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  • Convicted Palin Hacker At (Federal) Prison Camp in Kentucky

    01/14/2011 3:05:14 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 26 replies · 1+ views
    WMC-TV Memphis ^ | 1-13-11 | WMC-TV
    <p>CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - A former Tennessee college student convicted of hacking Sarah Palin's e-mail account has reported to an unfenced federal prison camp in Kentucky to begin his sentence.</p> <p>A Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman said 23-year-old David Kernell reported to the minimum security camp at Ashland, Ky., on Monday to begin a yearlong sentence.</p>
  • Breaking: Released Julian Assange Ready For Next Indictment – Espionage Charges In The US

    12/16/2010 5:45:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 92 replies
    Mediaite ^ | December 16th, 2010 | Matt Schneider
    International man of intrigue Julian Assange barely had a moment to catch his breath from the last charges against him, but now is prepared for the US to have their crack at him. Assange tells Sky News “We have heard today from one of my US lawyers that there may be a US indictment for espionage for me coming from a secret grand jury investigation.” The fun never stops with Assange, stay tuned for more details.
  • Dutch boy arrested for WikiLeaks-related DDoS attacks on Mastercard and PayPal

    12/09/2010 3:37:05 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 22 replies · 2+ views
    Naked Security ^ | 12/8/2010 | Naked Security
    According to an announcement by the Dutch Public Prosecution Service, a 16-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with the distributed denial-of-service attacks that have been launched against a number of websites this week, including MasterCard and PayPal. The attacks, which have made the headlines in the last couple of days, have seemingly been in support of the controversial WikiLeaks whistle-blowing site and its high profile founder Julian Assange. Details are very sketchy, but it is reported that the unnamed youth is in police custody and is being interrogated by detectives from the Dutch National High-Tech Crime Team. He...
  • Kernell Sentenced To Year For Hacking Palin Email

    11/12/2010 4:59:27 PM PST · by definitelynotaliberal · 16 replies
    The Chattanoogan ^ | 11.12.2010 | Unknown
    David C. Kernell, 23, on Friday was sentenced to one year and one day in prison for intentionally accessing without authorization the email account of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin and obstructing justice. Judge Thomas W. Phillips of Knoxville also imposed a three-year term of supervised released. In imposing the prison sentence, Judge Phillips recommended service at Midway Sanction Center, but noted that the Bureau of Prisons would decide where the defendant would serve his sentence. On April 30, after a week-long trial, a jury found Kernell guilty of one count of misdemeanor unauthorized access to obtain information from a...
  • Bill O’Reilly & Ann Coulter Website Hacker Sentenced

    11/09/2010 1:58:46 PM PST · by Beaten Valve · 23 replies
    TV Newser ^ | November 9, 2010 | Molly Stark Dean
    The 23-year-old student hacker, Mitchell Frost, who hacked into the websites of Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly and fellow FNC personality and conservative pundit, Ann Coulter, was sentenced to 30 months in prison. Along with the prison sentence, Frost has been ordered to pay restitution: $40,000 to O’Reilly and $10,000 to the University of Akron, where the student had been studying during the crime. The Ohio student pleaded guilty in May to using school computers and networks to access the sites. Between August 2006 and March 2007, Frost hacked into Frost was in his first year at the school when he...
  • Extradited Hacker Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Masterminding First-Ever Hack....

    09/28/2010 12:39:52 AM PDT · by Cindy · 8 replies - DOJ Press Release ^ | September 24, 2010 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: Extradited Hacker Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Masterminding First-Ever Hack Into Internet Phone Networks Defendant Also Ordered to Pay Over $1 Million in Restitution NEWARK, NJ—The first individual ever charged with hacking into the networks of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers and reselling hacked VoIP services for a profit was sentenced today to 120 months in prison, United States Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. Edwin Andres Pena, 27, transmitted over 10 million minutes of unauthorized telephone calls over the victims' networks. Pena, a Venezuelan citizen, fled the United States...
  • Palin hacker's verdict stands

    09/25/2010 5:22:35 AM PDT · by libstripper · 27 replies · 1+ views
    Knoxville News-Sentinel (TN) ^ | September 25, 2010 | Jamie Satterfield
    A federal judge has shot down a former University of Tennessee student's bid to have tossed out convictions in the illegal access of Sarah Palin's personal e-mail account during the 2008 presidential election. Although U.S. District Judge Thomas Phillips' ruling, issued Thursday, paves the way for David C. Kernell to be sentenced next month, his will not be the final word on whether the convictions will stand. Defense attorney Wade Davies is appealing the then-20-year-old UT student's case to the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.
  • INTERNATIONAL HACKER ARRAIGNED AFTER EXTRADITION Elaborate Scheme Stole over $9.4 Million...

    08/07/2010 4:01:49 PM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies
    NOTE The following text SNIPPET is a quote: International Hacker Arraigned After Extradition Elaborate Scheme Stole over $9.4 Million from Credit Card Processor ATLANTA, GA—SERGEI TŠURIKOV, 26, of Tallinn, Estonia, has been extradited to the United States. TŠURIKOV appeared today and was arraigned before United States Magistrate Judge E. Clayton Scofield III, on federal charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy to commit computer fraud, computer fraud, and aggravated identity theft. TŠURIKOV was indicted by a federal grand jury on these charges on November 10, 2010, along with VIKTOR PLESHCHUK, 29, of St. Petersburg, Russia; OLEG COVELIN,...
  • Snitching Hacker Adrian Lamo vs. Hostile Crowd at Hacker Convention. Videos…[WikiLeaks]

    08/05/2010 4:18:39 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 4 replies
    Wordpress ^ | 8/5/10
    Woah. Adrian Lamo (the blinking insomniac hacker who snitched out Bradley Manning) answering questions from a mostly hostile audience during the ‘Informants: Villains or Heroes?’ panel at HOPE Conference #8:’The Next Hope/Hackers on Planet Earth’ (NYC July 16-18). Via John Young,, vigilant-snitch.htm. From [...] The leaker [Manning] had reportedly boasted to hacker Adrian Lamo (after seeing his name in a Wired article) about sending 260,000 U.S. State Department classified documents to According to Lamo, that claim was enough to make him decide to call the authorities and become an informant. [...] Let’s jump in at part-3 and...
  • Hacker Builds $1,500 Cell Phone Tapping Device

    08/01/2010 4:08:56 PM PDT · by PugetSoundSoldier · 22 replies · 5+ views
    Slashdot ^ | July 31, 2010 | Soulskill
    "A security researcher created a $1,500 cell phone base station kit (including a laptop and two RF antennas) that tricks cell phones into routing their outbound calls through his device, allowing someone to intercept even encrypted calls in the clear. Most of the price is for the laptop he used to operate the system. The device tricks the phones into disabling encryption and records call details and content before they are routed on their proper way through voice-over-IP. The low-cost, home-brewed device ... mimics more expensive devices already used by intelligence and law enforcement agencies — called IMSI catchers —...
  • Informant says Wikileaks suspect had civilian help

    07/31/2010 12:36:26 PM PDT · by rawhide · 41 replies · 9+ views ^ | 7-31-10 | By DAVID DISHNEAU
    HAGERSTOWN, Md. — A key figure in the government's investigation of thousands of leaked secret war records says the suspected culprit had help. Adrian Lamo is the computer hacker who turned in Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning. Lamo says someone told him that he helped Manning set up encryption software that Manning allegedly used to send classified information to the whistleblower website Wikileaks. Lamo isn't naming the apparent accomplice. But he says the man is among a group of people in the Boston area who work with Wikileaks.
  • Hacker arrested for spying on schoolgirls via their own webcams

    07/18/2010 2:50:15 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 9 replies
    The Local ^ | 7/17/10
    A man has been arrested for spying on more than 150 girls in their bedrooms by hacking into their computers and using their webcams to watch them, provoking warnings that others will be doing the same thing. The hacker, from the Rhineland area, is suspected of having infected computers with a program enabling him to manipulate webcams, a spokesman for the Aachen state prosecutor confirmed on Friday. Thomas Floß from the association of data protection advisors, discovered the case, according to a report in the Westfalenblatt newspaper. He often visits schools to talk with children about data protection and sensible...
  • Researchers discover way to create trojans in USB hardware

    07/06/2010 3:36:38 PM PDT · by oc-flyfish · 29 replies
    Tech 1984 ^ | 7/6/2010 | Tech 1984
    Wonderful, just one more way for our benevolent federal government to spy on us.
  • Haxor Training to Commence Shortly at Al-Faloja?

    06/28/2010 5:42:26 PM PDT · by Cindy · 6 replies ^ | June 28, 2010 | n/a
  • Al Qaeda in Gaza on YouTube

    06/29/2010 12:30:53 AM PDT · by Cindy · 2 replies
    THE JAWA REPORT - blog ^ | June 28, 2010 03:25 PM | By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D.
    SNIPPET: "The guy who uploaded it seems to think that he's a cyber-hacker for Allah, too."
  • Feds: Hacker accused of Biden threat also targeted Pawlenty, MN senator

    06/24/2010 10:56:24 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 1 replies ^ | 6/24/10 | Paul Walsh
    Child pornography charges were added Thursday to the allegations against a Blaine man who is accused of pilfering the identity of a neighbor and e-mailing a death threat to Vice President Joe Biden. The new federal indictment also says that the threat sent by Barry Ardolf went not only to Biden, but also to Gov. Tim Pawlenty and one of Minnesota's U.S. senators. The document did not say which senator -- Amy Klobuchar or Al Franken -- was targeted. Last week in federal court in St. Paul, Ardolf, 45, reversed his intention to plead guilty, professing his innocence. Seamus Mahoney,...
  • Taliban Sites Hacked: Who is the 'Voice of Truth'?

    06/14/2010 5:48:10 PM PDT · by Cindy · 5 replies · 280+ views
    LONG WAR - Threat Matrix - blog ^ | JUNE 13, 2010, 4:49 PM | By TONY PRUDORI
    SNIPPET: "-- The Voice of Truth claims responsibility for attacking the site on March 17, April 7, April 14, May 17, June 4, and June 7 of this year (the dates are based on this Islamic calendar date converter)." SNIPPET: "So, who could be doing this? Earlier this year, someone identifying himself as @th3j35t3r on Twitter bragged about taking sites promoting terrorism, for short periods of time (30-60 minutes). He says he's hit at least some of the Taliban usual suspect sites - for example: - official taliban website (Afghan Resistance) - ooops I did it again, down for...
  • Was Gary McKinnon the victim of a Russian hacking plot ?

    05/22/2010 1:16:35 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 6 replies · 842+ views
    computerweekly ^ | May 21, 2010 | Bill Goodwin
    I met Gary McKinnon a few years ago and interviewed him over a beer. Over time I have come to the conclusion that despite the serious hacking crimes he committed, he needs help and a period of coummunity service, rather than a 60 year prison sentence. McKinnon certainly broke the law and caused damage when he hacked into US military systems. He may not have deleted files, or damaged software, but security specialists had no choice but to rebuild each machine he compromised. That is expensive, time consuming, and disruptive. But I believe that McKinnon is telling the truth when...
  • Hackers can remotely disable your car's brakes, create sensationalist headlines

    05/14/2010 9:20:32 AM PDT · by dangerdoc · 73 replies · 1,193+ views
    Engadget ^ | 5/14/10 | Tim Stevens
    We think you're going to be hearing a lot about this one over the next few days... or weeks. A team of researchers at the University of Washington and the University of California San Diego have determined that, with physical access to your car's ECU, a hacker could "adversarially control a wide range of automotive functions and completely ignore driver input -- including disabling the brakes, selectively braking individual wheels on demand, stopping the engine, and so on." For example, the team was able to connect a computer to a car's ODB-II port, access that computer wirelessly, and then disable...
  • Message in favor of SB1070 hacked onto electronic road sign in Tucson

    05/05/2010 6:45:40 PM PDT · by SandRat · 16 replies · 781+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Andrea Kelly
    A county street construction sign became into a political sign this morning after the message it displayed was changed to support Arizona’s new immigration law. A Pima County Transportation inspector noticed the traffic sign, on West Ina Road near North La Cańada Road, was no longer warning drivers about the widening project ahead, but instead telling them “SB1070 Rules. Import illegals back to Mexico” at 6 this morning. The sign, owned by Highway Technologies and deployed as part of the widening work, was changed back to a traffic advisory by 7 a.m. “Somebody removed one of the locks and reprogrammed...
  • The Hacker Case Verdict

    04/30/2010 11:40:58 PM PDT · by TBP · 16 replies · 1,006+ views
    Gov. Sarah Palin's Facebook Page ^ | April 30, 2010 | Governor Sarah Palin
    My family and I are thankful that the jury thoroughly and carefully weighed the evidence and issued a just verdict. Besides the obvious invasion of privacy and security concerns surrounding this issue, many of us are concerned about the integrity of our country’s political elections. America’s elections depend upon fair competition. Violating the law, or simply invading someone’s privacy for political gain, has long been repugnant to Americans’ sense of fair play. As Watergate taught us, we rightfully reject illegally breaking into candidates’ private communications for political intrigue in an attempt to derail an election. I want to thank the...

    04/30/2010 2:02:23 PM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 22 replies · 948+ views ^ | 04/30/2010 | John G. Winder
    A jury in Tennessee today found David Kernell guilty of two of four charges against him. Kernell was found guilty of computer fraud and obstruction of justice. These two charges could carry a combined maximum penalty of up to 25 years in prison and $500,000 in fines. The jury deadlocked on the charge of identity theft and he was not found guilty on the charge of wire fraud. Prosecutors have reserved the right to hold a new trial for the deadlocked charge of identity theft. The judge in the case will determine the sentencing. Expect Karnell to get off with...
  • Jury convicts Palin e-mail intruder on 2 counts; mistrial declared on ID theft

    04/30/2010 1:35:50 PM PDT · by libstripper · 13 replies · 890+ views
    KNoxvillle News Senitnel ^ | April 30, 2010 | Jim Balloch
    KNOXVILLE — A federal jury this afternoon convicted Sarah Palin e-mail intruder David C. Kernell of felony destruction of records to hamper a federal investigation and misdemeanor unlawfully obtaining information from a protected computer. The jury acquitted Kernell, 22, of felony wire fraud. U.S. District Judge Thomas W. Phillips declared a mistrial on the fourth charge, felony identity theft, after the jurors said they were hopelessly deadlocked.
  • Palin hacker found guilty on two counts

    04/30/2010 12:49:09 PM PDT · by rhema · 114 replies · 5,570+ views
    S C Magazine ^ | April 30 2010 | Greg Masters
    The 22-year-old man accused of hacking into the Yahoo! email account of Sarah Palin while she was the Republican candidate for vice president was found guilty of two of four counts: unlawful computer access and obstruction of justice, according to a report in the Knoxville News Sentinel. He was acquitted of the charge of wire fraud and a mistrial was declared on count one, identity theft. David Kernell was a 20-year-old economics student at the University of Tennessee when he hacked his way past security questions to access Palin's personal email account in 2008. Kernell gained access by providing Palin's...
  • Jury convicts Palin e-mail intruder on two counts

    04/30/2010 12:21:13 PM PDT · by SmithL · 66 replies · 2,610+ views
    KNOXVILLE — A federal jury this afternoon convicted Sarah Palin e-mail intruder David C. Kernell of felony destruction of records to hamper a federal investigation and misdemeanor unlawfully obtaining information from a protected computer. The jury acquitted Kernell, 22, of wire fraud. It remains deadlocked on felony identity theft. It’s unclear if U.S. District Judge Thomas W. Phillips will order the jurors, in their fourth day of deliberations, to continue.
  • Jury to get Palin case after Kernell opts not to testify

    04/27/2010 7:59:10 AM PDT · by SmithL · 23 replies · 981+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 4/27/10 | Jamie Satterfield
    Political ploy gone bust or prankish peek gone awry? That is the question facing jurors today in U.S. District Court as they begin deliberating the fate of former University of Tennessee student David C. Kernell. Kernell, 22, is standing trial on charges he guessed his way past the security features on then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's private Yahoo! e-mail account. Authorities allege he perused some of its contents, downloaded photos, captured screenshots and ultimately posted the new password he set on an Internet discussion site, allowing 10 people in the U.S. and abroad to make more than 70 forays into the...
  • Palin Testifies As The FBI Details an Elaborate Coverup By Defendant in the E-Mail Hacking Case

    04/25/2010 11:25:54 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 18 replies · 861+ views ^ | 04/25/2010 | Gary P.
    Kernell, if convicted is facing as many as 50 years in prison. Some may find that harsh. Let me remind you: G.Gordon Liddy was sentenced to 20 years in prison and a $40,000 fine for his part in the Watergate affair, and he wasn’t even one of those who actually broke into the DNC offices. I doubt Kernell will get 50 years, but a strong sentence is needed in a case like this to send a message to others who would attempt this sort of nonsense. It’s just sad that no one is pursuing the connection to the Obama regime....
  • Palin Testifies in E-mail Hacking Case (Drudge Headline)

    04/24/2010 1:24:37 PM PDT · by GVnana · 21 replies · 1,231+ views
    Photo by J. Miles Cary Sarah Palin, former Alaska governor, talks with the press outside of the Federal Court House in downtown Knoxville Friday. KNOXVILLE - With the government wrapping up its case, the defense attorney for a former University of Tennessee student accused of illegally accessing one-time Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's private e-mail account tried and failed to put another college student in the hot seat. Attorney Wade Davies this afternoon sought to convince U.S. District Judge Thomas Phillips to allow him to force a reluctant Justin Hill to testify as a defense witness. Hill is a Utah college...
  • Palin Testifies At E-Mail Hacking Trial

    04/23/2010 1:05:02 PM PDT · by speciallybland · 70 replies · 1,988+ views
    NPR ^ | 04/23/2010
    Sarah Palin testified Friday against a 22-year-old man accused of hacking into her e-mail account, saying later it's up to the judge to decide whether he should serve prison time if convicted. Palin testified that the hacking compromised one of the main ways she communicated with her family back in Alaska as she campaigned in 2008 as the Republican vice presidential candidate. Outside the courthouse, when asked whether she thought community service was punishment enough rather than prison, she said, "That's up to the judge." Former University of Tennessee student David Kernell faces up to 50 years in federal prison...
  • Trial started today for Knoxville hacker of Sarah Palin's email account.

    04/20/2010 4:48:25 PM PDT · by BamaAndy · 13 replies · 618+ views
    Knoxille news sentinel ^ | April 20, 2010 | Jamie Saterfeild
    KNOXVILLE - Jurors this afternoon heard testimony from the ex-roommate of a former University of Tennessee student accused of illegally accessing conservative star Sarah Palin's private e-mail account. David Omiecinski told U.S. District Court jurors he recalled the night in September 2008 when David C. Kernell guessed his way into the account. "There was a knock on my door," he said. "It was David. He told me come to his room to check this stuff out." He said Kernell had on his computer a Yahoo! page used to change a password and a Wikipedia site about Palin.
  • Jury selection to begin Tuesday in case of alleged Palin hacker

    04/19/2010 1:40:56 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 7 replies · 504+ views
    WMC-TV ^ | April 19, 2010 | Janice Broach
    KNOXVILLE, TN (WMC-TV) - Trial is scheduled to begin Tuesday in the case of a Germantown High School graduate who is accused of hacking into Sarah Palin's email account. Monday, David Kernell and his attorneys left a pre-trial hearing at the federal courthouse in Knoxville without commenting.
  • Training the next Cyber Warriors

    03/27/2010 4:09:03 AM PDT · by sodpoodle · 2 replies · 150+ views
    Fox news ^ | March 26, 2010 | Adam Housley
    By some estimates we will need nearly 60,000 newly trained cyber defense warriors (as they are called), just in the next 3 years to help stop the threats to U.S. interests, companies and friends around the globe. That number is staggering when you realize that much of the hacking that exists today is unknown. For example, for every hacker like Francois who clearly wants to be known, there are hundreds who want to do just the opposite....they just want to sneak in, get the info and then sneak out......never detected.
  • iPhone, IE, Firefox, Safari get stomped at hacker contest

    03/25/2010 10:42:55 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 40 replies · 862+ views
    The Register ^ | 25 March 2010 | Dan Goodin
    It was another grim day for internet security at the annual Pwn2Own hacker contest Wednesday, with Microsoft's Internet Explorer, Mozilla's Firefox and Apple's Safari and iPhone succumbing to exploits that allowed them to be remotely commandeered. Like dominoes falling in rapid succession, the platforms were felled in the fourth year of the contest, which has come to underscore the alarming insecurity of most internet-facing software. To qualify for the big-money prizes, the exploits had to attack previously undocumented vulnerabilities to expose sensitive system data or allow the remote execution of malicious code. The exploits were all the more impressive because...
  • April 20 trial date set in Palin hacking case

    03/10/2010 4:07:34 PM PST · by TennesseeGirl · 10 replies · 453+ views
    WVLT ^ | 03/10/10 | AP via WVLT
    <p>KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A federal judge has scheduled an April 20 trial for a University of Tennessee student accused of hacking the personal e-mail of former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.</p>
  • Cyber warriors gather as online battles rage

    03/01/2010 12:59:04 AM PST · by xtinct · 28 replies · 1,807+ views
    Space War ^ | 2/28/10 | Staff Writers
    US national security leaders and top cyber warriors from around the world are gathering here to plot defenses against criminals and spies that increasingly plague the Internet. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and White House Cyber Security Coordinator Howard Schmidt will take part in this week's RSA conference along with computer defense companies and technology icons such as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and Craigslist creator Craig Newmark. "We have before us more data moving into the cloud and more sophisticated cyber criminals," said Qualys chief executive Philippe Courtot, who is among the keynote speakers at the premier event that kicks...
  • Porn played on giant Russian billboard

    02/18/2010 3:20:04 AM PST · by myknowledge · 7 replies · 1,421+ views
    Nine News ^ | February 18, 2010
    Russian police have arrested a hacker who projected a pornography video on a giant digital billboard, sparking late-night traffic chaos along a busy Moscow road. The January 14 stunt caused one man to have a fatal heart attack and left commuters too stunned to move, reports say. Driver Alyona Prokulatova told the Associated Press she was "so shocked that I couldn't even shoot video or take a picture of it". The video showed a man and a woman having sex and ran for about 20 minutes, according to witnesses. The electronic billboard sits above Moscow’s Garden Ring Road, 9m-wide by...
  • Resident of India Pleads Guilty in International Online Brokerage "Hack, Pump and Dump" Scheme

    02/05/2010 4:57:05 PM PST · by Cindy · 4 replies · 459+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, February 5, 2010 Resident of India Pleads Guilty in International Online Brokerage “Hack, Pump and Dump” Scheme WASHINGTON - A resident of India pleaded guilty today to conspiracy and aggravated identity theft charges arising from an international fraud scheme to "hack" into online brokerage accounts in the United States and use those accounts to manipulate stock prices, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Deborah K.R. Gilg of the District of Nebraska. Jaisankar Marimuthu, 35, a native of Chennai, India, pleaded guilty...
  • Google to enlist NSA to help it ward off cyberattacks (BS! Google records, pass to NSA)

    02/04/2010 10:16:44 AM PST · by max americana · 21 replies · 478+ views
    Washington (com)Post ^ | Feb 4, 2010 | Ellen Nakashima
    The world's largest Internet search company and the world's most powerful electronic surveillance organization are teaming up in the name of cybersecurity. Under an agreement that is being finalized, the National Security Agency would help Google analyze a major corporate espionage attack that the firm said originated in China and targeted its computer networks, according to cybersecurity experts familiar with the matter. The objective is to better defend Google -- and its users -- from future attack. Google and the NSA declined to comment on the partnership. But sources with knowledge of the arrangement, speaking on the condition of anonymity,...
  • Cyber vigilante takes on Islamic extremists

    01/14/2010 5:49:12 PM PST · by Cindy · 11 replies · 654+ views ^ | January 7, 2010, 03:58 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "I had an interesting demonstration this evening from a hacker who goes by the handle “The Jester” or in so-called l33t speak, th3j35t3r which is his Twitter ID. Since January 1, The Jester has been systematically wreaking havoc with several websites he associates with Al Quiada and Jihadists via a Denial of Service attack delivered over the web through an anonimizer service. The Jester has been documenting his attacks against,,,,,,,, since the beginning of 2010." SNIPPET: "So my message to The Jester (I know you are reading this since I sent...

    01/10/2010 3:48:46 PM PST · by Cindy · 9 replies · 620+ views ^ | Posted on 10 January 2010 @ 18:57 | n/a
    10 January 2010 SNIPPET: "I'm sure the suspect, known only by his initials of Y.S., was familiar with, and a regular user of, Tor. And yet he didn't get away with it. Can you imagine?"
  • N. Korea hacked secret U.S.-S. Korean war plans after USB flash drive was left in computer

    01/01/2010 2:21:02 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies · 816+ views
    North Korea was apparently behind a recent hacking attack that netted a secret U.S.-South Korean plan to defend the peninsula should war break out, South Korea's military intelligence agency reported. he suspected hacking occurred late last month when a South Korean military officer failed to remove a USB device when he switched a military computer from a restricted-access intranet to the Internet. The USB device contained a summary of OPLAN 5027, a highly sensitive war plan prepared by the U.S.-South Korean Combined Forces Command in case of an all-out war with the North. The plan calls for the dispatch of...
  • Major International Hacker Pleads Guilty for Massive Attack on U.S. Retail and Banking Networks

    12/30/2009 4:22:04 PM PST · by Cindy · 7 replies · 644+ views
    US - Press Release ^ | December 29, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, December 29, 2009 Major International Hacker Pleads Guilty for Massive Attack on U.S. Retail and Banking Networks WASHINGTON- Albert Gonzalez, 28, of Miami, pleaded guilty today to conspiring to hack into computer networks supporting major American retail and financial organizations, and to steal data relating to tens of millions of credit and debit cards, announced Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division Lanny A. Breuer, U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey Paul J. Fishman, U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts Carmen Milagros Ortiz and Director of...
  • Climategate: Chinese hackers linked to 'Warmergate' climate change leaked emails controversy

    12/27/2009 8:57:16 AM PST · by Duke C. · 29 replies · 2,760+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | Dec. 27, 2009 | Jason Lewis & Simon Parry
    The investigation into the so-called Warmergate emails - the leaked data from the University of East Anglia’s climate change department - took a new twist last night when The Mail on Sunday tracked the stolen messages to a suspect computer which provides internet access to China. The address used to post the emails is also on an international ‘black list’ which highlights suspicious behaviour on the internet.
  • Senate health bill is launch pad (barf alert)

    12/22/2009 12:59:27 PM PST · by ConjunctionJunction · 14 replies · 532+ views
    Politico ^ | December 22, 2009 | Jacob S. Hacker
    The Senate’s dramatic vote on health care reform early Monday morning was a bittersweet moment for those who have been fighting to increase competition and accountability for private health plans. On the one hand, the vote moved the United States a major step closer to joining the company of other affluent democracies and ensuring every American is guaranteed affordable, quality health care. After nearly a century of defeated attempts, we stand on the threshold of historic changes that will provide major new subsidies for health insurance, impose new requirements on insurers and create a new means — the so-called exchanges...
  • US spy planes ‘hacked’ with off-the-shelf software

    12/17/2009 4:38:32 AM PST · by Yo-Yo · 57 replies · 1,949+ views
    Information Age ^ | 17 December 2009 | Pete Swabey
    Iraqi insurgents intercepted Predator drone communications using $26 tool, according to report Insurgents in Iraq were able to intercept video images transmitted by the US army’s unmanned spy planes using software cheaply available on the Internet, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. The insurgents were not able to control the Predator drones, but military personnel told the newspaper that tactical advantages may have been compromised by the breach. It came to light when US soldiers captured a laptop belonging to insurgents, and found that it contained video images from a Predator drone. The WSJ report cites a...
  • (Pentagon Hacker) Gary McKinnon: 11th hour medical report claims US prison would kill him

    12/11/2009 7:26:02 AM PST · by markomalley · 16 replies · 546+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/11/2009 | John Bingham
    Gary McKinnon the Pentagon computer hacker, cannot survive the US prison system, medical assessments at the centre of a last-ditch legal bid to stay his extradition say. New psychiatric reports lodged in the High Court claim that Mr McKinnon, who suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, is now suicidal and will “almost inevitably” take his own life if sent for trial in America. For the first time the papers include evidence from an American medical expert directly challenging assurances from the US government about how he would be treated. Mr McKinnon’s lawyers submitted an application for a judicial review of Alan Johnson,...
  • (AP:) Hackers leak e-mails, stoke climate debate

    11/21/2009 1:28:51 PM PST · by maggief · 39 replies · 1,574+ views
    AP ^ | November 21, 2009 | DAVID STRINGER
    LONDON — Computer hackers have broken into a server at a well-respected climate change research center in Britain and posted hundreds of private e-mails and documents online — stoking debate over whether some scientists have overstated the case for man-made climate change. The University of East Anglia, in eastern England, said in a statement Saturday that the hackers had entered the server and stolen data at its Climatic Research Unit, a leading global research center on climate change. The university said police are investigating the theft of the information, but could not confirm if all the materials posted online are...
  • Hacked Emails Show Climate Science Ridden with Rancor

    11/21/2009 1:06:58 PM PST · by dila813 · 33 replies · 2,141+ views
    Wall Street Jounal ^ | NOVEMBER 21, 2009, 3:39 P.M. ET | KEITH JOHNSON
    The picture that emerges of prominent climate-change scientists from the more than 3,000 documents and emails accessed by hackers and put on the Internet this week is one of professional backbiting and questionable scientific practices. It could undermine the idea that the science of man-made global warming is entirely settled just weeks before a crucial climate-change summit. Researchers at the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, England, were victims of a cyberattack by hackers sometime Thursday. A collection of emails dating back to the mid-1990s as well as scientific documents were splashed across the Internet. University officials...
  • Hacked E-Mail Is New Fodder for Climate Dispute

    11/21/2009 11:31:09 AM PST · by neverdem · 50 replies · 1,722+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 20, 2009 | ANDREW C. REVKIN
    Hundreds of private e-mail messages and documents hacked from a computer server at a British university are causing a stir among global warming skeptics, who say they show that climate scientists conspired to overstate the case for a human influence on climate change. The e-mail messages, attributed to prominent American and British climate researchers, include discussions of scientific data and whether it should be released, exchanges about how best to combat the arguments of skeptics,... --snip-- In several e-mail exchanges, Kevin Trenberth, a climatologist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and other scientists discuss gaps in understanding of recent...
  • Who leaked the Hadley CRU files and why

    11/21/2009 9:53:48 AM PST · by maggief · 37 replies · 1,951+ views ^ | November 21, 2009 | Terry Hurlbut
    The anonymous tipster, whom many people initially assumed had "hacked" into the computers at the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia (repeatedly called the "Hadley CRU," by mistake), might in fact be a CRU insider who released the files for his own reasons. The user, known only as "FOIA" (which now appears to be a reference to the British equivalent of the US Freedom of Information Act), left only one comment on The Air Vent to announce his release of his 61-MB ZIP archive. He has never been heard from since, nor has anyone stepped forward...