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  • FBI says Russian spies got close to Cabinet [Hillary Clinton]

    11/01/2011 12:33:20 AM PDT · by iowamark · 62 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 10/31/2011 | Bill Gertz
    The FBI rounded up a network of deep-cover Russian spies last year after the group came close to placing an agent near a Cabinet official in the Obama administration, a senior FBI counterspy said Monday as the bureau released once-secret documents on the case. ...U.S. officials said it was Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Mr. Figliuzzi said in an interview that the FBI decided to end its more than 10-year-long counterspy investigation of the network because of concerns that the spies were “getting very close to their objective.” “These 10 Russian officers were sent to the U.S. on a...
  • U.S. Confronts China Over Suspected Cyberattack as Fugitive Guo Wengui Appears in Washington

    10/06/2017 9:40:35 PM PDT · by RohanKapoor · 2 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | October 6, 2017 | By Cezary Podkul, Kate O’Keeffe and Aruna Viswanatha
    WASHINGTON—A suspected Chinese cyberattack on the website of a prominent Washington think tank drew a complaint from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week in a meeting with top Chinese government officials. The website of the Hudson Institute crashed earlier this week, shortly before the organization was scheduled to host an event with Guo Wengui, a fugitive Chinese businessman and political dissident who has alleged corruption within China’s leadership. The Institute had several days earlier detected a Shanghai-based attack aimed at shutting down access to its website, according to a spokesman. The spokesman said the attack was foiled, and he...
  • NBC: Obama Told Putin Election Hacking Could Result in 'Armed Conflict'

    12/21/2016 10:25:01 AM PST · by ColdOne · 107 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 12/20/16 | Jason Devaney
    President Barack Obama reportedly told Russian President Vladimir Putin in October that directly interfering with the U.S. election could result in an "armed conflict." According to NBC News, Obama opted to use the red phone to contact Moscow directly, a communication system that dates back to the Cold War. It's not an actual telephone, but instead sends a secure email message between the two countries. "International law, including the law for armed conflict, applies to actions in cyberspace," part of the Oct. 31 message read, according to NBC. "We will hold Russia to those standards."
  • Cyberwarfare: US Launched DDoS Attacks Against North Korean Spy Agency

    10/02/2017 2:11:39 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    wccftech.com ^ | 10/02/17 | Rafia Shaikh
    The United States has reportedly been engaged in offensive cyberattacks against North Korea, but with no destructive results. According to a report by the Washington Post, President Donald Trump signed a directive earlier this year of putting pressure against North Korea that involved several diplomatic and cyber-military actions, including using cyber activities against the country.US Cyber Command DDoS-ed North Korea The United States Cyber Command, which was elevated to a Unified Combatant Command by the President earlier this year, targeted North Korea’s military spy agency, the Reconnaissance General Bureau. The attack was a distributed denial of service (DDoS) campaign with an aim...
  • Isis 'hacking division' releases details of 1,400 Americans and urges attacks

    08/13/2015 7:13:42 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 34 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Aug. 12, 2015 | Michael Safi
    A group calling itself the Islamic State hacking division has published the details of 1,400 mostly US military and government personnel, urging supporters to attack those listed. The spreadsheet, published online on Wednesday, exposes names, email addresses, phone numbers and passwords. Those listed include members of the marine corps, Nasa, the state department, air force and FBI. Supporters of Isis on Twitter seized on the breach, posting personal details of soldiers and government staffers and encouraging lone wolves to “act and kill”. A person claiming to speak for the group told the Guardian the information was obtained from military and...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Tech company which maintained Hillary's secret server was sued for 'illegally accessing'

    08/14/2015 1:04:48 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | August 13, 2015 | Daniel Bates
    EXCLUSIVE: Tech company which maintained Hillary's secret server was sued for 'illegally accessing' database and 'stealing White House military advisers' phone numbers' The Internet company used by Hillary Clinton to maintain her private server was sued for stealing dozens of phone lines including some which were used by the White House. Platte River Networks is said to have illegally accessed the master database for all US phone numbers. It also seized 390 lines in a move that created chaos across the US government. Among the phone numbers which the company took - which all suddenly stopped working - were lines...
  • FBI Says a Mysterious Hacking Group Has Had Access to US Govt Files for Years

    04/12/2016 2:26:50 PM PDT · by unixfox · 48 replies
    Motherboard ^ | 04/04/2016 | Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
    The feds warned that “a group of malicious cyber actors,” whom security experts believe to be the government-sponsored hacking group known as APT6, “have compromised and stolen sensitive information from various government and commercial networks” since at least 2011, according to an FBI alert obtained by Motherboard. The alert, which is also available online, shows that foreign government hackers are still successfully hacking and stealing data from US government’s servers, their activities going unnoticed for years. This comes months after the US government revealed that a group of hackers, widely believed to be working for the Chinese government, had for...
  • Ships fooled in GPS spoofing attack suggest Russian cyberweapon

    08/21/2017 4:50:22 PM PDT · by oxcart · 68 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 08/10/2017 | By David Hambling
    Reports of satellite navigation problems in the Black Sea suggest that Russia may be testing a new system for spoofing GPS . On 22 June, the US Maritime Administration filed a seemingly bland incident report. The master of a ship off the Russian port of Novorossiysk had discovered his GPS put him in the wrong spot – more than 32 kilometres inland, at Gelendzhik Airport. After checking the navigation equipment was working properly, the captain contacted other nearby ships. Their AIS traces – signals from the automatic identification system used to track vessels – placed them all at the same...
  • Muslim Homeland Security Adviser Accused of Leaking Documents

    11/09/2011 9:28:17 AM PST · by TheDailyChange · 12 replies
    FoxNation ^ | 11092011 | Erick Stakelbeck
    As an advisor to the Department of Homeland Security, Mohammed Elibiary was given access to sensitive government documents. Now the Texas Muslim activist stands accused of leaking some of those documents to the media to spread charges of "Islamophobia."
  • Mohamed Elibiary, Homeland Security Adviser, Allegedly Leaked Intel, Shopped Classified Info to

    10/26/2011 6:03:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 10/26/11 | Pamela Geller
    Back in October 2010 I warned of the consequences of naming a stealth jihadist with ties to Islamic subversives whose stated goal is to "eliminate and destroy Western civilization from within and sabatoage its miserable house."more here ... Secretary Napolitano named devout Muslim Mohamed Elibiary to the Homeland Security Advisory Council (Department of Homeland Security.) Texas Department of Public Safety now says Homeland Security Advisory Council member Mohamed Elibiary may have been given access to a sensitive database of state and local intelligence reports, and then allegedly shopped some of those materials to a media outlet. Who else is the...
  • The Exploding DNC IT Scandal Is As Crazy As Fiction (MSM cover up....)

    08/09/2017 9:25:54 AM PDT · by yoe · 36 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 26, 2017 | Frank Miniter
    In a plot Tom Clancy might have dreamed up, an IT staffer who’d worked for Democrats in Congress was arrested by federal officials and charged with bank fraud. Fox News has reported that officers and agents from the U.S. Capitol Police, the FBI and Customs and Border Protection, were involved in the arrest of Imran Awan at Dulles International Airport not far from Washington, D.C., as he tried to fly away to Pakistan. Awan has pleaded not guilty to bank fraud, but his strange case has all the feeling of the opening scene of a movie that might soon include...
  • Compromising Computers with Synthesized DNA, Privacy Leaks, and More

    08/12/2017 8:17:29 AM PDT · by AdmSmith · 7 replies
    e 2017 USENIX Security Symposium ^ | 8/10/2017 | P Ney, K Koscher, L Organick, L Ceze, and T Kohno
    The rapid improvement in DNA sequencing has sparked a big data revolution in genomic sciences, which has in turn led to a proliferation of bioinformatics tools. To date, these tools have encountered little adversarial pressure. This paper evaluates the robustness of such tools if (or when) adversarial attacks manifest. We demonstrate, for the first time, the synthesis of DNA which — when sequenced and processed— gives an attacker arbitrary remote code execution. To study the feasibility of creating and synthesizing a DNA-based exploit, we performed our attack on a modified downstream sequencing utility with a deliberately introduced vulnerability. After sequencing,...
  • Hacks, Breaches, and Government Ineptness

    06/16/2015 1:06:29 PM PDT · by PoliticallyShort · 4 replies
    PoliticallyShort.com ^ | 06/16/2015 | PoliticallyShort
    While the headlines over the past week have been swamped with coverage over the candidates bidding for the 2016 presidential election and a “trans-racial” NAACP leader lying about her race, critically important issues that are detrimental to our national security have gone virtually unnoticed. For instance, on Friday we learned that as many as 14 million current and former civilian U.S. government employees had their information compromised in an unprecedented attack by Chinese hackers. In a late Friday news dump, the Associated Press announced that the hackers stole, “Social Security numbers, military records and veterans’ status information, addresses, birth dates,...
  • The Bizarre Hacking Scandal That Democrats And The Press Are Happy To Ignore

    07/27/2017 3:12:48 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 34 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 7/26/2017 | Staff
    Scandal: When federal officials arrested Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz's IT aide, Imran Awan, as he tried to flee for his native Pakistan, it was the latest twist to an already twisted scandal involving several House IT workers who possibly stole highly sensitive information from several Democrats. Stranger still has been the Democrats' nonresponse to this unfolding scandal. Back in February, the Capitol Hill police opened a criminal investigation into Awan and four other House employees who provided IT services for several Democrats, including those serving on the House intelligence, foreign affairs and homeland security committees. Investigators were looking into whether...
  • NATO and Cyberwar: Will Britain Invoke Article 5?

    07/03/2017 4:23:32 PM PDT · by Twotone · 9 replies
    American Spectator ^ | July 3, 2017 | Jed Babbin
    On November 19, 1919, Congress rejected the Versailles Treaty ending World War I and with it the charter of the League of Nations which was a key part of it. Principal among the reasons for the treaty’s rejection was a provision that committed the United States, along with the other members of the League, to the mutual defense of any member that was attacked militarily. Because treaties are the supreme law of the land — second only to the Constitution — Congress refused to surrender its power to declare war. Almost thirty years later, Congress ratified the NATO Treaty despite...
  • Sources: Dem Aide Suspected Of Major Security Breach Under Government Protection In Pakistan

    05/23/2017 12:44:37 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 42 replies
    DAILY CALLER ^ | 05/22/2017 | LUKE ROSIAK
    A criminal suspect in an investigation into a major security breach on the House of Representatives computer network has abruptly left the country and gone to Pakistan, where her family has significant assets and VIP-level protection, a relative and others told The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group. Hina Alvi, her husband Imran Awan, and his brothers Abid and Jamal were highly paid shared IT administrators working for multiple House Democrats until their access to congressional IT systems was terminated Feb. 2 as a result of the investigation. Capitol Police confirmed the investigation is ongoing, but no arrests have been...
  • Pentagon and intelligence community chiefs have urged Obama to remove the head of the NSA

    11/19/2016 11:03:04 AM PST · by ColdOne · 20 replies
    WaPo ^ | 11/19/16 | Ellen Nakashima
    The heads of the Pentagon and the nation’s intelligence community have recommended to President Obama that the director of the National Security Agency, Adm. Michael S. Rogers, be removed. The recommendation, delivered to the White House last month, was made by Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter and Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr., according to several U.S. officials familiar with the matter. Action has been delayed, some administration officials said, because relieving Rogers of his duties is tied to another controversial recommendation: to create separate chains of command at the NSA and the
  • MI6 spy found in holdall 'hacked into secret data about Bill Clinton'

    08/30/2015 1:13:17 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 22 replies
    The Mirror ^ | August 30, 2015 | By Sam Webb
    MI6 spy Gareth Williams hacked into restricted information about former US President Bill Clinton, it has been claimed. The 31-year-old codebreaker was discovered inside a padlocked bag in a bathtub at his London home in 2010, sparking a real-life mystery worthy of any 007 thriller.
  • Detectives believe dead M16spy may have zipped himself in bag in bizarre sex game that went wrong

    09/11/2010 6:15:04 PM PDT · by MamaDearest · 56 replies · 1+ views
    dailymail.co. ^ | September 12, 2010 | Simon Walters and Glen Owen
    Snips from excerpt only website: His body was found in an extra-large North Face bag, a type which is favoured by explorers because of its 140 litres of storage capacity, durable material, double stitching, twin haul handles and locking zips.  Erotic asphyxiation is defined as the intentional restriction of oxygen to the brain for sexual arousal. There were also rumours that Mr Williams was the victim of a professional ‘hit’. Other theories included the suggestion that he had been murdered by Russian agents.  Tests on his body were ordered to establish whether he was poisoned, as happened when Polonium 210...
  • DIA: North Korea Planned Attacks on US Nuclear Plants

    12/18/2014 8:11:16 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 49 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | Dec 18, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    Five commando units trained for strikes, sabotage North Korea dispatched covert commando teams to the United States in the 1990s to attack nuclear power plants and major cities in a conflict, according to a declassified Defense Intelligence Agency report. The DIA report, dated Sept. 13, 2004, reveals that five units of covert commandos were trained for the attacks inside the country. According to the report, the “Reconnaissance Bureau, North Korea, had agents in place to attack American nuclear power plants.” The document states that the North Korean Ministry of People’s Armed Forces, the ministry in charge of the military, “established...