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  • North Korea slams U.S. over Internet shutdown, calls Obama a ‘monkey’

    12/27/2014 11:14:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/272014 | Simon Denyer
    <p>North Korea on Saturday compared President Obama to a “monkey in a tropical forest” as it blamed the administration for disrupting its Internet access amid a hacking dispute related to the movie “The Interview.”</p> <p>The North Korean government has been fiercely critical of the film, a comedy involving a plot to assassinate its leader Kim Jong Un, but has denied responsibility for a recent cyberattack on Sony Pictures.</p>
  • Did North Korea Really Attack Sony? It's too early to take the U.S. government at its word.

    12/22/2014 2:16:28 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 12/22/2014 | BRUCE SCHNEIER
    I am deeply skeptical of the FBI’s announcement on Friday that North Korea was behind last month’s Sony hack. The agency’s evidence is tenuous, and I have a hard time believing it. But I also have trouble believing that the U.S. government would make the accusation this formally if officials didn’t believe it. Clues in the hackers’ attack code seem to point in all directions at once. The FBI points to reused code from previous attacks associated with North Korea, as well as similarities in the networks used to launch the attacks. Korean language in the code also suggests a...
  • SONY: 'We Have Not Caved'

    12/19/2014 1:38:28 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/19/2014 | Steve Kovach
    Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton appeared on CNN Friday afternoon to address the company's decision to pull "The Interview" from theaters.Lynton told CNN's Fareed Zakaria that Sony did not cave to the hacker group Guardians of Peace (GOP) by pulling the movie.A clip of the interview ran Friday afternoon on CNN. The full interview will air Friday night on Anderson Cooper 360.He said the decision to pull "The Interview" only came after the major theater chains decided not to show the film. It wasn't because Sony didn't want to distribute the movie."Movie theaters came to us … one by one...
  • 'We Struggle Not Against Flesh and Blood': Catholic Online, Victim of a Cyber Attack

    10/25/2010 4:23:09 PM PDT · by tcg · 1 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 10/26/10 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    Catholic Online experienced what we now know was a deliberate cyber terrorism attack. I simply suffered one of the bad repercussions. This is not the first time Catholic Online has been the victim of this kind of virulent, intentional effort to impede its work. This time, malicious code was deliberately and fraudulently sent into its ad servers by cyber terrorists clearly intent on shutting Catholic Online down. Catholic Online is organized as a for profit limited liability company. This is intentional. Catholic Online will not be impeded from speaking and defending the truth in the midst of what Pope Benedict...
  • More Web attacks hit, North Korea suspected

    07/09/2009 9:06:34 AM PDT · by BJClinton · 15 replies · 869+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo! News ^ | 07/09/2009 | Jack Kim
    A fresh wave of cyber attacks that slowed U.S. and South Korean websites this week hit more targets on Thursday, a Web security firm said, while the South's spy agency has said the hacking may be linked to North Korea. The impact of the attacks, aimed so far at dozens of sites including the White House and the South's presidential office, was seen as negligible, experts said, but served as a reminder that Pyongyang has been planning for cyber warfare.
  • Web-based terrorist hunter to teach

    01/11/2009 2:00:43 AM PST · by Cindy · 16 replies · 870+ views ^ | January 9, 2009 | Alfred Lubrano
    Shannen Rossmiller, a former Montana judge whose late-night hunts for al-Qaeda on the Web led to the two largest terror convictions in U.S. history, announced yesterday that she would begin teaching others her arcane and dangerous craft.
  • U.S. Faces Biological Attack Within 5 Years

    12/26/2008 3:21:09 PM PST · by KellyM37 · 19 replies · 1,420+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 12/25/2008 | Newsmax
    WASHINGTON – The terrorism threat to the United States during the next five years will be driven by instability in the Middle East and Africa, persistent challenges to border security, and increasing Internet savvy, says a new intelligence assessment obtained by The Associated Press. Chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear attacks are considered the most dangerous threats that could be carried out against the U.S. But those threats are also the most unlikely because it is so difficult for al-Qaida and similar groups to acquire the materials needed to carry out such plots, according to the internal Homeland Security Threat Assessment...
  • Cyberwar Threat to U.S. Grows Worse

    10/09/2008 10:45:26 PM PDT · by Ordinary_American · 1 replies · 347+ views
    United Press International ^ | October 9, 2008 | Lawrence Sellin
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Viruses, worms, identity theft, extortion and other forms of criminal activity are not the only illicit uses of the Internet. "Malware" -- malicious software designed to exploit weaknesses in programs and the computers on which they run -- has now spawned the capability to digitally "soften up the battlefield." The cyberattack has become a major weapon of psychological operations and information warfare in both hot and cold wars. It also will grow as a weapon of choice for transnational terrorists because it provides a relatively inexpensive means to disrupt global communications covertly and, in some...
  • Counter-Terror Intelligence: Citizens Doing The Job Government Won't Do

    07/02/2007 7:10:26 AM PDT · by Valin · 3 replies · 291+ views
    Global Politician ^ | 7/3/07 | Glen Jenvey
    Soon after Sept. 11 terror attacks, I started a web-site called with a friend based in America. The web-site published radical Islamic web links that led the user straight onto other terrorist sites. The goal was to try to come in contact with terror leaders and budding Jihadists. Almost immediately, the plan began paying dividends with Abu Hamza, a major British Jihadist with links to al-Qaida being the biggest fish we helped nab. To contact Abu Hamza I used the name Pervez Khan when we exchanged emails and spoke on the phone. I contacted other site owners like the...
  • Islamic Extremists Plan to Sabotage Free Internet Access for Students (Religion of Peace)

    05/28/2007 7:18:12 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 13 replies · 655+ views
    BBS News ^ | Monday, May 28 2007 @ 09:47 AM EDT | BBS News
    Islamic Extremists Plan to Sabotage Free Internet Access for Students Monday, May 28 2007 @ 09:47 AM EDT Extremists threaten new government Internet project in universities BBSNews 2007-05-28 - BAGHDAD, (IRIN) -- Islamic extremists who believe that the Internet can spread immoral and un-Islamic behaviour say that they will sabotage plans by the Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research to link the country's science centres electronically and offer free Internet access to students. "On the Internet, the youth can find different kinds of information, many of which is unhealthy. Couples strike up friendships through the Internet and spread...
  • Scientific American: Virtual Jihad -- The Internet as the ideal terrorism recruiting tool

    01/02/2006 12:58:43 AM PST · by JohnathanRGalt · 10 replies · 666+ views
    Scientific American ^ | December 26, 2005 | Luis Miguel Ariza
    Virtual JihadThe Internet as the ideal terrorism recruiting toolBy Luis Miguel Ariza, Scientific American, December 26, 2005 If you read Arabic and want a degree in jihad, click on If you're lucky--the site disappears and reappears--you will see a post that belongs to the Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF). It announces the "Al Qaeda University of Jihad Studies." According to Ahmad al-Wathiq Billah, the GIMF MADRID BOMBINGS  of March 11, 2004—here, at Atocha station—killed 192 commuters. The terrorists had downloaded jihadist documents, including one that called for attacking Spain. "Deputy General Emir," students "pass through faculties devoted to...
  • Windows trojan replaces porn sites with Koran text

    09/07/2005 9:53:12 AM PDT · by PissAndVinegar · 39 replies · 1,219+ views
    Sophos AV ^ | Sept 6, 2005 | Sophos
    Troj/Yusufali-A is a Trojan for the Windows platform. Troj/Yusufali-A analyzes the title of the window in focus looking for various words. Some of the words Troj/Yusufali-A searches for are: sex teen xx Phallus jegger Priapus Phallic Penis Exhibitionism If Troj/Yusufali-A finds one of these words in the title bar it will minimise the current window and display the following message in English along with other messages in other languages: YUSUFALI: Know, therefore, that there is no god but Allah, and ask forgiveness for thy fault, and for the men and women who believe: for Allah knows how ye move about...
  • Cyberjihad. Terrorism on the Internet? A Plausible Idea in Today’s World

    03/14/2005 9:11:56 PM PST · by ctrlgrid · 4 replies · 326+ views
    February, 2005 | Robert Lanzone
    Terrorism on the Internet – a plausible idea in today’s world – is both intriguing and frightening. Author Robert Lanzone’s first novel, Cyberjihad, chronicles just such a clandestine scheme. What kind of harm can terrorists achieve on the Internet? Author Robert Lanzone's novel, Cyberjihad (ISBN 1-4208-2145-8) reveals a terrorist plot so convincing, it places the book on the hairy edge of non-fiction. Synopsis: A Wall Street computer whiz travels through cyberspace, where he stumbles upon terrorists plotting to destabilize the world’s economy and nuclear defenses. Reluctantly sucked in by government bureaucrats, this computer genius becomes torn between the safety of...
  • Bellevue firm tied to pro-Hamas Web site

    04/24/2005 11:53:12 AM PDT · by JohnathanRGalt · 14 replies · 1,228+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | April 23, 2005 | Peter Lewis
    Bellevue firm tied to pro-Hamas Web siteBy Peter LewisSeattle Times staff reporter, April 23, 2005 A Bellevue company has helped support a Web site dedicated to advancing Hamas, an Islamic organization the U.S. government considers a terrorist group. The site features videos of Humvees blowing up and U.S. soldiers being killed. The site was down temporarily yesterday but was working again last evening. Content included a training video of the "Mujahideen Army" and a message to the American people that said in part they had "elected criminals and are responsible for their actions." The Bellevue company, eNom, apparently is...
  • Terror: The Hunt for Zarqawi's Webmasters

    03/27/2005 3:52:41 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 15 replies · 845+ views
    Newsweek ^ | April 4, 2005 issue | Mark Hosenball
    During the past year, investigators in America and Europe watched as a business called 357Hosting, based near Utrecht, the Netherlands, became the officially registered Internet host for several notorious militant Islamic Web pages and bulletin boards, including sites that disseminated videos of beheadings of foreign hostages in Iraq and messages from Qaeda leader Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi. The public prosecutor's office in Utrecht tells NEWSWEEK that it has opened a criminal investigation into possible Internet hate crimes. One site hosted by 357,, today features what purport to be daily news bulletins from Iraqi terrorists; other sites 357 has hosted include...
  • From a Virtual Shadow, Messages of Terror [Islamic use of internet]

    10/02/2004 1:12:18 PM PDT · by Mike Fieschko · 1 replies · 269+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Oct 2, 2004 | Ariana Eunjung Cha
    SAN FRANCISCO -- He calls himself Abu Maysara al Iraqi, or father of Maysara the Iraqi, and he's a master at being everywhere and nowhere in the virtual world, constantly switching his online accounts and taking advantage of new technologies to issue his communiqués to the world. American Internet sleuths know next to nothing about him, whether Abu Maysara is his real name, whether he's an Iraqi or even whether he's in Iraq. What is clear is that he is one of the most important sources of information from the country's insurgency, getting his message out through the Internet, and...
  • Jihad websites removed from computer

    02/27/2005 5:29:10 PM PST · by JohnathanRGalt · 23 replies · 1,414+ views
    Canadian Jewish News ^ | Feb. 25, 2005 | PAUL LUNGEN
    Jihad websites removed from computer By PAUL LUNGEN Staff Reporter RackForce Wholesale Hosting Solutions, an Internet company in Kelowna, B.C., has removed six sites from its computers that promoted jihad and vilified Jews. One of the websites,, had connections to Hamas, the Palestinian terrorist organization and was being investigated by the RCMP. Operated by Abu Hamza Al-Misri, a terrorism suspect in prison in Britain and waiting deportation to the United States, the site promoted and supported suicide bombing. Once the company determined it violated its acceptable use policy, RackForce decided to remove it along with five other sites...
  • ATC Announces Return to Internet

    02/26/2005 5:41:44 PM PST · by atcoalition · 2 replies · 356+ views
    Johnny P News ^ | February 25, 2005 | Johnny P
    ATC Announces Return to InternetATC Press Release - 02/25/05The ATC is now back after having been down since January 11, 2005, when terrorists struck their hosting companies Super Verticals, Yahoo and the ATC websites. "After the 1-11 Attacks the ATC Leadership decided not to return until high security could be assured and today we have that security." stated ATC President Stalfos. The ATC is now up at http://www.atcoalition.netOn January 13, 2005, ATC Vice President Benyamin B stated, "We shall return." "And today, we have indeed returned," stated Vice President Benyamin B earlier today. "On behalf of the Leadership of The...
  • Viewpoint: Apathy and Incompetence Trump Terrorism in Cyberspace

    12/15/2004 4:47:55 PM PST · by SandRat · 25 replies · 415+ views
    SIGNAL Connections ^ | 12/15/04 | Col. Alan D. Campen, USAF (Ret.)
    It's the evil them versus the inept us. Today’s threats to U.S. national security range from the bloody reality of terrorist suicide bombers to weapons of mass destruction. The U.S. information infrastructure is a vital element of U.S. national security, but the design and management of software render its terminals, nodes and networks demonstrably vulnerable to malicious manipulation. Insofar as the government’s role, the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush administrations recognized their limited leverage over public/private systems and prudently opted to plead for partnerships in policing the information highway. However, the public sector has been reluctant to share data...
  • Arkansas FTP site hacked by jihadist group

    07/15/2004 10:04:42 AM PDT · by bunkerhill7 · 9 replies · 320+ views
    Government Computer News ^ | July 14, 2004 | Trudy Walsh
    An Arkansas government message board doesn’t usually top the list of likely terrorist targets, but that didn’t stop it from getting walloped this week by an attack that loaded its server with online videos of Osama bin Laden and other multimedia jihadist materials. Monday morning visitors to the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department’s File Transfer Protocol site saw the files, which were labeled in a foreign language. The FTP site is an anonymous message board the department operates for contractors. “This site has been valuable for eight years,” said department spokesman Randy Ort. “This is the first time something like...