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  • All Eyes on North Korea

    02/16/2018 1:24:45 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | FEBRUARY 15, 2018, | JENNA MCLAUGHLIN
    All Eyes on North Korea Intelligence agencies are surging resources to focus on the Korean Peninsula. With talk of a “bloody nose” strike against North Korea being debated in Washington, public attention has focused on conventional military preparations for a U.S. attack on Pyongyang. Less noticed, but possibly even more telling, is the surge in recent months of intelligence resources. Senior officials have made no secret of the fact that the administration is ramping up its intelligence capabilities to focus on the Korean Peninsula, but six sources familiar with U.S. planning described a nearly unprecedented scramble inside the agencies responsible...
  • Hackers Hit Dozens of Countries With a Stolen N.S.A. Tool

    05/12/2017 1:00:35 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 12, 2017 | By DAN BILEFSKY and NICOLE PERLROTH
    Hackers using a tool stolen from the United States government conducted extensive cyberattacks on Friday that hit dozens of countries around the world, severely disrupting Britain’s public health system and wreaking havoc on computers elsewhere, including Russia. The tool was leaked by a group calling itself the Shadow Brokers, which has been dumping stolen N.S.A. hacking tools online since last year. Microsoft rolled out a patch for the vulnerability in March, but hackers apparently took advantage of the fact that vulnerable targets — particularly hospitals — had yet to update their systems. The malware was circulated by email. Targets were...
  • American Spies Paid $100,000 to Russian Who Wanted to Sell Material on Trump

    02/09/2018 4:20:17 PM PST · by springwater13 · 107 replies
    After months of secret negotiations, a shadowy Russian bilked American spies out of $100,000 last year, promising to deliver stolen National Security Agency cyberweapons in a deal that he insisted would also include compromising material on President Trump, according to American and European intelligence officials. The cash, delivered in a suitcase to a Berlin hotel room in September, was intended as the first installment of a $1 million payout, according to American officials, the Russian and communications reviewed by The New York Times. The theft of the secret hacking tools had been devastating to the N.S.A., and the agency was...
  • Cybercrime, the New Tool in Geopolitics

    02/03/2018 2:53:06 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    CSO ^ | 1 February, 2018 | Michael Sentonas
    With the digital revolution, we have seen impressive growth of global connectivity initiatives, the opening of new markets and the creation of a global community driving innovation that is fundamentally changing the business landscape. Unfortunately, with the good has come the bad and itÂ’s estimated that cybercrime costs the Australian economy over $4.5 billion annually. Beyond criminals and hacktivist groups, cybercrime has become an increasingly instrumental tool in geopolitics and conflicts. Nation states are leveraging their cyber capabilities to gain a disproportionate advantage to defend or advance their national interests and the lines between the state, criminal and hacktivist have...
  • Cables Portray Expanded Reach of Drug Agency [Blabber mouths......]

    12/25/2010 6:58:55 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Cables Portray Expanded Reach of Drug Agency By GINGER THOMPSON and SCOTT SHANE WASHINGTON — The Drug Enforcement Administration has been transformed into a global intelligence organization with a reach that extends far beyond narcotics, and an eavesdropping operation so expansive it has to fend off foreign politicians who want to use it against their political enemies, according to secret diplomatic cables. In far greater detail than previously seen, the cables, from the cache obtained by WikiLeaks and made available to some news organizations, offer glimpses of drug agents balancing diplomacy and law enforcement in places where it can be...
  • Beyond Weinstein..? Under Comey/Mueller Rampant Sexual Harrassment went IGNORED

    12/06/2017 10:35:11 AM PST · by gaijin · 54 replies
    Twitter via TruePundit ^ | Dec. 6th, 2017 | Thomas Paine
    **TruePundit currently under Denial of Service Attack....
  • CIA director announces sweeping reorganization of spy agency

    03/06/2015 9:15:08 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 6, 2015 11:11 PM EST | Ken Dilanian
    Director John Brennan has ordered a sweeping reorganization of the CIA, an overhaul designed to make its leaders more accountable and close espionage gaps amid widespread concerns about the spy agency’s limited insights into a series of major global developments. Brennan announced the restructuring to the CIA workforce on Friday, including a new directorate devoted to boosting the CIA’s computer hacking skills. He said the move comes after nine agency officers spent three months analyzing its management structure, including what deputy CIA director David Cohen called “pain points,” organizational areas where the CIA’s bureaucracy does not work efficiently. […] The...
  • Imran Awan case: Lawmaker calls 'massive' data transfers from Wasserman Schultz aide..

    10/10/2017 8:55:13 PM PDT · by bitt · 25 replies
    fox news ^ | Oct 10, 2017 | FoxNews
    A Republican lawmaker on Tuesday described the “massive” data transfers on government servers by a former IT aide to Democratic Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz as “a substantial security threat.” “These facts, standing alone, indicate a substantial security threat,” Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Scott Perry said of the Imran Awan case during an informal hearing of Republican House members on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. Awan pleaded not guilty in September to multiple federal charges including bank fraud and conspiracy. A grand jury had returned an indictment in August in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia charging Imran Awan...
  • U.S. Confronts China Over Suspected Cyberattack as Fugitive Guo Wengui Appears in Washington

    10/06/2017 9:40:35 PM PDT · by RohanKapoor · 2 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | October 6, 2017 | By Cezary Podkul, Kate O’Keeffe and Aruna Viswanatha
    WASHINGTON—A suspected Chinese cyberattack on the website of a prominent Washington think tank drew a complaint from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week in a meeting with top Chinese government officials. The website of the Hudson Institute crashed earlier this week, shortly before the organization was scheduled to host an event with Guo Wengui, a fugitive Chinese businessman and political dissident who has alleged corruption within China’s leadership. The Institute had several days earlier detected a Shanghai-based attack aimed at shutting down access to its website, according to a spokesman. The spokesman said the attack was foiled, and he...
  • NBC: Obama Told Putin Election Hacking Could Result in 'Armed Conflict'

    12/21/2016 10:25:01 AM PST · by ColdOne · 107 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 12/20/16 | Jason Devaney
    President Barack Obama reportedly told Russian President Vladimir Putin in October that directly interfering with the U.S. election could result in an "armed conflict." According to NBC News, Obama opted to use the red phone to contact Moscow directly, a communication system that dates back to the Cold War. It's not an actual telephone, but instead sends a secure email message between the two countries. "International law, including the law for armed conflict, applies to actions in cyberspace," part of the Oct. 31 message read, according to NBC. "We will hold Russia to those standards."
  • 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...
  • Isis 'hacking division' releases details of 1,400 Americans and urges attacks

    08/13/2015 7:13:42 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 34 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Aug. 12, 2015 | Michael Safi
    A group calling itself the Islamic State hacking division has published the details of 1,400 mostly US military and government personnel, urging supporters to attack those listed. The spreadsheet, published online on Wednesday, exposes names, email addresses, phone numbers and passwords. Those listed include members of the marine corps, Nasa, the state department, air force and FBI. Supporters of Isis on Twitter seized on the breach, posting personal details of soldiers and government staffers and encouraging lone wolves to “act and kill”. A person claiming to speak for the group told the Guardian the information was obtained from military and...
  • Gowdy: Maybe DNC Did Not Cooperate With DHS Because There Was Something Else On That Server

    06/21/2017 10:12:06 PM PDT · by 867V309 · 53 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 21 Jun 2017 | Pam Key
    Wednesday on Fox News Channel’s “The Story,” Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) said it was concerning that while testifying before the House Intelligence Committee earlier in the day at a hearing on the alleged Russian hacking of the 2016 presidential election, former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said his department’s offer to help the Democratic National Committee was denied.
  • CIA Didn’t Trust FBI or NSA – Created Bogus Updates to Steal Data & Spy on Fellow Agencies

    08/25/2017 10:48:09 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies
    wccftech.com ^ | 8/25/17 | Rafia Shaikh
    The Central Intelligence Agency apparently didn’t trust its partners in the American intelligence and created a fake software update to steal their data. Part of an internal project called ExpressLane, the bogus update was installed by the CIA Office of Technical Service (OTS) agents purported to be upgrading the biometric collection system.This biometric system was installed at the “liaison services” that included National Security Agency, Department of Homeland Security, and the Federal Bureau of Intelligence. The agency reportedly installed these at partner offices around the world to gain biometric data that was collected by the other agencies. The scathing revelation...
  • FBI Says a Mysterious Hacking Group Has Had Access to US Govt Files for Years

    04/12/2016 2:26:50 PM PDT · by unixfox · 48 replies
    Motherboard ^ | 04/04/2016 | Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
    The feds warned that “a group of malicious cyber actors,” whom security experts believe to be the government-sponsored hacking group known as APT6, “have compromised and stolen sensitive information from various government and commercial networks” since at least 2011, according to an FBI alert obtained by Motherboard. The alert, which is also available online, shows that foreign government hackers are still successfully hacking and stealing data from US government’s servers, their activities going unnoticed for years. This comes months after the US government revealed that a group of hackers, widely believed to be working for the Chinese government, had for...
  • 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.
  • Russian Claims FBI Offered Cash..If He Confessed To Hacking Hillary's Emails On Orders Of Trump

    08/05/2017 9:26:59 AM PDT · by Pinkbell · 70 replies
    Donald Trump For President Blog ^ | August 5, 2017 | Pinkbell
    Full Title: Accused Russian Hacker Yevgeniy Nikulin Claims The FBI Offered Him Cash, An Apartment, An U.S. Citizenship If He Confessed To Hacking Hillary's Emails On The Orders Of Donald Trump Accused Russian Hacker Yevgeniy Nikulin, a 29 year old Russian citizen currently held in the Czech Republic and wanted on extradition by both Russia and the United States in connection with separate hacking incidents, claims that the United Sates FBI visited him and offered him cash, an apartment, and U.S. citizenship if he confessed to hacking Hillary's emails on the orders of then candidate Donald Trump. (Note: When it...
  • 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."
  • Whatever Is On Imran Awan’s Smashed Hard Drives Likely Can Be Recovered

    08/01/2017 5:17:19 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 90 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | Mark Tapscott
    Somebody must have thought they were hiding something by smashing those computer hard-drives the FBI recovered from the home of Imran Awan, Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s former information technology (IT) aide. But odds are excellent they were wrong. Federal law enforcement authorities may have already recovered and read whatever was on those hard drives. “It depends on what happens, but even if it is hit with a hammer, it probably doesn’t damage the platters that actually hold the data, which remains recoverable,” said Tom Hakim, engineering supervisor for werecoverdata.com, a New York-based lab that specializes in difficult digital...
  • The Increasingly Twisted Tale of Wasserman Schultz and the Awan Brothers

    08/01/2017 7:06:14 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 37 replies
    Red State ^ | Jul 31, 2017 | Sarah Lee
    The sordid story of the Pakistani IT staffers employed by Democrat House members until they were banned from those networks over suspected data theft gets stranger by the day, with one of the brothers, Imran Awan, detained last week as he was trying to leave the country after wiring $300,000 to Pakistan. What makes the story even more bizarre — hard to do given that Wasserman Schultz had reportedly continued to pay Awan until his arrest and has been generally uncooperative with police, even berating them to return computer equipment that was taken as evidence as part of the investigation...