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  • Sheriff: Hacker Tried to Taint Florida City's Water With Lye

    02/08/2021 5:03:12 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 8, 2021
    Authorities say a hacker gained access to a Florida city’s water treatment plant in an unsuccessful attempt to fill the water supply with a potentially harmful chemicalA hacker remotely gained access to a Florida city’s water treatment plant in an unsuccessful attempt to fill the water supply with a potentially harmful chemical, authorities said. An unknown suspect breached a computer system for the city of Oldsmar's water treatment plant on Friday and briefly increased the amount of sodium hydroxide from 100 parts per million to 11,100 parts per million, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said during a news conference Monday....
  • State Department Employee With Same Name As Alleged Election Hacker 1 Of Only 10 Out Of More Than 2,000 To Graduate With Elite Cyber Security Degree

    01/26/2021 7:21:27 AM PST · by Dr. Franklin · 18 replies
    ITN ^ | January 23, 2020 | Mike Dakkak
    An ITN analysis finds a State Department employee with the same name as a person at the center of accusations of election hacking was one of only ten employees to graduate the National Defense University with an advanced cybersecurity degree. A man by the name of Stefano Serafini is accused of being one of the individuals that facilitated the hacking of the presidential election on Nov. 3. That hack allegedly switched votes electronically from President Trump to Joe Biden and took place at – among other sites – the U.S. Embassy in Rome, Italy. Those allegations, made by Maria Zack...
  • Florida data analyst Rebekah Jones arrested, tests positive for COVID-19 in jail

    01/19/2021 1:11:38 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 18, 2021 | Tamar Lapin
    Former Florida data scientist Rebekah Jones was arrested on a charge that she hacked into the state’s emergency response system — and later learned she tested positive for COVID-19. Jones — who said she was fired from the state’s Department of Health in May for refusing to alter coronavirus data — turned herself in late Sunday, the Tampa Bay Times reported. Her attorney, Steve Dobson, said Jones, 31, was tested for COVID-19 after being booked into the Leon County Detention Facility, and learned she was positive on Monday.
  • Watch: Hacker Gains Full Admin Access on Voting Machine in Under Two Minutes

    11/11/2020 12:58:18 PM PST · by Golden Eagle · 33 replies
    InfoWars ^ | November 11, 2020 | InfoWars
    Footage from a DEFCON hacker conference in Las Vegas shows a female hacker demonstrating how to gain admin access on a voting machine in less than two minutes. In the video from 2018, SocialProof Security CEO Rachel Tobac shows how an election machine used in most states can be easily compromised in seconds with no tools needed. According to a press release, voting machines made by Premier Election Solutions, which was acquired by Dominion Voting Systems in May 2010, “are currently in use in over 1,400 jurisdictions in 33 states and serve nearly 28 million American voters.”
  • The US government seized $1 billion in bitcoin from dark web marketplace Silk Road

    11/09/2020 9:49:04 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    The Verge ^ | Nov 6, 2020, 5:59am EST | James Vincent
    Earlier this week, the bitcoin community was shocked when a digital wallet containing roughly $1 billion in bitcoin...was emptied by an unknown individual. The Department of Justice announced on Thursday that it had seized the wallet’s contents as part of a civil forfeiture case targeting the Silk Road. The government said it retrieved the roughly 70,000 bitcoins with the help of an unnamed hacker, whose identity is known to the government but who is simply referred to as “Individual X” in court documents. “Individual X” allegedly hacked the Silk Road’s payments system some time in 2012 or 2013. The government...
  • Wisconsin GOP says hackers stole $2.3 million intended for Trump reelection effort

    10/30/2020 3:06:35 PM PDT · by blueyon · 24 replies
    ABCNews ^ | 10/29/20 | Cheyenne Haslett
    Hackers stole $2.3 million from the Wisconsin Republican Party intended for President Donald Trump's reelection effort, state party officials confirmed to ABC News Thursday. "Cybercriminals, using a sophisticated phishing attack, stole funds intended for the re-election of President Trump, altered invoices and committed wire fraud," Wisconsin Republican Party Chairman Andrew Hitt said in a statement.
  • Why You Should Stop Using Other People’s iPhone Cables (Wow)

    09/22/2020 4:37:11 PM PDT · by cba123 · 66 replies
    Forbes ^ | A few days ago | Zak Doffman
    If, like many others, you think nothing of borrowing a friend or colleague’s charging cable, or plugging into a spare one in the office, or even asking for one from a hotel reception desk, then here’s something that might give you pause. How do you fancy an iPhone charging cable that looks like an Apple original and acts like one as well, but which will tap into a connected device and steal all its secrets, and which has its own radio transmitter to send all that stolen data over the air to a waiting attacker.
  • Tampa teen faces 30 felony charges for hacking prominent Twitter accounts

    07/31/2020 12:22:23 PM PDT · by Brown Deer · 39 replies
    FOX 11 LA ^ | 7/31/2020 | FOX 13 News
    TAMPA, Fla. - Prosecutors announced the arrest of a Tampa teenager believed to be the mastermind behind the hacking of prominent Twitter accounts. Graham Ivan Clark, 17, was arrested in Tampa on July 31 and faces 30 felony charges for scamming people across America, perpetuating the “Bit-Con” hack of prominent Twitter accounts including Bill Gates, Barack Obama, and Elon Musk on July 15. He will be charged as an adult, Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren said. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Department of Justice conducted a nationwide investigation, locating and apprehending the teen in Hillsborough County.
  • Chinese hackers charged by Justice Department with trying to steal US coronavirus research

    07/21/2020 9:13:04 AM PDT · by DFG · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07/21/2020 | Barnini Chakraborty
    The Department of Justice announced Tuesday it has charged two Chinese hackers with trying to steal U.S. COVID-19 research as well as other sensitive information from businesses and government agencies. The 11-count indictment against Li Xiaoyu, 34, and Dong Jiazhi, 31, alleges the Chinese nationals hacked into the computer systems of hundreds of companies, government organizations as well as individual dissidents and clergy. They also allegedly broke into the accounts of democratic and human rights activists in the United States, Hong Kong and mainland China. The Justice Department alleges their decade-long con was not only for personal financial gain but...
  • Two Alleged Criminals – A Hezbollah Associated Narco-Money Launderer and a Computer Hacker - Extradited from Cyprus to the United States

    07/18/2020 6:47:20 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 1 replies
    justice.gov ^ | July 18, 2020 | Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs
    First Cypriot National Extradited from the Republic of Cyprus to the United States Under Extradition Treaty A Lebanese national wanted in Florida who is alleged to have conspired to engage in, and actually engaged, in the laundering of drug proceeds through the use of the black market peso exchange in support of Hezbollah’s global criminal-support network and a Cypriot national who is wanted in the Northern District of Georgia and the District of Arizona for cyber intrusion and extortion, were both extradited yesterday from the Republic of Cyprus to the United States.“These successful extraditions demonstrate the commitment of the...
  • Hackers Convinced Twitter Employee to Help Them Hijack Accounts

    07/16/2020 8:01:31 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 22 replies
    Vice/Motherboard ^ | 7-15-2020 | Joseph Cox
    A Twitter insider was responsible for a wave of high profile account takeovers on Wednesday, according to leaked screenshots obtained by Motherboard and two sources who took over accounts. On Wednesday, a spike of high profile accounts including those of Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Barack Obama, Uber, and Apple tweeted cryptocurrency scams in an apparent hack. "We used a rep that literally done all the work for us," one of the sources told Motherboard. The second source added they paid the Twitter insider. Motherboard granted the sources anonymity to speak candidly about a security incident. A Twitter spokesperson...
  • Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman: My computer was hacked to 'download child pornography'

    01/09/2020 7:22:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 89 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/09/2020 | Joe Concha
    New York Times columnist Paul Krugman wrote Wednesday that his computer had been hacked and that someone was "using it to download child pornography." “Someone compromised my IP address and is using it to download child pornography,” Krugman said in a tweet to his 4.6 million followers. “I might just be a random target. But this could be an attempt to Qanon me," he added. "It’s an ugly world out there.” Krugman, 66, later tweeted that his employer was "on the case" and indicated he would be deleting his original post, stating that the Times told him the incident "may...
  • Ex-FBI Analyst Sentenced to Jail for Hacking Private Email To Protect Mueller

    12/29/2019 8:26:13 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 16 replies
    Western Journal ^ | 12/29/2019 | C. Douglas Golden
    If you’re a law enforcement official who has more allegiance to ideology than to the law or to the country, where does that get you? For former FBI analyst Mark Tolson, the answer is jail — however briefly. Tolson is best-known — if he’s known at all — as the man who broke into a pro-Trump operative’s email account in October 2018, took screen-shots of some of the messages, then sent images to a reporter and offered the reporter the password, according to Politico. The unnamed member of the media turned down the opportunity. Tolson, 60, said he did it...
  • Former Operator of Illegal Booter Services Sentenced for Conspiracy to Commit Computer Damage

    11/15/2019 10:49:31 AM PST · by ransomnote · 15 replies
    justice.gov ^ | 11/15/19 | DOJ
    Full Title: Former Operator of Illegal Booter Services Sentenced for Conspiracy to Commit Computer Damage and Abuse Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, November 15, 2019 An Orland Park, Illinois, resident was sentenced yesterday to 13 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release on one count of conspiracy to cause damage to internet-connected computers for his role in owning, administering and supporting illegal booter services that launched millions of illegal denial of service, or DDoS, attacks against victim computer systems in the United States and elsewhere. Chief U.S. District Judge Terrence W. Boyle...
  • Couple ‘felt so violated’ after hacker took over smart home devices, began talking to them

    09/24/2019 5:21:40 PM PDT · by mom aka the evil dictator · 35 replies
    MILWAUKEE – A Milwaukee couple says their smart home was hacked after their camera began talking to them, and their thermostat reached upwards of 90 degrees. The Westmoreland family installed a Nest camera, doorbell, and thermostat in their home in 2018. They had no problems until they heard a voice talking through a camera in their kitchen.
  • Operation indiscriminately infects iPhones with spyware

    09/01/2019 10:55:26 PM PDT · by Norski · 17 replies
    MRT ^ | August 30, 2019 | Frank Bajak
    Researchers say suspected nation-state hackers infected Apple iPhones with spyware over two years in what security experts on Friday called an alarming security failure for a company whose calling card is privacy. A mere visit to one of a small number of tainted websites could infect an iPhone with an implant capable of sending the smartphone owner's text messages, email, photos and real-time location data to the cyberspies behind the operation. "This is definitely the most serious iPhone hacking incident that's ever been brought to public attention, both because of the indiscriminate targeting and the amount of data compromised by...
  • Jackson Cosko: 5 Fast Facts (Doxxing Rep. during Kavanaugh hearings - Maggie Hassan (D-NH))

    06/20/2019 6:17:16 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 10 replies
    The Heavy ^ | Jun 20, 2019 | Jessica McBride
    Jackson Cosko, who calls himself a “Democratic Political Professional” with cybersecurity expertise, is accused of multiple crimes for allegedly doxxing Republican Senators during the Brett Kavanaugh/Christine Blasey Ford hearings. Jackson Cosko has now been sentenced to four years in prison for his role in the matter. The United States Capitol Police arrested Cosko, saying he allegedly “posted private, identifying information (doxing) about one or more United States Senators to the internet,” a statement said. On October 9, 2018, a judge said Cosko should continue to be held without bond. According to Legistorm, he worked for U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan...
  • Hacker Finds He Can Remotely Kill Car Engines After Breaking Into GPS Tracking Apps

    04/25/2019 8:06:50 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 100 replies
    Motherboard ^ | 24 April 2019 | Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai |
    “I can absolutely make a big traffic problem all over the world,” the hacker said. On some cars, the software has the capability of remotely turning off the engines of vehicles that are stopped or are traveling 12 miles per hour or slower, according to the manufacturer of certain GPS tracking devices. By reverse engineering ProTrack and iTrack’s Android apps, L&M said he realized that all customers are given a default password of 123456 when they sign up. ProTrack is made by iTryBrand Technology, a company based in Shenzhen, China. iTrack is made by SEEWORLD, a company based in Guangzhou,...
  • Backstory: How Reuters uncovered Beto O'Rourke's teenage hacking days

    03/16/2019 5:47:02 PM PDT · by bitt · 16 replies
    reuters.com ^ | 3/15/2019 | reuters
    Reuters reporter Joseph Menn exclusively revealed on Friday that Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke belonged to one of the best-known groups of computer hackers as a teenager. Within minutes, his special report was the most popular story on Reuters.com here and was picked up by other news outlets. But the origin of the story goes back more than two years. Members of the group, which calls itself Cult of the Dead Cow, protected O’Rourke’s secret for decades, reluctant to compromise the former Texas Congressman’s political career. After more than a year of reporting, Menn persuaded O’Rourke to talk on the...
  • Hacker Uses Nest Camera to Broadcast Hoax Nuke Alert

    01/23/2019 6:09:11 PM PST · by bitt · 11 replies
    security week ^ | 1/23/2019 | AFP
    <p>Nest urged owners of its security cameras Tuesday to use enhanced authentication to thwart hackers, after one terrified a family with a hoax nuclear missile attack.</p> <p>A couple living in a California town near San Francisco told local media they experienced "sheer terror" over the weekend when a Nest security camera atop their family's television issued a realistic-sounding warning of missiles heading to the United States from North Korea.</p>