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  • Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman: My computer was hacked to 'download child pornography'

    01/09/2020 7:22:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 89 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/09/2020 | Joe Concha
    New York Times columnist Paul Krugman wrote Wednesday that his computer had been hacked and that someone was "using it to download child pornography." “Someone compromised my IP address and is using it to download child pornography,” Krugman said in a tweet to his 4.6 million followers. “I might just be a random target. But this could be an attempt to Qanon me," he added. "It’s an ugly world out there.” Krugman, 66, later tweeted that his employer was "on the case" and indicated he would be deleting his original post, stating that the Times told him the incident "may...
  • Ex-FBI Analyst Sentenced to Jail for Hacking Private Email To Protect Mueller

    12/29/2019 8:26:13 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 16 replies
    Western Journal ^ | 12/29/2019 | C. Douglas Golden
    If you’re a law enforcement official who has more allegiance to ideology than to the law or to the country, where does that get you? For former FBI analyst Mark Tolson, the answer is jail — however briefly. Tolson is best-known — if he’s known at all — as the man who broke into a pro-Trump operative’s email account in October 2018, took screen-shots of some of the messages, then sent images to a reporter and offered the reporter the password, according to Politico. The unnamed member of the media turned down the opportunity. Tolson, 60, said he did it...
  • Former Operator of Illegal Booter Services Sentenced for Conspiracy to Commit Computer Damage

    11/15/2019 10:49:31 AM PST · by ransomnote · 15 replies
    justice.gov ^ | 11/15/19 | DOJ
    Full Title: Former Operator of Illegal Booter Services Sentenced for Conspiracy to Commit Computer Damage and Abuse Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, November 15, 2019 An Orland Park, Illinois, resident was sentenced yesterday to 13 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release on one count of conspiracy to cause damage to internet-connected computers for his role in owning, administering and supporting illegal booter services that launched millions of illegal denial of service, or DDoS, attacks against victim computer systems in the United States and elsewhere. Chief U.S. District Judge Terrence W. Boyle...
  • Couple ‘felt so violated’ after hacker took over smart home devices, began talking to them

    09/24/2019 5:21:40 PM PDT · by mom aka the evil dictator · 35 replies
    MILWAUKEE – A Milwaukee couple says their smart home was hacked after their camera began talking to them, and their thermostat reached upwards of 90 degrees. The Westmoreland family installed a Nest camera, doorbell, and thermostat in their home in 2018. They had no problems until they heard a voice talking through a camera in their kitchen.
  • Operation indiscriminately infects iPhones with spyware

    09/01/2019 10:55:26 PM PDT · by Norski · 17 replies
    MRT ^ | August 30, 2019 | Frank Bajak
    Researchers say suspected nation-state hackers infected Apple iPhones with spyware over two years in what security experts on Friday called an alarming security failure for a company whose calling card is privacy. A mere visit to one of a small number of tainted websites could infect an iPhone with an implant capable of sending the smartphone owner's text messages, email, photos and real-time location data to the cyberspies behind the operation. "This is definitely the most serious iPhone hacking incident that's ever been brought to public attention, both because of the indiscriminate targeting and the amount of data compromised by...
  • Jackson Cosko: 5 Fast Facts (Doxxing Rep. during Kavanaugh hearings - Maggie Hassan (D-NH))

    06/20/2019 6:17:16 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 10 replies
    The Heavy ^ | Jun 20, 2019 | Jessica McBride
    Jackson Cosko, who calls himself a “Democratic Political Professional” with cybersecurity expertise, is accused of multiple crimes for allegedly doxxing Republican Senators during the Brett Kavanaugh/Christine Blasey Ford hearings. Jackson Cosko has now been sentenced to four years in prison for his role in the matter. The United States Capitol Police arrested Cosko, saying he allegedly “posted private, identifying information (doxing) about one or more United States Senators to the internet,” a statement said. On October 9, 2018, a judge said Cosko should continue to be held without bond. According to Legistorm, he worked for U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan...
  • Hacker Finds He Can Remotely Kill Car Engines After Breaking Into GPS Tracking Apps

    04/25/2019 8:06:50 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 100 replies
    Motherboard ^ | 24 April 2019 | Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai |
    “I can absolutely make a big traffic problem all over the world,” the hacker said. On some cars, the software has the capability of remotely turning off the engines of vehicles that are stopped or are traveling 12 miles per hour or slower, according to the manufacturer of certain GPS tracking devices. By reverse engineering ProTrack and iTrack’s Android apps, L&M said he realized that all customers are given a default password of 123456 when they sign up. ProTrack is made by iTryBrand Technology, a company based in Shenzhen, China. iTrack is made by SEEWORLD, a company based in Guangzhou,...
  • Backstory: How Reuters uncovered Beto O'Rourke's teenage hacking days

    03/16/2019 5:47:02 PM PDT · by bitt · 16 replies
    reuters.com ^ | 3/15/2019 | reuters
    Reuters reporter Joseph Menn exclusively revealed on Friday that Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke belonged to one of the best-known groups of computer hackers as a teenager. Within minutes, his special report was the most popular story on Reuters.com here and was picked up by other news outlets. But the origin of the story goes back more than two years. Members of the group, which calls itself Cult of the Dead Cow, protected O’Rourke’s secret for decades, reluctant to compromise the former Texas Congressman’s political career. After more than a year of reporting, Menn persuaded O’Rourke to talk on the...
  • Hacker Uses Nest Camera to Broadcast Hoax Nuke Alert

    01/23/2019 6:09:11 PM PST · by bitt · 11 replies
    security week ^ | 1/23/2019 | AFP
    <p>Nest urged owners of its security cameras Tuesday to use enhanced authentication to thwart hackers, after one terrified a family with a hoax nuclear missile attack.</p> <p>A couple living in a California town near San Francisco told local media they experienced "sheer terror" over the weekend when a Nest security camera atop their family's television issued a realistic-sounding warning of missiles heading to the United States from North Korea.</p>
  • DHS Orders Federal Agencies to Audit DNS Security for Their Domains

    01/23/2019 10:07:56 AM PST · by taxcontrol · 7 replies
    The Hacker News ^ | January 23, 2019 | Swati Khandelwal
    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has today issued an "emergency directive" to all federal agencies ordering IT staff to audit DNS records for their respective website domains, or other agency-managed domains, within next 10 business days. The emergency security alert came in the wake of a series of recent incidents involving DNS hijacking, which security researchers with "moderate confidence" believe originated from Iran. Domain Name System (DNS) is a key function of the Internet that works as an Internet's directory where your device looks up for the server IP addresses after you enter a human-readable web address (e.g.,...
  • Largest collection of breached data ever seen is found.

    01/17/2019 8:17:07 AM PST · by carriage_hill · 5 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 1/17/2019 | Alex Hern
    The largest collection of breached data in history has been discovered, comprising more than 770m email addresses and passwords posted to a popular hacking forum in mid-December. The 87GB data dump was discovered by the security researcher Troy Hunt, who runs the Have I Been Pwned breach-notification service. Hunt, who called the upload Collection #1, said it was probably “made up of many different individual data breaches from literally thousands of different sources”, rather than representing a single hack of a very large service. But the work to piece together previous breaches has resulted in a huge collection. “In total,...
  • Hackers Report Cites ‘Staggering’ Vulnerabilities in U.S. Voting Systems

    09/28/2018 5:23:45 AM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 27 replies
    Nextgov.com ^ | 9/27/2018 | Joseph Marks
    https://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2018/09/hackers-report-cites-staggering-vulnerabilities-us-voting-systems/151637/ Hackers Report Cites ‘Staggering’ Vulnerabilities in U.S. Voting Systems By JOSEPH MARKS SEPTEMBER 27, 2018 04:19 PM ET The report from DEF CON’s Voting Village found one bug that alone could flip the Electoral College. Another has gone unfixed for 11 years.The number and severity of hackable vulnerabilities in voting machines across the U.S. is “staggering,” according to a Thursday report from computer security researchers at the DEF CON cybersecurity convention, which took place in August in Las Vegas. Among other vulnerabilities, the report cites a voting tabulator that can be remotely hacked and is in use in 23 states. “Because the...
  • REVEALED: Chinese Govt. Killed and Imprisoned 18-20 CIA Spies After Penetrating Hillary Clinton’s...

    08/29/2018 2:48:58 AM PDT · by blueyon · 95 replies
    GatewayPundit.com ^ | 8/28/18 | Jim Hoft
    "REVEALED: Chinese Govt. Killed and Imprisoned 18-20 CIA Spies After Penetrating Hillary Clinton’s Private Server" Hillary’s carelessness and criminal actions may have led to the deaths of 20 CIA operatives in China. The Chinese government killed or imprisoned 18 to 20 CIA operatives in China from 2010 to 2012. At the same time a Chinese-owned company operating in the Washington, D.C., area hacked Hillary Clinton’s private server throughout her term as secretary of state. The Chinese government was obtaining Hillary Clinton’s emails in real time.
  • A 16-year-old hacked Apple and stole 90GB of secure files

    08/16/2018 6:25:22 PM PDT · by LouieFisk · 28 replies
    BGR Media ^ | August 16th, 2018 | Chris Smith
    it turns out that while most hackers might not be able to get into Apple’s servers, a sixteen-year-old Australian with a passion for Apple managed to do it, stealing some 90GB of secure files and accessing customer accounts in the process. The best part is that he stored it all in a folder called “hacky hack hack.”
  • Israeli hacker behind hoax bomb threats convicted in court

    07/04/2018 9:05:46 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 9 replies
    Ynet News ^ | 6 July 2018 | Gilad Morag
    The Tel Aviv District Court on Thursday convicted an Israeli hacker, who had terrorized institutions in the United States and airlines from his home in the southern city of Ashkelon, of thousands of counts of extortion and making false statements. The hacker was on trial on trial for making hoax bomb threats against Jewish community centers in the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Israel for several months. ...
  • Adrian Lamo, hacker who turned in Chelsea Manning to FBI, found dead

    03/17/2018 11:12:02 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 51 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 17, 2018 | Kathleen Joyce
    Adrian Lamo, the notorious computer hacker who turned in Chelsea Manning to the FBI and was arrested for hacking into The New York Times and Microsoft, has died in Kansas at age 37. *snip* Charley Davidson, a Wichita police officer told the media outlet there was “nothing suspicious about his death.” It was not immediately clear how Lamo died.
  • What killed the computer hacker who turned in Chelsea Manning still a mystery

    06/07/2018 2:55:40 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 32 replies
    Wichita Eagle ^ | 6 June 2018 | AMY RENEE LEIKER
    xactly what killed the computer hacker who gave up Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning to the FBI remains a mystery. Forensic pathologists who performed Adrian Lamo's autopsy were unable to determine how the 37-year-old died in March in Wichita. His autopsy report, released Wednesday afternoon, lists Lamo's cause and manner of death as "undetermined." ...
  • Cybersecurity Expert Not Buying Reid’s ‘Hacker’ Story

    04/27/2018 8:10:11 AM PDT · by Gennie · 10 replies
    The Western Journal ^ | April 26, 2018 | Scott Kelnhofer
    MSNBC host Joy Reid has tried to douse the controversy surrounding homophobic posts that an Internet archive search found on a blog she managed more than a decade ago by claiming hackers had manipulated the blog to insert offensive material. In a statement Monday to Mediaite, Reid claimed an “unknown, external party” accessed her now-defunct blog and added “offensive and hateful references that are fabricated and run counter to my personal beliefs and ideology.” Reid claimed she discovered the hacks after she began working with “a cyber-security expert who first identified the unauthorized activity.” But Reid’s claims have been met...
  • American Spies Paid $100,000 to Russian Who Wanted to Sell Material on Trump

    02/09/2018 4:20:17 PM PST · by springwater13 · 108 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...
  • 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...