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  • BREAKING BOMBSHELL! Guess who has 20,000 of Hitlery’s Benghazi emails? Guess what he plans to do ...

    05/15/2016 8:36:34 AM PDT · by imanerd11 · 99 replies
    PowderedWigSociety ^ | 5/13/2016 | Thomas Madison
    Vladimir Putin has in his possession 20,000 of Hitlery Clinton’s Benghazi emails, many of them, no doubt, those which she deleted for reasons that should be obvious to anyone with an IQ greater than that of the average hamster. These emails, which have been described as “tens-of-thousands of top secret and classified emails,” were obtained by Russian intelligence who were tailing, both electronically and physically, Guccifer, the Romanian hacker who hacked Hitlery’s private, unsecured email server. Russian intelligence operatives were watching everything Guccifer was doing, so they too had access to the Hitlery emails, which they saved, and which are...
  • The Cyber Threat: Obama Policies Toward Hackers From China, Iran, Syria Produce Few Results

    05/10/2016 12:05:37 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 1 replies
    freebeacon ^ | May 9, 2016 | Bill Gertz
    President uses symbolic indictments, diplomacy to avoid more forceful action Recent federal indictments of Iranians and Syrians for cyber attacks on U.S. networks further highlight the failure of President Obama and his administration to counter the growing threat of foreign hacker strikes on American networks. In March, the Justice Department indicted two groups of hackers, one from Iran linked to cyber intrusions of an industrial control system operating a New York dam, and a second from Syria engaged in illegal activities that included causing damage to computers and extortion. The indictments are largely symbolic, since none of the Iranians or...
  • Exclusive: Big data breaches found at major email services - expert (video at site)

    05/06/2016 9:54:24 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 5, 2016 | BY ERIC AUCHARD
    Hundreds of millions of hacked user names and passwords for email accounts and other websites are being traded in Russia's criminal underworld, a security expert told Reuters. Mail.ru logo is seen in front of a displayed binary code in this illustration taken, May 4, 2016. REUTERS/DADO RUVIC/ILLUSTRATION The discovery of 272.3 million stolen accounts included a majority of users of Mail.ru (MAILRq.L), Russia's most popular email service, and smaller fractions of Google (GOOGL.O), Yahoo (YHOO.O) and Microsoft (MSFT.O) email users, said Alex Holden, founder and chief information security officer of Hold Security. It is one of the biggest stashes of...
  • Anonymous takes down Black Lives Matter website to make point that 'All Lives Matter'

    05/03/2016 9:31:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    International Business Times ^ | May 2, 2016 | Mary-Ann Russon
    Ghost Squad, a hacking group spawned from the Anonymous hacktivist collective, claims it took down the official websites of the Black Lives Matter movement on 29 and 30 April in a protest against actions taken by some of the campaign's supporters. According to Waqas Amir, a cybersecurity journalist based in Dubai and founder of HackRead, Ghost Squad conducted a series of persistent Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks against the official websites of the Black Lives Matter movement, beginning on Friday 29 April. The DDoS attacks caused the web host for blacklifematters.org to completely suspend the domain, while the blacklivesmatter.com...
  • FBI paid professional hackers one-time fee to crack San Bernardino iPhone (video at link)

    04/13/2016 10:54:01 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 63 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 12th, 2016 | By Ellen Nakashima
    The FBI cracked a San Bernardino terrorist’s phone with the help of professional hackers who discovered and brought to the bureau at least one previously unknown software flaw, according to people familiar with the matter. The new information was then used to create a piece of hardware that helped the FBI to crack the iPhone’s four-digit personal identification number without triggering a security feature that would have erased all the data, the individuals said. The researchers, who typically keep a low profile, specialize in hunting for vulnerabilities in software and then in some cases selling them to the U.S. government....
  • FBI Says a Mysterious Hacking Group Has Had Access to US Govt Files for Years

    04/12/2016 2:26:50 PM PDT · by unixfox · 47 replies
    Motherboard ^ | 04/04/2016 | Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
    The feds warned that “a group of malicious cyber actors,” whom security experts believe to be the government-sponsored hacking group known as APT6, “have compromised and stolen sensitive information from various government and commercial networks” since at least 2011, according to an FBI alert obtained by Motherboard. The alert, which is also available online, shows that foreign government hackers are still successfully hacking and stealing data from US government’s servers, their activities going unnoticed for years. This comes months after the US government revealed that a group of hackers, widely believed to be working for the Chinese government, had for...
  • “Not a coincidence”: US extradites Romanian hacker linked to Hillary e-mail scandal

    04/08/2016 11:56:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/08/2016 | Ed Morrissey
    A week ago, the FBI told the State Department to back off of their probe of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server and its transmission and retention of classified information, some classified at the highest levels. Now the Department of Justice has gotten the Romanian hacker “Guccifer” extradition, the figure whose exploits first exposed the correspondence between Hillary and Sidney Blumenthal. According to an intelligence source, the timing is not coincidental — and could spell big trouble for Hillary Clinton, reports Fox’s Catherine Herridge and Pamela Browne: The extradition of Romanian hacker “Guccifer” to the U.S. at...
  • Anonymous Set to Take Down Trump on April Fool's Day

    03/31/2016 11:58:45 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 56 replies
    FoxBusiness ^ | 03/31/2016 | Elizabeth Chmurak
    In less than 24 hours, Anonymous will officially launch a cyber-attack on Republican frontrunner Donald Trump. The hacker group declared “total war” on Trump on March 15 with a video posted on its YouTube channel, dubbed #OpTrump. In the video, Anonymous invites hackers and anyone with a computer to shut down the billionaire businessman’s websites, expose his private information, “dismantle his campaign and sabotage his brand” on April 1. “Your inconsistent and hateful campaign has not only shocked the United States of America, you have shocked the entire planet with your appalling actions and ideas. You say what your audience...
  • FBI Warns Automakers, Owners About Vehicle Hacking Risks

    03/18/2016 9:02:24 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 46 replies
    treuters via nbc ^ | 03/18/2016
    "The FBI and NHTSA are warning the general public and manufacturers — of vehicles, vehicle components, and aftermarket devices — to maintain awareness of potential issues and cybersecurity threats related to connected vehicle technologies in modern vehicles," the agencies said in the bulletin. In July 2015, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV recalled 1.4 million U.S. vehicles to install software after a magazine report raised concerns about hacking, the first action of its kind for the auto industry. ... "While not all hacking incidents may result in a risk to safety — such as an attacker taking control of a vehicle —...
  • U.S. Federal Reserve Bank Hacked, Possible $100 Million Theft

    03/15/2016 10:19:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    TruNews ^ | 03/10/2016
    Bangladesh’s central bank said on Monday its account with the US Federal Reserve Bank of New York had been hacked and money had been stolen from it, but that it had recovered some of the funds. The theft occurred February 5th, but officials are just now making public the size of the theft.Bangladesh Bank said it had traced some of the money to the Philippines and was working with anti-money laundering authorities there.However, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York denied that its payments systems were breached: “To date, there is no evidence of any attempt to penetrate Federal Reserve...
  • Ted Cruz Supporter Cheats on Drudge Polls? A Cruzbot Hacks Polls to Boost Cruz's Numbers Over Trump

    03/11/2016 5:24:10 AM PST · by 20yearsofinternet · 64 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | 3/11/2016 | Patricia Villaceran
    After the GOP Debate ended, Drudge Report opened up its polls to get the consensus on who people think won the 12th Republican Debate. However, it has been reported that the poll was hacked and the numbers on Senator Ted Cruz were just generated by a bot. The complaint was first submitted on Reddit, where a user posted a screenshot photo of the alleged incident. The photo showed a filtered result for users in Delaware. The report allegedly had more than 44,000 users in favor of Ted Cruz, while only 140 users voted for Donald Trump. Overall, 99.65 percent users...
  • Did Drudge just get hacked?

    02/29/2016 5:40:15 PM PST · by Company Man · 37 replies
    The Drudge Report ^ | 2/29/16 | Vanity
    Following one of those auto-refesh dealies, a new banner title now says "THOUSANDS OF MA DEMS QUIT PARTY; BACK TRUMP", but the link resolves as '502 Bad gateway'
  • Cisco firewalls vulnerable to remote takeover

    02/11/2016 6:45:01 PM PST · by Utilizer · 6 replies
    iTnews-aus ^ | Feb 12 2016 9:31AM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    Cisco has scrambled to fix a serious vulnerability in its Adaptive Security Appliances and Next-Generation Firewalls products which can be used to remotely take over and reboot the devices. Unauthenticated remote attackers can exploit a bug in the internet key exchange (IKE) version 1 and 2 protocol code running on Cisco ASA software, and trigger a buffer overflow. IKE is used to authenticate connections and to set up secure virtual private networks, landing on the firewalls. Security researchers David Barksdale, Jordan Gruskovnjak and Alex Wheeler said the algorithm for reassembling fragmented IKE payloads "contain a bounds-checking flaw that allows a...
  • Hacker dumps thousands of files of FBI, DHS employees online

    02/09/2016 3:39:03 PM PST · by Lorianne · 25 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09 February 2016 | Rick Moran
    An anonymous hacker has dumped up to 20,000 files of FBI employees online. The files apparently contain no personal information. But they are said to include job titles, employee names, and FBI email addresses. A similar hack resulted in 9,000 DHS employees having their information made available online.
  • DLL Hijacking Issue Plagues Products like Firefox, Chrome, iTunes, OpenOffice

    02/08/2016 6:41:43 PM PST · by Utilizer · 25 replies
    SOFTPEDIA ^ | Feb 8, 2016 12:00 GMT | Catalin Cimpanu
    Oracle has released new Java installers to fix a well-known security issue (CVE-2016-0603) that also affects a plethora of other applications, from Web browsers to antivirus products, and from file compressors to home cinema software. The problem is called DLL hijacking (or DLL side-loading) and refers to the fact that malware authors can place DLLs of the same name in specific locations on the target's filesystem and have it inadvertently load the malicious DLL instead of the safe one. DLL hijacking is a very well-known issue This type of attack is very old and has been known to many software...
  • DoJ, DHS hacked; employee data exposed by “Free Palestine” hacktivists

    02/08/2016 12:44:21 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/08/2016 | Ed Morrissey
    The FBI’s jurisdiction and its digital presence have intersected in an embarrassing and highly damaging manner. Hackers penetrated networks at the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security, gaining access to employee records at the FBI and other agencies. Hundreds of gigabytes worth of data have been stolen, the hackers claim, and they are using the hack as a protest for the #FreePalestine movement.Motherboard first reported on the hack, and corroborated at least some of the claims: A hacker, who wishes to remain anonymous, plans to dump the apparent names, job titles, email addresses and phone numbers...
  • Hackers break into more than 20 million accounts on China's largest marketpla

    02/04/2016 8:22:29 PM PST · by aimhigh · 1 replies
    Mashable ^ | 02/04/2016 | Victoria Ho
    One of China's largest web companies suffered a massive hacking attack last year, its owner said Thursday. Hackers managed to gain access to 20.59 million user accounts on Taobao. The attack on China's largest marketplace happened in October last year, where criminals managed to obtain a database of 99 million usernames and passwords for Taobao, according to Reuters. Taobao is the 12th most popular site in the world, and ranks third in China. It has an estimated 265 million registered users, and is China's equivalent of eBay.
  • Hacker "Guccifer" Welcomes Extradition: Hillary Clinton e-mail probe

    02/03/2016 7:59:58 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 52 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | Feb 3, 2016
    The Romanian hacker whose illegal exploits first exposed Hillary Clinton’s use of a non-governmental e-mail system is set to waive extradition later this month so he can face trial in the United States on a nine-count felony indictment. Known as “Guccifer,” hacker Marcel Lehel Lazar, 43, is scheduled for a February 17 extradition hearing in Romania, where he has been jailed since his arrest in January 2014. Lazar is serving a four-year sentence for hacking into the e-mail accounts of several public figures in Romania, including the head of the country’s intelligence service. In a phone interview from a Bucharest...
  • Congress to federal agencies: You have two weeks to tally your backdoored Juniper kit

    01/27/2016 7:23:22 PM PST · by Utilizer
    Computerworld ^ | Jan 26, 2016 8:51 AM PT | Lucian Constantin
    Congress plans to question about two dozen federal agencies on whether they were using backdoored Juniper network security appliances. In December, Juniper Networks said it had discovered unauthorized code added to ScreenOS, the operating system that runs on its NetScreen network firewalls. The rogue code, which remained undetected for two years or more, could have allowed remote attackers to gain administrative access to vulnerable devices or to decrypt VPN connections. The U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform wants to determine the impact that this issue had on government organizations and how those organizations responded to the incident. The...
  • Web host Linode resets all user passwords after suspected breach

    01/05/2016 11:26:13 PM PST · by Utilizer
    iTnews.com.au ^ | Jan 6 2016 4:16PM (AUS) | Paris Cowan
    Web hosting provider Linode has reset the account passwords of all its customers following what it suspects was an intrusion on its internal database. The mass credential reset comes just after the cloud firm suffered a sustained DDoS attack beginning on Christmas Day. Linode has issued a security advisory confirming that it still has no idea who is behind the hacks, or whether the same perpetrator is responsible for both incidents. "You may be wondering if the same person or group is behind these malicious acts. We are wondering the same thing.
  • 2016 Reality: Lazy Authentication Still the Norm (PayPal non-security)

    12/28/2015 8:06:00 PM PST · by aimhigh · 10 replies
    Krebs on Security ^ | 12/28/2015 | Brian Krebs
    My PayPal account was hacked on Christmas Eve. The perpetrator tried to further stir up trouble by sending my PayPal funds to a hacker gang tied to the jihadist militant group ISIS. Although the intruder failed to siphon any funds, the successful takeover of the account speaks volumes about why most organizations, including many financial institutions — remain woefully behind the times in authenticating their customers and staying ahead of identity thieves.
  • New Hacking Group Threatening Xbox Live and PSN with DDoS Attacks for Christmas

    12/16/2015 7:42:09 PM PST · by Utilizer · 6 replies
    softpedia® ^ | 16 Dec 2015, 14:04 GMT | Catalin Cimpanu
    LizardSquad copycats are trying to ruin Christmas for gamers Last year, the LizardSquad hacking group managed to ink its name into the history of Internet after taking down the Xbox Live and PlayStation networks during Christmas. With this year's holiday just around the corner, a new group, unoriginally named Phantom Squad, is now threatening to carry out similar attacks as well. If we believe their Twitter timeline, the hackers seem to have launched a DDoS attack against Reddit yesterday, even if nobody noticed its effects. Of course, a behemoth like Reddit is hard to take down in its entirety, but...
  • Great news: OPM still can’t pass a security audit six months after massive hack

    12/14/2015 5:37:17 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/14/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Six months ago, the US discovered that China hacked into the records of the Office of Personnel Management, stealing the excruciatingly personal data from everyone employed in the federal government, and everyone granted a security clearance too. At the time, it was called the Pearl Harbor of cyberwarfare, but later it turned out that the hack lasted over a year, not a single Sunday morning. OPM didn’t even have an IT department until the year before the hack began, which is why OPM had outsourced its IT management to a firm based in … China. The true scope of...
  • Anonymous launches operation against Trump

    12/11/2015 7:30:55 AM PST · by McGruff · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 11, 2015 | Jesse Byrnes
    The activist hacking group Anonymous has selected Donald Trump as its latest target in the wake of the GOP presidential candidate's proposal to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. "Donald Trump, it has come to our attention that you want to ban all Muslims [from entering] the United States. This policy is going to have a huge impact," a person wearing a Guy Fawkes mask says in a video posted by the group.
  • Anonymous Declares Dec. 11 'ISIS Trolling Day,' Invites Web Users to Target #Daeshbags

    12/07/2015 2:06:02 PM PST · by Lucky9teen · 12 replies
    Anonymous, the hacktivist collective that declared "total war" on ISIS after November's terror attacks in Paris, asked its followers to participate in 'ISIS Trolling Day' on Dec. 11, RT reports. In a message on Ghostbin, Anonymous announced "The World against ISIS Project," asking followers to "show your support and help against ISIS by joining us and trolling them." "Do not think you have to be apart of Anonymous, anyone can do this and does not require any special skills," the message adds. The project provides tips on how to troll ISIS online, suggesting participants spread photos of dead ISIS members...
  • Records: NXIVM hacked billionaire's emails with Hillary Clinton, world leaders

    10/19/2015 6:38:25 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 8 replies
    Albany TU ^ | 10/18/15 | Brendan J. Lyons
    Clare W. Bronfman, an heiress of the Seagram Company business empire, allegedly implanted a "key logger" virus on the computer of her late father, Edgar M. Bronfman Sr., so officials with the NXIVM corporation could secretly monitor his emails, including his exchanges with world leaders and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, according to court records. The extraordinary allegations are attributed to Kristen M. Keeffe, who was part of the inner circle that ran NXIVM, a "human development" organization that has been described by one expert as an "extreme cult." The accusations by Keeffe are contained in a transcript of a...
  • Teen stoner says he hacked CIA director’s AOL account

    10/19/2015 10:23:24 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 55 replies
    NY Post ^ | 10-18-15 | Philip Messing, Jamie Schram and Bruce Golding
    Hillary Rodham Clinton’s email scandal didn’t stop the head of the CIA from using his own personal AOL account to stash work-related documents, according to a stoner high school student who claims to have hacked into them. CIA Director John Brennan’s private account held sensitive files — including his 47-page application for top-secret security clearance — until he recently learned that it had been infiltrated, the hacker told The Post. Other emails stored in Brennan’s non-government account contained the Social Security numbers and personal information of more than a dozen top American intelligence officials, as well as a government letter...
  • Day After Obama CyberSecurity Deal With China, China Hacked Us

    10/19/2015 9:14:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 10/19/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Smart power. So much smart power. I don't know if anyone has ever tapped into this much smart power before. Picture a nerd screeching about "smart power" while the school bullies beat him up and you've got a picture of Obama's awesome smart power foreign policy. America's enemies now make a special point of humiliating him after each fake agreement and deal. Iran tests ballistic missiles and convicts a US reporter right after ratifying the nuke deal. And China makes a point of slapping Obama around right after his latest fake agreement with China. It was heralded as the first...
  • Hackers being hunted after stealing $30.7M via malware

    10/18/2015 5:36:24 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 20 replies
    CNBC ^ | Oct. 14, 2015
    Global law enforcement agencies have arrested a gang member behind the theft of Ł20 million ($30.7 million) via a piece of malicious software that records banking details, and are on the hunt for the remaining members. The malware – known as Dridex – is believed to be developed by in eastern Europe and it's able to harvest bank details online in order to steal money from people. Global financial institutions and a variety of different payment systems have been targeted, the U.K.'s National Crime Agency (NCA), one of the authorities involved, said on Tuesday. "Thousands" of Brits have been infected...
  • Former Reuters social media editor convicted of aiding L.A. Times hack

    10/08/2015 9:28:28 AM PDT · by nuconvert
    LA Times ^ | Oct. 7, 2015
    Matthew Keys, former deputy social media editor for the Reuters news agency, was convicted Wednesday for his role in a conspiracy to hack Los Angeles Times and Tribune Co. servers. Keys, 28, who also was a web producer for KTXL Fox 40 in Sacramento, a Tribune-owned television station, provided members of the hacker group Anonymous with login information for Tribune servers in 2010. Though Keys faces up to 25 years in prison at his sentencing, U.S. attorney's office spokeswoman Lauren Horwood said prosecutors are "likely" to seek less than five years.
  • Clinton e-mails were vulnerable to hackers, tech firm warned

    10/08/2015 8:16:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    A technology subcontractor that has worked on Hillary Rodham Clinton’s e-mail setup expressed concerns over the summer that the system was inadequately protected and vulnerable to hackers, a company official said Wednesday. But the concerns were rebuffed by the company managing the Clinton account, Platte River Networks, which said it had been instructed by the FBI not to make changes. The FBI has been reviewing the security of the e-mail system. The subcontractor, Datto, which specializes in backing up data, had not been aware that it was handling Clinton e-mails until media reports in August noted Platte River Networks’ involvement...
  • China reportedly compiling 'Facebook' of U.S. government employees

    09/15/2015 5:59:41 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 15, 2015 | Catherine Herridge & Matthew Dean
    A private industry IT security firm tells Fox News that personal data stolen over the span of several high-profile U.S. cyber breaches is being indexed by China's intelligence service into a massive Facebook-like network. According to CrowdStrike founder Dmitri Alperovitch, Chinese hackers are using information gained from the breaches of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, as well as intrusions into the Anthem and CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield health insurance networks, to build a complete profile of federal employees in what the company calls a "Facebook of Everything." "That can now be used to embarrass you publicly and force you to...
  • Obama Administration Yawns As Energy Dept. Gets Hacked 159 Times

    09/11/2015 3:26:54 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 12 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 09/10/2015 | John Merline
    Two reports on Thursday should send alarm bells clanging to beef up the government's cybersecurity. Whether anyone in the Obama administration will hear them is another question.
  • Overnight Cybersecurity: US power grid getting hammered

    09/10/2015 3:26:29 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 49 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/9/15 | Cory Bennett and Katie Bo Williams
    Critical infrastructure operators in the U.S. continue to face a hailstorm of hacks. Federal documents obtained by USA Today through a FOIA request revealed that hackers infiltrated the Department of Energy's computer system over 150 times between 2010 and 2014. As the department overseeing the country's power grid and nuclear weapons stockpile, the Energy Department is an attractive target for overseas cyber spies seeking to uncover vulnerabilities. Meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security is warning critical infrastructure providers of a malicious spear-phishing campaign in which hackers use bogus emails to infiltrate users' networks. The campaign has targeted government facilities and...
  • Millions hit by personal data hack still have not been told

    09/01/2015 7:25:21 PM PDT · by markomalley · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/1/15 | Mark Hosenball
    The U.S. government has not yet notified any of the 21.5 million federal employees and contractors whose security clearance data was hacked more than three months ago, officials acknowledged on Tuesday. The agency whose data was hacked, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), said the Defense Department will begin "later this month" to notify employees and contractors across the government that their personal information was accessed by hackers. OPM said notifications would continue over several weeks and "will be sent directly to impacted individuals." OPM also announced that it hired a contractor to help protect the identities and credit ratings...
  • More than 80% of healthcare IT leaders say their systems have been compromised

    08/27/2015 6:31:37 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Computerworld ^ | 8/27/15 | Lucas Merian
    Eighty-one percent of healthcare executives say their organizations have been compromised by at least one malware, botnet or other kind of cyberattack during the past two years, according to a survey by KPMG.The KPMG report also states that only half of those executives feel that they are adequately prepared to prevent future attacks. The attacks place sensitive patient data at risk of exposure, KPMG said.The 2015 KPMG Healthcare Cybersecurity Survey polled 223 CIOs, CTOs, chief security officers and chief compliance officers at healthcare providers and health plans.Sixty-six percent of the IT executives at healthcare plans who were surveyed said they...
  • Most California state agencies wide open to hackers, audit finds

    08/27/2015 1:41:07 PM PDT · by MeganC · 2 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 27 AUG 2015 | Rudy Takala
    The overwhelming majority of California's state agencies are ill-prepared to defend against cyberattacks, according to the state auditor, putting Social Security numbers, health records, and income tax information at risk for millions of Californians.
  • Ashley Madison faked female profiles to lure men in, hacked data suggest

    08/26/2015 6:13:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 08/26/2015 | By Caitlin Dewey
    Ashley Madison has long claimed, in triumphant news releases and slick, Web-ready graphics, that it is one of the few dating sites that really clicks with women. According to statistics CEO Noel Biderman has trumpeted in the media, Ashley Madison enjoys an overall 70/30 gender split — with a 1:1 male/female ratio among the under-30 set. But the user records laid bare by hackers last week tell a very different story: Of the more than 35 million records released, only 5 million — a mere 15 percent — actually belonged to women. This discrepancy may be the smoking gun that...
  • Toronto police report two suicides associated with Ashley Madison hack

    08/24/2015 6:10:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 08/24/2015
    Unconfirmed reports suggest that two people in Toronto have killed themselves over the Ashley Madison hack, local police said in a briefing providing details about the beginning of the leak. “As of this morning, we have two unconfirmed reports of suicides that are associated because of the leak of Ashley Madison customers’ profiles,” Toronto police service staff superintendent Bryce Evans said at a press conference on Monday. Evans said the nature of the dating site for married people was “of no interest to us as the investigative teams”. Security analyst Brian Krebs said last week he feared exactly that outcome....
  • Computer Security Company Founder John McAfee: Ashley Madison hack was an 'inside job'

    08/24/2015 5:23:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/24/2015 | Matt Smith, Digital Trends
    John McAfee may no longer be associated with the famous security company he founded, but he still writes about and consults on the topic, and he now claims to know the Ashley Madison “hack” was, in fact, data stolen by a “lone female who worked for Avid Life Media.” His argument relies on two separate bits of evidence. First, McAfee says the files found in the leaked database contain some peculiarities that he wouldn’t expect a hacker to normally access. “The data contains actual MySQL database dumps,” he says, adding “this is not just someone copying a table and making...
  • The Ashley Madison hack ruined my life

    08/23/2015 8:53:57 AM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 151 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 8/23/2015 | Jose Pagliery
    The Ashley Madison hack is indeed ripping apart marriages. It's exposing affairs, confirming suspicions, and keeping cheaters up at night in cold sweats. Several people who were directly affected by the data breach of the cheating website AshleyMadison.com have reached out to CNNMoney. Their identities and details have been independently verified, but they have spoken on condition of anonymity. The mistress "Ana" is a highly educated business woman in her 40s who is finalizing a divorce with her husband. She stayed up late Thursday rapidly texting eight married men with whom she had relationships after finding them on Ashley Madison....
  • Courting Ashley Madison Cases? Some Plaintiffs Lawyers Demur

    08/20/2015 4:21:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The National Law Journal ^ | August 20, 2015 | Katelyn Polantz and Amanda Bronstad
    The AshleyMadison.com hack, which unleashed onto the Internet yesterday nearly 40 million names and email addresses of possible users who sought extramarital affairs, isn’t sexy enough for many plaintiffs lawyers. Reason No. 1: It’s a matter of taste. “Every one of your clients is from day one on record being a liar and a cheat,” said Thomas Loeser of Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro. “I can’t think of a less desirable client.” After most online data hacks, class action suits materialize within days from plaintiffs firms that carry the cause. That hasn’t happened in the Ashley Madison hack. To some prominent...
  • Ashley Madison Hack: Who Is On The List? [White House, UN, Military, NASA, Vatican accounts]

    08/19/2015 9:41:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    SKY NEWS ^ | 08/19/2015
    A slew of leaked data reveals the names and addresses of users of the adultery dating website, including people in top jobs. Thousands of government and military officials are among those who appear to have been exposed by the huge Ashley Madison data dump. Hackers dropped a gigantic 10Gb file of information about users of the adultery dating website, sparking a scramble on the web to create a searchable database of all those named. Sky News has seen the raw data, which features the names and addresses of users - mostly in the US but many in the UK. The...
  • IRS reveals hack was worse than thought

    08/17/2015 5:34:21 PM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/17/15 | Joseph Lawler
    A breach of taxpayers' information at the Internal Revenue Service was bigger than initially disclosed, the agency said Monday. Hackers gained access to the information of as many as 220,000 more people than the 104,000 accounts that IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said in June may have been compromised. The IRS said it is mailing 220,000 letters notifying people that their information may be compromised. It said that it would also offer free credit protection and Identity Protection PINs to the victims. The revelation Monday is the result of an IRS review of an earlier incident in the spring, when hackers...
  • Cover Your Cams: Webcam of This Couple Got Hacked While Watching Netflix

    08/14/2015 11:03:34 AM PDT · by Cats Pajamas · 32 replies
    Hackread ^ | August 11, 2015 | Wagas
    The hackers are selling Remote Access Trojan (RAT) to the interested wannabe hackers, and believe it or not, most of the purchasers of these malware programs are youngsters and novice hackers. The malware and Trojans being provided by the hackers will allow anyone to take control of the targeted electronic device, eventually attacking the victim. The report calls them “ratters.”
  • (Vanity) Of Hillary, Emails, and National Security

    08/13/2015 4:57:12 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 12 replies
    original content | 8-13-2015 | grey_whiskers
    The ratchets have been turning lately on Nurse Ratched Hillary Clinton, over allegations of classified emails having been left on a private server. The Hillary camp is claiming this is a big bunch of nothing, that the server has been wiped clean, and that, besides, the emails were not marked as classified at the time she sent them. So, what's the big deal? Let's take a step back: outside of the election year, outside of partisan politics, and into the world of classified material. Some of the material itself is classified Top Secret. What's that mean? It sounds like James...
  • John Kerry claims his computer has been hacked, Chinese are ‘very likely’ reading his email

    08/11/2015 5:27:10 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 35 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 08-11-2015 | Twitchy Staff
    John Kerry claims his computer has been hacked, Chinese are ‘very likely’ reading his email
  • Great news: China probably can corroborate Hillary’s testimony on e-mails

    08/11/2015 7:15:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/11/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Yesterday, Hillary Clinton submitted a sworn declaration under penalty of perjury in a case involving Judicial Watch and their FOIA request to the State Department. At issue was whether the former Secretary of State had provided all of the work product e-mails during her time at State to the archivists, a point under contention in Judge Emmet Sullivan’s federal court. Sullivan had wanted a much broader explanation from Hillary as well as Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin in his July 31st order, but all he got back was this: I, Hillary Rodham Clinton, declare under penalty of perjury that...
  • Senior US official: China has accessed Obama administration private emails since 2010

    08/10/2015 8:33:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/09/2015 | NATASHA BERTRAND
    Chinese cyberspies have been reading the private emails of Obama administration officials and "all top national security and trade officials" since 2010, according to a senior administration official and a top secret NSA document obtained by NBC. The email espionage — codenamed "Dancing Panda" by the US before being dubbed "Legion Amethyst" — was detected in April 2010. "The intrusion into personal emails was still active at the time of the briefing and, according to the senior official, is still going on," NBC reported. "Dancing Panda" has successfully attacked at least 600 targets over the last five years, according to...
  • Russia hacks Pentagon computers: NBC, citing sources

    08/06/2015 11:59:55 AM PDT · by gwjack · 18 replies
    CNBC.com ^ | 8/6/15 | Staff
    fficials tell NBC News that Russia launched a "sophisticated cyberattack" against the Pentagon's Joint Staff unclassified email system which has been shut down and taken off line for nearly two weeks. According to the officials, the "sophisticated cyber intrusion" occurred sometime around July 25 and affected some 4-thousand military and civilian personnel work for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. This story is developing. Please check back for further updates.