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  • The U.S. Drone Fleet Is Fully Infected By A Computer Virus

    10/07/2011 11:19:43 AM PDT · by PapaBear3625 · 115 replies · 1+ views
    Business Insider ^ | Oct 7, 2011 | Robert Johnson
    An unnamed computer virus is compromising the security of U.S. Reaper and Predator drones as they fly missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, and Pakistan. Wired reports the virus was found about two weeks ago and hasn't kept the drone pilots at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada from conducting missions. There haven't been any reports of classified data breaches, but the virus has resisted the military's best efforts to remove it.
  • Wireless drone sniffs Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, phone signals(war flying?)

    08/05/2011 7:25:52 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    CNET ^ | 08/04/11 | Declan McCullagh
    Wireless drone sniffs Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, phone signals By: Declan McCullagh August 4, 2011 11:19 AM PDT LAS VEGAS--Forget Wi-Fi war driving. Now it's war flying. A pair of security engineers showed up at the Black Hat security conference here to show off a prototype that can eavesdrop on Wi-Fi, phone, and Bluetooth signals: a retrofitted U.S. Army target drone, bristling with electronic gear and an array of antennas. "Nobody's really looking at this from a threat perspective," said Mike Tassey, a security consultant who works for the U.S. government intelligence community. "There's some pretty evil stuff you can do from...
  • Massive Global Cyberattack Targeting U.S., U.N. Discovered; Experts Blame China

    08/03/2011 6:25:02 AM PDT · by Freeport · 70 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 03, 2011 | N/A
    The world's most extensive case of cyber-espionage, including attacks on U.S. government and U.N. computers, is set to be revealed Wednesday by online security firm McAfee, and analysts are speculating that China is behind the attacks. The spying was dubbed "Operation Shady RAT," or "remote access tool" by McAfee -- and it led to a massive loss of information that poses a huge economic threat, wrote vice president of threat research Dmitri Alperovitch "What is happening to all this data — by now reaching petabytes as a whole — is still largely an open question," Alperovitch wrote on a blog detailing the threat. "However,...
  • 'Anonymous' Hackers Claim to Breach NATO Security

    07/21/2011 6:57:30 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    AP/Fox News ^ | 7/21/11
    A group of computer hackers claims to have breached NATO security and accessed hordes of restricted material. The group called Anonymous says it would be "irresponsible" to publish most of the material it stole from NATO but that it is sitting on about 1 gigabyte of data. Anonymous posted a PDF file Thursday, and broadcast a link to it from its Twitter page, showing what appeared to be a document headed "NATO Restricted."
  • EXCLUSIVE: FBI Raids Homes of Suspected Anonymous Hackers

    07/19/2011 5:02:49 AM PDT · by Doogle · 5 replies · 1+ views
    FOX ^ | 07/19/11 | Jana Winter
    The FBI is executing search warrants at two Long Island, N.Y., homes and one Brooklyn, N.Y., home of three suspected members of notorious hacking group Anonymous early Tuesday morning, FoxNews.com has learned. More than 10 FBI agents arrived at the Baldwin, N.Y., home of Giordani Jordan with a search warrant for computers and computer-related accessories. The targets of the FBI searches are all in their late teens to early 20s.
  • A Cyber-Pearl Harbor On Horizon?

    07/15/2011 5:28:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 15, 2011 | Staff
    Security: The Pentagon has disclosed perhaps the largest theft of sensitive data by an unnamed foreign government. The threat to our electronic infrastructure is real, growing and as dangerous as a North Korean missile. In outlining America's cyberwarfare strategy last Thursday at the National Defense University, Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn disclosed that 24,000 sensitive files containing Pentagon data at a defense company were accessed in a cyberattack in March, likely by a foreign government. He didn't disclose the identity of that government, but in a bit of an understatement he acknowledged, "We have a pretty good idea." So...
  • LulzSec Says Goodbye with New Data Dump

    06/27/2011 3:58:36 AM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 12 replies
    PC World ^ | June 26. 2011 | Ian Paul
    LulzSec the hacker group that has been a thorn in the side of major institutions ranging from Sony to the CIA, says it is going away -- but not quietly. The group said late Saturday it would disband. In what it says is its final act of mayhem, it publicly unloaded a trove of documents containing a significant amount of compressed data. "Our planned 50-day cruise has expired, and we must now sail into the distance...our crew of six wishes you a happy 2011," LulzSec says in its final message. . The group says it chose to end its campaign...
  • LulzSec Releases Arizona Law Enforcement Data In Retaliation For Immigration Law

    06/23/2011 7:32:50 PM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 30 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | June 23, 2011 | Alexia Tsotsis
    <p>Hacker collective of the moment LulzSec has just released a torrent of data it claims to belong to Arizona law enforcement, in what it calls Operation Chinga La Migra</p>
  • CIA, Senate hackers gleefully promise more

    06/16/2011 6:54:35 PM PDT · by bushwon · 7 replies · 1+ views
    CNN ^ | 6/16/11 | Doug Gross
    CNN) -- They've breached or busted the websites of the CIA, PBS and the U.S. Senate, and launched at least part of an extended attack on Sony, whose PlayStation Network was brought to a grinding halt for the better part of a month. And, to hear them tell it, it's all for a laugh. Meet Lulz Security, or LulzSec, the gleeful and secretive band of hackers who appear to be responsible for a string of high-profile and sometimes embarrassing Internet attacks. Their most recent strike, and arguably the most ambitious, was a distributed denial-of-service attack Wednesday that shut down the...
  • Sources: Kundra leaving White House

    06/16/2011 8:10:56 AM PDT · by kingattax · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | 6-16-11 | KIM HART
    Vivek Kundra, the first-ever federal chief information officer, is planning to leave the White House in August, according to sources. Kundra, who has held the position for two-and-a-half years, is leaving the administration for Harvard, the sources said, although its unclear if hell be teaching or taking a more research-oriented post. As CIO in the Office of Management and Budget, Kundra was responsible for overseeing $80 billion in federal information technology projects. In that role, he spearheaded a number of initiatives to try to make the governments complex technology systems more efficient and less costly. Kundra is one of three...
  • Hacked! First the Senate, now the CIA... Computer gang accesses agency website...

    06/16/2011 9:25:16 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 10 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 16th June 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A group of hackers who breached the Senate computer system earlier this week claimed responsibility for problems with the CIA's website today. The group, known as Lulz Security, tweeted 'Tango down - CIA.gov,' and there were difficulties throughout the early evening accessing the agency's website. The computer mischief appeared to be targeting the CIA's public website, which does not include classified data and has no impact on the CIA's operation. CIA spokesman Marie Harf said the agency is looking into the reports.
  • LulzSec hackers claim CIA website shutdown

    06/16/2011 8:51:45 AM PDT · by cartan · 26 replies
    The hacker group Lulz Security has claimed it has brought down the public-facing website of the US Central Intelligence Agency. The alleged attack on CIA.gov occurred on the same day the group opened a telephone request line so its fans could suggest potential targets. On its Twitter feed, the group wrote: “Tango down - cia.gov - for the lulz”. The CIA website was inaccessible at times on Wednesday but appeared to be back up on Thursday. LulzSec’s claim could not immediately be verified. It was unclear if the outage was due to the group’s efforts or to the large number...
  • Wardrivers Target Seattle Businesses

    04/23/2011 7:22:31 AM PDT · by Clint Williams · 7 replies
    Slashdot ^ | 4/22/11 | timothy
    angry tapir writes "Seattle police are investigating a group of criminals who they say have been cruising around town in a black Mercedes stealing credit card data by tapping into wireless networks belonging to area businesses. The group has been at it for about five years, according to an affidavit signed by Detective Chris Hansen, a fraud investigator with the Seattle Police Department."
  • How many names and emails wre stolen recently from CC companies?(vanity)

    04/04/2011 4:50:54 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 31 replies
    me ^ | 4-4-11 | The young and studly Dynachrome
    I have received notification of email breaches from Kroger, Best Buy and Home Depot so far. They seem legit as they are not asking for any info, just notifying me of probable phishing scams based on these breaches. so how many credit cards got info stolen recently?
  • Domains Used in RSA Attack Taunted U.S.

    04/03/2011 5:15:43 PM PDT · by fours · 6 replies
    Krebs on Security ^ | March 30, 2011 | Brian Krebs
    Details about the recent cyber attacks against security firm RSA suggest the assailants may have been taunting the industry giant and the United States while they were stealing secrets from a company whose technology is used to secure many banks and government agencies. Earlier this month, RSA disclosed that an extremely sophisticated cyber attack targeting its business unit resulted in certain information being extracted from RSAs systems that relates to RSAs SecurID two-factor authentication products. The company was careful to caution that while data gleaned did not enable a successful direct attack on any of its SecurID customers, the information...
  • Millions of sites hit with mass-injection cyberattack (LizaMoon - instructions included)

    04/02/2011 9:25:45 AM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies
    Computerworld ^ | 4/01/11 | Sarah Jacobsson Purewal
    Millions of sites hit with mass-injection cyberattackBy Sarah Jacobsson Purewal April 1, 2011 10:37 AM ET PC World - Hundreds of thousands -- and possibly millions -- of websites have been hit with a cyberattack that some are calling "one of the biggest mass-injection attacks we've ever seen." The attack was discovered on March 29 by security firm WebSense, and the injected domain was called lizamoon.com -- thus, the name of the mass-injection is "LizaMoon." According to WebSense, LizaMoon uses SQL Injection to add malicious script to compromised sites. While the first injected domain was lizamoon.com, additional URLs have since...
  • RSA security firm hit by 'sophisticated' hackers

    03/18/2011 2:43:35 PM PDT · by Gideon7 · 13 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 3/18/2011 | Paul Wagenseil
    Sophisticated hackers broke into security company RSA's servers and stole data related to SecurID authentication tokens, the firm's head announced late Thursday. The tokens are used by an estimated 40 million employees of large corporations and organizations. They generate a seemingly random six-digit number every 30 or 60 seconds, which the employees type in to log into virtual private networks or other sensitive systems. The RSA cryptography algorithm, which uses a 128-bit "seed" unique to each token to generate the numbers, is virtually impossible to crack. An estimated 250 million smartphones use similar RSA software to verify identity. "Recently, our...
  • Anonymous this week start Operation Empire State with release of damaging Bank Of America documents

    03/13/2011 3:43:08 AM PDT · by RonPaulPittsburgh · 142 replies
    uniteandstate ^ | March 13 | Ariellalight
    Most of us by now have heard about Anonymous. Anonymous has had its roots in various areas for a while now. Its primary targets tend to be a focused attempt at righting the wrongs of corporate monopolies and injustices that face the average person. Anonymous became a household known entity as it was exposed in its efforts to defend the operations of Wikileaks and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Their newest activities have revolved around shutting down various copyright agencies such as BMI as an attempt to fight back in the ongoing file sharing battle. A member of Anonymous who goes...
  • Anonymous attacks US security company

    02/07/2011 12:03:27 PM PST · by dimk · 12 replies
    guardian.co.uk ^ | Monday 7 February 2011 | Charles Arthur
    The loose hacker collective Anonymous says it has taken revenge on a US security company whose principal claimed to have penetrated the group and identified some of its key people. They hacked the Twitter account of Aaron Barr, the chief executive of HBGary, and sent out a series of angry tweets while many Americans were watching the Super Bowl match on Sunday night, allegedly including Barr's social security number and address, and his mobile phone number.
  • Survey finds one in six consumers act on spam

    07/14/2009 9:34:09 AM PDT · by Stoat · 35 replies · 932+ views
    MacWorld ^ | July 14, 2009 | Jeremy Kirk
    Survey finds one in six consumers act on spam by Jeremy Kirk, IDG News Service About one in six consumers have at some time acted on a spam message, affirming the economic incentive for spammers to keep churning out millions of obnoxious pitches per day, according to a new survey.Due to be released Wednesday, the survey was sponsored by the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG), an industrywide security think tank composed of service providers and network operators dedicated to fighting spam and malicious software.Eight hundred consumers in the U.S. and Canada were asked about their computer security practices habits...
  • Lost backup tape costs a week's vacation time

    10/11/2007 11:45:42 AM PDT · by Freeport · 28 replies · 831+ views
    The Inquirer ^ | 11 October 2007 | Egan Orion
    AN OHIO state IT worker will lose a week of vacation time over a lost backup tape, writes ComputerWorld. The tape, containing Social Security numbers and other personal data on over 100,000 current and past state employees and taxpayers, was stolen last June from an intern's car. Jerry Miller, an ERP project payroll team leader for the Ohio Administrative Knowledge System (OAKS), was held responsible for not ensuring the security of the data on the tape. His penalty, suggested by a state Office of Collective Bargaining worker, will be the loss of one week of future vacation time. Reportedly the...
  • CIBC loses data on 470,000 mutual fund customers

    01/19/2007 6:17:15 AM PST · by APRPEH · 2 replies · 596+ views
    IT Business Canada ^ | 1/18/2007 | Shane Schick
    A backup drive gone missing leads the Privacy Commissioner of Canada to start its second investigation into the practices of one of the country's largest financial institutions. The bank explains its crisis management strategy. CIBC is facing an investigation by federal Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddarts office following the loss of a backup drive containing personal and financial data on 470,000 customers of its subsidiary Talvest Mutual Funds. The bank said it had no reason to believe information on the drive, which went missing while in transit between two offices, had been inappropriately accessed so far. The drive contained client names,...
  • TJX gets little sympathy from blogosphere

    01/19/2007 6:11:04 AM PST · by APRPEH · 193+ views
    SearchSecurity.com ^ | 18 Jan 2007 | Bill Brenner
    If anyone has sympathy for TJX Companies Inc. in the wake of a massive data breach that may have exposed the credit card data of millions of customers, they're not expressing it in the blogosphere. The Framingham, Mass.-based retail giant acknowledged that an attacker exploited a flaw in a portion of TJX's computer network that handles credit card, debit card, check, and merchandise return transactions for customers of its T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods and A.J. Wright stores in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, and its Winners and HomeSense stores in Canada. The intrusion may involve customers of its T.K. Maxx...