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Lizard Squad Teen Hacker Convicted On Over 50K Charges Of Cyber-Crime

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A teenage member of the notorious hacking group Lizard Squad has received a two-year suspended sentence for numerous cyber crimes. All tallied, he was convicted of 50,700 charges related to computer crimes, and in addition to his two-year suspended sentence, he must also undergo monitoring of his online activities. He will not serve any time behind bars. His name is Julius Kivimaki, or “Zeekill” if going by his online handle. The 17-year-old played a role in the distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on Microsoft’s Xbox Live and Sony’s PlayStation Network in December of last year. Ironically enough, it was Kim Dotcom who convinced Lizard Squad to call off the attacks, which he did by offering the hacking organization 3,000 lifetime premium Mega accounts worth $99 each. Not long after, British law enforcement agents nabbed 22-year-old  Vinni Omari, a self-professed member of Lizard Squad, and raided his home. He was one of two individuals that cybersecurity reporter Brian Krebs identified as being responsible for the attacks, Kivimaki being the other. Even though Kivimaki was convicted on more than 50,000 computer crimes, the lack of jail time is disturbing to some. Count Blair Strater among them. Strater claims to be a victim of Kivimaki’s […]

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A hacker cartel is using a mysterious Flash vulnerability to steal sensitive business data

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Hackers are using a mysterious, as yet undiscovered, Flash vulnerability, to steal sensetive business data from Macbook and Windows users, according to researchers at Kaspersky Lab. Kaspersky Lab revealed the campaign in a threat advisory, warning a hacker group, known as Wild Neutron is using the “unknown Flash Player exploit” to infect companies and private web users with a data siphoning malware. “The initial infection vector from the 2014-2015 attacks is still unknown, although there are clear indications that the victims are exploited by a kit that leverages an unknown Flash Player exploit,” read the advisory. The attacks have reportedly targeted businesses involved in law, the Bitcoin cryptocurrency, investment, IT, healthcare, and real estate. Known targets have been detected in France, Russia, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Palestine, Slovenia, Kazakhstan, UAE, Algeria, and the United States. Kaspersky Lab director of global research and analysis team Costin Raiu said Wild Neutron’s wide range of targets is atypical and indicates the attackers are significantly more advanced than most cyber crime groups. “The group’s targeting of major IT companies, spyware developers (FlexiSPY), jihadist forums (the ‘Ansar Al-Mujahideen English Forum’) and Bitcoin companies indicate a flexible yet unusual mindset and interests,” he said. The Kaspersky researchers said […]

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Hacker Pleads Guilty to Stealing Tax Filings from 4 CPA Firms

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A Bulgarian hacker has admitted to participating in a $6 million fraudulent tax return scheme in which he used tax-filing information stolen from at least four major CPA firms in the U.S. Vanyo Minkov, 32, pleaded guilty Monday before U.S. District Judge Jose L. Linares in a Newark, N.J., federal court to a superseding information charging him with one count of conspiring to file false and fraudulent tax returns. In late 2012, Minkov and other conspirators allegedly hacked into the networks of at least four accounting firms and stole the 2011 tax filings for over 1,000 of the firms’ clients. The names of the accounting firms were not publicly identified by prosecutors, but according to the 2013 indictment and the more recent superseding information, one CPA firm was based in Connecticut, two of the others were in California, and the fourth was in Pennsylvania. “As far as the four accounting firms, they’re not mentioned in the public record, so there’s no way to know what those accounting firms are, except for the fact that they are CPA firms,” said an IRS Criminal Investigation spokesman. Minkov, a Bulgarian citizen, was extradited to the U.S. in 2013. Minkov and others allegedly used […]

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Unidentified Hacker Puts Digital Eavesdropping Software’s Client List Online

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HackingTeam, an Italian company that helps law enforcement hack into digital networks, has apparently been hacked itself. Client lists, emails and other documents purportedly belonging to HackingTeam were posted online Sunday by an anonymous hacker. HackingTeam technology extracts sensitive information off computers before the data can be encrypted. The company has claimed its software can log keystrokes and spy on a computer user’s actions. The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Pentagon are customers of HackingTeam’s digital eavesdropping technology, according to London-based Privacy International. The leaked documents say the United Arab Emirates, South Korea, Chile and several other governments are customers too. Law enforcement and spy agencies tend to be tight-lipped about the tools they acquire to track suspects and targets, but the lens into HackingTeam could confirm the suspicions of civil rights advocates, who’ve called for greater transparency and more restrictions related to the surveillance. HackingTeam did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the matter. Source: Government Technology

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Hacker Who Crippled Xbox Live Convicted of 50,700 Counts, Dodges Prison

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The devious, brazen Finnish hacker who ruined Christmas ‘14 just got the book thrown at him in his homeland’s court: 17-year-old Julius Kivimaki was sentenced today to a two-year suspended sentence. Finland’s Kaleva.fi reports Kivimaki, who not only took responsibility for wrecking Sony and Microsoft’s online gaming networks with the briefly notorious “Lizard Squad” hackers but went on TV to brag about it, will probably avoid prison time altogether—assuming he stays out of trouble. Kivimaki was also found guilty of crimes related to credit card fraud and harassment. Source: Gawker

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Revenge porn hacker pleads guilty, faces 7 years

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Charlie Evens, 26, has pleaded guilty to hacking into the email accounts of hundreds of women to steal and resell their naked pictures. He faces up to seven years in prison. This act — posting non-consensual nude photos of a person on the web — is a growing form of online harassment known as “revenge porn.” Evens — who was the focus of a recent CNNMoney report — fessed up on Wednesday before United States District Judge Dolly M. Gee in California. When Evens was 23, he was hired by Hunter Moore, who is known as the “king of revenge porn” to steal naked photos of women. Moore would pay Evens for the pictures and post them on his now defunct site, IsAnybodyUp.com. In February, Moore pleaded guilty to the same two felony charges — federal computer crime and identity theft. “I did it for money, it makes me sound like a monster,” Evens told CNNMoney’s Laurie Segall earlier this year. Evens said he met Moore after hacking him — he didn’t even know who Moore was at that time. “He contacted me saying that he’d pay me to [hack] for him,” he said. So Evens began stealing photos to […]

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Catching ‘Hell’: Navalny Says Notorious Russian Hacker To Be Unmasked In Germany

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For years, a mysterious self-identified “hacker” has boasted about wreaking havoc against prominent Kremlin critics, claiming responsibility for stealing troves of their personal e-mails leaked online and hijacking their social-media accounts. To date, however, the true identity of the individual — known by the online pseudonym Hell and arguably the Russian-language Internet’s most notorious alleged hacker — has never been publicly confirmed. But that may soon change for the pseudonymous blogger, who once bragged that “they can’t catch me.” A Bonn court on June 24 is set to hear a criminal case against the online activist that opposition leader Aleksei Navalny claims is based on materials he provided to German prosecutors. “Anyone who wants to personally get to know the hacker can do so just one week from now,” Navalny wrote in a June 18 post on his website. Navalny declined to give the individual’s name, but identified the blogger as a 41-year-old man. Hell’s targets have included the famous novelist-turned-Kremlin-critic Boris Akunin; the fiery dissident Valeria Novodvorskaya, who died last year; and numerous journalists and political activists prominent in opposition circles. Going After Navalny But Hell’s greatest impact on Russian political life was his alleged hack of Navalny’s e-mails […]

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Terror expert: U.S. vulnerable to any ‘hacker or cracker’

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Terrorism expert Harvey Kushner says the most sensitive U.S. assets are at the mercy of any “hacker or cracker,” and the next major attack against the country will likely come through cyberspace, but he is also also cautiously optimistic that America’s best minds will be able to thwart the sinister intentions of its enemies. During a recent appearance on WNYW-TV Fox 5 in New York City, Kushner offered a blunt diagnosis of the cyber threat facing the American people and the nation’s most sensitive national data. “Any hacker or cracker from his or her basement can get into our national grid and get into our military hardware,” said Kushner in the Fox 5 interview. Kushner, who is also director of the Homeland Security and Terrorism Institute at Long Island University, said this level of vulnerability is the price of rapidly advancing technology. “The advances occur almost on a daily basis. So just when you have something up and you have it somewhat protected, somebody is able to compromise the system and get into whatever it is you’re trying to protect,” said Kushner, who fears the next major attack that succeeds against the U.S. will come from hackers. “I do think […]

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Swatting accused an experienced hacker who abused powers, court hears

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The 17-year-old Barrhaven boy on trial for swatting crimes across North America was portrayed in court on Friday as an experienced hacker who abused his online powers. “I didn’t feel safe around him (on chats). He was too abusive with his power. He’d boot people off the Internet for no reason. He’d do it for fun,” an alleged victim told California police in an interview that was broadcast at trial. The boy, now 15, told police in Stockton, Calif., in April, 2014, that he only knew the accused’s ‎first name and had never seen his face on Skype. The boy said he met the accused on a Minecraft server and, after he said he was quitting his position as a permissions expert, someone first ordered $1,000 of pizza to his home and later sent in a fake 911 call to prompt a SWAT team to respond at the boy’s home. “I still to this day do not know why he snapped,” the boy told police. Testifying later in the day, the teen said he confronted the person he believed to be the accused in a call over Skype videoconferencing. “All he did was laugh maniacally. Like it didn’t matter to […]

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Infamous hacker Kevin Mitnick sniffs fiber, reads email

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Kevin Mitnick, famous former black hat hacker, demonstrates just how easy it is for a hacker to tap into your network and read your email. And he’s doing it with a fiber optic network connection, not a simple and very non-secure CAT5x or CAT6x network wire. And he doesn’t have to connect to the Internet, your network, or any outside resources to do this. He clamps onto a fiber optic “wire”, opens Wireshark, and sniffs away your most guarded secrets. Mitnick demonstrates in under five minutes how he could get near your network, set up a clandestine connection, sniff your network, grab your passwords, email, anything sent “over the wire” unencrypted, and disappear within minutes. And you’d never catch him doing it. Although it isn’t obvious from the video, the hardware item that they discuss is an optic fiber clip-on coupler. It’s not designed for the purpose that Mitnick uses it for, but it works and that’s the “beauty” of being a hacker: You use hardware and software in creative ways to get the information and the results you want. The video shows just how easy it is to eavesdrop on conversations on-the-wire, even if the wire is fiber optic […]

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