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Hacker claims to have breached CIA director’s personal email

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

An anonymous hacker claims to have breached CIA Director John Brennan‘s personal email account and has posted documents online, including a list of email addresses purportedly from Brennan’s contact file. The CIA said it referred the matter to the proper authorities, but would not comment further. The hacker spoke to the New York Post, which described him in an article published Sunday as “a stoner high school student,” motivated by his opposition to U.S. foreign policy and support for Palestinians. His Twitter account, @phphax, includes links to files that he says are Brennan’s contact list, a log of phone calls by then-CIA deputy director Avril Haines, and other documents. The Post said he didn’t reveal his name or where he lived. The hacker also claimed to have breached a Comcast account belonging to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, and released what appeared to be personal information. One document purporting to come from Brennan’s AOL email account contains a spreadsheet of people, including senior intelligence officials, along with their Social Security numbers, although the hacker redacted the numbers in the version he posted on Twitter. It’s unclear why Brennan would have stored such a document in his private email account. Based […]

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New Russian Hacker Exploit ‘Most Significant Cyber-Espionage Threat’ To US, NATO Partners

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The Russian hacker group Pawn Storm is using a vulnerability in Adobe Flash Player to install malware on computers belonging to several “foreign ministries,” Trend Micro researchers reported Tuesday. Pawn Storm “is the most significant cyber-espionage threat to the U.S. government and her NATO partners,” Trend Micro’s chief cybersecurity officer, Tom Kellermann, said in an email to The Daily Caller News Foundation. The exploit contains similarities to that which occurred on the White House just months ago, researchers found. That particular score allegedly resulted in a trove of Obama’s “unclassified” emails. Adobe sent out a security advisory bulletin Wednesday warning of a “critical vulnerability” in a recent edition of Adobe Flash Player that affected Windows, Linux, and Macintosh platforms. If hackers successfully exploit the program, the bulletin warned they could cause a “crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.” To breach a target’s security, the hackers would send spear phishing-emails that appeared to be legitimate, including links apparently leading to information about geopolitical events. Source: http://dailycaller.com/2015/10/15/russian-hackers-expose-critical-vulnerability-in-adobe-flash-player/

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Hacker who allegedly passed U.S. military data to ISIS arrested in Malaysia

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Authorities have arrested a Malaysia-based hacker who they accuse of stealing personal information of U.S. military members and giving it to ISIS. Ardit Ferizi, a Kosovo citizen, was detained in Malaysia on a provisional U.S. arrest warrant alleging he provided material support to ISIS and committed computer hacking and identity theft, the U.S. Justice Department said. According to a criminal complaint, Ferizi hacked into the computer system of a company in the United States and stole personally identifiable information of more than 1,000 U.S. service members and federal employees. Then, he allegedly gave that information to several ISIS figures, including a prominent propagandist for the group, the complaint says. U.S. Assistant Attorney General John Carlin called the case against Ferizi — which combines cybercrime and terror charges as U.S. authorities aim to step up their crackdown on ISIS — “a first of its kind.” “This arrest demonstrates our resolve to confront and disrupt ISIL’s efforts to target Americans, in whatever form and wherever they occur,” Carlin said in a statement. ISIL is another name for the Islamic extremist group ISIS. Source: http://edition.cnn.com/2015/10/15/politics/malaysian-hacker-isis-military-data/

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Dope’s Rick Famuyiwa is making a hacker movie

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As reported by Deadline, Dope director Rick Famuyiwa will be writing, producing, and directing a movie about hackers. With the world still hyped on Mr. Robot from over the summer and the Sony hack a distant memory, this seems like a pretty good time for a studio to jump on this big “hacking” craze that computer geeks have been talking about for the last 30 or so years. Famuyiwa’s film reportedly revolves around a kid from the projects of New York who “finds a reprieve from his his tumultuous life in the world of the dark web.” Thanks to his hacking skils (or “skillz,” in the hacker parlance), he “makes a name for himself among his peers and the federal authorities.” That last bit is a reference to the fact that this isn’t just any hacker kid, as this hacker kid is actually “the founder of a notorious hacker group.” As we said before, Mr. Robot was pretty popular this summer. Plus, there are only so many stories that can be told about hackers, and The Matrix and War Gameshave already been done. Source: http://www.avclub.com/article/dopes-rick-famuyiwa-making-hacker-movie-226965

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Malaysia arrests hacker for stealing U.S. security data

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A Kosovar man living in Malaysia who accessed the personal data of more than 1,300 government and military employees, and passed that data onto the Islamic State, has been arrested in Malaysia on U.S. charges, the Department of Justice announced Thursday. Ardit Ferizi also accessed customer data from an unidentified Internet retailer, obtaining credit card information on 100,000 customers, according to a federal indictment unsealed in Virginia. Ferizi, allegedly head of a group of Albanian hackers from Kosovo, even went so far as to admonish employees of the retailer via email when they detected his penetration of their system and blocked him. According to a lengthy affidavit filed by FBI special agent Kevin Gallagher, who is based out of the Washington field office, Ferizi had unauthorized access to a federal computer and used that access to obtain email addresses, cities of residence, dates of birth and other personal identifying information on 1,351 government and military workers, and passed those names onto the Islamic State terrorist group between April and August. He transferred the information via links he posted to Twitter, the affidavit said, “for the purpose of encouraging terrorist attacks against against the individuals.” He also used the social media site to communicate to two […]

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US Navy grabs old-fashioned sextants amid hacker attack fears

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Sextants have been off the curriculum for naval officers in the US for over a decade, but now the swabbies have reinstituted celestial navigation classes over hacking fears. The US Navy discontinued celestial navigation courses in 1998 because GPS made the old style of navigating redundant. Working out your position the old-fashioned way needs a clear sight of the stars or sun, an accurate watch, and a serious amount of math work to get your position within a couple of miles, whereas GPS can instantly pinpoint a ship to within metres. “We went away from celestial navigation because computers are great,” Lt. Cmdr. Ryan Rogers, deputy chairman of the Naval Academy’s department of seamanship and navigation told the Capital Gazette. “The problem is there’s no backup. We know there are cyber vulnerabilities. In the event that we had to go into a national emergency, we would probably have to shut the GPS down because it can be used by potential enemies.” Shutting down GPS to foil an enemy might not work anyway – Russia has its GLONASS positioning satellites partially in place, China is rapidly expanding its BeiDou system, and the European Union is working on Galileo. But there are […]

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Ukrainian Hacker Who Allegedly Tried to Frame Cyber-Security Expert Extradited to US

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A Ukrainian man who allegedly tried to frame cyber-security expert Brian Krebs has been extradited to the United States and is due in Newark federal court today, prosecutors said. Sergey Vovnenko is accused of taking part in an international conspiracy to hack into the computer networks of individual users and corporations to steal log-in credentials and payment card data, prosecutors said. According to court records, Vovnenko operated a “botnet” — more than 13,000 computers infected with malicious computer software — programmed to gain unauthorized access to computers and to identify, store and export information from hacked computers. Prosecutors said that Vovnenko and others would then use the stolen data to illegally access and withdraw money from bank accounts and to incur unauthorized charges. “As described in the indictment, Vovnenko commandeered thousands of computers to create a virtual army of hacked computers that he and his conspirators used to break into other networks and steal valuable information,” U.S. Attorney Fishman said. Vovnenko, who was arrested last June in Italy by Italian authorities working with the U.S. Secret Service, faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted. “Our investigative reach will continue to expand beyond geographical borders despite the perceived anonymity […]

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‘CSI: Cyber’ season 2 episode 3 spoilers: Team tracks hacker of police’s body camera

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Avery Ryan (Patricia Arquette) and the rest of her team take on a hacker bent on causing unrest in a small town in the upcoming episode of the CBS series “CSI: Cyber.” In “Brown Eyes, Blue Eyes,” TV Guide reports that the cyber division will handle a delicate case involving a hacked police officer’s body camera. After an incendiary video goes viral, Avery and the gang must race against time to track down the hacker who is responsible for the crime. The culprit will stop at nothing to cause mayhem, and it is up to the team to put him behind bars. Last episode was a bit too close for home for Raven (Hayley Kiyoko) after her friend Tracy (Lyndon Smith) got tangled up with a murder case. She was hacked by a man she met on a dating app. When the hacker was found dead and Tracy woke up with the murder weapon and no memory of what happened, things got dicey. Tracy met the guy through the online dating site and decided to meet up with him. When he did not show up, she thought that he was not really interested in her. While nursing her wounded ego […]

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Christian Slater and Rami Malek Reveal Why Hacker Show ‘Mr. Robot’ Focuses On Mental Illness

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Thanks to modern hacker culture, privacy is a thing of the past. We constantly read headlines about cyber invasion, from 4Chan users leaking nude photos of celebrities, hackers leaking the names of those who used the controversial website Ashley Madison, and classified government information being compromised. Cybercrime is arguably the most important phenomena of the 21st century—and that’s what makes Mr. Robot, USA Network’s drama about a cyber-vigilante who tries to stop corruption through hacking, one of the most timely shows of today. However, exploring digital anarchy isn’t the only reason why Mr. Robot is such an important show. Along with modern crime, the psychological thriller explores mental illness—a subject that used to be taboo, but has now finally getting the recognition it deserves. Source: http://www.whosay.com/articles/11704-nycc-rami-malek-mr-robot-christian-slater-interview

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Hacker slams Danske Bank for alleged security failure

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Denmark’s Danske Bank has been named and shamed by a white hat hacker for allegedly leaking confidential customer data in the form of session cookies on its public website. IT consultant Sijmen Ruwhof says he found the vulnerability within minutes of exploring the HTML code deployed on the bank’s login screen. In a blog post explaining the exploit, Ruwhof says that each time he attempted to login, the site would randomly spit out the IP address and stored cookies of an actual Danske Bank customer. “I’m shocked. I can’t believe this. It’s so obvious and in plain sight! How come that nobody at Danske Bank noticed this before?” he writes. “If the customer from the data that we’re seeing is logged in at the moment, and if I copy those cookies and import them into my browser, then I’m also logged in as that customer. That’s how cookies work, and thus that’s how identify theft works.” Ruwhof says he contacted Danske Bank to try to point out the flaw but failed to get beyond the switchboard. Instead he searched for the names of IT security staff on LinkedIn and posted his findings. Within 24-hours the vulnerability was patched, but Ruwhof […]

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