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  • FBI Eyes China in Posting Hacked Documents on Chinese Dissident

    09/29/2017 6:01:17 PM PDT · by RohanKapoor · 1 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 29, 2017 | Bill Gertz
    Hackers linked to China electronically stole documents from a Washington law firm, Interpol and a Hong Kong bank that were then published online in a bid to discredit a dissident wanted by Beijing. FBI agents are conducting an investigation into the cyber attack earlier this month that penetrated information systems at the law firm Clark Hill, according to people familiar with the investigation. Private cyber investigators later traced the cyber attack to China and South Korea. The hacking and release of sensitive documents on Twitter mirrors the Russian intelligence operation to sway the outcome of the 2016 presidential election in...
  • U.S. Homeland Security found SEC had 'critical' cyber weaknesses in January

    09/21/2017 10:44:35 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 21, 2017 | by Sarah N. Lynch
    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security detected five “critical” cyber security weaknesses on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s computers as of January 23, 2017, according to a confidential weekly report reviewed by Reuters. The report’s findings raise fresh questions about a 2016 cyber breach into the SEC’s corporate filing system known as “EDGAR.” SEC Chairman Jay Clayton disclosed late Wednesday night that the agency learned in August 2017 that hackers may have exploited the 2016 incident for illegal insider-trading.
  • Hack of U.S. securities regulator rattles investors, stirs doubts

    09/21/2017 10:48:31 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 21, 2017 | by Sarah N. Lynch, Jonathan Spicer
    Wall Street’s top regulator faced questions on Thursday about its defenses against cyber criminals after admitting hackers breached its electronic database of corporate announcements and may have used it for insider trading. The incursion at the Securities and Exchange Commission struck at the heart of the U.S. financial system. The SEC’s EDGAR filing system is the central repository for market-moving information on corporate America with millions of filings ranging from quarterly earnings to statements on acquisitions. Accessing documents before they are released publicly would offer hackers a lucrative opportunity to trade on that information. The SEC has said it was...
  • Notebook written in Farsi could come to fore in trial against accused leaker Reality Winner

    06/29/2017 1:27:33 PM PDT · by BBell · 43 replies
    http://www.koco.com/CNN ^ | 6/28/17 | Faith Holland and Steve Almasy
    AUGUSTA, Georgia (CNN) — Among the possible evidence in the government's case against former federal contractor Reality Winner is a notebook with information handwritten in Farsi, prosecutors said in court Tuesday. The writing is being translated, federal prosecutors told a judge at a hearing. Winner, who is accused on one count of taking classified information home from work and leaking it to a media outlet, remains in jail awaiting an anticipated October 23 trial. She has pleaded not guilty. Winner was a linguist while in the US Air Force from 2010 to 2016 and speaks Farsi, Dari and Pashto, her...
  • Equifax hack hits credit histories of up to 143 million Americans

    09/07/2017 9:33:19 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 62 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 7 at 8:35 PM | Craig Timberg, Elizabeth Dwoskin and Brian Fung
    The credit reporting agency Equifax said Thursday that hackers gained access to sensitive personal data — Social Security numbers, birth dates and home addresses — for up to 143 million Americans, a major cybersecurity breach at a firm that serves as one of the three major clearinghouses for Americans’ credit histories. Equifax said the breach began in May and continued until it was discovered in late July. It said hackers exploited a “website application vulnerability” and obtained personal data about British and Canadian consumers as well as Americans. Social Security numbers and birth dates are particularly sensitive data, giving those...
  • Equifax data leak could involve 143 million consumers

    09/07/2017 2:19:50 PM PDT · by granite · 37 replies
    Techcrunch ^ | 9/7/2017 | Ron Miller
    Security data breach equifax Equifax data leak could involve 143 million consumers Posted 25 minutes ago by Ron Miller (@ron_miller) Data leaks have become so commonplace that it’s incredibly easy to become numb to them, but credit reporting service Equifax announced a doozy today that when all is said and done could involve 143 million consumers. This is bad. It was a treasure trove of information for the bad guys out there and included Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers. As though that weren’t bad enough, 209,000 people had their credit card info...
  • Equifax Says Cyberattack May Have Affected 143 Million Customers

    09/07/2017 3:44:01 PM PDT · by Mariner · 62 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 7th, 2017 | By TIFFANY HSU
    Equifax, one of the three major consumer credit reporting agencies, said on Thursday that a data breach left Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers and other sensitive information for 143 million United States consumers vulnerable to hackers. Criminals gained access to certain files in the company’s system from mid-May to July by exploiting a weak point in a website application, according to an investigation by Equifax. The company said that it discovered the intrusion on July 29 and has since found no evidence of unauthorized activity on its main consumer or commercial credit reporting databases. Hackers were able to retrieve...
  • Belgium: US youth in Pittsburgh linked to cyberattack on Brussels airport

    02/09/2017 7:09:33 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 4 replies
    AP via WPXI ^ | February 9, 2017
    BRUSSELS (AP) - Belgian authorities say that a U.S. youth in Pittsburgh tried to hack into the Brussels airport computer system and disable it the night after the March 22 attacks that killed 32 people. The federal prosecutor's office said in a statement Thursday that at its request, the FBI interrogated the American minor and said he confessed. The statement said the hacking attempt was unsuccessful and stressed that "it appeared there were no terrorist motives."
  • Sorry about the continued lousy response time, but FR is still under a DOS attack

    07/29/2017 10:09:09 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 243 replies
    Wanted to avoid running a thread on this, but seeing as how it continues dragging on, guess I'd better. The DOS attacker obviously knows by now that he's hurting us. Have no idea when he/they started the attack, but we discovered it a few days ago. And John has been fighting it ever since. Says it's like whack-a-mole. Every time John gets him blocked or knocked out, he pops up again with a new modified attack. John thought he had a good solution a couple days ago, and we did enjoy one night and most of the next day with...
  • Ukraine scrambles to contain new cyber threat after 'NotPetya' attack

    07/05/2017 1:54:00 PM PDT · by mac_truck · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/5/17 | Jack Stubbs and Matthias Williams
    The Ukrainian software firm used to launch last week's global cyber attack warned on Wednesday that all computers sharing a network with its infected accounting software had been compromised by hackers. The attack used a virus, dubbed "NotPetya" by some experts, to take down thousands of computers in dozens of countries, disrupting shipping and businesses. Investigators now say the hack may be far more nefarious than previously thought. A top official in the Ukrainian Presidential Administration said it remained unclear how many computers had been compromised and the state security service was trying to establish what the hackers would do...
  • Police seize servers of Ukrainian software firm after cyber attack

    07/05/2017 7:01:46 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/5/2017 | Jack Stubbs and Pavel Polityuk
    Ukrainian police on Tuesday seized the servers of an accounting software firm suspected of spreading a malware virus which crippled computer systems at major companies around the world last week, a senior police official said. The head of Ukraine's Cyber Police, Serhiy Demedyuk, told Reuters the servers of M.E.Doc - Ukraine's most popular accounting software - had been seized as part of an investigation into the attack. Though they are still trying to establish who was behind last week's attack, Ukrainian intelligence officials and security firms have said some of the initial infections were spread via a malicious update issued...
  • Ukraine eyes Russian security services in massive cyberattack

    07/01/2017 8:42:47 AM PDT · by ETL · 11 replies
    Ukraine said on Saturday that Russian security services were involved in a recent cyber attack on the country, with the aim of destroying important data and spreading panic. The SBU, Ukraine’s state security service, said the attack, which started in Ukraine and spread around the world on Tuesday, was by the same hackers who attacked the Ukrainian power grid in December 2016. Ukrainian politicians were quick to blame Russia for Tuesday’s attack, but a Kremlin spokesman dismissed “unfounded blanket accusations”.-snip-Relations between Ukraine and Russia went into freefall after Moscow’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and the subsequent outbreak of a...
  • Cyberattack forces West Virginia Hospital to scrap its computer systems.

    06/30/2017 5:02:13 AM PDT · by gattaca · 34 replies
    Fox Business News ^ | June 29, 2017 | Melanie Evans
    Princeton Community Hospital in rural West Virginia will scrap and replace its entire computer network after being struck by the cyberattack paralyzing computers globally. The cyberattack, known as Petya, froze the hospital's electronic medical record system early Tuesday, leaving doctors unable to review patients' medical history or transmit laboratory and pharmacy orders, said Rose Morgan, the hospital's vice president of patient care services. Officials were unable to restore services, and found there was no way to pay a ransom for the return of their system. So, after consulting with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and cybersecurity experts, officials made the...
  • Where Did The Massive Cyber Attack Come From This Time? “There is something Weird About This One.”

    06/28/2017 9:15:30 AM PDT · by davikkm · 33 replies
    iWB ^ | Pamela Williams
    So here we go again, but this time something is strange and different. Tuesday’s attack contained some puzzling elements to security experts, raising concerns that it may not have been about payment at all. the goal appeared to be “the destabilization of the economic situation and in the civic consciousness of Ukraine” even though it was “disguised as an extortion attempt.” Lets look at what some varied sources are saying. DEFENSE ONE is saying, “The lesson from Tuesday’s massive cyber attack, beware of updates from Ukrainian accounting apps” that are orders of magnitude larger than normal.” I have no idea...
  • Cyber attack fears against Britain's newest warship ... (still using Windows XP)

    06/26/2017 8:09:40 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 27 June 2017 | Larisa Brown
    Fears were raised last night that Britain's new aircraft carrier could be vulnerable to a cyber-attack after it emerged the ship was still using the outdated computer software used by the NHS. Navy chiefs boasted the defence system on the UK's biggest ever warship, the HMS Queen Elizabeth, will be NASA standard - rather than like the NHS system that was hacked into several months ago. But computers in the flying control room on the £3.1billion state-of-the-art carrier showed the system was still running on Windows XP. The vast majority of NHS computers hit by a global cyber-attack in May...
  • Jeh Johnson testifies DNC rejected DHS help on hack, Russia meddling did not alter ballots

    06/21/2017 10:19:34 AM PDT · by blueplum · 50 replies
    Fox News Politics ^ | 21 June 2017 | Barnini Chakrabotry
    Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson testified Wednesday that the Democratic National Committee last year turned down his agency's offer to help protect its network despite being warned about a hack. He also confirmed that while Russia, at the direction of President Vladimir Putin, orchestrated cyberattacks on the United States to influence the 2016 presidential election, Moscow was unable to actually alter ballots. “To my current knowledge, the Russian government did not through any cyber intrusion alter ballots, ballot counts or reporting of election results,” Johnson said during his opening statement before the House Intelligence Committee. Johnson, who served in...
  • North Korea's 'Hidden Cobra' is wreaking havoc across the globe

    06/18/2017 7:18:45 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Mashable ^ | June 14, 2017 | COLIN DAILEDA
    North Korea's 'Hidden Cobra' is wreaking havoc across the globe BY COLIN DAILEDA 3 DAYS AGO The North Korean government is very good at hacking—and they're targeting media, aerospace, and financial companies in the United States. The country was behind some of the most headline-grabbing hacks of the 21st century, according to an alert put out Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security SEE ALSO: Dennis Rodman's latest trip to North Korea is sponsored by the Bitcoin of weed Those hackers — for some reason referred to as "Hidden Cobra" in the report (why not camouflaged cobra? Alliteration!) —...
  • NHS left reeling by cyber-attack: ‘We are literally unable to do any x-rays’

    05/14/2017 8:00:48 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 33 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 12 May 2017 | Kevin Rawlinson
    Thousands of patients across England and Scotland have been in limbo after an international cyber-attack hit the NHS, with many having operations cancelled at the last minute. Senior medics sought to reassure patients that they could be seen in the normal way in emergencies, but others were asked to stay away if possible. According to one junior doctor who works in a London hospital, the attack left hospitals struggling to care for people. “However much they pretend patient safety is unaffected, it’s not true. At my hospital we are literally unable to do any x-rays, which are an essential component...
  • Global cyberattack has hit more than 200,000 organizations in 150 countries

    05/14/2017 2:40:13 PM PDT · by Innovative · 48 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 14, 2017 | Brian Ross Rhonda Schwartz James Gordon Meek MAIA DAVIS
    The unprecedented, global ransomware attack that started Friday has hit more than 200,000 companies, hospitals, government agencies and other organizations in 150 countries, the European Union's law enforcement agency said. Separately, Europol Jan Op Gen Oorth said Sunday that the number of individuals who have fallen victim to the cyberextortion attack could be much higher than is currently known as more people may find they were hit by the virus when they return to work Monday and switch on their computers.. He said it was too early to say who is behind the onslaught and what their motivation was. The...
  • Hackers Hit Dozens of Countries Exploiting Stolen N.S.A. Tool

    05/12/2017 7:27:01 PM PDT · by Innovative · 52 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 12, 2017 | NICOLE PERLROTH and DAVID E. SANGER
    Hackers exploiting malicious software stolen from the National Security Agency executed damaging cyberattacks on Friday that hit dozens of countries worldwide, forcing Britain’s public health system to send patients away, freezing computers at Russia’s Interior Ministry and wreaking havoc on tens of thousands of computers elsewhere. The attacks amounted to an audacious global blackmail attempt spread by the internet and underscored the vulnerabilities of the digital age. Transmitted via email, the malicious software locked British hospitals out of their computer systems and demanded ransom before users could be let back in — with a threat that data would be destroyed...