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  • Hackers declare "nuclear leak" on Israeli Twitter account

    07/04/2014 8:29:04 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed
    IBN Live ^ | 05-Jul-2014 08:44 AM
    Jerusalem: Hackers posted a bogus announcement of a rocket strike against Israel's Dimona reactor and a possible nuclear leak on a Twitter account used by the Israeli military, which said on Friday it was combating such cyber attacks. The English-language account, @IDF Spokesperson, has 252,000 followers and usually scrolls out rapid updates on Israel's various fighting fronts. It was inactive on Friday, however, as a military spokeswoman said "several incorrect tweets" were being investigated by Israeli authorities. She did not elaborate, but the Walla news site published a snapshot of a tweet that had appeared on the account on Thursday...
  • Estrada Pleads Guilty in Gov. Martinez's Hacked Email Case

    06/16/2014 5:56:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    KOB4 ^ | 6/16 | Kristen Garcia
    Jamie Estrada, 41, of Los Lunas, N.M., pleaded guilty Monday to the unlawful interception of electronic communications and false statement charges arising out of the unlawful interception of wire communications intended for others, including New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez and members of her staff. Estrada briefly served as campaign manager in 2009, as Martinez was beginning her bid for governor. The Republican won election in 2010 and took office in January 2011. “Each and every one of us has a right and an expectation of privacy in our electronic communications, including our emails, and those who violate the law by...
  • Family claims hacker taking control of cable box, sending threats

    03/27/2014 11:11:36 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 44 replies
    FOX59 Indianapolis ^ | Mar 27, 2014 | Yvonne Man
    A family claims they are being terrorized by their cable box. For more than a week, personal and harassing messages are showing up on their TVs. Meeks said it started more than a week ago — “he” or someone has taken control of her AT&T cable box and typing messages on two of her TVs. The family showed us a few. One wrote: ‘ISEEYOUHAHA’. Others even threatened to hurt Alana’s 9-year-old granddaughter, Aniya. “He wants to do more than hurt her,” said Meeks. “He wants to have sex with her. Pervert.” Some were quick to judge. However, an officer who...
  • Pvt. Manning seeks formal name change to Chelsea

    03/19/2014 9:07:57 PM PDT · by slumber1 · 47 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | 3-19-14 | FROM WIRE REPORTS
    The Army private who was tried and convicted as Bradley Edward Manning for leaking U.S. secrets to WikiLeaks is petitioning a Kansas court for a name change, to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.
  • Russia takes cyber-swipe at Illini (anti-Russian Hack Attack Came from U of Illinois)

    03/17/2014 3:57:18 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    News-Gazette ^ | 3-17-14 | Christine Des Garennes
    CHAMPAIGN — University of Illinois officials are looking into claims made by some Russian media outlets that a Crimea-related cyberattack originated from here. The Voice of Russia, a Russian government-run media outlet, claimed on Sunday that the hacking of websites related to the referendum held in Crimea on Sunday came from the U.S. (Snip) The Voice of Russia described Sunday’s hackings as the “denial-of-service” type of attacks. “Our IT safety experts managed to find out where those attacks came from. It is University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. The most powerful scanning of servers before the attack was carried out...
  • World Cup Security Concerns Grow as Santos Fan is Beaten to Death...

    02/27/2014 12:08:48 AM PST · by Cindy · 11 replies
    DAILY MAIL [UK] ^ | February 25, 2014 | by Mike Dawes
    SNIPPET: "Security concerns ahead of this summer's Brazilian World Cup have increased after a football fan was beaten to death in host city Sao Paulo." SNIPPET: "There are serious concerns about the safety of travelling supporters at this summer's World Cup after more than 30 people were killed in 2013 as a result of football-related violence. One of Brazil’s biggest criminal gangs last year promised a ‘Tournament of Terror’. The threat was issued by Sau Paulo's 'First Capital of the Command', who in 2012 was a group behind the murder of more than a hundred of the city’s police officers."
  • World’s worst human finally arrested by the FBI

    01/25/2014 9:14:31 AM PST · by rickmichaels · 29 replies
    National Post ^ | Jan. 24, 2014 | AP
    LOS ANGELES — A notorious “revenge porn” website operator and another California man have been charged with stealing nude photos from hundreds of hacked email accounts and posting the images online. Hunter Moore, 27, who has been dubbed by some media outlets as “the most hated man on the Internet,” was arrested Thursday at his home. FBI agents also arrested Charles Evens, 25, of the Studio City area of Los Angeles. Evens pleaded not guilty in a Los Angeles court while Moore appeared in court in Sacramento but didn’t enter a plea, U.S. attorney’s spokesman Thom Mrozek said. Both remained...
  • Snapchat stays quiet after 4.6M accounts hacked

    01/02/2014 2:01:50 PM PST · by Lorianne · 9 replies
    CBC News ^ | 02 January 2014
    Snapchat, the disappearing-message service popular with young people, has been quiet following a security breach that allowed hackers to collect the usernames and phone numbers of millions of its users. Company spokeswoman Mary Ritti said Thursday morning that the company is assessing the situation, but did not have further comment. As the U.S. and Canada rang in the New Year, hackers reportedly published 4.6 million Snapchat usernames and phone numbers on a website called snapchatdb.info, which has since been suspended. The breach came less than a week after security experts alerted Snapchat of a vulnerability in its system and warned...
  • Security Experts Warn Healthcare.gov Is Vulnerable to Hacking

    12/03/2013 9:18:34 AM PST · by topher · 25 replies
    ABC News ^ | Nov 19, 2013 6:01pm | John Parkinson
    Cyber security experts told Congress today that the Obama administration should take Healthcare.gov offline until privacy vulnerabilities are addressed and detection capabilities are improved. David Kennedy, a so-called “white hat hacker” who tests security flaws by hacking online systems to help identify weaknesses, warned that there are critical flaws and exposures “currently on the website that hackers could use to extract sensitive information.” “The purpose of security isn’t to say, ‘Hey, we’re 100 percent impenetrable all the time,’ but can we detect the hackers in the very early stages of the life cycle of the attack, monitor that, and prevent...
  • Twelve-year-old hacks government sites for Anonymous

    10/28/2013 9:46:00 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 16 replies
    Newsy via WFTV.com ^ | October 27, 2013 | Jamal Andress
    Remember that really terrible thing you did as a child? Remember telling yourself it could be worse? Well, now you can really mean it. A 12-year-old boy from Quebec, Canada, pleaded guilty to hacking government and police websites for the hacktivist group Anonymous. (Via Gizmodo) The fifth grader, who was 11 at the time, was working with Anonymous during the 2012 student uprising in Quebec, where students protested a proposed tuition hike for several months. (Via Vimeo / nate) The Montreal Police, the Quebec Institute of Public Health and the Chilean government websites were all hacked by the boy. According...
  • Mozilla's Lightbeam tool will expose who is looking over your shoulder on the web

    10/25/2013 6:41:56 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 39 replies
    Independent UK | 10-25-2013 | Adam Sherwin
    http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/mozillas-lightbeam-tool-will-expose-who-is-looking-over-your-shoulder-on-the-web-8902269.html
  • Exclusive: Sarah Palin Under Cyber-Attack from Wikileaks Supporters in 'Operation Payback'

    12/08/2010 2:57:31 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 145 replies · 9+ views
    ABC News ^ | Dec. 8, 2010 | Jake Tapper
    The website and personal credit card information of former Gov. Sarah Palin were cyber-attacked today by Wikileaks supporters, the 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate tells ABC News in an email. Hackers in London apparently affiliated with “Operation Payback” – a group of supporters of Julian Assange and Wikileaks – have tried to shut down SarahPac and have disrupted Sarah and Todd Palin’s personal credit card accounts. “No wonder others are keeping silent about Assange's antics,” Palin emailed. “This is what happens when you exercise the First Amendment and speak against his sick, un-American espionage efforts.” Palin has criticized Wikileaks founder...
  • First Google, then Amazon, Next the NASDAQ and Now eBay is Down Hard

    08/23/2013 2:43:45 AM PDT · by Iron Munro · 27 replies
    Shenandoah (blog) ^ | August 23, 2013 03:45 ET | John Galt
    I don’t know what’s going on around here (see this thread) but there is a definite trend on what is happening to major web based companies this week. When I tried to check my eBay account this morning, this is the message I received: "THIS PAGE CAN'T BE DISPLAYED"
  • Snowden downloaded NSA secrets while working for Dell, sources say

    08/15/2013 3:13:46 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 84 replies
    Reuter ^ | Thu Aug 15, 2013 5:50pm EDT
    Former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden began downloading documents describing the U.S. government's electronic spying programs while he was working for Dell Inc in April 2012, almost a year earlier than previously reported, according to U.S. officials and other sources familiar with the matter.
  • Latvia to extradite computer hacker suspect to US

    08/06/2013 5:52:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 6, 2013 8:39 AM EDT
    Latvia’s government has approved the extradition of a man accused by the United States of helping create a virus that affected over a million computers worldwide and allowed hackers to steal millions of dollars from bank accounts. Deniss Calovskis was accused by U.S. authorities in January of participating in a conspiracy to infect computers with a virtually undetectable virus that intercepted and sent out sensitive data such as bank account numbers and passwords to unauthorized users. …
  • Group sues FBI for records after Michael Hastings’ mysterious death

    07/30/2013 7:57:59 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 148 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 30 Jul 2013 | Josh Peterson
    A journalist and a researcher have sued the Justice Department for access to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s records on the late journalist Michael Hastings. The lawsuit follows the FBI’s failure to respond to separate Freedom of Information Act requests for records on Hastings submitted by journalist Jason Leopold of al-Jazeera and Massachusetts Institute of Technology researcher Ryan Shapiro. Agencies are required by statute to notify applicants about whether it will fulfill their requests within a 20-working-day period of the initial application. In the hours before his death, which was ruled an accident by the Los Angeles Police Department, Hastings...
  • Hacker Forces Colin Powell To Deny Affair

    08/01/2013 9:24:15 AM PDT · by keat · 60 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | August 1, 2013
    AUGUST 1--As a notorious hacker seeks to distribute “very personal” e-mails sent to Colin Powell by a female Romanian diplomat, the retired general is denying that he engaged in an extramarital affair with the woman while he served as Secretary of State, though he recently advised her to delete all their online exchanges, The Smoking Gun has learned. In a statement addressing his relationship with Corina Cretu, a member of the European Parliament who previously held a series of senior posts in the Romanian government, Powell, 76, wrote that he has known Cretu for about 10 years, having first met...
  • Infamous hacker Barnaby Jack dies, one week before Black Hat convention

    07/26/2013 12:39:00 PM PDT · by wideawake · 27 replies
    NBC News ^ | 7/26/2013 | Jim Finkle
    Barnaby Jack, a celebrated computer hacker who could force a bank ATM to spit out cash and sparked safety improvements in medical devices, has died in San Francisco. The San Francisco Medical Examiner's Office said Jack died in the city on Thursday. It gave no details. He was believed to be in his mid-30s. Jack was due to appear at the Black Hat hacking convention in Las Vegas next week, demonstrating techniques for remotely attacking implanted heart devices. He said he could kill a man from 30 feet away. His genius was finding bugs in the tiny computers embedded in...
  • Hacker found dead days before he was to demonstrate how to hack a pacemaker

    07/26/2013 10:13:41 AM PDT · by DFG · 103 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 07/26/2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A computer hacker who gained cult status across the internet after revealing how to hack cash machines has been found a week before he was due to demonstrate how to kill someone by hacking their pacemaker. The body of Barnaby Jack was found in San Francisco yesterday. The city's medical examiner's office would not give any further details. Jack, a security expert, became one of the most famous hackers on the planet after a 2010 demonstration in which he forced ATMs to spit out cash, dubbed 'Jackpotting'.
  • CBS REPORTER SHARYL ATTKISSON: I THINK I KNOW WHO HACKED MY COMPUTER

    06/18/2013 7:43:50 AM PDT · by SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny · 29 replies
    TPNN - TEA PARTY NEWS NETWORK ^ | June 18, 2013 | Matthew Burke
    CBS News reporter, Sharyl Attkisson, one of the very few real reporters left in the mainstream media, appeared on Monday’s O’Reilly Factor, telling Bill O’Reilly that she thinks she knew who hacked her computer (scroll down for video). In the interview, Attkisson begins by explaining that both her personal computer, as well as her CBS work computer would mysteriously turn on in the middle of the night, even though she’d shut them down...
  • Attkisson: Hacker Highly Skilled, Used Very Sophisticated Methods

    06/17/2013 9:33:36 AM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/17/13 | John Nolte
    CBS News investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson appeared on "CBS This Morning" to discuss the hacking of her computer, which CBS News say they have verified through what Attkisson describes as an "independent cyber-security firm." She added that whoever did the hack was "highly skilled and used very sophisticated methods." Throughout the reign of Barack Obama, Attkisson has distinguished herself in media as the rare reporter actually willing to do more than protect, cheerlead, and play stenographer for the White House.
  • Identity Theft

    06/13/2013 2:10:20 PM PDT · by Huskrrrr · 34 replies
    Vanity | June 13, 2013 | Huskrrrr
    I've been Hacked! A thief has obtained my email address, phone number and mailing address. The vandal has sent my information to a number of businessess requesting services and ordered dozens of boxes of mailing supplies to be deivered to my house. So far my credit cards and bank accounts have not been touched nor have any new credit cards been ordered. I have notified the police, the postal inspector web site, my credit report service and the businesses affected. I guess I need to close my email account next or at lesst change the password. The pranks have not...
  • Dirty politics from Camp Obama

    09/25/2008 10:27:04 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 20 replies · 370+ views
    Spectator Blogs ^ | September 25, 2008 | Melanie Phillips
    Earlier this week, I wrote about the dirty tricks campaign against journalist Amir Taheri following his revelation that, in a private meeting in Iraq last July with Iraqi leaders, Barack Obama tried to persuade them to delay the agreement being hammered out with the US government on a draw-down of the American military presence. According to this account, which quoted Iraq’s foreign minister Hoshya Zebari (pictured), Obama had thus privately sought to undermine an American government foreign policy initiative – an explosive revelation. Taheri subsequently dismissed as tendentious Camp Obama’s response which he said deliberately confused two separate agreements under...
  • Inside The Ring: Al Qaeda Websites Hacked

    05/17/2013 2:03:30 AM PDT · by Cindy · 3 replies
    WASHINGTON TIMES.com - Inside The Ring ^ | Wednesday, May 15, 2013 | Bill Gertz
    SNIPPET: "U.S. officials familiar with intelligence reports said the websites of Ansar al-Mujahidin, Shumukh al-Islam and Al Fida — all accredited as official outlets of the terrorist group once led by Osama bin Laden — were knocked off the Internet by cyberattacks in early May. Two of the sites — Ansar al-Mujahidin (as-ansar.com) and Shumukh al-Islam (shamikh1.info) — came back up Monday and Tuesday. The site Al Fida remains down." SNIPPET: "The disruptions are prompting many jihadists to shift from Web forums to Twitter for communications and propaganda messaging."
  • In Hours, Thieves Took $45 Million in A.T.M. Scheme

    05/10/2013 4:27:55 PM PDT · by dennisw · 17 replies
    nytimes ^ | May 9, 2013 | By MARC SANTORA
    It was a brazen bank heist, but a 21st-century version in which the criminals never wore ski masks, threatened a teller or set foot in a vault. In two precision operations that involved people in more than two dozen countries acting in close coordination and with surgical precision, thieves stole $45 million from thousands of A.T.M.'s in a matter of hours. In New York City alone, the thieves responsible for A.T.M. withdrawals struck 2,904 machines over 10 hours starting on Feb. 19, withdrawing $2.4 million. The operation included sophisticated computer experts operating in the shadowy world of Internet hacking, manipulating...
  • Tag team: Jihadis, hackers join forces to launch cyberattacks on United States

    05/06/2013 9:28:15 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 6, 2013 | Shaun Waterman
    Middle East- and North Africa-based criminal hackers are preparing cyberattacks this week against the websites of high-profile U.S. government agencies, banks and other companies, according to the Department of Homeland Security. The attacks, dubbed #OpUSA, for Operation USA, will begin Tuesday, the department said in a warning bulletin circulated to the private sector last week. The bulletin was first obtained and posted online by blogger and cybercrime expert Brian Krebs.
  • Cybercrime Morphs Into Cyberwar

    05/01/2013 9:00:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 1, 2013 | Austin Bay
    On April 25, Spanish police, at the request of Holland's national prosecutor's office, arrested Dutch citizen Sven Olaf Kamphuis. Kamphuis will likely face charges in Holland related to what Dutch officials describe as the most extensive criminal cyberattacks in the history of the Internet. The attacks, which occurred in mid-March, overwhelmed the website of Spamhaus, a European nonprofit organization that tracks computer viruses (malware) and spam (unwanted email). Spamhaus had blacklisted Kamphuis' Internet company, CyberBunker. Spamhaus alleged that CyberBunker provided hosting services for spammers. The attacks (distributed denial of service, DDOS attacks) not only denied Internet users access to the...
  • Hillary Clinton's 'hacked' Benghazi emails: FULL RELEASE (MORE)

    On the back of widespread public interest RT has decided to publish in their entirety a series of memos which were allegedly sent from a one-time White House aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
  • Hacker Begins Distributing Confidential Memos Sent To Hillary Clinton On Libya, Benghazi Attack

    03/18/2013 5:41:14 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 87 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | 3/18/2013 | staff
    In e-mail blasts this weekend, “Guccifer” sent documents stolen from the e-mail account of a former White House aide to congressional aides, political figures, and journalists. Armed with confidential memos to Hillary Clinton that were stolen from the e-mail account of a former White House aide, a hacker has distributed some of the documents to a wide array of congressional aides, political figures, and journalists worldwide. In a series of weekend e-mail blasts, the hacker known as “Guccifer” disseminated four recent memos to Clinton from Sidney Blumenthal, a longtime confidant of the former Secretary of State.
  • Michelle Obama gets hacked

    03/14/2013 7:53:43 AM PDT · by YankeeinOkieville · 14 replies
    TMZ.com | 3/13/13 | TMZ
    Michelle Obama is the latest victim of a group of hackers targeting celebrities. This time, they even hacked the organization that's after them -- Robert Mueller, the Director of the FBI! Read more: http://www.tmz.com/videos/0_ntu8q9o0/#ixzz2NWbXvTsM I do not know if this is true as I've not seen it anywhere else but TMZ so I am putting this in chat. They are, however, often the first to break a story such as the pictures of Harry's Vegas vacation and Tiger getting in trouble with the wife. They also claim to research the truth to their stories and in the vid, the one...
  • Fail: Chrome, Firefox, and IE all crack during hacking competition

    03/11/2013 7:11:28 AM PDT · by Nachum · 52 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3/11/13 | Meghan Kelly
    Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Firefox all fell to the mercy of the hackers Thursday. That is, in a controlled environment. Security firms Vupen and MWR Labs were able to crack the browsers during a condoned bug-hunt, with one company winning $100,000 for finding a huge hole. The Pwn2Own competition is an event at the CanSecWest conference in Vancouver. The competition was created by HP’s DVLabs as part of its Zero Day Initiative: an attempt to get more people to find and report bugs as opposed to exploiting them for personal gains.
  • Dot Commie: China's Military Behind U.S. Cyberattacks

    02/23/2013 7:18:03 AM PST · by raptor22 · 16 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | Feberuary 23, 2012 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Cyberwar: A cybersecurity firm reports a secretive Chinese military unit is behind many recent "hack attacks" into U.S. computers, stealing trade and military secrets and developing a potentially crippling new weapon. In a 2009 editorial we noted that units of China's armed forces, whom we dubbed its "Cybertooth Tigers" were developing capabilities to penetrate and potentially disrupt U.S. computer systems as part of the People's Liberation Army's focus on what is known as "asymmetrical" warfare, specifically cyber-warfare. At least as far back as the 2008 edition of the Pentagon's annual report to Congress entitled "Military Power of the People's Republic...
  • Anonymous threatens to take down State of the Union livestream (teleprompter hacked?)

    02/12/2013 3:44:44 PM PST · by Libloather · 48 replies
    NBC News ^ | 2/12/13 | Devin Coldewey
    According to a threat posted on Anonymous information website Anon Relations.net, the loosely banded hacker collective will attempt to disrupt the State of the Union address Tuesday by preventing it from being broadcast online. **SNIP** The AnonRelations.net post cites a litany of offenses as motive for the threatened attack, from "tyrannical" legislation to the treatment of Internet heroes like Aaron Swartz and Bradley Manning. It goes on to state that hackers will "form a virtual blockade between Capitol Hill and the Internet," although onlookers may be skeptical of the group's ability to do this. A recent campaign against Israel during...
  • Caught Red-Handed, Aaron Swartz Was Prepping For Key Federal Court Evidence Hearing

    01/13/2013 5:13:19 PM PST · by libstripper · 54 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | January 13, 2013 | Smoking Gun Staff
    At the time of his suicide, Aaron Swartz was preparing for a crucial hearing in his federal criminal case, likely his best chance to thwart federal prosecutors who had developed solid evidence against the Internet activist who was facing an April trial on a 13-count felony indictment. The 26-year-old Swartz, who killed himself Friday in his Brooklyn apartment, was scheduled for a January 25 evidentiary hearing in U.S. District Court in Boston, Massachusetts. Lawyers for Swartz were seeking to suppress material gathered in connection with Swartz’s breach of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology computer network. The January 2011 incursion netted...
  • Urgent: Disable Java on Your Computer (Homeland Security warns of potential hacker attack)

    01/13/2013 6:53:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/13/2013 | Bill Schanefelt
    If you have not yet seen or acted upon Homeland Security's warning, I urge you to do so immediately: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is advising people to temporarily disable the Java software on their computers to avoid potential hacking attacks.  The recommendation came in an advisory issued late Thursday, following up on concerns raised by computer security experts. BlazingCatFur explains the situation: My suspicion is that it's related to this: Iran blamed for massive cyber attack on U.S. banks data centers as 'puppet hacking group' says they did it because the anti-Mohammed movie is still on the...
  • Internet activist Aaron Swartz commits suicide

    01/12/2013 9:55:20 AM PST · by EveningStar · 29 replies
    CNET ^ | January 12, 2013 | Charles Cooper
    Computer activist Aaron H. Swartz committed suicide in New York City yesterday. The news was first reported by the MIT newspaper The Tech, citing both his uncle and his attorney. Swartz was 26.
  • German Islamists Target Youth on the Internet

    11/02/2012 2:38:29 PM PDT · by Cindy · 27 replies
    SPIEGEL.de - SPIEGEL Online ^ | November 1, 2012 | by Christoph Sydow
      "German Islamists Target Youth on the Internet" By Christoph Sydow 11/01/2012 "Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan." PHOTO CAPTION: "A growing community of German-speaking Islamists has developed on the Internet. Aiming to find new recruits, they glorify jihad and call for attacks on Germany. A new study warns that such online propaganda might foster a new generation of terrorists." SNIPPET: "International terrorist groups like al-Qaida recognized the importance of the Internet for recruiting new supporters early on." SNIPPET: "Intelligence services can also take advantage of the anonymity of Internet forums to deliberately plant false information or obtain insider...
  • Hackers heist 300,000 records from Florida college

    A massive security breach at Northwest Florida State College has affected 300,000 records in the school's computer systems, including information on about 200,000 students statewide who were once eligible for Bright Futures scholarships, the school said Wednesday. The compromised information contained the names and Social Security and bank routing numbers of students, teachers, staff and retirees. Hackers also stole 200,000 records of people who may never have attended or set foot on the Niceville campus in Okaloosa County. The names, Social Security numbers and dates of birth for students statewide who were Bright Futures scholarship candidates in 2005-06 and 2006-07...
  • GoDaddy Outage Takes Down Millions of Sites (Hacked)

    09/10/2012 12:24:09 PM PDT · by TheBattman · 33 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | 09-10-2012 | Klint Finley
    According to many customers, sites hosted by major web host and domain registrar GoDaddy are down. According to the official GoDaddy Twitter account the company is aware of the issue and is working to resolve it. Update: customers are complaining that GoDaddy hosted e-mail accounts are down as well, along with GoDaddy phone service and all sites using GoDaddy’s DNS service. Update 2: Anonymous is claiming responsibility. A member of Anonymous known as AnonymousOwn3r is claiming responsibility, and makes it clear this is not an Anonymous collective action. The service Down For Everyone Or Just Me says the GoDaddy company...
  • Jihadis Online: A Few Thoughts

    07/24/2012 3:24:56 AM PDT · by Cindy · 45 replies
    Society For Internet Research ^ | JULY 5, 2011 | S.O.F.I.R.
    SNIPPET: "I. When considering the matter of jihadis online, remember that most of what we think we know is based on analyses of the comments made by an handful of vocal activists. The vast majority of jihadis online, be they on forums or social networking sites[i], say nothing. Skillful translations and insightful analyses by definition tell us little about this potentially lethal yet silent majority."
  • How a Lying 'Social Engineer' Hacked Wal-Mart

    08/09/2012 9:01:47 PM PDT · by grundle · 10 replies
    Yahoo! news ^ | August 8, 2012 | Stacy Cowley
    AS VEGAS (CNNMoney) -- A Wal-Mart store manager in a small military town in Canada got an urgent phone call last month from "Gary Darnell" in the home office in Bentonville, Ark. Darnell told the manager Wal-Mart had a multi-million-dollar opportunity to win a major government contract, and that he was assigned to visit the handful of Wal-Mart stores picked as likely pilot spots. First, he needed to get a complete picture of the store's operations. For about 10 minutes, Darnell described who he was (a newly hired manager of government logistics), the outlines of the contract ("all I know...
  • Apple cloud burst: how hacker wiped Mat's 'life'

    08/06/2012 1:57:22 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 31 replies
    casey weekly berwick.com ^ | 08/06/2012 | ASHER MOSES
    What would you do if your entire digital life started evaporating before your eyes and there was virtually nothing you could do about it? This is the nightmare scenario that greeted US technology journalist Mat Honan, who had all of the contents of his iPhone, iPad and Macbook Air wiped, and lost control of his Gmail and Twitter accounts, all in the span of just over 15 minutes.
  • Obama heads to the golf course

    04/07/2012 5:23:20 PM PDT · by Libloather · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/07/12 | Russell Berman
    Obama heads to the golf courseBy Russell Berman - 04/07/12 02:11 PM ET President Obama kicked off the sunny Easter weekend on Saturday with a trip to the golf course. The president, a frequent golfer, left the White House shortly before 1 p.m. for a ride to what has become his home course at Andrews Air Force Base. The weather is beautiful in the Washington D.C. area this weekend, sunny with temperatures in the low 60s. It's the second round of golf for Obama this Spring, and also the second time this week the White House has put golf on...
  • Viewpoint: How hackers could decapitate the internet (Anonymous)

    03/27/2012 10:47:56 AM PDT · by George - the Other · 24 replies
    BBC News ^ | 26 March 2012 | Alan Woodward
    A recent threat, purportedly from the hacker group Anonymous, stated boldly that its members would stop the internet on 31 March ...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Infamous international hacking group LulzSec brought down by own leader

    03/06/2012 7:57:16 AM PST · by Lucky9teen · 5 replies
    http://www.foxnews.com ^ | March 06, 2012 | By Jana Winter
    EXCLUSIVE: Law enforcement agents on two continents swooped in on top members of the infamous computer hacking group LulzSec early this morning, and acting largely on evidence gathered by the organization’s brazen leader -- who sources say has been secretly working for the government for months -- arrested three and charged two more with conspiracy. “This is devastating to the organization,” said an FBI official involved with the investigation. “We’re chopping off the head of LulzSec.” SUMMARY Hector Xavier Monsegur, aka "Sabu," pleaded guilty to the following charges on Aug. 15, 2011: COUNT ONE: Conspiracy to Engage in Computer Hacking—Anonymous...
  • Sarah Palin email hacker loses appeal (aww .. sniff)

    01/30/2012 7:38:54 PM PST · by STARWISE · 29 replies
    Reuters/Yahoo ^ | 1-30-12 | Terry Baynes
    A former college student convicted for hacking into Sarah Palin's e-mail account during the 2008 presidential election lost a bid to overturn his felony conviction on Monday. The former University of Tennessee student, David Kernell, argued he was not aware of any pending investigation when he deleted information from his computer related to the hacking of Palin's account. But the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit found Kernell's awareness of a possible future FBI investigation was enough to uphold a conviction on obstruction of justice.
  • The Jihad Will Be YouTubed

    01/01/2012 3:26:29 PM PST · by Cindy · 25 replies
    FOREIGN POLICY - The AFPAK Channel ^ | December 15, 2011 | by Raffaello Pantucci
    The Jihad Will Be YouTubed by Raffaello Pantucci December 15, 2011 FOREIGN POLICY - The AFPAK Channel SNIPPET: "While clearly the technology to make such videos is something that is universal, it does seem as though it is aspirant jihadists in the West who find it easiest to use. There was no evidence that Gul was being directed by foreign terrorist organizations to produce his material, and his case shows the continued existence of young Westerners producing radical material on their own. It may indeed be the case that the virtual armies have yet to fully emerge as active warriors...
  • (Hacker) Anonymous Goes on Megaupload Revenge Spree

    01/19/2012 6:56:30 PM PST · by Razzz42 · 32 replies
    gizmodo.com ^ | January 19, 2012 | Sam Biddle
    DoJ, RIAA, MPAA, and Universal Music All Offline Anonymous has sure been quiet lately, but today's federal bust of Megaupload riled 'em up good: a retaliatory strike against DoJ.gov (and plenty of other foes) leaving them completely dead. DownForEveryoneOrJustMe.com is reporting the department's site as universally nuked, and an Anonymous-affiliated Twitter account is boasting success. This is almost certainly the result of a quickly-assembled DDoS attack—and easily the widest in scope and ferocity we've seen in some time. If you had any doubts Anonymous is still a hacker wrecking ball, doubt no more. The combination of the hacking nebula's SOPA...
  • Round Two in Hacker War: El Al Site Attacked

    01/16/2012 2:57:19 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 16/1/12 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Hacker “OxOmar,” dubbed the “Saudi Hacker,” struck again on Monday, this time shutting down the El Al and Tel Aviv Stock Exchange information site. The cyber attack did not affect the site on which investors trade stocks, and trading was not affected. The hacker struck last month by invading thousands of accounts of Israeli credit card holders. The El Al site was shut down as of mid-morning, and the Stock Exchange site was available but not operable. OxOmar blocked the El Al site but did not take control of it or damage its content. The real damage is to the...
  • Hacker says to release full Norton Antivirus code on Tuesday

    01/14/2012 12:23:15 PM PST · by Red Badger · 25 replies · 1+ views
    http://news.yahoo.com ^ | 1-14-2012 | (Reporting By Frank Jack Daniel)
    NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A hacker who goes by the name of 'Yama Tough' threatened Saturday to release next week the full source code for Symantec Corp's flagship Norton Antivirus software. "This coming Tuesday behold the full Norton Antivirus 1,7Gb src, the rest will follow," Yama Tough posted via Twitter.