June 2016 | Patrick Tucker
    The U.S. Air Force has lost records concerning 100,000 investigations into everything from workplace disputes to fraud. A database that hosts files from the Air Force’s inspector general and legislative liaison divisions became corrupted last month, destroying data created between 2004 and now, service officials said. Neither the Air Force nor Lockheed Martin, the defense firm that runs the database, could say why it became corrupted or whether they’ll be able to recover the information. Lockheed tried to recover the information for two weeks before notifying the Air Force, according to a service statement. The Air Force has begun asking...
  • ISIS Announced Florida Threat THREE Days Ago: “We Will Attack Florida”

    06/12/2016 9:11:30 AM PDT · by bobsunshine · 54 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | June 12, 2016 | Jim Hoft
    ...Shoebat.com reported on the threat three days ago. ISIS Muslim terrorists released a statement on their plan to attack Florida, and even put out a list with the names of people in Florida that they plan on killing. According to one report: “ A pro-Isis group has released a hit list with the names of more than 8,000 people mostly Americans. More than 600-people live in Florida, and one security expert believes that many of those targeted live in Palm Beach County and on the Treasure Coast. The “United Cyber Caliphate” that hacked U.S. Central Command, 54,000 Twitter accounts and...
  • Iranian hackers downed Adelson's casino empire

    12/12/2014 7:25:31 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 12, 2014 | Cory Bennett
    n February, Iranian hackers took down the computer system of gambling magnate Sheldon Adelson’s casino empire, wiping hard drives clean and shutting down email. Las Vegas Sands, the world’s largest gaming company, was devastated by the attack. But until a Bloomberg Businessweek report Thursday night, the company had never revealed the extent of the hack. Coming months before the recent hack on Sony Pictures, the hit on Sands is now believed to be the first major destructive cyberattack on a U.S. business, although there are likely others that have gone unreported. From the instant the offensive started, Las Vegas Sands...
  • Obama held hostage: How Iran’s using the nuke deal as license to go wild

    11/07/2015 4:47:23 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 16 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 7, 2015 | Post Editorial Board
    President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry were convinced their one-sided nuclear deal would lead to better relations with Iran, but it’s already doing the reverse.Tehran has taken two more Americans hostage just this month — and followed up with a massive cyberattack on the US government, especially the State Department’s Office of Iranian Affairs.The kicker: Iran is holding the nuke deal hostage — threatening to junk it if Obama tries to punish the country for its fresh outrages.
  • Malaysia arrests man for hacking U.S. security data to supply targets for Islamic State

    10/16/2015 9:07:05 AM PDT · by mojito · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/16/2015 | Yantoultra Ngui
    Malaysia has arrested a man on charges of hacking into the personal information of more than a thousand U.S. security officials and handing the database to the Islamic State militant group in Syria so it could target the individuals. The 20-year-old from Kosovo, who entered Malaysia in August 2014 to study computer science and forensics at a private institute in the capital, Kuala Lumpur, will be extradited to the United States, police said in a statement on Thursday night. "Early investigation found the suspect communicated with one of the right hand man (leader) of IS terrorist group in Syria to...
  • John McCain: Security leaks coming from ‘highest levels’ of White House

    06/06/2012 9:14:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/06/2012 | By Meghashyam Mali
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Wednesday blasted the Obama administration over the disclosure of classified intelligence operations, leaks he said came from the “highest levels” at the White House. “This is the most highly classified information and it’s now been leaked by the administration at the highest levels at the White House and that’s not acceptable,” McCain said on CBS "This Morning." On Tuesday, McCain said the Senate Armed Services Committee would hold hearings about leaks detailing a U.S. cyberattack against Iran’s nuclear program and called for a special counsel to investigate the matter. A report last week in The...
  • Obama: GOP a bigger problem than Putin or China

    09/16/2015 11:41:26 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 16, 2015 | Dave Boyer
    Urging business leaders to lobby Republican lawmakers for higher spending, President Obama said Wednesday that partisan gridlock in Washington is a bigger threat to the U.S. than Chinese cyberattacks or Russian military aggression. “Our problem is not that China’s going to out-negotiate us, or that [Russian President Vladimir] Putin is sort of out-strategizing us,” Mr. Obama said. “Has anybody taken a look at the Russian economy lately? That’s not our problem. Our problem’s us, typically. We engage in self-inflicted wounds, like this potential government shutdown. It’s unnecessary.” The president spoke to the Business Roundtable in Washington as the Oct. 1...
  • Valerie Plame on the 'Scary' State of Cybersecurity [and Scott Walker]

    07/24/2015 5:47:59 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    Inc. ^ | July 23, 2015 | By Maria Aspan Senior editor, Inc.
    Cyber warfare has gone nuclear. So says Valerie Plame, the former covert CIA agent who spent her intelligence career working against the spread of weapons of mass destruction. Now she’s taking on a new task: helping government agencies and companies stem the relentless flood of hacker attacks. “There’s a huge impact on national security and intelligence,” says Plame, who this spring became an adviser to cybersecurity startup Global Data Sentinel. “The new normal is going to be more and more of these hacks, whether it’s Target or Home Depot or the Office of Personnel Management or Jennifer Lawrence’s nude photos.”...
  • Hillary Clinton’s Server Was In New Jersey This Whole Time. It’s Blank Now (& Totally Insecure!)

    08/13/2015 12:29:07 PM PDT · by Crystal Palace East · 41 replies
    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s mysterious email server has been in a private data center in New Jersey since 2013, that is, until the IT company the former secretary of state hired to maintain the hardware handed the “blank” device over to the FBI Wednesday. Clinton’s attorney, David Kendall, informed the Department of State in a letter Wednesday that the company hired to manage and maintain the server, Denver-based Platte River Networks, was turning it over to the Department of Justice. Kendall also told State he handed over three thumb drives that contained Clinton’s emails. The Washington Post reported the...
  • A Congressman Goes to DEF CON

    08/13/2015 4:10:02 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 4 replies
    defenseone.com ^ | 13 aug 2015 | PATRICK TUCKER
    What is Will Hurd, Republican Congressman from Texas, doing here? “The best way to defend digital networks is to have an attacker’s mentality,” Hurd told Defense One. Hurd, who spent nearly a decade as an undercover CIA operative in places like Afghanistan, doesn’t freak out easily. ... For one thing, he ran a cybersecurity firm for four years. Naturally, he’s made cybersecurity a cornerstone of his legislative efforts.
  • Military Eases Thumb Drive, Flash Media Bans

    02/19/2010 4:53:22 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 257+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 19, 2010 – New guidelines from U.S. Strategic Command officials allow servicemembers to use “thumb drives” and other flash media to store computer data under specific circumstances. Strategic Command officials banned use of thumb drives and flash media in November 2008, after the use of the media infected a number of Defense Department computer systems. Computers users had to turn to alternative means to transfer data from one machine to another. Now, the command has lifted the ban on the devices under carefully controlled circumstances, said Navy Vice Adm. Carl V. Mauney, Stratcom’s deputy commander. The command issued...
  • Cyber attacks 'as big a threat to new warships as missiles and torpedoes'

    08/06/2015 6:25:14 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 06 August 2015 | Ben Farmer
    Hackers and cyber attacks pose as great a threat to Britain's hi-tech warships of the future as missiles and torpedoes, the man in charge of building the Navy’s new frigate has warned. Increasing levels of computer control and automation mean protecting vessels against electronic attack has become a focus of shipbuilding for the Navy. The new Type-26 Global Combat Ship, which is designed to be the workhorse of the Royal Navy when it is built, has been designed to protect its weapons, engines and systems from cyber warfare. Geoff Searle, head of the Type-26 programme at BAE Systems, said: “It...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Entire US national security system possibly compromised by year-long cyber-assault

    07/23/2015 9:33:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07/23/2015 | By George Russell
    The prolonged hacking into the White House Office of Personnel Management, which put the personal information of at least some 21.5 million past and current federal employees in jeopardy, is only the beginning of the security threat to the Obama Administration and its successors, a number of top-level experts in cybersecurity have told Fox News. The attack has been frequently sourced as coming from China. The experts warned that the entire U.S. national security clearance system could be compromised, that future senior government leaders and advisors could be targeted even before taking office, and hundreds, perhaps thousands, of government officials...
  • Cyber-Security Expert: North Korea Takes Credit for NYSE Attack – No Coincidences – This Is Major

    07/08/2015 6:24:17 PM PDT · by Nachum · 34 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 7/8/15 | Jim Hoft
    Cyber-Security expert Greg Keeley said the North Koreans are taking credit for the “glitch” that took down the New York Stock Exchange today. Keeley said there is no way these several glitches are not connected. And that may very well be possible. “For the administration to come out so hard and so fast and say this was not an attack I think is disingenuous… This is a major attack and for us to bury our head in the sand is very troubling.”
  • Is St. Louis under a cyber attack? Threat map points to China

    07/08/2015 2:01:03 PM PDT · by mojito · 42 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/8/2015 | Joe Millizter
    Is St. Louis at the center of a cyber attack from China? A company that monitors threats on the internet shows a large amount of traffic headed into the area from China. According to Norsecorp’s Twitter profile they offer, “Live threat intelligence & unmatched visibility into the darkest corners of the Internet.” A map on the company’s website shows a lot of activity coming from locations in china to IP addresses located mostly in St. Louis, Kirksville and Seattle. The majority of targets listed in the map are located in the US with origins in China.
  • Hackers nabbed data on every federal employee, union claims

    06/11/2015 10:09:38 PM PDT · by dennisw · 15 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | June 12, 2015
    A major cyberattack on U.S. federal personnel data was far graver than the Obama administration has acknowledged, with hackers obtaining information on every federal employee, the president of a government workers union claimed Thursday. In a letter to the director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), J. David Cox, national president of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), said that based on the information provided by the OPM, the hack was much broader than previously thought. “Based on the sketchy information OPM has provided, we believe that the Central Personnel Data File was the targeted database, and that...
  • Wow – The Federal Cyber Breach Was Not Discovered By U.S. Govt., Was Discovered By Private Company

    06/11/2015 6:25:34 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 16 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | 6-11-15 | sundance
    WASHINGTON DC – As officials of the Obama administration announced that millions of sensitive records associated with current and past federal employees and contractors had been exposed by a long-running infiltration of the networks and systems of the Office of Personnel Management on June 4, they claimed the breach had been found during a government effort to correct problems with OPM’s security. An OPM statement on the attack said that the agency discovered the breach as it had “undertaken an aggressive effort to update its cybersecurity posture.” And a DHS spokesperson told Ars that “interagency partners” were helping the OPM...
  • Obama’s Response to Data Breach: ‘New Systems and New Infrastructure’

    06/08/2015 8:45:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 8, 2015 | 11:00 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    “Part of the problem is that we’ve got very old systems,” President Obama said on Monday, in a response to a question about the recent hack attack on U.S. government computers. He said making U.S. cyberspace more secure is “going to be a big project,” requiring “new systems and new infrastructure.” The intrusion involving the Office of Personnel Management apparently compromised the personal, identifying information of four million current and former federal employees. […] Speaking at the conclusion of the G-7 summit in Germany on Monday, President Obama refused to say that China is responsible for the massive intrusion into...
  • Hack affected every single federal employee, union says

    06/11/2015 7:02:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    CNET ^ | June 11, 2015 | Laura Hautala
    A hack announced last week affected all current and retired federal employees, and hackers got their hands on much more personal information than previously announced, the American Federation of Government Employees said Thursday.A December breach of government systems containing personal information of millions of federal employees was worse than originally thought. A union of federal workers said Thursday that the attack, announced last week, had stolen confidential information of every single federal employee, past or present -- far more than was previously revealed. The government disputes those claims. It's the latest in a spree of damaging hacks against the government,...
  • Cabbie drove Wheeler to Hotel du Pont (w/video & new info)

    01/25/2011 5:40:14 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 12 replies
    WPVI Channel 6 Action News ^ | 1-25-2011 | David Henry
    Cabbie drove Wheeler to Hotel du Pont David Henry WILMINGTON - January 25, 2011 (WPVI) -- Action News spoke with a cabbie who says he left John Wheeler off on a corner in downtown Wilmington two days before he turned up dead in a landfill. It fills another gap in the mystery surrounding Wheeler's bizarre behavior in the days before he died... He says John Wheeler got into his cab at the Amtrak station around 9:00 the morning of December 29th. It was a cold day and Wheeler was wearing just a sportcoat and an open collared white shirt. He...
  • Cause of death released in Wheeler case (Vietnam vet found in Delaware landfill)

    01/28/2011 1:40:10 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 73 replies
    WPVI Action News ^ | 1-28-2011 | staff report
    Cause of death released in Wheeler case WILMINGTON, Del. - January 28, 2011 (WPVI) -- The cause of death has been released in the case of a former presidential advisor who was found dead in a Delaware landfill. In a news release issued Friday, investigators said that John Wheeler died as a result of blunt force trauma after being assaulted...
  • An Arlington burial for Jack Wheeler (Service today, April 29, 2011)

    04/29/2011 9:29:05 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Press ^ | 4-27-2011
    An Arlington burial for Jack Wheeler April 27, 2011The murder of Jack Wheeler remains unsolved, but his funeral on Friday might provide a small bit of solace for his family and friends. Wheeler, a former Hampton resident, will be inurned with full military honors in the Columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery. Wheeler was a 1962 graduate of Hampton High School and a member of the Class of '66 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He served in the Army from 1966 to 1971 and spent time in Vietnam. He went on to serve three GOP presidents in various...
  • Iran Flexes Its Power by Transporting Turkey to the Stone Age

    04/23/2015 6:27:47 AM PDT · by Former Proud Canadian · 38 replies
    Observer ^ | April 22, 2015 | Micah Halpern
    Half of Turkey—44 of 81 provinces, 40 million people including those living in Istanbul and Ankara, suffered a massive power outage that lasted a solid twelve hours. It happened on Tuesday, March 31st. It happened because Iran wanted it to happen. The blackout in Turkey was caused by a cyber hack that originated in Iran. This cyber attack was payback, a taste of what Iran has to offer. Everything went down. Computers, airports, air traffic, traffic lights, hospitals, lights, elevators, refrigeration, water and sewage, everything simply stopped. In an instant, Turkey was transported back to the stone ages.
  • Hero CIA officer who led the hunt for Bin Laden and converted to Islam is removed from his post in

    03/26/2015 6:14:09 PM PDT · by null and void · 33 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 13:48 EST, 26 March 2015 | Wills Robinson
    The CIA official who led the hunt for Osama Bin Laden is being removed from his post, it has been revealed. The head of the agency's Counter­terrorism Center, who also directed drone campaigns which killed thousands, has been in the position for nine years and is described as a 'true hero'.
  • Massive Utah cyberattacks — up to 300 million per day — may be aimed at NSA facility

    02/07/2015 9:23:30 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    http://www.sltrib.com/news/2135491-155/massive-utah-cyber-attacks-may-be ^ | First Published Feb 03 2015 10:57AM • Last Updated Feb 03 2015 10:56 pm | LEE DAVIDSON
    Five years ago, Utah government computer systems faced 25,000 to 30,000 attempted cyberattacks every day. At the time, Utah Public Safety Commissioner Keith Squires thought that was massive. "But this last year we have had spikes of over 300 million attacks against the state databases" each day: a 10,000-fold increase. Why? Squires says it is probably because Utah is home to the new, secretive National Security Agency computer center, and hackers believe they can somehow get to it through state computer systems. "I really do believe it was all the attention drawn to the NSA facility. In the cyberworld, that's...
  • The Sony Hack Was An Act of War, Not A ´Crime´

    12/19/2014 5:02:07 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 19 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 12/18/2014 | IBD Staff
    Cyberwar: Like a bomb detonating in slow motion, the scale and destructiveness of the Sony hack has only now become fully apparent. Telling Americans to go to the movies doesn't cut it as a government response. At first, it seemed as if Sony was the latest victim of hackers who delight in stealing confidential information and sending it along to WikiLeaks. The hackers called themselves "Guardians of Peace" and claimed, "We want equality. Sony doesn't." Sony initially labeled the event as "an IT matter." For a while, the hack seemed to threaten only the reputations of some Hollywood big shots,...
  • Chinese hack U.S. weather systems, satellite network

    11/12/2014 1:08:46 PM PST · by Kartographer · 50 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/12/14 | Mary Pat Flaherty, Jason Samenow and Lisa Rein
    Hackers from China breached the federal weather network recently, forcing cybersecurity teams to seal off data vital to disaster planning, aviation, shipping and scores of other crucial uses, officials said. The intrusion occurred in late September but officials gave no indication that they had a problem until Oct. 20, according to three people familiar with the hack and the subsequent reaction by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA, which includes the National Weather Service. Even then, NOAA did not say its systems were compromised.
  • Iran Nuclear Facilities Hacked, Stations Made To Play AC/DC

    08/08/2014 12:30:42 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 68 replies
    nextpowerup.com ^ | August 8, 2014 10:36 PDT | Seth Fitzgerald
    The Stuxnet virus reportedly created by the combined forces of the American and Israeli governments ravaged Iran's nuclear program between 2009 and 2010, destroying thousands of machines and effectively crippling the country's nuclear efforts.But this wasn't enough for the attackers. They wanted to show what real power was like.And so they made the facilities' hijacked work stations play AC/DC."There was also some music playing randomly on several of the workstations during the middle of the night with the volume maxed out," wrote an Iranian scientist in an email. "I believe it was the American band AC-DC Thunderstruck. It was...
  • UK holds cyberwar game in Churchill’s WWII bunker

    03/14/2014 7:54:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 14, 2014 10:43 AM EDT | Raphael Satter
    Bent over their computers in a World War II-era bunker beneath London’s streets, dozens of young techies have spent Friday racing to understand why Britain’s banking network suddenly seems to have gone offline. The exercise—it is just an exercise—comes complete with sirens and mock newscasts. It’s meant to recruit the next generation of tech talent, and is also meant to help highlight the threat many here see as inevitable: A major cyberattack on the nation’s critical infrastructure. …
  • Cyberwar hits Ukraine

    03/07/2014 12:35:05 PM PST · by Former Fetus · 3 replies
    CNN ^ | 3/7/2014 | Peter Bergen and Tim Maurer
    Ukrainian security officials are complaining that unknown attackers are interfering with the mobile phone services of members of Ukraine's parliament, making difficult political decisions about what to do about Russia's incursion last week into Crimea that much harder. The head of Ukraine's security service said on Tuesday, "I confirm that an IP-telephonic attack is underway on mobile phones of members of Ukrainian parliament for the second day in row." This is reminiscent of the Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks on Georgia that preceded Russia's invasion of the country in August 2008. The attacks shut down several websites of Georgia's...
  • Iran's Cyber Warfare Commander Found Dead

    10/02/2013 7:16:03 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 54 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/10/13 | Elad Benari
    The head of Iran’s cyber warfare program has been shot dead, triggering further accusations that outside powers are carrying out targeted assassinations of key figures in the country’s security apparatus, reports the Telegraph. Mojtaba Ahmadi, who served as commander of Iran’s Cyber War Headquarters, was found dead in a wooded area near the town of Karaj, northwest of the capital Tehran. Five Iranian nuclear scientists and the head of the country’s ballistic missile program have been killed since 2007. The regime has accused Israel’s external intelligence agency, the Mossad, of carrying out these assassinations. Ahmadi was last seen leaving his...
  • Job Title Key to Inner Access Held by Snowden

    07/01/2013 12:18:24 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies
    NY Times ^ | June 30, 2013 | By SCOTT SHANE and DAVID E. SANGER
    WASHINGTON — Intelligence officials refer to Edward J. Snowden’s job as a National Security Agency contractor as “systems administrator” — a bland name for the specialists who keep the computers humming. But his last job before leaking classified documents about N.S.A. surveillance, he told the news organization The Guardian, was actually “infrastructure analyst.” It is a title that officials have carefully avoided mentioning, perhaps for fear of inviting questions about the agency’s aggressive tactics: an infrastructure analyst at the N.S.A., like a burglar casing an apartment building, looks for new ways to break into Internet and telephone traffic around the...
  • Has U.S. started an Internet war?

    06/18/2013 6:28:34 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | 18 June 2013 | Bruce Schneier
    Today, the United States is conducting offensive cyberwar actions around the world. More than passively eavesdropping, we're penetrating and damaging foreign networks for both espionage and to ready them for attack. We're creating custom-designed Internet weapons, pre-targeted and ready to be "fired" against some piece of another country's electronic infrastructure on a moment's notice.This is much worse than what we're accusing China of doing to us. We're pursuing policies that are both expensive and destabilizing and aren't making the Internet any safer. We're reacting from fear, and causing other countries to counter-react from fear. We're ignoring resilience in favor of...
  • Obama BANS U.S. government from buying Chinese-made computer technology over cyber-attack fears

    03/28/2013 3:13:29 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 10 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 3/28/13 | Damien Gayle
    President Obama has hit back at Beijing's alleged hacking campaign against U.S. businesses by banning government from buying Chinese computer technology. The new rule, which was buried in a spending bill signed this week, comes after a string of hacks traced back to China hit some of America's most important companies. It will only be in effect until the end of the fiscal year on September 30,
  • South Korean Banks, Media Companies Targeted by Destructive Malware

    03/21/2013 1:52:08 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies
    Mcafee Labs ^ | Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 5:18pm | by Jorge Arias and Guilherme Venere
    A massive computer shutdown of two South Korean banks and media companies occurred Wednesday via an Internet malware attack. The malware wiped out the master boot records on the hard drives of the infected computers, overwriting the MBR with either one of these strings: PRINCPESPR!NCPESHASTATI. Figure 1: Snapshot of MBR after infection.The attack also overwrote random parts of the file system with the same strings, rendering several files unrecoverable. So even if the MBR is recovered, the files on disk will be compromised too.After that, the system is forced to reboot via the following command: shutdown -r -t 0 That...
  • Weapons in Cyber Attack on South Korea Killed Targeted PCs

    03/21/2013 1:41:14 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    allthingsd.com ^ | March 21, 2013 at 12:52 pm PT | Arik Hesseldahl
    The cyber attack that rocked South Korean TV stations and banks yesterday apparently wiped out the hard drives of the affected computers, according to an analysis of the incident by McAfee. The involved malware infections destroyed the master boot record of the hard drives of the machines attacked. The MBR on a hard drive contains crucial information on how file systems on the drive are organized. The malware involved overwrote data in the MBR with the following string of characters: “PRINCPES, PR!NCPES, HASTATI.” It also overwrote random parts of the file system with the same characters.After that the system was...
  • DoD panel recommends special bomber-armed cyber deterrent force

    03/07/2013 7:47:41 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 5 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | March 6, 2013 | John Reed
    The Defense Science Board's new report on protecting the Pentagon's computer networks calls for the development of a special force armed with its own bombers, cruise missiles, and cyber weapons to respond to a devastating cyber attack. Kind of like a mini, conventionally-armed Strategic Command for cyber deterrence. We've heard Pentagon leaders acknowledge that they are building up their offensive cyber capabilities to deter destructive cyber attacks that could harm thousands or even millions of Americans. However, the new report says that the U.S. must go further to "ensure the President has options beyond a nuclear-only response to a catastrophic...
  • Dot Commie: China's Military Behind U.S. Cyberattacks

    02/23/2013 7:18:03 AM PST · by raptor22 · 16 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | Feberuary 23, 2012 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Cyberwar: A cybersecurity firm reports a secretive Chinese military unit is behind many recent "hack attacks" into U.S. computers, stealing trade and military secrets and developing a potentially crippling new weapon. In a 2009 editorial we noted that units of China's armed forces, whom we dubbed its "Cybertooth Tigers" were developing capabilities to penetrate and potentially disrupt U.S. computer systems as part of the People's Liberation Army's focus on what is known as "asymmetrical" warfare, specifically cyber-warfare. At least as far back as the 2008 edition of the Pentagon's annual report to Congress entitled "Military Power of the People's Republic...