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Teenage hacker “regrets” cyber attack on the FBI and Home Office

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Teenage hacker “regrets” cyber attack on the FBI and Home Office

A teenage hacker says that he “honestly regrets” a cyber attack that brought down the websites of both the FBI and Home Office. Charlton Floate sat in his bedroom as he hacked in to the sites — bringing the FBI site to a standstill for five hours — all at the tender age of just 16. However, Floate, now 19, of Solihull, avoided an immediate jail sentence last month despite admitting three charges under the Computer Misuse Act and two of possessing prohibited images. He was given an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, and was ordered to carry out 250 hours of community service. Mr Recorder John Steele QC said that Floate was “highly intelligent” with a deep and clear knowledge of information technology who had taken a lead role in the conspiracy and had recruited others. The self-styled internet and online marketing guru, then aged 16, managed to cripple the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s internet crime complaints centre site for more than five hours, by flooding the server with huge amounts of data traffic. Speaking to BBC 5 Live Daily, the reformed hacker expressed deep regret at his actions. He said: “I honestly regret doing that type […]

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Hacker jailed for eight months after attacking police, council, charity and porn websites

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Hacker jailed for eight months after attacking police, council, charity and porn websites

A jobless computer hacker was jailed today for eight months after launching a mass cyber attack on The Met Police, Tory Party and British Airways websites — from his bedroom in his parents’ house. Ian Sullivan, 51, flooded the internet servers for police forces, councils, charities and even porn sites as part of a campaign run by an international hackers’ group called Anonymous. Victims also included Merseyside Police , Trafford and Wirral councils and Crimestoppers during his five week spree, Liverpool Crown Court heard. Other sites targeted were the Bulgarian government and a political party in the oil rich West African country of Gabon, while children’s charity CAFCASS had to close for three days because of the chaos. The tech-wizard targeted official websites in revenge for his children being taken away in the late 1990s and Sullivan had ‘nursed that grievance’ for many years. He also infiltrated random sites including one featuring graphic videos of beheadings and executions related to Islamic extremism. Sullivan, who lives in his elderly parents’ semi-detached home in Farmer Place, Bootle , had admitted 21 charges of committing unauthorised acts with intent to impair the operation of or access to a computer after police from the […]

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WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO ATTEND “HACKER HIGH” WHEN THEY FILMED “HACKERS” AT MY HIGH SCHOOL

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WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO ATTEND “HACKER HIGH” WHEN THEY FILMED “HACKERS” AT MY HIGH SCHOOL

It was 1995, and I was a 14-year-old freshman at Stuyvesant High School. My classmates, back in those glorious 1990s years when Gopher and Mosaic were high tech, had hacked into email accounts at Columbia, Bucknell, and Princeton. Students at Stuyvesant, an elite public high school that offered (and still offers) a private-school-quality education to a student body largely made up of immigrants and outer borough strivers, had excelled at what they always did: Hacking the system. But this time was different: This real-life hack happened just a few months after much of Hackers, the cult cyberpunk flick that launched the careers of Angelina Jolie and Jonny Lee Miller, was being shot at my school. Stuyvesant had a very real hacker subculture at the time that gave the school a public relations crisis as the movie came out. The hack in question involved a circle of computer aficionados who used Unix shell accounts to find poorly protected password files that could then be hacked by brute force. The Stuyvesant hackers were motivated less by malice than by boredom and teenage kicks—there was no vandalism or lasting damage involved. School authorities did not crack down heavily on the students behind the […]

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Swedbank website down in hacker attack

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Swedbank website down in hacker attack

Swedbank’s Swedish website has stopped working after a hacker attack and cannot be reached by its customers, a spokesman said on Friday. The attack means that customers cannot conduct online transactions or contact the bank through the Internet although mobile applications and payments continue to function, Swedbank spokesman Claes Warren said. The website was also hit by a hacker attack in October. “It is not the first time and it will probably not be the last one,” Warren said. He said he did not know when the website would work again. The bank’s website in the Baltic countries was not affected. Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/06/us-swedbank-cybercrime-idUSKCN0SV1BO20151106#g1ffcT5p8kLlqzuH.97

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Meet 9-year-old hacker, CEO who spoke at Ground Zero Summit

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Meet 9-year-old hacker, CEO who spoke at Ground Zero Summit

Meet Reuben Paul from Austin, Texas who is an accomplished hacker, app developer, cyber security expert and the CEO of Prudent Games. What’s more is the fact that he’s just 9 years old. He had delivered his keynote last year on Children’s Day and this time he’s here as a ‘special ambassador’ with a special address lined up and to share his knowledge by teaching cyber security to kids. Paul was present at the Ground Zero Summit 2015 which is Asia’s foremost information security conference, one of the biggest hacker conferences in the world attended by cyber security experts and researchers. He spoke about Cyber KungFu, drawing from his experience as the youngest Shaolin Do KungFu 2nd degree black belt. The summit started at the Ashok Hotel and was addressed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, the chief guest. Jiten Jain, CEO of Indian Infosec Consortium, which organises the summit, said their objective is to have all the hackers and cyber experts under one umbrella for research on the country’s cyber security. Prudent Games, which makes games that combine educational content with fun, also had an App which shows children how to come up with secure passwords and another about the basics of Bruteforce attacks, […]

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Undercover cop answers Craigslist ad for a hacker

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Undercover cop answers Craigslist ad for a hacker

A US man from the state of Pennsylvania — who, evidently, doesn’t quite understand that police use computers and has never heard of Tor — is looking at 2 to 4 years in jail for trying to recruit a cybercriminal to erase his court records and wipe out $16,000 he owed in fines. He wanted those fines to go away. So Zachary J. Landis posted a listing on Craigslist …using his personal email and phone number, according to ABC27 news. What’s that noise? Do you hear it? I think it’s the sound of police laughing hysterically. Yes, Landis wound up trying to hire an undercover cop. According to a release from Lancaster County District Attorney (DA) Craig Stedman’s office, Derry Township police discovered the Craigslist ad. They shuffled it over to the DA’s office. Then, one of the DA’s detectives got in touch with Landis, posing as a cyber-genius who was up for the work. “Caveat emptor,” Landis must have been muttering to himself. Before shelling out for the job, Landis told the detective to erase a bit of that $16,000 — just to prove he could. The negotiations included Landis sending the supposed hacker three docket sheets — a pretty […]

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He is special guest at the Ground Zero Summit 2015 being organised by Indian Infosec Consortium – a group of ethical hackers. “Threat to national security has moved to the digital dimension. Terrorist organisations have turned social networks and online forums into recruitment hotbeds and propaganda mechanisms. We need a security apparatus in the digital space to address this threat. Hackers are the face of this digital army.” The actor said he is bringing his whole team including scriptwriters of the show to observe and interact with the ethical hacker community. (Also Read: Tabu Has Shown Interest in 24, Says Director ) “From November 22, I will start shooting for 24. It will go on air in 2016. When an actor prepares for a role, we often start to live like the character. Some call it method acting. We meet real life people like the character and try to understand their nuances, their life,” he said. As per the summit’s website, speakers will share details of the espionage mission as well as hold sessions on hacking of cellular networks, medical devices in hospitals, using technical loopholes in them. The consortium claims to have discovered cyber espionage operation under which phones of Indian Army personnel, who had downloaded some mobile application related to news, had been compromised by hackers based in Pakistan. IIC CEO Jiten Jain has said that the findings were handed over to security agencies who promptly acted and sanitised the infected handset early this year.

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

He is special guest at the Ground Zero Summit 2015 being organised by Indian Infosec Consortium -- a group of ethical hackers.   “Threat to national security has moved to the digital dimension. Terrorist organisations have turned social networks and online forums into recruitment hotbeds and propaganda mechanisms. We need a security apparatus in the digital space to address this threat. Hackers are the face of this digital army.”   The actor said he is bringing his whole team including scriptwriters of the show to observe and interact with the ethical hacker community. (Also Read: Tabu Has Shown Interest in 24, Says Director )   “From November 22, I will start shooting for 24. It will go on air in 2016. When an actor prepares for a role, we often start to live like the character. Some call it method acting. We meet real life people like the character and try to understand their nuances, their life,” he said.   As per the summit’s website, speakers will share details of the espionage mission as well as hold sessions on hacking of cellular networks, medical devices in hospitals, using technical loopholes in them.   The consortium claims to have discovered cyber espionage operation under which phones of Indian Army personnel, who had downloaded some mobile application related to news, had been compromised by hackers based in Pakistan.  IIC CEO Jiten Jain has said that the findings were handed over to security agencies who promptly acted and sanitised the infected handset early this year.

He is special guest at the Ground Zero Summit 2015 being organised by Indian Infosec Consortium — a group of ethical hackers. “Threat to national security has moved to the digital dimension. Terrorist organisations have turned social networks and online forums into recruitment hotbeds and propaganda mechanisms. We need a security apparatus in the digital space to address this threat. Hackers are the face of this digital army.” The actor said he is bringing his whole team including scriptwriters of the show to observe and interact with the ethical hacker community. (Also Read: Tabu Has Shown Interest in 24, Says Director ) “From November 22, I will start shooting for 24. It will go on air in 2016. When an actor prepares for a role, we often start to live like the character. Some call it method acting. We meet real life people like the character and try to understand their nuances, their life,” he said. As per the summit’s website, speakers will share details of the espionage mission as well as hold sessions on hacking of cellular networks, medical devices in hospitals, using technical loopholes in them. The consortium claims to have discovered cyber espionage operation under which phones […]

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Man hires ‘court hacker’ on Craigslist … who turned out to be a cop

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Man hires ‘court hacker’ on Craigslist … who turned out to be a cop

A Pennsylvanian bloke will spend two to four years behind bars for trying to hire a hacker on Craigslist to erase his court fines. Zachary Landis, 27, admitted to Lancaster County Court he tried to hire someone to illegally access court records and strike a $16,000 debt he owed for previous charges. That someone wasn’t a hacker – it was an undercover police detective. The would-be criminal mastermind posted an ad to classified site Craigslist seeking a cyber-genius who could break into the county court’s records system and wipe the balance of what he owed. According to ABC27 news, Landis used his personal email address and real phone number to make the post. Not exactly Danny Ocean, this one. The ad caught the attention of a detective who presented himself to Landis as a hacker. The two then corresponded about the planned network intrusion, during which Landis handed over the ID numbers of his previous convictions, and asked for a small portion of the debt to be erased as proof of the hacker’s skills before paying. Obviously, the police were able to trace the contact details and ID numbers back to Landis, and arrested him. On Wednesday last week, Landis […]

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Hacker alleges Fitbit smartband could be a malware carrier

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Hacker alleges Fitbit smartband could be a malware carrier

PCs, smartphones, and tablets are fair game to hackers these days. And we’ve also started to see cars with sophisticated infotainment systems and controls also getting hacked. But how about the innocent little whose sole purpose is to keep your body healthy? Well, now they’re getting hacked as well. And worse, they might be used to make other computers unhealthy. Fortinet researcher Axelle Apvrille reveals that the Fitbit is one such wearable that easily succumbs to a hack in just 10 seconds and can then spread the malware to computers it syncs with. The scenario almost sounds like something straight out of a spy flick. An attacker gets within Bluetooth range of a Fitbit fitness tracker, near enough to establish a connection. It doesn’t need to be a long connection though, as 10 seconds is reportedly enough to drop the payload. Once the deed is done, the malware sits innocently in the wearable, waiting for the user to connect it to a PC to sync. Once the FitBit tries to communicate with PC to update the user’s profile, it also dumps malicious code that can create a backdoor on the computer or cause the machine to crash. Even worse, the […]

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Hacker arrested by Canadan Police for exploiting HeartBleed Bug

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A 19-year-old man is arrested and charged by Canadian police a who allegedly exploited the Heartbleed bug to steal personal data from the Canadian Revenue Agency’s website. Stephen Arthuro Solis-Reyes, who allegedly grabbed 900 social insurance numbers (SINs) over a period of six hours, marks the first time that authorities have apprehended someone in relation to the bug in OpenSSL. Solis-Reyes of London, Ontario is a student at Western University, was detained by the London Police Service and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police National Division Integrated Technological Crime Unit. In a statement, Assistant Commissioner Gilles Michaud of the RCMP, said: The RCMP treated this breach of security as a high priority case and mobilized the necessary resources to resolve the matter as quickly as possible. Investigators from National Division, along with our counterparts in “O” Division have been working tirelessly over the last four days analyzing data, following leads, conducting interviews, obtaining and executing legal authorizations and liaising with our partners. He is scheduled to appear in court in Ottowa on 17 July 2014. Canada’s tax agency was one of the first major organizations to be impacted by the Heartbleed flaw and subsequently had to remove public access to its […]

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