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Hacker group Anonymous targets Mexican sites

The activist hacker group Anonymous attacked three Mexican government websites on Friday in protest at a proposed bill that seeks to toughen local laws about online file-sharing.

The affected sites belong to the Interior Ministry, the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies. The homepage of the Interior Ministry remained offline by mid-afternoon.

“We demand the Mexican government not continue with this law because they will take away our freedom of speech and file sharing,” Anonymous said in a video posted on Youtube ahead of Friday’s action.

The proposed law, floated last month by a senator from the ruling National Action Party, Federico Doring, would criminalize the uploading of music, videos or books to the Internet without the permission of copyright holders.

Anonymous members and their supporters took to Twitter to coordinate the attacks under the hashtag “#OpDoring” with messages including “Senate TANGO DOWN !! FIREEE don’t hesitate to shoot” and “Change of target deputies … FIRE.”

Interior Minister Alejandro Poire confirmed his ministry’s website had been hit by a denial-of-service attack. He said the government was working to prevent such strikes, and that it would investigate and prosecute any crimes committed.

“We will certainly verify the security protocols of the ministry’s website to ensure the integrity of its information and prevent future attacks,” he said.

Anonymous, a loosely knit group that has attacked financial and government websites around the world, compared Doring’s proposal with anti-piracy bills in the United States that were halted after a huge online protest this month.

The hacker group had clashed with Mexican officials before. Anonymous claimed responsibility in September after the websites of several Mexican government ministries, including Defense and Public Security, went offline.

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15. Hacker group Anonymous targets Mexican websites

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The activist hacker group Anonymous attacked three Mexican government websites on Friday in protest at a proposed bill that seeks to toughen local laws about online file-sharing.

The affected sites belong to the Interior Ministry, the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies. The homepage of the Interior Ministry remained offline by mid-afternoon.

“We demand the Mexican government not continue with this law because they will take away our freedom of speech and file sharing,” Anonymous said in a video posted on Youtube ahead of Friday’s action.

The proposed law, floated last month by a senator from the ruling National Action Party, Federico Doring, would criminalize the uploading of music, videos or books to the Internet without the permission of copyright holders.

Anonymous members and their supporters took to Twitter to coordinate the attacks under the hashtag “#OpDoring” with messages including “Senate TANGO DOWN !! FIREEE don’t hesitate to shoot” and “Change of target deputies … FIRE.”

Interior Minister Alejandro Poire confirmed his ministry’s website had been hit by a denial-of-service attack. He said the government was working to prevent such strikes, and that it would investigate and prosecute any crimes committed.

“We will certainly verify the security protocols of the ministry’s website to ensure the integrity of its information and prevent future attacks,” he said.

Anonymous, a loosely knit group that has attacked financial and government websites around the world, compared Doring’s proposal with anti-piracy bills in the United States that were halted after a huge online protest this month.

The hacker group had clashed with Mexican officials before. Anonymous claimed responsibility in September after the websites of several Mexican government ministries, including Defense and Public Security, went offline.

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Hacker group Anonymous targets Mexican websites

The activist hacker group Anonymous attacked three Mexican government websites on Friday in protest at a proposed bill that seeks to toughen local laws about online file-sharing. The affected sites belong …

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Sykipot Malware Targets DoD Smart Cards

A new version of the malware is designed to steal smart card credentials from users at the U.S. Department of Defense and other organizations.

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Malware Attack Targets U.S. Government Agencies [VIDEO] (Mashable)

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Sykipot, malware believed to originate in China, has been used to target smart cards in the Pentagon and other government agencies. According to security researcher AlienVault, a new variant of Sykipot is targeting the cards government employees use to access secure networks and servers.

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‘Saudi’ hacker targets Israel with Trojan horse virus

A self-defined “Saudi hacker” who twice this week posted details of thousands of Israeli credit cards hit again on Friday with a new Internet file containing a Trojan horse virus, public radio said.

According to the report, the hacker who goes by the name “0xOmar” posted what appeared to be credit card details, but was in fact malware that could seriously damage users who downloaded it.

On Thursday, the Saudi hacker from group-xp published details of more than 6,000 Israeli credit cards online in the second such incident in three days, army radio reported.

Details of the latest incident were revealed on Thursday in a Internet posting by 0xOmar from group-xp who said he had posted details of 11,000 cards online.

But Israel‘s three major credit card companies said the number of cards affected was only 6,050, the radio reported.

Earlier this week, 0xOmar posted a message on an Israeli sports website saying group-xp, which he described as the “greatest Saudi Arabian hacker team” had posted details of 400,000 Israeli cards online.

After examining the details, Israel’s major credit card companies said only 14,000 valid cards had been exposed.

“I have added another 11,000 credit cards which contains IsraCards and DinnerDash cards,” 0xOmar wrote in his posting.

“This database contains 60,000 credit cards which also has MasterCard and Visa cards, but I’ll send them later among with a lot of others,” he said, claiming to have also hacked data from Israeli military contractor firms.

Yoram HaCohen, a senior justice ministry official, told army radio he was “not so worried about the credit cards themselves” which could be cancelled, but about “the personal information which has been exposed, such as email addresses, passwords and ID card numbers.”

He admitted it would be “difficult to track down the hackers behind these attacks because they take good precautions,” and said Israel may turn to Interpol.

Meanwhile, Israeli news website Ynet reported that an Israeli computer expert claimed to have uncovered the true identity of 0xOmar — a 19-year-old Mexican waiter called Omar Habib.

Article source: http://news.yahoo.com/hackers-expose-more-israeli-credit-card-details-132048796.html

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Saudi Hacker Targets More Israelis

The Saudi hacker who released the credit card details of thousands of Israelis has released 11,000 more.

The hacker, a member of the Saudi hacking group Group-XP named OxOmar, said Thursday in an Internet message that he has hacked some 80 Israeli websites and will release a total of 1 million credit card numbers with personal information.

According to credit card companies, the information released Thursday is newly issued cards that were canceled by the companies before any transactions were carried out.

Earlier this week the hacker released a list of 400,000 credit cards with personal information, but with duplicates and false information the number of cardholders affected was approximately 15,000.

OxOmar told Ynet in an e-mail interview that he also will release documents from military contractors and companies that manufacture surveillance equipment.

Article source: http://www.jewishtimes.com/index.php/jewishtimes/news/jt/israel_news/saudi_hacker_targets_more_israelis/28363

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‘Saudi’ hacker targets Israel with Trojan horse virus

A self-defined “Saudi hacker” who twice this week posted details of thousands of Israeli credit cards hit again on Friday with a new Internet file containing a Trojan horse virus, public radio said.

According to the report, the hacker who goes by the name “0xOmar” posted what appeared to be credit card details, but was in fact malware that could seriously damage users who downloaded it.

On Thursday, the Saudi hacker from group-xp published details of more than 6,000 Israeli credit cards online in the second such incident in three days, army radio reported.

Details of the latest incident were revealed on Thursday in a Internet posting by 0xOmar from group-xp who said he had posted details of 11,000 cards online.

But Israel‘s three major credit card companies said the number of cards affected was only 6,050, the radio reported.

Earlier this week, 0xOmar posted a message on an Israeli sports website saying group-xp, which he described as the “greatest Saudi Arabian hacker team” had posted details of 400,000 Israeli cards online.

After examining the details, Israel’s major credit card companies said only 14,000 valid cards had been exposed.

“I have added another 11,000 credit cards which contains IsraCards and DinnerDash cards,” 0xOmar wrote in his posting.

“This database contains 60,000 credit cards which also has MasterCard and Visa cards, but I’ll send them later among with a lot of others,” he said, claiming to have also hacked data from Israeli military contractor firms.

Yoram HaCohen, a senior justice ministry official, told army radio he was “not so worried about the credit cards themselves” which could be cancelled, but about “the personal information which has been exposed, such as email addresses, passwords and ID card numbers.”

He admitted it would be “difficult to track down the hackers behind these attacks because they take good precautions,” and said Israel may turn to Interpol.

Meanwhile, Israeli news website Ynet reported that an Israeli computer expert claimed to have uncovered the true identity of 0xOmar — a 19-year-old Mexican waiter called Omar Habib.

Article source: http://news.yahoo.com/hackers-expose-more-israeli-credit-card-details-132048796.html

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‘Ramnit’ malware targets Facebook, steals 45,000 passwords

Jameson Berkow 
Jan 5, 2012 – 3:37 PM ET

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Users of the world’s largest social network are at risk of having their accounts compromised by a sophisticated form of malicious software, security firm Seculert warned Thursday.

Passwords belonging to more than 45,000 Facebook accounts were discovered on a command and control server controlled by a pervasive piece of malware called Ramnit. Known as a “worm” because of its ability to self-replicate, Ramnit was recently reported to have been adapted to target banking information.

“It seems, however, that this is not the last twist,” the Israeli company said in a blog post.

“Recently, our research lab identified a completely new ‘financial’ Ramnit variant aimed at stealing Facebook login credentials.”

Most of the victims so far appear to be in the United Kingdom and France, Seculert said, with the attacker’s objective being to log into their accounts and transmit malicious links to their friends. It is just one of several ways the worm propagates itself, as a recent Symantec Corp. report found variations of Ramnit were responsible for 17.3% of all malware infections around the world.

Credit: Seculert Research Labs

Approximately 4% of known Ramnit infections have hit users outside of the U.S. and France, though it is unknown whether any Canadians are among them.

“In addition, cybercriminals are taking advantage of the fact that users tend to use the same password in various web-based services (Facebook, Gmail, Corporate SSL VPN, Outlook Web Access, etc.) to gain remote access to corporate networks,” the Seculert researchers said.

Ramnit was first discovered by Microsoft Corp.’s Malware Protection Center (MMPC) in April 2010. Described by the MMPC as “a multi-component malware family which infects Windows executable as well as HTML files, stealing sensitive information such as stored FTP credentials and browser cookies,” approximately 800,000 devices have become infected with a version of Ramnit during the past four months alone.

Social networks have grown increasingly attractive to hackers in recent years as member profiles represent a veritable treasure trove of personal data which cyber criminals can use for monetary gain. Cloud security provider Cenzic Inc. said last month cyber criminals are becoming more focused on leveraging social networks to find personal information about company employees for later use in a more widespread attack.

“It appears that sophisticated hackers are now experimenting with replacing the old-school email worms with more up-to-date social network worms,” Seculert said.

“As demonstrated by the 45,000 compromised Facebook subscribers, the viral power of social networks can be manipulated to cause considerable damage to individuals and institutions when it is in the wrong hands.”

Posted in: FP Tech Desk, Internet 
Tags: Facebook, Facebook security, Internet Security, Ramnit, Ramnit targets Facebook, Ramnit worm, Seculert

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Article source: http://business.financialpost.com/2012/01/05/ramnit-malware-targets-facebook-steals-45000-passwords/

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Phishing Scam Targets Air Travelers

Emily Akin has a warning about an Internet phishing scam that’s flying into airline passenger’s email.

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