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  • Windows software corruption

    02/25/2015 5:15:58 AM PST · by GYPSY286 · 80 replies
    Me | February 25, 2015 | Gypsy286
    I need some advice from Freeperland folks who are savvy with computer issues. Last evening, I received a call from a "Windows Security Center". They knew my name and obviously my phone number. Gave me a spiel that Windows software security had been compromised/corrupted and according to their records, knew I had Windows 7. To prove they were legit, they had me start my computer and prompted me through a series of commands to bring up my specific Windows license number. She read it off and that license numbers was listed on my machine. She prompted me to run a...
  • Researchers stumble across Arab-speaking cybercriminal group

    02/18/2015 6:43:23 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies
    tweaktown.com ^ | Posted: 2 hours, 35 mins ago | Michael Hatamoto
    The Operation Arid Viper campaign has successfully stolen more than 1 million files with current malware campaigns underway, though it's not the usual suspects, according to Kaspersky Lab and Trend Micro. The Arab-speaking group, with ties to Gaza, have targeted foreign government offices, critical infrastructure, military, universities, and other high-profile targets. The attacks likely occurred starting in mid-2013 and a full investigation into their actions is underway.   "Whoever the real culprits are, it is clear that they are part of the Arab world, evidence of a budding generation of Arab hackers and malware creators intent on taking down their...
  • The largest bank robbery ever: up to $900M possibly stolen, and no need for a getaway ca

    02/16/2015 8:43:24 AM PST · by Kartographer · 12 replies
    NGR News via Yahoo ^ | 2/16/15 | Chris Smith
    When hackers steal money from banks, they usually go for Bonnie and Clyde attacks, taking whatever they can take in a single grab, one Kaspersky executive told The New York Times, as the security research discovered a different type of bank cyber heist, one likened to Ocean’s Eleven in terms of planning, but also when it comes to the significant amount of stolen cash. Following a well planned operation, that involved months of spying through the use of sophisticated software, unknown hackers originating from Russia, China and Europe managed to steal at least $300 million from a large number of...
  • Bank Hackers Steal Millions via Malware

    02/14/2015 3:03:20 PM PST · by dynachrome · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | 2-14-15 | DAVID E. SANGER and NICOLE PERLROTH
    In a report to be published on Monday, and provided in advance to The New York Times, Kaspersky Lab says that the scope of this attack on more than 100 banks and other financial institutions in 30 nations could make it one of the largest bank thefts ever — and one conducted without the usual signs of robbery. The Moscow-based firm says that because of nondisclosure agreements with the banks that were hit, it cannot name them. Officials at the White House and the F.B.I. have been briefed on the findings, but say that it will take time to confirm...
  • DOJ Inspector General Report Finds No Evidence for Attkisson’s Hacking Claims

    01/29/2015 6:39:55 PM PST · by Nachum · 57 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 1/29/15 | Josh Feldman
    Many of the allegations made by former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson regarding alleged computer intrusions by the U.S. government are disputed in a report by the Justice Department’s inspector general. “The OIG’s investigation was not able to substantiate the allegations that Attkisson’s computers were subject to remote intrusion by the FBI, other government personnel, or otherwise,” reads the inspector general’s report. In her book “Stonewalled,” Attkisson had issued a wide-ranging set of claims — that her CBS News work computers and her personal computer had been hacked, that a strange wire was found hanging from the cable TV/broadband box
  • Free Speech Defined @ MLA

    01/27/2015 7:56:02 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 6 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 25, 2015 | Spencer Irvine
    The academically free have different ideas of what free speech means than the rest of us do. At the Modern Language Association’s 2015 convention in Vancouver, Canada, Rosaura Sanchez, a former protester-and-activist-turned-Latin American and Chicano literature-professor at UC-San Diego, claimed that professors do face “consequences to speaking out on campus” She went on to allege that she has been “surveilled and recorded” while at protests by campus administrators. Most people do not use freedom of expression in order to keep the expressed thought a big secret. Sanchez asserted that on her campus “dissenters names are placed in a black book,”...
  • FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN

    01/25/2015 11:15:40 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 55 replies
    Slashdot.org ^ | 1/20/15
    The investigative arm of the Department of Justice is attempting to short-circuit the legal checks of the Fourth Amendment by requesting a change in the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. These procedural rules dictate how law enforcement agencies must conduct criminal prosecutions, from investigation to trial. Any deviations from the rules can have serious consequences, including dismissal of a case. The specific rule the FBI is targeting outlines the terms for obtaining a search warrant. It's called Federal Rule 41(b), and the requested change would allow law enforcement to obtain a warrant to search electronic data without providing any specific...
  • NSA Details Chinese Cyber Theft of F-35, Military Secrets

    01/22/2015 6:20:36 PM PST · by Spktyr · 43 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 22 Jan 2015 | Bill Gertz
    Subheadline: Chinese hackers pillaged U.S. defense, contractor networks for critical data China obtained more than 50 terabytes of data from U.S. defense and government networks, notably the Joint Strike Fighter’s stealth radar and engine secrets, through cyber espionage, according to newly disclosed National Security Agency documents. A NSA briefing slide labeled “Top Secret” and headlined “Chinese Exfiltrate Sensitive Military Data,” states that the Chinese have stolen a massive amount of data from U.S. government and private contractors. The document was made public by the German magazine Der Spiegel in a two articles detailing how NSA in the mid-2000s was capable...
  • How Obama's Hacking Laws Could Make You a Criminal

    01/22/2015 11:44:59 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 23 replies
    Yahoo Tech ^ | 01/21/15 | Paul Wagenseil, Tom's Guide
    The proposed changes to the CFAA and related laws, posted online by the White House early last week, would broaden the definition of computer crime and stiffen penalties for existing crimes, including doubling the maximum penalty for many violations from 10 years to 20 years. "Hanging out in an IRC chat room giving advice to people now makes you a member of a ‘criminal enterprise,’ allowing the FBI to sweep in and confiscate all your assets without charging you with a crime.”
  • The Sharyl Attkisson File: The reporter’s computer was hacked, but DOJ and media turn a blind eye.

    01/22/2015 7:16:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/22/2015 | Scott W. Johnson
    Sharyl Attkisson was one of the most distinguished investigative journalists in television news, covering everything from the dangers of certain prescription drugs to mismanagement at the Red Cross to TARP to K Street. Over a career that spanned more than 20 years at CBS News, she received numerous awards for her work, including multiple Emmys. In her memoir Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington, Attkisson looks back on the final years of her network career. One concludes from her book that Attkisson encountered more difficulty practicing her profession at...
  • Analysis: Freed former al Qaeda operative was part of intelligence dispute

    01/21/2015 8:59:44 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 13 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | January 21, 2015 | By Thomas Joscelyn
    Last month, Senator Dianne Feinstein and other Democrats on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released the executive summary of their final report investigating the CIA's controversial detention and interrogation program. As part of their study, the Democrats compiled twenty case studies, which were intended to address claims made by the CIA regarding the efficacy of its interrogations. One of those case studies focused on the identification and arrest of Ali Saleh Kahlah al Marri, who was freed from a US prison just days ago. Al Marri served as a "sleeper" operative for al Qaeda inside the US in 2001....
  • 2 million Progressive Snapshot customers may be at risk for car hacking

    01/21/2015 4:41:43 PM PST · by nascarnation · 58 replies
    Autoblog ^ | 1/21/2015 | Pete Bigelow
    It was a mere two months ago that Israeli cyber-security researchers hacked into a device that plugs into the diagnostic port of a car and determined they could remotely control the vehicle from anywhere in the world. At the time, the simulated attack seemed like the automotive version of a canary in a coal mine. If researchers could breach this one device, perhaps other aftermarket products that plug into diagnostic ports were also vulnerable? In short order, another cyber-security firm now reports finding serious flaws in a device used by more than 2 million motorists. Researchers at Florida-based Digital Bond...
  • The CentCom Hacker May Be a British 20-Year-Old

    01/15/2015 7:58:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 01/15/2015 | By Katie Zavadski
    Officials may have tracked down the leader of the group responsible for the not particularly harmful (but quite embarrassing) United States Central Command social media hack Monday, and the culprit may be none other than a 20-year-old Brit named Junaid Hussain. The avowed ISIS supporter who also goes by the moniker "TriCk" is believed to be behind the so-called Cyber Caliphate, which undertook the extremely strenuous task of guessing passwords to accounts CENTCOM wasn't smart enough to protect with two-step verification.The millennial has already served a stint in prison for leaking former British PM Tony Blair's personal information and photos....
  • FBI says ISIS could be behind Stewart County hack

    01/14/2015 8:47:08 PM PST · by radu · 10 replies
    WSMT - Nashville ^ | Jan. 14, 2015 | Stuart Ervin
    DOVER, TN (WSMV) - The FBI is investigating a possible hacking by ISIS in Dover, TN. According to a report in the Stewart Houston Times, hackers posted some county documents on Twitter earlier this month. *snip* The report also said the hack may be related to the state and federal hacks pulled off by ISIS.
  • Cyber Insecurity

    01/14/2015 9:29:30 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/14/15 | Arnold Ahlert
    The troubling implications of the Central Command social media hacking In a coincidence many Americans may see as emblematic of the administration’s approach to global terror, President Obama was addressing the nation regarding cyber security Monday while hackers claiming to represent ISIS assumed control over the media accounts of the U.S. military’s Central Command (CENTCOM). “ISIS is already here, we are in your PCs, in each military base. With Allah’s permission we are in CENTCOM now,” said one tweet sent from CENTCOM’s account. The hacking of the Command’s Twitter and YouTube accounts began Monday afternoon and lasted approximately 30 minutes...
  • A skeptic on cyber-security hacking

    01/13/2015 3:55:05 PM PST · by impactplayer · 4 replies
    Self
    Call me a skeptic, but when I heard a report that the hack into "gov" web pages had come out of Maryland . . next to DC . . . next to the home of the CIA . . . well, that is just a little interesting. Especially if the administration uses this as a ruse to begin controlling security on the internet. As Glen Beck would say, "I'm just sayin."
  • Anonymous Traces Centcom Hack To Maryland

    01/12/2015 7:05:45 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 42 replies
    Pat Dollard ^ | Jan 12, 2015 | Pat Dollard
    A group calling itself the CyberCaliphate claimed responsibility for the hack. A Twitter account from a group identifying itself as Anonymous said Monday it had tracked the source of the hack to Maryland, but that was not confirmed by official sources.
  • The Centcom ‘hack’ that wasn’t

    01/12/2015 8:23:01 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 58 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 12 January | Brian Fung and Andrea Peterson
    Hackers claiming links to the Islamic State have hijacked several social media accounts belonging to U.S. military's Central Command. The hacking group, which calls itself "CyberCaliphate," is tweeting out what the group claims are U.S. military PowerPoints and data on retired Army personnel — seemingly sensitive files that have no business being publicly aired. The images are meant to show that the hackers have penetrated the Pentagon's network. But the chances of this actually having happened appear rather slim. Here's why. Much of the information being shared by Centcom's hijacked Twitter feed is publicly available from other sources and appears...
  • Obama to push for new cybersecurity legislation

    01/13/2015 1:41:33 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 9 replies
    President Barack Obama will propose new legislation Tuesday aimed at fostering increased sharing between government agencies and the private sector to help improve cybersecurity. The legislation would encourage the private sector to share cyber threat information with the Department of Homeland Security's National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, according to a White House fact sheet. Companies would qualify for targeted liability protection, but would have to comply with certain privacy restrictions.
  • 'Hacktivist' group Anonymous says it will avenge Charlie Hebdo attacks by shutting down jihadist

    01/09/2015 8:29:18 AM PST · by C19fan · 33 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | January 9, 2015 | Keely Lockhart
    Hacker group Anonymous have released a video and a statement via Twitter condemning the attacks on Charlie Hebdo, in which 12 people, including eight journalists, were murdered. The video description says that it is "a message for al-Qaeda, the Islamic State and other terrorists", and was uploaded to the group's Belgian account. In the clip, a figure wearing the group's symbolic Guy Fawkes mask is seated in front of a desk with the hashtag #OpCharlieHebdo - which stands for Operation Charlie Hebdo - featured on screen. The figure, whose voice is obscured says: "We are declaring war against you, the...
  • Sharyl Attkisson sues administration over computer hacking

    01/05/2015 6:25:13 PM PST · by 9thLife · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 05, 2015 | Howard Kurtz
    Former CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson has sued the Justice Department over the hacking of her computers, officially accusing the Obama administration of illegal surveillance while she was reporting on administration scandals. In a series of legal filings that seek $35 million in damages, Attkisson alleges that three separate computer forensic exams showed that hackers used sophisticated methods to surreptitiously monitor her work between 2011 and 2013. "I just think it's important to send a message that people shouldn't be victimized and throw up their hands and think there's nothing they can do and they're powerless," Attkisson said in an...
  • N. Korea: U.S. Spies Say They Tracked ‘Sony Hackers’ For Years

    01/04/2015 4:21:10 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 01.02.15 | Shane Harris
    Gotcha? 01.02.15 U.S. Spies Say They Tracked ‘Sony Hackers’ For Years American spies have detailed dossiers on the North Koreans who the U.S. says were behind the Sony attack. But the still-secret evidence likely won’t convince skeptics. The FBI and U.S. intelligence agencies for years have been tracking the hackers who they believe to be behind the cyber attack on Sony, according to current and former American officials. And during that long pursuit, U.S. agencies accumulated still-classified information that helps tie the hackers to the recent Sony intrusion. The Obama administration announced a round of sanctions against North Korea Friday,...
  • The Internet of Things: Can a hacker stop your car or your heart?

    01/03/2015 6:17:28 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    The Week ^ | 01/03/2015 | By Temitope Oluwafemi, The Conversation US
    The risk is relatively low right now. But we must improve the security of future devices. We're living at the dawn of the age of the Internet of Things. Appliances ranging from light switches and door locks to cars and medical devices now boast internet connectivity. The convenience can't be beat. But what are the security and privacy implications? Is a patient implanted with a remotely controllable pacemaker at risk for security compromise? Vice President Dick Cheney's doctors worried enough about an assassination attempt via implant that they disabled his defibrillator's wireless capability. Should we expect capital crimes via hacked...
  • Obama Administration Imposes Sanctions On North Korea, After Sony Hack

    January 02, 2015 FoxNews.comThe Obama administration on Friday imposed a wave of sanctions against members of the North Korean government, amounting to the U.S. government's first official response to the cyber-attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. Despite lingering questions from private security analysts over whether North Korea was responsible for the hack -- as the FBI has alleged -- the White House described the new sanctions as retaliation against Pyongyang. "We take seriously North Korea's attack that aimed to create destructive financial effects on a U.S. company and to threaten artists and other individuals with the goal of restricting their right...
  • Hackers Just Released A Tool That Could Threaten Everyone's iCloud Account

    01/02/2015 6:34:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/02/2015 | James Cook
    A hacker has released a tool that he says can break into any iCloud account. The tool, iDict, uses an exploit in Apple's security to bypass restrictions that stop most hackers from gaining access to accounts. On iDict's GitHub page, user "Pr0x13" says the exploit used to create the hacking tool is "painfully obvious" and that it "was only a matter of time" before hackers used it to break into iCloud accounts. The tool is described as a "100% working iCloud Apple ID dictionary attack that bypasses account lockout restrictions and secondary authentication on any account."
  • It Wasn't North Korea Or Russia: Sony Hack "Perpetrator" Said To Be Laid-Off, Disgruntled Employee

    12/30/2014 7:50:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12/30/2014 | Tyler Durden
    First it was, with "absolute certainly", North Korea. Then, out of the blue, an even more ridiculous theory emerged about the origin of the Sony hackers: Russia. Now, we finally get the truth, and as it turns out it was neither of the abovementioned sovereign actors who had nothing better to do than to hack movie scripts and racist emails: it was Sony's own disgruntled worker who was the source of the hack. According to Politico, FBI agents investigating the Sony Pictures hack were briefed Monday by a security firm that says its research points to laid-off Sony staff,...
  • North Korea's Internet, 3G Mobile Network 'Paralyzed': Report

    12/28/2014 4:40:49 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    NBC News ^ | Dec. 27, 2014
    North Korea's Internet, 3G Mobile Network 'Paralyzed': Report North Korea's Internet and 3G mobile networks were paralyzed again on Saturday evening, China's official Xinhua news agency reported, with the North Korean government blaming the United States for systemic instability in the country's networks. Internet connectivity had not returned to normal as of 9:30 p.m. local time (7:30 a.m. ET), Xinhua said, citing reporters in the country that had confirmed the situation over fixed telephone systems. Analysts at global Internet performance firm Dyn Research also reported that North Korea appeared to be suffering another countrywide online blackout. "This time, there wasn't...
  • North Korea Calls Obama 'A Monkey' In Latest Hacking Salvo

    12/27/2014 1:36:15 AM PST · by blam · 32 replies
    Drudge - AP The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12-27-2014 | The Telegraph (UK)
    By Associated Press 27 Dec 2014Pyongyang issues furious statement accusing US of shutting down its internet services as row over The Interview shows no sign of easing North Korea called President Barack Obama "a monkey" and blamed the US on Saturday for shutting down its internet services amid the hacking row over The Interview. North Korea has denied involvement in a crippling cyberattack on Sony Pictures but has expressed fury over the comedy depicting an assassination of its leader Kim Jong-un. After Sony Pictures initially called off the release in a decision criticised by Obama, the movie has opened this...
  • N. Korea calls Obama ‘monkey’ in hacking row

    12/26/2014 9:11:28 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 26, 2014 11:45 PM EST | Hyung-Jin Kim
    North Korea called President Barack Obama “a monkey” and blamed the U.S. on Saturday for shutting down its Internet amid the hacking row over the comedy “The Interview.” North Korea has denied involvement in a crippling cyberattack on Sony Pictures but has expressed fury over the comedy depicting an assassination of its leader Kim Jong Un. […] “Obama always goes reckless in words and deeds like a monkey in a tropical forest,” an unidentified spokesman at the commission’s Policy Department said in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency. It wasn’t the first time North Korea has...
  • New Study May Add to Skepticism Among Security Experts That North Korea Was Behind Sony Hack

    12/26/2014 5:15:31 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | 12/26/2014 | By NICOLE PERLROTH
    A number of private security researchers are increasingly voicing doubts that the hack of Sony‘s computer systems was the work of North Korea. President Obama and the F.B.I. last week accused North Korea of targeting Sony and pledged a “proportional response” just hours before North Korea’s Internet went dark without explanation. But security researchers remain skeptical, with some even likening the government’s claims to those of the Bush administration in the build-up to the Iraq war. Fueling their suspicions is the fact that the government based its findings, in large part, on evidence that it will not release, citing the...
  • China a likely factor in North Korea cyber prowess: experts

    12/26/2014 5:01:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    AFP Via Yahoo News ^ | 12/26/2014 | Benjamin Haas
    North Korea may be facing explosive hacking accusations, but analysts are questioning how an isolated, impoverished country with limited Internet access could wage cyber sabotage -- and many experts believe China plays a role. The US has accused Pyongyang of hacking Sony Pictures, which was intimidated into initially cancelling the comedy film "The Interview" that mocks North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, before deciding to release it online and in selected US cinemas on Christmas Day. While much of the focus has been on the so-called cyber warfare between Washington and Pyongyang -- especially after North Korea's Internet temporarily went down...
  • No, North Korea Didn’t Hack Sony

    12/26/2014 4:19:40 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 19 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 24, 2014 | No Attribution
    The FBI and the President may claim that the Hermit Kingdom is to blame for the most high-profile network breach in forever. But almost all signs point in another direction. So, “The Interview” is to be released after all. The news that the satirical movie—which revolves around a plot to murder Kim Jong-Un—will have a Christmas Day release as planned, will prompt renewed scrutiny of whether, as the US authorities have officially claimed, the cyber attack on Sony really was the work of an elite group of North Korean government hackers. All the evidence leads me to believe that the...
  • North Korea: No ‘physical reaction’ to new film

    12/24/2014 9:40:30 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 30 replies
    WP ^ | December 24, 2014
    North Korea: No ‘physical reaction’ to new film By Associated Press December 24 at 5:21 PM UNITED NATIONS — North Korea says it likely will have no “physical reaction,” just condemnation, to the release of the comedy film “The Interview,” which depicts the assassination of leader Kim Jong Un. A North Korea diplomat to the United Nations told The Associated Press on Wednesday that his country opposes the film’s release online and in over 300 U.S. theaters this week.
  • S. Korea: Deadline looms as hackers threaten to destroy control systems of nuclear facilities

    12/24/2014 5:36:20 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Arirang News ^ | 2014-12-24 | Connie Kim
    Deadline looms as hackers threaten to destroy control systems of nuclear facilities Updated: 2014-12-24 20:35:49 KST The investigation team is closing in on the hacker who is threatening to release thousands of nuclear reactor data. Authorities say they have traced the attack to multiple IP addresses in Shenyang, China. They haven't ruled out North Korea's involvement since the city is close to the border. Authorities believe the attack was planned for two years, and that more than one person is responsible. They had discovered earlier in the week that the Twitter ID being used by the hacker was registered in...
  • North Korea Internet hit by 2 more outages

    12/23/2014 1:51:03 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 50 replies
    WCNC ^ | December 23, 2014 | Doug Stanglin and Elizabeth Weise
    North Korea Internet hit by 2 more outages Doug Stanglin and Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY 2:07 p.m. EST December 23, 2014 North Korea's Internet service, which was out for almost 10 hours on Monday, went down two more times on Tuesday, including a 31-minute stretch, according to Dyn Research. The Manchester, N.H., company that tracks internet traffic and performance said "connectivity problems continue." The initial instability emerged Sunday followed by the full shutdown for nine and and a half hours on Monday. The two outages onTuesday included one that lasted from10:41 a.m. ET to 11:12 a.m.ET.
  • The Timid Generation: Try to imagine Franklin Roosevelt or Ronald Reagan caving in to North Korea.

    12/23/2014 6:13:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/23/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>Aristotle thought courage the preeminent virtue. Without it, there could be no morality. Virtue becomes a mere abstraction, a high-sounding platitude that is easy to live by in one’s sleep.</p> <p>The present generation may be the most abjectly cowardly cohort in memory. When the Sony Corporation was victimized by North Korean–sponsored hackers upset over Sony’s new movie The Interview, it caved and withdrew the film. The Obama administration so far has offered no real support. Instead it blamed Sony for its appeasement. By joint inaction both Sony and the United States government sent the message that foreign dictators can determine what Americans see or read, as long as their targets are private citizens.</p>
  • North Korea's Internet still spotty

    12/23/2014 4:37:41 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    CNN ^ | December 23, 2014 | Dana Ford
    North Korea's Internet still spotty By Dana Ford, CNN December 23, 2014 -- Updated 1037 GMT (1837 HKT) (CNN) -- [Breaking news update, posed at 535 a.m. ET] Internet service in North Korea is still intermittent, Dyn Research, a company that monitors Internet performance, announced on Twitter Tuesday morning. Service went down completely for about nine hours earlier, Dyn Research said.
  • North Korea's Internet back up after disruption

    12/22/2014 6:53:16 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 58 replies
    CNN ^ | December 23, 2014 | Dana Ford
    North Korea's Internet back up after disruption By Dana Ford, CNN December 23, 2014 -- Updated 0246 GMT (1046 HKT) (CNN) -- North Korea's Internet was back up Tuesday after a more than nine-hour outage, according to Dyn Research, a company that monitors Internet performance. The disruption came amid an escalating war of words between the United States and North Korea over a massive cyberattack on Sony Pictures. "Usually there are isolated blips, not continuous connectivity problems. I wouldn't be surprised if they are absorbing some sort of attack presently," Doug Madory, director of Internet analysis at Dyn Research, said...
  • Attack Is Suspected as North Korean Internet Collapses

    12/22/2014 4:10:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The New York Times ^ | December 22, 2014 | Nicole Perlroth and David E. Sanger
    North Korea’s already tenuous links to the Internet went completely dark on Monday after days of instability, in what Internet monitors described as one of the worst North Korean network failures in years. The loss of service came just days after President Obama pledged that the United States would launch a “proportional response” to the recent attacks on Sony Pictures, which government officials have linked to North Korea. While an attack on North Korea’s networks was suspected, there was no definitive evidence of it. Doug Madory, the director of Internet analysis at Dyn Research, an Internet performance management company, said...
  • Don’t Blame Sony – Blame Obama and the Tort System

    12/22/2014 2:28:53 AM PST · by servo1969 · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 12-22-2014 | Kurt Schlichter
    It's shameful that a company like Sony would go groveling to a deceitful, tyrannical, un-American thug, but this column is not about Sony’s sucking up to Al Sharpton. This column is about a tort system that is dedicated not to justice but to making lawyers richer, and it comes not only at the price of American prosperity but at the cost of our liberty as well. Certainly, Sony has a yellow streak as wide as Seth Rogen’s gut. Its creepy supplication to that race-hustling, MSNBC troll shows its true cowardly character, since Sharpton – unlike North Korea – doesn’t have...
  • Did China Help North Korea Hack Sony?

    12/22/2014 2:58:22 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    Forbes ^ | 2014/12/21 | Gordon G. Chang
    Did China Help North Korea Hack Sony? A “senior administration official” told CNN yesterday that Washington had asked Beijing for assistance in connection with the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment, a unit of Sony Corporation. “We have discussed this issue with the Chinese to share information, express our concerns about this attack, and to ask for their cooperation,” the official told the network. To enlist the Chinese to its side, the White House has avoided the ticklish issue of Beijing’s assistance to the Kim regime. So at the moment the Obama administration is blaming North Korea—and only North Korea—for the...
  • Hacking Collective Anonymous Says FBI Is Lying, "North Korea Is Not Source Of Hack"

    12/21/2014 3:27:45 PM PST · by Nachum · 61 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 12/21/14 | tyler durden
    Having confirmed unequivocally, in a statement by the FBI and reiterated by President Obama, that "the North Korean government is responsible" for hacking Sony, it appears the YouTube-less 'evidence' the FBI provided is being questioned by the hacking-collective 'Anonymous' and former Lulzsec hacker Sabu. As The Daily Beast reports, the hackers blasted, the North Koreans "don’t have the technical capabilities," and added "we all know the hacks didn't come from North Korea, and "all of the evidence FBI cites would be trivial things to do if a hacker was trying to misdirect attention to DPRK." Meanwhile, on Saturday afternoon, Guardians...
  • Facebook blocks Russian page supporting Navalny, Putin's biggest critic

    12/21/2014 5:24:38 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 20 Dec 14 | Michael Birnbaum
    MOSCOW — In a sign of new limits on Facebook’s ability to serve as a platform for political opposition movements, Russian users appear to have been blocked from accessing a page calling for a protest in support of a prominent dissident. In 2011, Facebook was hailed by opposition movements during the Arab Spring and in Russia as a powerful new tool to spread information beyond the control of repressive governments. That may no longer be the case, at least not in Russia. Russian Internet regulators said Saturday that they had sent Facebook a “demand” that it block access to a...
  • N. Korea threatens ultra-harsh action on U.S. soil over hacking allegation

    12/21/2014 4:43:03 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 30 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2014/12/21
    N. Korea threatens ultra-harsh action on U.S. soil over hacking allegation 2014/12/21 21:26 SEOUL, Dec. 21 (Yonhap) -- North Korea threatened to carry out ultra-harsh military action on U.S. soil Sunday, one day after U.S. President Barack Obama vowed a proportional response against the North's alleged hacking attack into Sony Pictures. In a follow-up to the FBI's recent hacking accusation against Pyongyang, Obama vowed Friday (U.S time) to "respond proportionally," hinting at retaliatory action over the communist country's alleged hacking attack on the distributor of a controversial movie about North Korea, "The Interview." North Korea had been suspected of involvement...
  • North Korea denies hacking Sony, U.S. stands by its assertion

    12/20/2014 5:49:44 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/20/2014 | BY JACK KIM AND STEVE HOLLAND
    (Reuters) - North Korea said on Saturday U.S. accusations that it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures were "groundless slander," and that it wanted a joint investigation into the incident with the United States. An unnamed spokesman of North Korea's foreign ministry said there would be serious consequences if Washington refused to agree to the probe and continued to accuse Pyongyang, according to the North Korean U.N. mission and its official KCNA news agency. The United States stands by its assertion that North Korea was to blame, a White House National Security Council (NSC) spokesman said on Saturday,...
  • Cyberattack on German steel factory causes 'massive damage

    12/20/2014 1:07:05 PM PST · by aimhigh · 34 replies
    It World ^ | 12/19/2014 | Loek Essers
    A German steel factory suffered massive damage after hackers managed to access production networks, allowing them to tamper with the controls of a blast furnace, the government said in its annual IT security report. . . . . . Due to these failures, one of the plant’s blast furnaces could not be shut down in a controlled manner, which resulted in “massive damage to plant,” the BSI said, describing the technical skills of the attacker as “very advanced.”
  • North Korea says it's not involved in Sony hack; proposes joint probe with US

    12/20/2014 3:07:45 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 20, 2014
    North Korea says it's not involved in Sony hack; proposes joint probe with US Published December 20, 2014 North Korea says it can prove it is not behind the massive Sony Pictures cyberattack that has led to several e-mail leaks, threats on movie theaters and the cancellation of the release of the movie “The Interview.” The country has also said it proposes a joint investigation with the U.S. on the attack and if the U.S. does not agree, North Korea warns of “grave consequences,” state media says. The announcement comes as a response to the FBI's statement saying it has...
  • Dangerous 'Misfortune Cookie' flaw discovered in 12 million home routers

    12/19/2014 9:29:02 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 23 replies
    PCWorld ^ | December 19, 2014 | By John E. Dunn
    Researchers at Check Point have discovered a serious security vulnerability affecting at least 12 million leading-brand home and SME routers that appears to have gone unnoticed for over a decade. Dubbed the ’Misfortune Cookie’ flaw, the firm plans to give a detailed account of the issue at a forthcoming security conference but in the meantime it’s important to stress that no real-world attacks using it have yet been detected. That said, an attacker exploiting the flaw would be able to monitor all data travelling through a gateway such as files, emails and logins and have the power to infect connected...
  • ‘Arrests Imminent’ In Sony Hacking Scandal, Insiders Suspected Of Helping North Koreans

    12/19/2014 1:13:01 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    RADAR ONLINE ^ | 12/19/2014
    The Sony scandal may be about to take a giant turn. An FBI source tells RadarOnline.com exclusively that arrests “are imminent” in the case that has rocked the major entertainment company over the past few weeks. Radar can reveal that the FBI has been busy interviewing former Sony IT employees, and while the law enforcement agency believes that North Koreans are responsible for the hacking crimes, they must have had help from the inside. Whoever did this had to have either been an insider or someone who had been an insider,” explains the source. “They knew where to go and...
  • #BREAKING New message to @Sony top execs from hackers:

    12/19/2014 8:17:01 AM PST · by C19fan · 59 replies
    CNN Twitter ^ | December 19, 2014 | Carol Costello
    #BREAKING New message to @Sony top execs from hackers: "very wise" decision to scrap movie from theaters via @CNN @brianstelter #SonyHack