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  • Illinois’ elections board requests confirmation Mueller identified hackers in data breach

    07/14/2018 10:12:14 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/14/18 | Jacqueline Thomsen
    The Illinois state election board said Friday that it is likely the state referred to in special counsel Robert Mueller’s latest indictment as having been hacked into by Russian intelligence officers, the Chicago Tribune reported. Illinois officials said Friday that they had requested confirmation from the Justice Department that it was the state mentioned in the indictment. The hack has been public knowledge for nearly two years, with the FBI issuing an alert about the cyber attack in August 2016, one month after it took place. “We are grateful that DOJ has identified who the perpetrators are,” state election board...
  • 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...
  • Tourists complain as Sweden becomes more cash-free

    05/27/2018 3:14:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    TheLocal.se ^ | 27 May 2018 10:21 CEST+02:00 | TT/The Local
    As Sweden moves ever closer to a cashless economy, tourists are starting to complain, according to state promotion agency Visit Sweden.Ewa Lagerqvist, the agency’s chief executive, told Sweden’s TT newswire that Germans, who frequently use cash at home, expect to be able to do so in Sweden as well. “The Germans want to avoid the charges which banks take out on card payments, but they also cite deep-rooted privacy concerns when they consider why they want to be able to use cash,” she said. “For the Brits, it’s more purely the bank charges which annoy them.” Tourists also complain that...
  • Wikileaks Dumps Hillary Email Exposing Her Ordering US Diplomats To Steal DNA From UN Leadership

    05/07/2018 6:04:52 AM PDT · by stilloftyhenight · 133 replies
    Goldwater ^ | 05-06-2018 | By Red Pill
    There's an extremely serious dump of emails that came from Wikileaks exposing Hillary Clinton for ordering top US Diplomats to steal the DNA and passwords from United Nations leadership. The stunning email comes from the account of Hillary Clinton that used the address “hdr22@clintonemail.com”.
  • Twitter urges its users to change their passwords due to a bug

    05/03/2018 5:32:13 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    digitaltrends.com ^ | May 3, 2018 - 3:52PM | Brenda Stolyar
    Twitter is urging its users to change their passwords following a bug that was identified on the social media platform. While the bug has since been fixed, the company assures users there were no signs of breach or misuse of the passwords by anyone. In an effort to establish complete transparency, Twitter Chief Technical Officer Parag Agrawal took to Twitter’s blog to explain exactly what happened. When setting a password on your Twitter account, the platform uses technology that masks it so that no one else at the company can see it. Twitter’s passwords are masked through a process called...
  • Hackers demanding bitcoin ransom attack Atlanta city computers

    03/24/2018 5:11:27 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 7 replies
    yahoo ^ | 3-23-18 | unattributed
    Hackers demanding ransom payable in bitcoin have attacked computers of the Atlanta city government in the southern US state of Georgia, officials say. The ransomware assault shut down multiple internal and external applications for the city, including apps that people use to pay bills and access court-related information, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms told a news conference Thursday. "This is a very serious situation," Bottoms said. City officials said they learned of the attack before dawn Thursday when they detected unusual activity on their servers. Some of the city's data had become encrypted. A ransom note sent to the city gave...
  • Justice Department charges nine hackers with ties to Iranian government

    03/23/2018 9:59:29 AM PDT · by Major Matt Mason · 9 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 3/23/18 | Jeff Mordock
    The Department of Justice has alleged that nine hackers with ties to the Iranian government engaged in a massive cybertheft scheme to steal scientific data and intellectual property from hundreds of U.S. and foreign universities, private companies and government agencies.
  • Edward Snowden: Facebook is a surveillance company rebranded as 'social media'

    03/18/2018 12:24:34 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 88 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | Daniel Chaitin | March 17, 2018 | Daniel Chaitin | March 17, 2018
    Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden ripped Facebook in a tweet Saturday after the social media giant suspended Cambridge Analytica, a data analytics firm which worked worked for President Trump’s campaign. Facebook accused the firm on Friday of not deleting data it had improperly harvested from Facebook users, which number in the tens of millions, but Snowden pinned the blame squarely on Facebook and lumped in other social media companies for being just as reckless. "Businesses that make money by collecting and selling detailed records of private lives were once plainly described as 'surveillance companies,'" Snowden said. "Their rebranding...
  • Security of state voter rolls a concern as primaries begin [IL]

    03/18/2018 11:25:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 18, 2018 2:15 PM EDT | Christina A. Cassidy and Sarah Zimmerman
    With the Illinois primary just days away, state election officials are beefing up cyber defenses and scanning for possible intrusions into voting systems and voter registration rolls. They have good reason to be on guard: Two years ago, Illinois was the lone state known to have its state election system breached in a hacking effort that ultimately targeted 21 states. Hackers believe[d] to be connected to Russia penetrated the state’s voter rolls, viewing data on some 76,000 Illinois voters, although there is no indication any information was changed. Since then, Illinois election officials have added firewalls, installed software designed to...
  • Network Close To NATO Military Leader Fueled Ukraine Conflict

    07/31/2016 8:46:09 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 8 replies
    Spiegel ^ | 28 July 2016 | Christoph Schult, Klaus Wiegrefe
    Working with dubious sourcing, a group close to NATO's chief military commander Philip Breedlove sought to secure weapons deliveries for Ukraine, a trove of newly released emails revealed. The efforts served to intensify the conflict between the West and Russia. Most of the 1,096 hacked emails date back to the dramatic 12 months of the Ukraine crisis after Russia annexed Crimea in March 2014. Thousands died in the skirmishes between Kiev's troops and Moscow-aligned separatists. More than 2 million civilians fled eastern Ukraine. Breedlove sought counsel from some very prominent people, his emails show. Among them were Wesley Clark, Breedlove's...
  • Ex-NSA Worker Pleads Guilty

    12/02/2017 9:04:54 PM PST · by Rabin · 18 replies
    Brui Direct ^ | December 3rd, 2017 | courtesy of ENGADGET by Jon Fingas
    The admission revealed the identity behind a big data breach. Nghia Hoang Pho, 67. Nghia, Carted home, “Top Secret” and “Sensitive Compartmented”, Information for over five years. These files were downloaded onto Pho’s personal computer and then routinely harvested by Russian intelligence. Pho took a mix of digital and physical info home between 2010 and 2015. he was using it to rewrite his resume -- this was intentional, but not spiteful. Pho may face prison time when he's sentenced on April 6th, but prosecutors “are open to calls for a lighter sentence” given the non-malicious nature of the case. It...
  • Sacramento Bee Leaks 19.5 Million California Voter Records, Promptly Compromised by Hackers

    02/08/2018 2:16:36 PM PST · by MeganC · 104 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 2/8/2018 - 12:00pm PST | Dell Cameron
    Last month, a local California newspaper left more than 19 million voter records exposed online. Gizmodo confirmed this week that the records were compromised during an apparent ransomware attack. The Sacramento Bee said in a statement that a firewall protecting its database was not restored during routine maintenance last month, leaving the 19,501,258 voter files publicly accessible. Additionally, the names, home addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers of 52,873 Sacramento Bee subscribers were compromised. “We take this incident seriously and have begun efforts to notify each of the individuals on the contact list and to provide them resources to help...
  • British Teen Gained Access to Intelligence Ops in Afghanistan, Iran Pretending to Be CIA Head

    01/25/2018 1:18:34 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 24 Jan 2018 | Hayley Dixon
    British 15-year-old gained access to intelligence operations in Afghanistan and Iran by pretending to be head of CIA, court hears A 15-year-old gained access to plans for intelligence operations in Afghanistan and Iran by pretending to be the head of the CIA to gain access to his computers, a court has heard. From the bedroom of the Leicestershire home he shared with his mother, Kane Gamble used “social engineering” – where a person builds up a picture of information and uses it manipulate others into handing over more – to access the personal and work accounts of some of America's...
  • Cables Portray Expanded Reach of Drug Agency [Blabber mouths......]

    12/25/2010 6:58:55 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Cables Portray Expanded Reach of Drug Agency By GINGER THOMPSON and SCOTT SHANE WASHINGTON — The Drug Enforcement Administration has been transformed into a global intelligence organization with a reach that extends far beyond narcotics, and an eavesdropping operation so expansive it has to fend off foreign politicians who want to use it against their political enemies, according to secret diplomatic cables. In far greater detail than previously seen, the cables, from the cache obtained by WikiLeaks and made available to some news organizations, offer glimpses of drug agents balancing diplomacy and law enforcement in places where it can be...
  • Abedin Forwarded State Passwords To Yahoo Before It Was Hacked By Foreign Agents

    01/01/2018 10:40:20 PM PST · by bitt · 83 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/1/2018 | luke rosiak
    Huma Abedin forwarded sensitive State Department emails, including passwords to government systems, to her personal Yahoo email account before every single Yahoo account was hacked, a Daily Caller News Foundation analysis of emails released as part of a lawsuit brought by Judicial Watch shows. Abedin, the top aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, used her insecure personal email provider to conduct sensitive work. This guarantees that an account with high-level correspondence in Clinton’s State Department was impacted by one or more of a series of breaches — at least one of which was perpetrated by a “state-sponsored actor.”...
  • Foreign hackers hijacked most DC police security cameras before inauguration

    12/28/2017 1:10:25 PM PST · by deplorableindc · 18 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Dec. 28, 2017
    Romanian hackers allegedly took control of about two-thirds of the D.C. police department’s outdoor security cameras during a four-day period one week before President Trump’s inauguration. The city’s Metropolitan Police Department informed the Secret Service on Jan. 12 about an issue using a remote desktop application, leading to discovery of a large infection affecting computers connected to the cameras. “Further investigation and analysis revealed that approximately 123 of the MPDC’s 187 outdoor surveillance cameras had been accessed and compromised,” according to an affidavit by U.S. Secret Service special agent James Graham.
  • Kaspersky case and cyber espionage: how Russia opened the Pandora’s box

    11/27/2017 8:59:18 AM PST · by Leo Carpathian · 6 replies
    InformNapalm ^ | 11/03/2017 | Sean Brian Townsend
    Sean Brian Townsend is an independent researcher in the field of information and computer security, a member and the spokesman of the Ukrainian Cyber Alliance. He explains how Kaspersky Lab and the FSB hacked and leaked the secret NSA tools under the guise of The Shadow Brokers hacker group. These leaks became the origin of WannaCry, NotPetya, and BadRabbit ransomware attacks. The editors of InformNapalm may not share the opinions of the authors in the [opinion] section, and does not alter the original style of the articles. Antivirus software – myths and reality The activities of antivirus (AV) companies are...
  • FBI Didn't Tell US Targets as Russian Hackers Hunted Emails

    11/26/2017 6:45:07 AM PST · by mandaladon · 12 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 26 Nov 2017
    The FBI failed to notify scores of U.S. officials that Russian hackers were trying to break into their personal Gmail accounts despite having evidence for at least a year that the targets were in the Kremlin's crosshairs, The Associated Press has found. Nearly 80 interviews with Americans targeted by Fancy Bear, a Russian government-aligned cyberespionage group, turned up only two cases in which the FBI had provided a heads-up. Even senior policymakers discovered they were targets only when the AP told them, a situation some described as bizarre and dispiriting. "It's utterly confounding," said Philip Reiner, a former senior director...
  • Uber Paid Hackers $100,000 to Delete Stolen Data on 57 Million People

    11/22/2017 4:44:30 AM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 6 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11-22-2017 | Michael van der Galien
    This week Uber fired its chief security officer and one of his deputies. The reason? They had concealed a massive security breach for more than one year. And that's not all: in order to convince the hackers to delete the information on 57 million people, the security officers paid the hackers $100,000. "At the time of the incident, Uber was negotiating with U.S. regulators investigating separate claims of privacy violations. Uber now says it had a legal obligation to report the hack to regulators and to drivers whose license numbers were taken. Instead, the company paid hackers to delete the...
  • U.S. Grid Narrowly Escapes Apocalyptic Attack

    11/14/2017 7:34:53 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 40 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 14-11-2017 | Zainab
    The American grid security story grows increasingly grim. Last week, security consulting firm Symantec warned that recent cyberattacks gave hackers direct access to the nation’s power grid on multiple occasions, according to a new report by Wired. This time, not only the United States was exposed, said Symantec. Europe also experienced similar vulnerabilities, proving the hackers could have induced blackouts on both sides of the Atlantic. Thankfully, this apocalyptic scenario didn’t happen. In spring and summer 2017, the Dragonfly 2.0 hacker group—a primary culprit featured in cybersecurity reports from many experts lately—launched campaigns against energy companies. They succeeded 20 times,...