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  • Intel Chief: US at Risk of Crippling Cyber Attack

    02/03/2010 9:12:41 AM PST · by Kartographer · 29 replies · 421+ views
    FoxNews ^ | 2/3/10
    The United States is at risk of a crippling cyber attack that could "wreak havoc" on the country because the "technological balance" makes it much easier to launch a cyber strike than defend against it, Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair said Tuesday.
  • China Alarmed by Security Threat From Internet(China playing victim again)

    02/12/2010 7:22:16 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 237+ views
    February 12, 2010 China Alarmed by Security Threat From Internet By SHARON LaFRANIERE and JONATHAN ANSFIELD BEIJING — Deep inside a Chinese military engineering institute in September 2008, a researcher took a break from his duties and decided — against official policy — to check his private e-mail messages. Among the new arrivals was an electronic holiday greeting card that purported to be from a state defense office. The researcher clicked on the card to open it. Within minutes, secretly implanted computer code enabled an unnamed foreign intelligence agency to tap into the databases of the institute in the city...
  • Cyber Attack on USA Expected Monday?

    02/11/2010 9:46:26 AM PST · by BobMcCartyWrites · 19 replies · 944+ views
    Bob McCarty Writes ^ | 2-11-10 | Bob McCarty
    It was almost 9 p.m. in Tehran as I published this post, and people around the world are still trying to decide what Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's threatened "punch" against the West is going to be. Some influential Americans appear to think it might come as a cyber attack.
  • Google May Leave China Because of Cyberattacks (subject to Chicom hacking for stealing info)

    01/12/2010 3:39:47 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies · 692+ views
    WSJ ^ | 01/12/10 | JESSICA E. VASCELLARO
    Google May Leave China Because of Cyberattacks By JESSICA E. VASCELLARO Google Inc. said it is "reviewing the feasibility of our business operations in China" and may back out of China entirely, as it disclosed it had been hit with major cyberattacks it believes to have originated from the country. Google disclosed its thinking in a blog post Tuesday. In the post, Google said it detected a "highly sophisticated and targeted attack on our corporate infrastructure originating from China" in mid-December and that the attack resulted in "the theft of intellectual property from Google." The post said that Google believed...
  • Project Grey Goose and University at Albany SUNY to investigate major Power Grid blackouts...

    10/18/2009 5:53:37 PM PDT · by Cindy · 7 replies · 555+ views ^ | October 16th, 2009 at 10:40 am | Written by Jeffreycarr
    "Project Grey Goose and University at Albany SUNY to investigate major Power Grid blackouts caused by hackers" SNIPPET: "This is an open call for volunteers who wish to participate in a joint Project Grey Goose / University at Albany SUNY open source intelligence investigation into power grid blackouts caused by hacker attacks. The scope is global and includes the U.S. Interested parties should contact me from their work email address with an expression of interest, a brief bio, and your experience, if any, in SCADA systems in general or the power grid in particular. All respondents will be kept confidential....
  • Could The Feds Seize The Internet?

    09/02/2009 5:34:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies · 2,524+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 2, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Security: A Senate bill lets the president "declare a cybersecurity emergency" relating to "nongovernmental" computer networks and do what's needed to respond to the threat. Didn't they just collect our e-mail addresses?We wish this was just a piece of the fictional "Dr. Strangelove" that fell to the cutting-room floor, but it's not. It is a real piece of disturbingly vague legislation sponsored by Sens. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., Bill Nelson, D-Fla., and Olympia Snowe, R-Maine. Senate Bill 773 would grant the administration emergency powers (where have we heard that before?) in the event of a cyberemergency that the president would have...
  • Facebook Traces Web Havoc to Attack on Blogger [massive DoS attack on pro-Georgian LJ blogger]

    08/07/2009 1:11:58 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 16 replies · 939+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 2009-08-07 | Jessica E. Vascallero
    Facebook Inc. is providing new details of how an attack aimed at a Georgian blogger Thursday disrupted its site and crashed others, including Twitter Inc. and LiveJournal Inc. The company rooted out the cause of the massive denial-of-service attack, said Facebook spokesman Barry Schnitt, after noticing that the compromised computers that began flooding its site Thursday morning were directing traffic to the profile page of a single pro-Georgian blogger, who uses the account name "Cyxymu," the name of a town in the Republic of Georgia. The Cyxymu blogger couldn't immediately be reached. In a blog post Friday, Twitter co-founder Biz...
  • Profile of a real cyberwar

    08/05/2009 9:54:26 PM PDT · by Cindy · 8 replies · 629+ views
    WASHINGTON - Commentary ^ | Wednesday, August 5, 2009 | By Aaron Mannes and James Hendler
    Profile of a real cyberwar Beware the mayhem of malware on the march By Aaron Mannes and James Hendler | Wednesday, August 5, 2009 The denial-of-service (DoS) attacks that started on July 4 garnered typical headlines about cyberwar, but in fact, from a technical standpoint, those "attacks" may be the opposite of real cyberwar. A much less noticed report in Israel's leading daily, Ha'aretz, on Israel's operations against Iran's nuclear program may give greater insight into how cyberwar actually will work. It is no secret that several countries, including the United States, China, Russia and Israel, have examined cyberwar capabilities....
  • Olympics- Cyber attack seen as emerging threat for London 2012

    07/28/2009 1:52:49 AM PDT · by Cindy · 47 replies · 883+ views ^ | Tue Jul 21, 2009 10:48am EDT | Avril Ormsby
    LONDON, July 21 (Reuters) - Olympic organisers are "very alive" to the threat of a cyber attack on the London 2012 Olympics, made more challenging because of its evolving nature, senior Interior Ministry officials said on Tuesday. Ticketing systems, the transport network and hotel bookings as well as security are among potential targets. Olympic security officials are also planning for the possible diversion of aircraft to protect airspace around the venues from terrorist attacks, the officials said. The greatest threat to security at the Games is international terrorism, the government's latest "Safety and Security Strategy" report said.
  • An avoidable catastrophe--"Securing the Modern Electric Grid from Physical and Cyber Attacks"

    07/21/2009 8:13:32 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 32 replies · 1,003+ views
    Center fo Security Policy ^ | Jul 20, 2009 | Frank Gaffney, Jr.
    Amidst all the congressional to-ing and fro-ing associated with the President's controversial health care, cap-and-trade and "hate crimes" initiatives, it would be easy for most legislators to overlook a hearing the House Homeland Security Committee has scheduled for Tuesday afternoon. If Congress fails to address the subject of that hearing, however, it literally will not matter whether the government addresses any of those other, disproportionately prominent agenda items. The title of the hearing - "Securing the Modern Electric Grid from Physical and Cyber Attacks" - fails to communicate the magnitude of the danger, and the imperative for urgent corrective action....
  • N. Korea: `NK Cyber Warfare Unit Masterminding DDoS Attacks`(did practic run first)

    07/11/2009 3:55:09 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies · 841+ views
    Donga Ilbo ^ | 07/11/09
    `NK Cyber Warfare Unit Masterminding DDoS Attacks` JULY 11, 2009 09:20 The North Korean military`s cyber warfare unit is believed to be responsible for this week`s massive cyber attacks on major South Korean and U.S. government and civilian Web sites. South Korea`s National Intelligence Service said this to lawmakers yesterday. Park Sung-do, second deputy director of the service, told an unofficial meeting with members of the National Assembly’s intelligence committee yesterday morning that a research center called "No. 110," under the Reconnaissance Bureau of the North Korean People’s Army is believed to have masterminded the distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. The...
  • PCs Used in Korean DDoS Attacks May Self Destruct

    07/10/2009 10:03:01 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies · 1,497+ views
    WP ^ | 07/10/09 | Brian Krebs
    PCs Used in Korean DDoS Attacks May Self Destruct There are signs that the concerted cyber attacks targeting U.S. and Korean government and commercial Web sites this past week are beginning to wane. Yet, even if the assaults were to be completely blocked tomorrow, the attackers could still have one last, inglorious weapon in their arsenal: New evidence suggests that the malicious code responsible for spreading this attack includes instructions to overwrite the infected PC's hard drive. Update: This is already happening. Please be sure to read the updates at the end of this post. Original post: According to Joe...
  • S. Korean Intelligence: Cyberattack, the Work of N. Korean Military (KPA Recon Bureau)

    07/10/2009 5:56:52 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies · 621+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 07/10/09
    /begin my summary S. Korean Intelligence: Cyberattack, the Work of N. Korean Military (in a report to legislature) Ddos attacks on major institutions in S. Korea and U.S. were the operation by Institute No. 110 under Reconnaisance Bureau of N. Korean General Staff, according to Kookmin Ilbo on July 10. According to its report to Intelligence Committee at National Assembly, the N. Korean institute staged a mock Ddos attack on Korean Communications Commission and a provincial university last month. The institute develops hacking programs and runs undercover hacking units overseas, according to a lawmaker present at the intelligence committee. /end...
  • US officials eye North Korea in cyber attack

    07/09/2009 12:18:01 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies · 1,438+ views
    AP ^ | 07/09/09 | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    US officials eye North Korea in cyber attack By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press Writer 2 hrs 36 mins ago WASHINGTON – U.S. authorities on Wednesday eyed North Korea as the origin of the widespread cyber attack that overwhelmed government Web sites in the United States and South Korea, although they warned it would be difficult to definitively identify the attackers quickly. The powerful attack that targeted dozens of government and private sites underscored how unevenly prepared the U.S. government is to block such multipronged assaults.
  • White House among targets of sweeping cyber attack

    07/08/2009 8:20:33 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 40 replies · 2,541+ views
    AP via Breitbart ^ | July 8, 2009 | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    The powerful attack that overwhelmed computers at U.S. and South Korean government agencies for days was even broader than initially realized, also targeting the White House, the Pentagon and the New York Stock Exchange. Other targets of the attack included the National Security Agency, Homeland Security Department, State Department, the Nasdaq stock market and The Washington Post, according to an early analysis of the malicious software used in the attacks. Many of the organizations appeared to successfully blunt the sustained computer assaults. The Associated Press obtained the target list from security experts analyzing the attacks. It was not immediately clear...
  • White House cyber attack: North Korea suspected...

    07/08/2009 12:34:31 PM PDT · by sdw2009 · 6 replies · 545+ views
    The powerful attack that overwhelmed computers at U.S. and South Korean government agencies for days was even broader than initially realized...
  • Government Web sites attacked; N. Korea suspected

    07/08/2009 7:25:35 AM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 12 replies · 563+ views
    AP ^ | Jul 8, 9:47 AM (ET) | By LOLITA C. BALDOR
    WASHINGTON (AP) - A widespread computer attack that began July 4 knocked out the Web sites of the Treasury Department, the Secret Service and other U.S. agencies, and South Korean government sites also came under assault.
  • N. Korea suspected to be behind cyber attack: source

    07/08/2009 2:56:47 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies · 536+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 07/08/09
    N. Korea suspected to be behind cyber attack: source SEOUL, July (Yonhap) -- North Korea appears to have orchestrated the recent cyber attack that disrupted dozens of South Korean Web sites, including that of the presidential office, parliamentary sources said Wednesday, citing informal reports by the top spy agency. The National Intelligence Service (NIS) suspects North Korea or its sympathizers may have been behind the Internet attack against major South Korean Web sites of government agencies, banks and Internet portals, which was first detected Tuesday evening, according to the sources who spoke on condition of anonymity. The spy agency briefed...

    05/07/2009 2:57:53 PM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies · 262+ views
    COVERT RADIO SHOW # Covert Radio Daily Blast May 7 North Korea has hackers working round the clock on cyberwarfare. Could they have been behind recent attacks on the Alaskan Air Traffic Control system? Are we prepared for Cyber Warfare? Narco Traffickers are declaring war on our cops, and the latest in the coming war between Georgia and Russia.
  • Gates Presses to Boost Computer Network Security

    04/22/2009 3:29:26 PM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies · 402+ views
    By Donna Miles American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, April 22, 2009 – Defense Department officials are working to reduce vulnerability to cyber-attack attempts that occur regularly and are likely to continue for the foreseeable future, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said. “We are under attack virtually all the time, every day here,” Gates told CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric yesterday during an interview broadcast on the show. Attempts to attack DoD computer networks have more than doubled recently, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman told reporters yesterday. He declined to cite details, saying that to do so would only “make it...
  • UPDATE 2-US concerned power grid vulnerable to cyber-attack

    04/09/2009 3:04:57 AM PDT · by shove_it · 14 replies · 679+ views
    Reuters ^ | 4/8/2009 | Felix Salmon and Randall Mikkelsen
    U.S. concerns about the potential for cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure extended to the American electrical power grid on Wednesday and experts pointed the finger anew at Chinese hackers, among others. As a result, electric utilities are likely to face new pressures from the U.S. Congress and government regulators to tighten security and preparations against computer intrusions that would wreak widespread havoc. U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told reporters the power grid is vulnerable to potentially disabling computer attacks, while declining to comment on reports that an intrusion had taken place. "The vulnerability is something that the Department of Homeland...
  • Russo-Chinese Alliance, Todays Cyber Breach Of Power Grid

    04/08/2009 10:13:56 PM PDT · by iThinkBig · 20 replies · 1,043+ views
    The Burning Platform ^ | 4-9-09 | Jason Rines
    Let's have a simple discussion here and less in news format, more of a chat. It's a long chat but it might intrigue you and I assure you quite real and very dangerous kind of chat. In 2001 immediately after 911, I spoke to RC Covozos, the White House Database administrator. I let him know that I had found security gaps in the White House where our politicians liason with our intelligence agencies. RC was very thankful and a nice guy to talk to. He seemed to take his job very seriously. Since I had some ideas that seemed interesting...
  • Electricity Grid in U.S. Penetrated by Spies

    04/07/2009 7:38:12 PM PDT · by ebiskit · 3 replies · 680+ views ^ | APRIL 8, 2009 | SIOBHAN GORMAN
    WASHINGTON -- Cyberspies have penetrated the U.S. electrical grid and left behind software programs that could be used to disrupt the system, according to current and former national-security officials. The spies came from China, Russia and other countries, these officials said, and were believed to be on a mission to navigate the U.S. electrical system and its controls. The intruders haven't sought to damage the power grid or other key infrastructure, but officials warned they could try during a crisis or war. "The Chinese have attempted to map our infrastructure, such as the electrical grid," said a senior intelligence official....
  • OPERATION CAST LEAD The IDF's Fight Against Terror in Gaza"

    01/01/2009 1:31:39 PM PST · by Cindy · 63 replies · 2,002+ views ^ | January 1, 2009 | n/a
    "OPERATION CAST LEAD The IDF's Fight Against Terror in Gaza" # A blessed New Year to everyone here and abroad. Today's thread beginning January 1, 2009 (U.S.A. Time)
  • Military suffers cyber attack-(Ruskies)

    11/28/2008 9:01:27 AM PST · by Flavius · 9 replies · 660+ views
    LA times ^ | 11/28/08 | ulian E. Barnes
    WASHINGTON – Senior military leaders took the exceptional step of briefing President Bush this week on a severe and widespread electronic attack on U.S. Defense Department computers that might have originated in Russia, posing unusual concern among commanders and potential implications for national security.
  • Blog of Leo Donofrio, down? The blog service that hosts it, down? (Page Load Error)

    11/21/2008 9:30:36 PM PST · by unspun · 23 replies · 3,259+ views
    NaturalBornCitizen ^ | 11/21/2008 | unspun
    I am trying to take a look at tonight. It is not coming up. As you may recall, was hit by a denial of service attack on, was it Election Day? Also, after FR began publicizing the one-page article, Investigating Obama: Career Path Toward a Neo-Marxist Presidency, the site that stored the printable versions was attacked. Does anyone know what is going on with Donofrio's blog and its Web services, now?
  • DoD Takes Steps to Defend Cyberspace Warfighting Domain

    11/21/2008 3:24:04 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 352+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 21, 2008 – Cyberspace is a warfighting domain, and the Defense Department is taking steps to defend this crucial capability, a Pentagon spokesman said today. “We are aware of a global virus for which there are some public alerts, and we’ve seen some of these on our networks, and we are taking steps to identify and mitigate the virus,” Bryan Whitman said. “We do aggressively monitor our networks for intrusions and take adequate steps to protect them.” Public alerts on this global virus threat urge all computer users to take precautions. Users should have current anti-viral software programs...
  • Pentagon Hit by Unprecedented Cyber Attack

    11/20/2008 4:43:58 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 244 replies · 12,359+ views
    FoxNews ^ | 11/20/08
    <p>Thursday, November 20, 2008 The Pentagon has suffered from a cyber attack so alarming that it has taken the unprecedented step of banning the use of external hardware devices, such as flash drives and DVD's, FOX News has learned.</p> <p>The attack came in the form of a global virus or worm that is spreading rapidly throughout a number of military networks.</p>
  • BREAKING NEWS: Pentagon Hit by Unprecedented Cyber Attack

    11/20/2008 4:41:59 PM PST · by SoftTyranny · 12 replies · 839+ views ^ | 11/20/08 | Soft Tyranny
    <p>The Pentagon has suffered from a cyber attack so alarming that it has taken the unprecedented step of banning the use of external hardware devices, such as flash drives and DVD's, FOX News has learned.</p> <p>The attack came in the form of a global virus or worm that is spreading rapidly throughout a number of military networks.</p>
  • Hackers to Attack Bill O'Reilly? (and Fox News)

    09/19/2008 1:28:47 PM PDT · by kristinn · 59 replies · 395+ views
    G4TV ^ | Friday, September 19, 2008 | Stephen Johnson
    We hear on the internet underground that hackers and/or script-kiddies have declared an internet war against Fox News and columnist Bill O'Reilly and plan a cyber-assault for later today. Reportedly, parts of O'Reilly's site have already been compromised. This is serious business, no doubt. To get to the bottom of the issue, we spoke to an insider, a frequent poster on a certain well known online support group for young-adult agoraphobics where these things are planned and executed. He prefers to remain anonymous. (We starred-out the names of internet sites because, apparently, they don't like to be noticed.) G4: What...
  • Georgia accuses Russia of coordinated cyberattack

    08/11/2008 5:40:46 PM PDT · by flyfree · 4 replies · 114+ views
    cnet ^ | August 11, 2008
    The Georgian embassy in the U.K. has accused forces within Russia of launching a coordinated cyberattack against Georgian Web sites, to coincide with military operations in the breakaway region of South Ossetia. Speaking to ZDNet UK on Monday, a Georgian embassy spokesperson said that Web sites had been unavailable over the weekend, claiming this was due to Russian denial-of-service attacks. "All Georgian Web sites have been blocked," said the spokesperson. "Georgia is working on redirecting Web traffic."
  • [Chinese] Hackers Launch Cyberattack on Federal Labs ["Sophisticated hit"]

    12/07/2007 1:26:59 PM PST · by charles m · 13 replies · 154+ views
    ABC News ^ | 12/7/07
    A "sophisticated cyberattack" has been detected at Oak Ridge National Laboratory over the last several weeks, and authorities suspect the hackers are based in China. The breach might have compromised the personal information of thousands of visitors to the lab, according to a communiqué sent to employees. The intrusion is under active investigation by multiple agencies. FBI and Department of Homeland Security officials tell ABC News they believe the attacks originated in China with Chinese entities probing U.S. systems. Investigators have not been able to determine whether the attacks came from government or private entities in China. The statement, from...
  • China’s cyber army is preparing to march on America, says Pentagon

    09/07/2007 6:09:04 PM PDT · by Flavius · 40 replies · 1,062+ views
    times online ^ | September 8, 2007 | Tim Reid in Washington
    Chinese military hackers have prepared a detailed plan to disable America’s aircraft battle carrier fleet with a devastating cyber attack, according to a Pentagon report obtained by The Times. The blueprint for such an assault, drawn up by two hackers working for the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), is part of an aggressive push by Beijing to achieve “electronic dominance” over each of its global rivals by 2050, particularly the US, Britain, Russia and South Korea.
  • Hackers Attack Key Net Traffic Computers

    02/06/2007 2:21:49 PM PST · by kiriath_jearim · 32 replies · 1,431+ views
    Newsday ^ | 2/6/07 | TED BRIDIS
    WASHINGTON -- Hackers briefly overwhelmed at least three of the 13 computers that help manage global computer traffic Tuesday in one of the most significant attacks against the Internet since 2002. Experts said the unusually powerful attacks lasted for hours but passed largely unnoticed by most computer users, a testament to the resiliency of the Internet. Behind the scenes, computer scientists worldwide raced to cope with enormous volumes of data that threatened to saturate some of the Internet's most vital pipelines. Experts said the hackers appeared to disguise their origin, but vast amounts of rogue data in the attacks were...
  • Financial firms warned of Qaeda cyber attack

    11/30/2006 9:02:42 PM PST · by xtinct · 7 replies · 713+ views
    Reuters ^ | 12-1-06 | Kristin Roberts
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government warned American private financial services on Thursday of an al Qaeda call for a cyber attack against online stock trading and banking Web sites beginning on Friday, a source said. The source, a person familiar with the warning, said the Islamic militant group aimed to penetrate and destroy the databases of the U.S. financial sites. The Department of Homeland Security confirmed an alert had been distributed but said there was no reason to believe the threat was credible. The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team issued a "situational awareness report to industry stakeholders," said Homeland...
  • U.S. Warns of Possible Qaeda Financial Cyber Attack

    11/30/2006 3:45:36 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 75 replies · 2,180+ views
    Reuters ^ | Thu Nov 30, 2006 6:23pm ET | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government has warned U.S. private financial services of an al Qaeda call for a cyber attack against U.S. online stock trading and banking Web sites beginning Friday, officials said.
  • Chinese Hackers Hit Commerce Department

    10/07/2006 11:29:55 PM PDT · by rsmoot · 10 replies · 541+ views
    Information Week ^ | October 6, 2006 02:03PM | Gregg Keizer
    The federal governments Commerce Department admitted Friday that heavy attacks on its computers by hackers working through Chinease servers have forced the bureau responsible for granting export licenses to lock down Internet access for more than a month. Hundreds of computers must be replaced to cleanse the agency of malicious code including rootkits and spyware.
  • Red storm rising-DOD’s efforts to stave off nation-state cyberattacks begin with China

    08/26/2006 11:09:16 PM PDT · by Marius3188 · 4 replies · 574+ views
    Government Computer News ^ | 21 Aug 2006 | Dawn S. Onley and Patience Wait
    A growing band of civilian units inside China is writing malicous code and training to launch cyberstrikes into enemy systems. And for many of these units, the first enemy is the U.S. Defense Department. Pentagon officials say there are more than three million daily scans of the Global Information Grid, the Defense Department’s main network artery, and that the United States and China are the top two originating countries. “China has downloaded 10 to 20 terabytes of data from the NIPRNet (DOD’s Non-Classified IP Router Network),” said Maj. Gen. William Lord, director of information, services and integration in the Air...
  • Anti-Israeli Cyberterrorist Attacks Planned for Tomorrow

    08/09/2006 8:06:20 PM PDT · by John Lenin · 8 replies · 475+ views ^ | August 9, 2006 | Evan Kohlmann
    Anti-Israeli Cyberterrorist Attacks Planned for Tomorrow By Evan Kohlmann Participants on key Arabic-language Al-Qaida chat forums on the Internet have announced their intent to launch collective cyberterrorist attacks tomorrow, August 10, aimed at interrupting or denying service to other pro-Israeli websites--namely the "Internet Haganah" cyberterror watchdog site run by Aaron Weisburd. When I asked him what he thought of the purported threat, Aaron expressed strong skepticism that these efforts would produce any noticeable disruption in access to his site. He replied, "They have a reasonable chance of slowing down the responsiveness of one domain of the ten associated with the...
  • Hackers revenge on Morocco for defacing Israeli websites

    08/05/2006 10:44:08 AM PDT · by bad company · 16 replies · 918+ views ^ | July 17, 2006
    Jerusalem Israel July 17, 2006 Followers of the controversial author and politician Obadiah Shoher retaliated against the Moroccan hackers (Team Evil) who defaced hundreds of Israeli websites on June 28 this year. 380 websites hosted by the Moroccan provider were completely erased, and their front pages read, We support SamsonBlinded. Team Good. The Shoher’s group denies prior knowledge of the cyberattack, but praises the hackers’ efforts. The Samson Blinded’s founder Obadiah Shoher said, “That was a laudable application of the eye for an eye principle. Breaking the websites is a relatively simple job, and I’m sure that our unknown...
  • US State Department Fends Off Asian Hacker Attack

    07/13/2006 9:12:30 AM PDT · by Ben Mugged · 6 replies · 394+ views
    Space War ^ | Jul 12, 2006 | Staff Writers
    The US State Department said it was conducting a forensic probe Wednesday after hackers in East Asia tapped into computer systems at its Washington headquarters and diplomatic posts in the region. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said no classified government information was lost in the strike, which reportedly targeted the bureau in the department dealing with North Korea and China. "Our folks monitored this attempt and took immediate steps to prevent any loss of sensitive US government information," McCormack said, downplaying an incident he said has sparked "breathless reporting" by some outlets. He said the operation was "a textbook example...
  • Cabinet says computers under attack (China cyber attacking Taiwan?)

    09/05/2003 1:42:46 PM PDT · by Michael Barnes · 9 replies · 402+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | ep 04, 2003 | Ko Shu-ling
    China has launched a systematic information warfare campaign against Taiwan, spreading Trojan-horse programs into private companies' computers as a means to break into government databases, the Cabinet said yesterday. "National intelligence has indicated that an army of hackers based in China's Hubei and Fujian provinces has successfully spread 23 different Trojan horse programs to the networks 10 private high-tech companies here to use them as a springboard to break into at least 30 different government agencies and 50 private companies," Cabinet Spokesman Lin Chia-lung (ªL¨ÎÀs) said yesterday. The government agencies invaded by the Trojan-horse programs include the National Police Administration,...
  • US blackout was computer related

    09/05/2003 11:58:39 AM PDT · by Hal1950 · 72 replies · 340+ views
    Inquirerer ^ | 5 September 2003 | Egan Orion
    Utility logs start to be revealed Transcripts of telephone conversations between utility operators prior to last month's power blackout in the US and Canada were published Wednesday, so writes Wired. They include explicit mention of some unknown 'computer problems' at FirstEnergy, the Ohio utility thought to have triggered the regional power failures, in those preceding hours. Early on, a controller at the Midwest Independent System Operator asked his counterpart at FirstEnergy why it hadn't reacted to a transmission line outage. The utility's technician replied: "We have no clue. Our computer is giving us fits, too. We don't even know the...
  • Powerful Senator Endorses Destroying Computers of Illegal Downloaders (Orrin Hatch)

    06/17/2003 2:54:06 PM PDT · by Jean S · 369 replies · 2,494+ views
    AP ^ | 6/17/03 | Ted Bridis
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Tuesday he favors developing new technology to remotely destroy the computers of people who illegally download music from the Internet. The surprise remarks by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, during a hearing on copyright abuses represent a dramatic escalation in the frustrating battle by industry executives and lawmakers in Washington against illegal music downloads. During a discussion on methods to frustrate computer users who illegally exchange music and movie files over the Internet, Hatch asked technology executives about ways to damage computers involved in such file trading. Legal experts have...
  • trace routes redlined at every jump?

    03/21/2003 6:29:32 AM PST · by THEUPMAN · 9 replies · 226+ views
    Every trace route I run is redlining at every jump .... I've never seen so much congestion on the net. Is it just me or is there something going on out there?
  • FBI Issues Cyberattack Advisory

    02/18/2003 11:17:59 AM PST · by Positive · 1 replies · 206+ views
    eWeek Magazine ^ | 02/14/2003 | By Dennis Fisher
    <p>The FBI's cyber security arm is warning that the imminent threat of war with Iraq and escalating tensions with North Korea could lead to increased attacks against U.S. networks.</p> <p>"Recent experience has shown that during a time of increased international tension, illegal cyber activity…often escalates," the FBI's warning says. This activity can be state sponsored or can originate within another country which is party to the tension. It can be state sponsored or encouraged or come from domestic organizations or individuals independently. As tensions rise, it is prudent to be aware of, and prepare for this type of illegal activity."</p>
  • GAO: U.S. Satellites Vulnerable to Cyber Attack

    11/24/2002 1:08:02 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 3 replies · 230+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 11/24/02 | Limbacher
    Even in the post-9/11 world of maximum security consciousness, U.S. satellites remain vulnerable to a nationally disabling cyber attack, according to a new government study. A report by the Government Accounting Office warns that a determined hacker could corrupt data, disrupt communications and possibly even destroy satellites, SC Magazine reports in its November issue. Hackers could "insert false information or viruses into a terrestrial computer network associated with a space system, remotely or through an on-site connection," said the GAO, adding that under certain circumstances, "they could cause a spacecraft to tumble or otherwise destroy itself." While technical barriers exist,...
  • Experts Predict Major Cyberattack Coming

    07/12/2002 7:52:30 AM PDT · by honway · 21 replies · 281+ views
    Computer World ^ | July 8,2002 | Dan Verton
    A terrorist-sponsored cyberattack against major U.S. networks and businesses is no longer a question of if, but when and to what extent, according to former senior intelligence and security officials. Although the laundry list of warnings surrounding possible attacks has left people confused about what to prepare for, many experts with firsthand experience in counterterrorism said plans should be put in place to respond to a conventional bombing or chemical attack against a prominent private U.S. company, which would be followed closely by a cyber- or physical attack against regional communications and power systems to hamper rescue and recovery efforts....
  • Israel, Hong Kong Hotbed for Cyberattacks-Study

    07/09/2002 5:49:36 AM PDT · by Prodigal Son · 2 replies · 199+ views
    iWon ^ | July 8, 2002
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Which part of the world has the dubious distinction of being the most active hotbed of computer hacking? Among the most highly wired economies, more cyber attacks originate from Israel and Hong Kong on a per-Internet-user basis than anywhere else, while Kuwait and Iran top the list of the category of countries with fewer Internet users, according to a study released on Monday. Overall, the United States generates by far the most cyber attacks, followed by Germany, South Korea, China and France, according to a report from Riptech Inc., a managed security service provider based in...
  • Telecom Equipment Project by the Chinese for Taliban after 9-11

    07/03/2002 7:31:13 AM PDT · by honway · 56 replies · 1,275+ views
    The Statesman ^ | December 9, 2001 | Raju Santhanam Revelations that the Taliban was working on a telecom surveillance equipment with the help of the Chinese in a Bangalore-based project actually cleared by the Government of India has caused red faces in the country’s security establishment.A senior government official in fact said that India did not want to upset the Chinese government but conceded that India might ask 300 Chinese software engineers to leave the country. Official sources said that since all the requisite permission had been obtained there was no question of “deportation”. The official agreed it was a serious security lapse given the developing situation in...