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  • Israeli Hackers Strike Back at Anonymous OpIsrael, Expose Participants With Their Own Webcams

    04/10/2014 7:19:42 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    The Algemeiner ^ | April 10, 2014 6:19 PM | Shiryn Ghermezian
    An Israeli hacker team published on Tuesday images and personal details of members of the Anonymous hacker collective who participated in the OpIsrael attack against Israeli sites earlier this week, Israel’s Channel 2 reported. Israeli Elite Force gained access to the computers of 16 Anonymous members and was able to capture screenshots and photos of the anti-Israel hackers with their own webcams. The Israeli team published the information in a Dropbox document via their Facebook page, saying, “Anonymous, next time do not mess with us.” The file includes the names of the attackers, their countries of origin, and usernames and...
  • The Target Breach & Why You Should Care (Hint: It’s Your Money)[Ever shopped at Target?]

    04/10/2014 2:19:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    21CT blog ^ | January 29, 2014 | Scott Spinola
    Without personally knowing any cyber criminals (I think using hackers is unfair to… well, hackers), we can probably assume they are not very different from other criminals in that they do what they do for a few basic reasons: •Ego: defacing websites to gain street cred •Ideology: wreaking havoc to make political statements or wage asymmetric warfare •Money: engaging in good old-fashioned criminal capitalism (to the tune of $3 trillion) It’s this third motivation that is in the news the most, and it’s not because these criminals are infiltrating banks and making off with the loot. In fact it’s...
  • U.S. aims to give up control over Internet administration

    03/14/2014 2:45:36 PM PDT · by gooblah · 94 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Friday, March 14, 4:19 PM | By Craig Timberg,
    U.S. officials announced plans Friday to relinquish federal government control over the administration of the Internet, a move likely to please international critics but alarm many business leaders and others who rely on smooth functioning of the Web. Pressure to let go of the final vestiges of U.S. authority over the system of Web addresses and domain names that organize the Internet has been building for more than a decade and was supercharged by the backlash to revelations about National Security Agency surveillance last year.
  • World Cup Security Concerns Grow as Santos Fan is Beaten to Death...

    02/27/2014 12:08:48 AM PST · by Cindy · 11 replies
    DAILY MAIL [UK] ^ | February 25, 2014 | by Mike Dawes
    SNIPPET: "Security concerns ahead of this summer's Brazilian World Cup have increased after a football fan was beaten to death in host city Sao Paulo." SNIPPET: "There are serious concerns about the safety of travelling supporters at this summer's World Cup after more than 30 people were killed in 2013 as a result of football-related violence. One of Brazil’s biggest criminal gangs last year promised a ‘Tournament of Terror’. The threat was issued by Sau Paulo's 'First Capital of the Command', who in 2012 was a group behind the murder of more than a hundred of the city’s police officers."
  • Hacking x-ray machines could get guns through airport security

    02/12/2014 12:07:39 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5:35 PM 02/11/2014 | Giuseppe Macri
    Security researchers have discovered a potentially dangerous flaw in airport x-ray machines that would allow hackers to pass deadly weapons through security. Billy Rios and Terry McCorkle of security firm Qualys discovered that a training function called Threat Image Projection, which superimposes fake images of contraband on the screen to train security personnel, could be manipulated to work in reverse, and project images of weapon-free luggage over top of the real thing. The training software is present in all TSA scanners, and also on machines deployed in government buildings, embassies, courthouses, ports and border crossings. …
  • Olympics-Russian Rodnina blames hacking for Obama Twitter gaffe

    SOCHI, Russia, Feb 10 (Reuters) - Irina Rodnina, the figure skater who lit the Olympic flame at the Sochi Games, blamed hackers on Monday for a tweet about U.S. President Barack Obama that caused a racism row. Some Western media questioned the choice of Russia's triple Olympic champion Rodnina featuring in the climax of the Games opening ceremony on Friday. A tweet on her timeline last year showed a picture of Obama which was photoshopped to add a banana in the foreground. The image angered many including the outgoing U.S. ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, who called it "outrageous behaviour"....
  • All American Credit Cards Will Disappear In 2015 And Be Replaced With This New Tech

    02/08/2014 3:14:06 AM PST · by kingattax · 68 replies
    Yahoo Business Insider ^ | 2-7-14 | Jim Edwards
    These credit cards are dinosaurs. Every credit card in the U.S. will be replaced by October 2015 with new cards that contain the chip-and-PIN technology that the rest of the world has had for years, according to the Wall Street Journal. Both Visa and MasterCard are committed to the switch, which will render extinct the plastic in your wallets and purses right now. No more black magnetic stripes; no more signing on the dotted line. Americans who have traveled to Europe in recent years will know that the U.S.'s credit card system is embarrassingly old-fashioned by comparison. It's often difficult...
  • Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Security Will Be Beefed Up...

    04/21/2013 4:11:43 PM PDT · by Cindy · 44 replies
    TELEGRAPH.co.uk ^ | 10:10AM BST 16 Apr 2013 | By Telegraph Sport, and agencies
    SNIPPET: "Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics security will be beefed up following Boston Marathon explosions, officials say Russian sports officials said they will beef up security at forthcoming sports events and the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games in the wake of deadly explosions at Boston's marathon that killed three people, and injured over 140 others." "Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics security will be beefed up following Boston Marathon explosions, officials say" SNIPPET: "The World Athletics Championship takes place in Moscow on Aug 10-18, and the event is seen as a dress rehearsal for the 2014 Winter Games in the Black Sea resort...
  • ObamaCare's Potemkin Village Website Written In Belarus?

    02/05/2014 10:12:16 AM PST · by raptor22 · 21 replies
    Incestor's Business Daily ^ | February 5, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Debacle: U.S. intelligence agencies report that developers linked to the Belarus government helped create the Healthcare.gov website and may have inserted malicious code making it vulnerable to cyberattacks and hacking. The disastrous rollout of Healthcare.gov was bad enough. But as if Americans need another reason to avoid Healthcare.gov, we now hear that the Obama administration, through the Department of Health and Human Services, has indirectly contracted with developers in the worker's paradise of Belarus, a former Soviet republic still closely tied to Russia, to write some of the software code used for the website. The Washington Free Beacon's Bill Gertz...
  • Healthcare.gov Contractor (and Close Russian Ally) Belarus Built Malware RIGHT INTO Obamacare Code

    02/04/2014 3:28:29 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 26 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 04 February 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Remember when John McAfee warned us in November that anybody who signed up to the Obamacare site might have their bank account cleaned-out by hackers? The eccentric genius and former fugitive called the government website 'a hacker's wet dream', adding that there were 'NO safeguards' that would stop someone from starting a fake Obamacare website 'for a couple hundred dollars' that could 'empty your bank account' in hours.  McAfee added unambiguously that 'It's going to happen, and it's going to happen soon... nothing in the Obamacare system safeguards against this.'  And I thought he was just trying to sell...
  • In Target, hackers found a gold mine -- with easy access

    01/19/2014 10:35:43 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 32 replies
    NYT/Pioneer Press ^ | 1-18-14 | Elizabeth A. Harris, Nicole Perlroth, Nathaniel Popper and Hilary Stout
    It was, in essence, a cybercriminal's dream. For months, an amorphous group of Eastern European hackers had been poking around the networks of major U.S. retailers, searching for loose portals that would take them deep into corporate systems. In early November, before the holiday shopping season began, the hackers found what they had been looking for -- a wide path into Target and beyond. Entering through a digital gateway, the criminals discovered that Target's systems were astonishingly open -- lacking the virtual walls and motion detectors found in secure networks like many banks'. Without those safeguards, the thieves moved swiftly...
  • World’s ATMs still running Windows XP—and wildly out of date

    01/17/2014 9:43:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 81 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 17, 2014
    Nearly all of the ATMs in the world are running the Windows XP operating system, introduced by Microsoft 13 years ago—and incredibly out of date, as any tech enthusiast will tell you. On April 8, Microsoft will officially end the tech support for the aging OS, which was replaced by Windows Vista in 2007, Windows 7 in 2009, Windows 8 in 2012 and Windows 8.1 in 2013. […] If an ATM isn’t upgraded, it will continue to function, experts said. Withdrawals, deposits, and other transactions will work as they did before. But the machines will be more vulnerable to cyber...
  • Target Hackers Wrote Partly in Russian, Displayed High Skill, Report Finds

    01/17/2014 8:30:56 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Jan. 16, 2014 6:36 p.m. ET | Danny Yadron
    The holiday data breach at Target Corp. appeared to be part of a broad and highly sophisticated international hacking campaign against multiple retailers, according to a report prepared by federal and private investigators that was sent to financial-services companies and retailers. […] Parts of the malicious computer code used against Target’s credit-card readers had been on the Internet’s black market since last spring and were partly written in Russian, people familiar with the report said. Both details suggest the attack may have ties to organized crime in the former Soviet Union, former U.S. officials said. …
  • Hackers: HealthCare.gov still riddled with potential security issues

    01/16/2014 10:46:53 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 4 replies
    Nbc News ^ | 1/16/2014 | Julianne Pepitone,
    Cybersecurity researchers slammed HealthCare.gov's security during a House hearing on Thursday morning, saying the site is still riddled with problems that could put consumers' sensitive health details at risk. “The reason we’re concluding that this is so shockingly bad is that the issues across the site are so varied,” David Kennedy, founder of the information security firm TrustedSec, told NBC News. “You don’t even have to hack into the system to see big issues – which means there are [major problems] underneath.” Kennedy was the first of a group of so-called "white-hat hackers" who testified before the House of Representatives...
  • Credit card hackers hit Neiman Marcus

    01/10/2014 6:10:48 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 13 replies
    cnet ^ | January 10, 2014 | Seth Rosenblatt
    Credit card hackers might be developing a taste for the finer things in life. Upscale department store Neiman Marcus confirmed that its database of customer information was hacked last month, independent security researcher Brian Krebs reported on Friday. The Neiman Marcus hack follows news today from Target that its investigation into its recent hack found that thieves made off with the personal and credit card data of up to 110 million Target customers, 70 million more than previously thought.
  • Hacker Network Anonymous Issues Call To Arms (Revolution Calling)

    01/05/2014 8:27:51 PM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 128 replies
    As more and more human rights of U.S. citizens are violated in the name of safety and security, the group Anonymous stands to fight at the side of Americans. Over the holiday weekend, they have even gone as far to announce a call to arms. The fact that many people are still unaware of the “hacker” group Anonymous is sign of censorship by today’s mainstream media. There is a clear need for groups such as Anonymous as the fact of this direct censorships shows just how clouded the media’s freedom of speech has become. anon5 (See also: Obama Secretly Signs...
  • Cryptolocker ransomware has ´infected about 250,000 PCs´

    12/25/2013 6:51:56 PM PST · by Nachum · 133 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12/25/13 | Leo Kelion
    A virulent form of ransomware has now infected about quarter of a million Windows computers, according to a report by security researchers. Cryptolocker scrambles users´ data and then demands a fee to unencrypt it alongside a countdown clock. Dell Secureworks said that the US and UK had been worst affected. It added that the cyber-criminals responsible were now targeting home internet users after initially focusing on professionals. The firm has provided a list of net domains that it suspects have been used to spread the code, but warned that more are being generated every day. Ransomware has existed since at...
  • Push of a Button: This Is How Fast the Entire Banking System Can Be Locked Down

    12/25/2013 5:08:43 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 65 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | December 25, 2013 | Mac Slavo
    Late last week it was learned that some 40 million charge cards were obtained using physical processing systems located in Target retail locations nationwide. Though no details of the how the hack attack was executed have been released by Target, the FBI or other agencies investigating the breach, it is likely that the processing machines themselves were compromised. Target claims that the hack was sophisticated, but on the technical side, once hackers found a way into the credit card processing machines, probably via remote entry from servers somewhere in Eastern Europe or Russia, the theft of credit card data itself...
  • Nude pictures of Carla Bruni let hackers access diplomatic PCs

    Nude pictures of former French first lady Carla Bruni were used to break in to the computer systems of dozens of diplomats. The shocking security breach was first discovered at the G20 summit in Paris in February 2011 and may be ongoing. "To see naked pictures of Carla Bruni click here" said a message sent to those attending, who included finance ministers and central bank representatives. Once accessed, it infected the computers of senior officials as well as forwarding the offensive email on to others. "Almost everybody who received the email took the bait," said a government source in Paris,...
  • Remote-control house? There’s an app for that

    11/21/2013 8:36:46 AM PST · by rktman · 17 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/21/2013 | Giuseppe Macri
    Installing smart-home automation systems can be pricey, which is why designer Roger Yiu is giving consumers a back door to controlling your home on your mobile — the Smart Power Strip app. The Smart Power Strip lets you power on and off any device you can plug into a conventional wall outlet. You can also set timers and read your electricity usage in real-time, all from your smartphone.
  • The Obamacare Website is Dangerous

    11/20/2013 2:48:29 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | November 20, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: This is Ben in Westchester County in New York. I'm glad you called, sir. Thank you for your patience. Hello. CALLER: Rush, I've been calling you since I was a young man. Now I'm a senior citizen. RUSH: (laughing) CALLER: Honestly, it's a great pleasure to be able to speak to you finally. RUSH: Thank you, sir, very much. CALLER: I have a couple things, couple of comments I'd like to make about Obamacare. RUSH: Yeah. CALLER: One, I think that it should be broadcast that nobody in America that's got so much as a Social Security...
  • Right wing cyber attacks on Healthcare.gov website confirmed

    11/17/2013 5:55:46 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 95 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 11/14/2013 | David Phillips
    Yesterday, the House Homeland Security Committee published a video on their Youtube page highlighting a portion of the committee questioning Roberta Stempfley, acting assistant secretary of the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Cyber-security and Communications, who confirmed at least 16 attacks on the Affordable Care Act’s portal Healthcare.gov website in 2013. Roberta Stempfley highlighted one successful attack that is designed to deny access to the website called a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. A DDoS attack is designed to make a network unavailable to intended users, generally through a concerted effort to disrupt service such as repeatedly accessing...
  • Exclusive: FBI warns of U.S. government breaches by Anonymous hackers

    11/15/2013 5:45:01 PM PST · by dynachrome · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11-15-13 | Jim Finkle and Joseph Menn
    Activist hackers linked to the collective known as Anonymous have secretly accessed U.S. government computers in multiple agencies and stolen sensitive information in a campaign that began almost a year ago, the FBI warned this week. The hackers exploited a flaw in Adobe Systems Inc's software to launch a rash of electronic break-ins that began last December, then left "back doors" to return to many of the machines as recently as last month, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a memo seen by Reuters. The memo, distributed on Thursday, described the attacks as "a widespread problem that should be...
  • Pro-life website e-mails redirected to pro-abortion group on Albuquerque election eve

    11/14/2013 1:40:26 PM PST · by Morgana · 4 replies
    Life Site News ^ | Operation Rescue staff
    ALBUQUERQUE, NM, November 14, 2013 (Operation Rescue) - The campaign website for a pro-life group supporting the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Ordinance in Albuquerque, New Mexico has been hacked and e-mail meant to go to the pro-life PAC ABQ Voters For Late Term Abortion Ban has instead been redirected to the abortion-supporting group Respect ABQ Women, which is opposing the Ordinance. The Pain Capable ordinance, which goes to a vote on November 19, is the first of its kind to be proposed at the municipal level and would ban abortions after 20 weeks within the Albuquerque city limits, where...
  • O-Care site seen as fertile ground for hackers

    11/13/2013 9:47:14 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 1 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 13, 2013 | Ben Goad
    HealthCare.gov is ripe for cyber attacks targeting personal information, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee charged Wednesday. The site is vulnerable bcause the federal agency charged with ensuring the security of government websites played virtually no part in its development, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) said. Apart from two e-mails and a phone call, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) did not participate in the Centers’ for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) development of the enrollment portal for the landmark health law, McCaul said. “DHS had effectively no input into the security of HealthCare.gov, despite it being arguably the most...
  • Security hole found in Obamacare website

    10/30/2013 11:28:52 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 33 replies
    CNN via Yahoo ^ | 10/29/13 | Jose Pagliery
    The Obamacare website has more than annoying bugs. A cybersecurity expert has found a way to hack into users' accounts. Until the Department of Health fixed the security hole last week, anyone could easily reset your Healthcare.gov password without your knowledge and potentially hijack your account. The glitch was discovered last week by Ben Simo, a software tester in Arizona. Simo found that gaining access to people's accounts was frighteningly simple:
  • Syrian Hackers Claim Twitter And Facebook Accounts Of Obama

    10/29/2013 4:16:15 AM PDT · by Madison Andrew · 11 replies
    Syrian Electronic Army, the hacker group of Syria that supports the Assad regime has undertaken responsibility for hacking the link of Obama’s campaign on Monday. The group said that it redirected the shortened service links of Twitter and Facebook accounts of the President to one among the propaganda videos of the group. This admission from the Syrian group arrives just a day before Obama hosts a discussion about cyber security with top notch CEOs who belong to various sectors such as Information Technology, defenseand energy. Syrian Hackers Claim Twitter And Facebook Accounts Of Obama
  • CryptoLocker: A particularly pernicious virus

    10/24/2013 11:15:25 AM PDT · by brityank · 32 replies
    Wndows Secrets ^ | October 24, 2013 | Susan Bradley
    CryptoLocker: A particularly pernicious virus   By Susan Bradley on October 24, 2013 in Top Story Online attackers are using encryption to lock up our files and demand a ransom — and AV software probably won’t protect you. Here are ways to defend yourself from CryptoLocker — pass this information along to friends, family, and business associates. Forgive me if I sound a bit like those bogus virus warnings proclaiming, “You have the worst virus ever!!” But there’s a new threat to our data that we need to take seriously. It’s already hit many consumers and small businesses. Called...
  • John McAfee predicts hackers will empty Obamacare enrollees' bank accounts

    10/11/2013 1:24:00 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 41 replies
    Washington Examiner via You Tube ^ | 10-11-2013 | JOEL GEHRKE
    Obamacare websites have "no safeguards" to protect Americans who enroll in the health insurance exchanges from hackers who will "empty your bank account," according to internet security pioneer John McAfee. McAfee said he could create a fake Obamacare exchange website for "a couple hundred dollars" and expect a big return on the scam. "I'll ask you your social security, your date of birth, [so] an hour later I can empty your bank account," he told Fox News' Gretchen Carlson. "And this is going to happen, it's going to happen soon. Nothing in the Obamacare system safeguards against this," he said....
  • Exclusive: Sarah Palin Under Cyber-Attack from Wikileaks Supporters in 'Operation Payback'

    12/08/2010 2:57:31 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 145 replies · 9+ views
    ABC News ^ | Dec. 8, 2010 | Jake Tapper
    The website and personal credit card information of former Gov. Sarah Palin were cyber-attacked today by Wikileaks supporters, the 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate tells ABC News in an email. Hackers in London apparently affiliated with “Operation Payback” – a group of supporters of Julian Assange and Wikileaks – have tried to shut down SarahPac and have disrupted Sarah and Todd Palin’s personal credit card accounts. “No wonder others are keeping silent about Assange's antics,” Palin emailed. “This is what happens when you exercise the First Amendment and speak against his sick, un-American espionage efforts.” Palin has criticized Wikileaks founder...
  • McAfee Antivirus founder: “What idiot put this system out there?”

    10/03/2013 11:01:50 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 59 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 3,2013 | ERIKA JOHNSEN
    Oh, it’s seriously bad. Somebody made a grave error, not in designing the program but in simply implementing the web aspect of it. For example, anybody can put up a web page and claim to be a broker for this system. There is no central place where I can go and say, OK, here are all the legitimate brokers, the examiners for all of the states, and pick and choose one. Instead, any hacker can put a website up, make it look extremely competitive, and because of the nature of the system — this is health care, after all —...
  • Data, credit card numbers for 2.9 million Adobe users stolen

    10/03/2013 7:39:00 PM PDT · by Theoria · 19 replies
    LA Times ^ | 03 Oct 2013 | Salvador Rodriguez
    Adobe announced Thursday that it was the victim of a hack and that personal data for 2.9 million users were stolen. The software company, known for Photoshop and other programs, said cyber attackers were able to access user information, including account IDs, encrypted passwords as well as credit and debit card numbers. The hackers were able to erase data of some Adobe users. The hackers also illegally accessed source codes for numerous Adobe products. That's like stealing the secret formula for Coca-Cola. The company did not specify which users of its various software programs were hit. "We deeply regret that...
  • Anonymous, Syrian Hackers Target Israel on 9/11

    09/11/2013 9:08:25 AM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    free beacon ^ | 9/11/13 | Adam Kredo
    Hackers claiming to be affiliated with Anonymous launched a widespread cyber attack on Israeli citizens, government institutions, and corporations on Wednesday, according to Internet chatter and postings from the self-described hackers. The attack is purportedly being carried out by a nebulous group of hackers who claim affiliation with both Anonymous and the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), which supports embattled President Bashar al Assad. Timed to occur on the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, the hackers took aim at Israeli banks and government websites over what they claimed are the Jewish state’s multiple crimes. The hackers alternately blamed Israel for...
  • Operation: SyrianStorm, the other reason the Senate has not voted (Huh?)

    09/10/2013 9:46:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | September 10, 2013 | Justin King
    Anonymous launched #Op SyrianStorm two weeks ago. It is an intensive anti-war phone and email campaign targeting U.S. politicians and media outlets. It started two weeks ago, and is still ongoing. Visibly, participants of the operation are calling senators and congressmen, emailing the president and posting anti-war information on large media outlets' Facebook pages. It is what is going on behind the scenes that make this campaign unlike the many other anti-war crusades. Anonymous is manipulating the search results of major internet outlets to show users information relevant to opposing the war, rather than what they see as propaganda supporting...
  • 'Syrian Electronic Army' Hacks Marines Website

    09/03/2013 11:17:21 AM PDT · by lbryce · 12 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 3, 2013 | Staff
    Pro-Assad computer hackers today broke into the Marine Corps recruiting website, redirecting visitors to a screed that called President Barack Obama "a traitor who wants to put your lives in danger to rescue al- Qaida insurgents." A Marine Corps spokesman confirmed that the site, marines.com, was tampered with and redirected temporarily, but no information was put at risk.
  • Syrian Electronic Army hacks Washington Post Web site

    08/15/2013 11:59:43 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Updated: Thursday, August 15, 2:06 PM | Paul Farhi and Hayley Tsukayama
    The Washington Post’s Web site was disrupted Thursday morning by a hacker group sympathetic to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that apparently launched a coordinated wave of attacks on American news outlets. A group calling itself the Syrian Electronic Army briefly infiltrated The Post’s Web site and redirected readers of some stories to the SEA’s site. The organization supports Assad, who has led a long, bloody campaign to crush a rebellion in Syria. The intrusion lasted for about 30 minutes and affected a number of foreign-news stories. “We’ve taken defensive measures, and at this time there are no other issues affecting...
  • Shodan: The scariest search engine on the Internet

    08/02/2013 8:07:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    CNN Money ^ | April 8, 2013 | David Goldman
    "When people don't see stuff on Google, they think no one can find it. That's not true." That's according to John Matherly, creator of Shodan, the scariest search engine on the Internet. Unlike Google, which crawls the Web looking for websites, Shodan navigates the Internet's back channels. It's a kind of "dark" Google, looking for the servers, webcams, printers, routers and all the other stuff that is connected to and makes up the Internet. (Shodan's site was slow to load Monday following the publication of this story.) Shodan runs 24/7 and collects information on about 500 million connected devices and...
  • NSA chief addresses hackers as lawmakers grill underlings

    07/31/2013 3:31:30 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    NBC News ^ | Andrew Rafferty, Michael Isikoff
    While intelligence officials briefed lawmakers on Capitol Hill about the country’s secret data-collecting programs, the nation’s top snoop met an even more critical audience Wednesday: Hackers. Gen. Keith Alexander, the embattled head of the U.S. National Security Agency, spoke to a tech-savvy and somewhat hostile crowd gathered at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas, Nev. — where he unapologetically defended wide-ranging intelligence gathering programs. “You’re the greatest gathering of technical talent in anywhere the world, if we can make this better, the whole reason I came here was to ask you to help us make it better,” Alexander appealed...
  • 160 million credit cards later, 'cutting edge' hacking ring cracked

    07/25/2013 1:59:48 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 24 replies
    NBC News ^ | By Bob Sullivan
    For nearly a decade, a band of cybercriminals rampaged through the servers of a global business who's who: Among the victims were 7-Eleven, Dow Jones, Nasdaq, JetBlue and JC Penney. Prosecutors say the hackers stole "conservatively" 160 million credit card numbers, and the dollar value of the crimes they helped facilitate is enormous — just four of the victims are out $300 million. The suffering caused to identity theft victims was "immeasurable," say prosecutors. On Thursday, five of the gang's members were indicted. One is in custody in the U.S., a second is awaiting extradition in the Netherlands, and three...
  • Hackers Reveal Nasty New Car Attacks--With Me Behind The Wheel (Video)

    07/25/2013 9:36:18 AM PDT · by Crazieman · 56 replies
    Forbes ^ | 7/24/2013 | Andy Greenburg
    Stomping on the brakes of a 3,500-pound Ford Escape that refuses to stop–or even slow down–produces a unique feeling of anxiety. In this case it also produces a deep groaning sound, like an angry water buffalo bellowing somewhere under the SUV’s chassis. The more I pound the pedal, the louder the groan gets–along with the delighted cackling of the two hackers sitting behind me in the backseat.
  • Hackers ask Feds to stay away from convention to defuse tension over Snowden

    07/11/2013 6:01:22 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Jul 11, 2013 2:25am EDT | Jim Finkle
    (Reuters) - The annual Def Con hacking convention has asked the federal government to stay away this year for the first time in its 21-year history, saying Edward Snowden's revelations have made some in the community uncomfortable about having feds there. ... Last year, four-star General Keith Alexander, head of the National Security Agency, was a keynote speaker at the event, which is the world's largest annual hacking conference. The audience was respectful, gave modest applause and also asked about secret government snooping. Alexander adamantly denied that the NSA has dossiers on millions of Americans, as some former employees had...
  • Former Facebook security chief is now working for the NSA

    06/23/2013 7:08:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | June 23, 2013 | Alex Greig
    Max Kelly left his post as Chief Security Officer at Facebook for the NSA in 2010, after having worked with the agency when Facebook joined Prism in 2010 The NSA is increasing recruiting from Silicon Valley and investing in start-ups Facebook recently revealed the NSA made between 9,000 and 10,000 requests for information in the latter half of 2012 It's unclear whether Kelly is directly involved in the NSA's Prism program In a strange reversal, the man who used to be responsible for keeping our Facebook information private and secure is now working for the National Security Agency, the government...
  • Michael Hastings’ Chilling Final Story

    06/19/2013 9:07:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | June 19, 2013 - 9:46 am | Bryan Preston
    Journalist Michael Hastings was killed early Tuesday morning in a bizarre car incident in Los Angeles. Hastings, 33, was best known for writing the Rolling Stone story that ended in Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s resignation as head of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Hastings’ final story, “Why Democrats Love to Spy on Americans,” was a searing take on the NSA snooping scandal, which Hastings described as “North Korea-esque.” Hastings pulled no punches as he linked the NSA scandal to the Department of Justice’s spying on reporters and the IRS abuse scandal. Hastings built a case that the same Democrats who turned Bush-era...
  • How secure is the National Security Agency?

    06/12/2013 6:43:39 PM PDT · by Leo Carpathian · 23 replies
    ZD Net ^ | June 12, 2013 | Tom Foremski
    Summary: We know that there's no such thing as a completely secure computer system. Is the NSA the nation's largest security risk of them all? Many are concerned about the National Security Agency (NSA) collection of data on US companies and individuals and the very real possibility that it has a way of directly accessing the servers of the world's largest computing platforms: Google, Facebook, Microsoft, etc. It's certainly a situation that deserves attention and concern. But what's missing in this discussion is this: how secure is the NSA's spying system? If a foreign entity wanted to spy on US...
  • Chinese President Visit Masks Growing Threat To U.S.

    06/10/2013 7:32:27 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 11 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | June 10, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Hegemony: Chinese President Xi Jinping begins an Americas tour as tensions rise in Asia, Chinese hackers steal our secrets and the administration invites Beijing's growing navy to participate in exercises off Hawaii. Xi Jinping arrived Friday for a two-day summit with President Obama as part of a swing that included stops in Costa Rica, Mexico, and Trinidad and Tobago — a sign of China's rising influence in our backyard and its growth beyond being a regional Asian power. Beijing has quietly responded to our "pivot" to the Pacific by strengthening military, economic and diplomatic ties in our hemisphere while its...
  • Report: Gov't scooping up Verizon phone records

    06/06/2013 3:46:24 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 98 replies
    MyWay ^ | 6/6/13
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Security Agency has been collecting the telephone records of millions of U.S. customers of Verizon under a top secret court order, according to a report in Britain's Guardian newspaper.</p> <p>The order was granted by the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on April 25 and is good until July 19, the newspaper reported Wednesday. The order requires Verizon, one of the nation's largest telecommunications companies, on an "ongoing, daily basis" to give the NSA information on all telephone calls in its systems, both within the U.S. and between the U.S. and other countries.</p>
  • Report: China Steals $300 Billion of American Ideas Every Year Costing US Economy 2.1 Million Jobs

    05/29/2013 4:53:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | May 29, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    A new study led by Dennis Blair, who served as President Barack Obama’s first director of national intelligence, and former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, who served as U.S. ambassador to China from 2009 through 2011 found that the US loses billions in intellectual property to Chinese hackers every year. The report found that an estimated 2.1 million American jobs were lost due to intellectual theft. The report recommends corporations hire what amount to full-time IT security guards who patrol their networks — assisted by automated systems that scan for software behaving strangely, a telltale sign of malware — looking for...
  • China Is Our Number One National Security Threat

    05/29/2013 4:14:15 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 35 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | May 29, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Cyberwar: Chinese hackers have obtained the designs for more than two dozen major U.S. weapon systems, including the Navy's missile defense system and our latest fighter. Our very national survival may soon be at risk. When President Barack Obama meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping for the first time on June 7-8 in California, we hope he will not bow but rather demand the Chinese stop their cyberwar against the U.S. that has reaped for them the designs for more than two dozen major weapon systems used by the U.S. military. According to a previously undisclosed section of a confidential...
  • Inside The Ring: Al Qaeda Websites Hacked

    05/17/2013 2:03:30 AM PDT · by Cindy · 3 replies
    WASHINGTON TIMES.com - Inside The Ring ^ | Wednesday, May 15, 2013 | Bill Gertz
    SNIPPET: "U.S. officials familiar with intelligence reports said the websites of Ansar al-Mujahidin, Shumukh al-Islam and Al Fida — all accredited as official outlets of the terrorist group once led by Osama bin Laden — were knocked off the Internet by cyberattacks in early May. Two of the sites — Ansar al-Mujahidin (as-ansar.com) and Shumukh al-Islam (shamikh1.info) — came back up Monday and Tuesday. The site Al Fida remains down." SNIPPET: "The disruptions are prompting many jihadists to shift from Web forums to Twitter for communications and propaganda messaging."
  • In Hours, Thieves Took $45 Million in A.T.M. Scheme

    05/10/2013 4:27:55 PM PDT · by dennisw · 17 replies
    nytimes ^ | May 9, 2013 | By MARC SANTORA
    It was a brazen bank heist, but a 21st-century version in which the criminals never wore ski masks, threatened a teller or set foot in a vault. In two precision operations that involved people in more than two dozen countries acting in close coordination and with surgical precision, thieves stole $45 million from thousands of A.T.M.'s in a matter of hours. In New York City alone, the thieves responsible for A.T.M. withdrawals struck 2,904 machines over 10 hours starting on Feb. 19, withdrawing $2.4 million. The operation included sophisticated computer experts operating in the shadowy world of Internet hacking, manipulating...