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  • New Security Vulnerability Casts Shadow Over Intel

    08/21/2018 4:23:31 AM PDT · by jurroppi1 · 6 replies
    SourceToday ^ | Aug 17, 2018 | James Morra
    Intel has been scarred by another major security glitch that takes advantage of the same technology behind the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities. The new set of vulnerabilities, labeled Foreshadow, allows passwords and other confidential information to be swiped from memory caches in Intel’s processors. On Tuesday, the Santa Clara, California-based company said it had released microcode to protect potentially vulnerable devices in personal computers and data centers. The company said that the changes, coupled with new updates for operating systems and hypervisor software made available on Tuesday, would protect most customers. “We are not aware of reports that any of...
  • Interesting thread speculating on Mueller working with FBI lovers

    07/21/2018 8:58:37 PM PDT · by MNDude · 44 replies
    Reader Account Share Support Thread Reader! Thread by @_ImperatorRex_: "1. BOMBSHELL from the Page/Strzok texts: I may have found the middleman the Mueller/Clinton cabal was using, to communicate with the FBI whi […]" 26 tweets an hour ago Profile picture REX @_ImperatorRex_ Follow Read on Twitter 359 subscribers Subscribe Read later Archive 1. BOMBSHELL from the Page/Strzok texts: I may have found the middleman the Mueller/Clinton cabal was using, to communicate with the FBI while MYE (Clinton’s exoneration) was on, b/w Jan 26 - 11 Nov, 2016. ALSO: 2. I’m confident that Robert Mueller himself is 'Bob' in the texts...
  • LifeLock Bug Exposed Millions of Customer Email Addresses

    07/26/2018 8:42:07 AM PDT · by snarkpup · 22 replies
    Krebs on Security ^ | July 25, 2018 | Brian Krebs
    Identity theft protection firm LifeLock — a company that’s built a name for itself based on the promise of helping consumers protect their identities online — may have actually exposed customers to additional attacks from ID thieves and phishers. The company just fixed a vulnerability on its site that allowed anyone with a Web browser to index email addresses associated with millions of customer accounts, or to unsubscribe users from all communications from the company. The upshot of this weakness is that cyber criminals could harvest the data and use it in targeted phishing campaigns that spoof LifeLock’s brand. Of...
  • Russia says spyware found in state computer networks

    07/30/2016 3:14:34 PM PDT · by Mariner · 32 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 29th, 2016 | by Lidia Kelly
    Russia's intelligence service said on Saturday that the computer networks of 20 organizations, including state agencies and defense companies, have been infected with spyware in what it described as a targeted and coordinated attack. The Federal Security Service, the FSB, said the malware and the way the networks were infected were similar to those used in previous cases of cyber espionage found in Russia and other countries. The agency did not say who it suspected of being behind the attacks. "Information technology resources of government agencies, scientific and military institutions, defense industry companies and other entities involved in crucial infrastructure...
  • Top FBI Cyber-Sleuths Head For The Exit

    07/20/2018 5:08:02 PM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 23 replies
    https://conservativedailypost.com ^ | 9:56 PM 20 JUL 2018 | by Mark Megahan
    Three of the highest ranking cyber-investigators announced immediate retirement. They say it isn’t because of all the Justice Department scandals but the frustration of not being able to do their jobs, as pointed out by a recent DOJ report, might have been too much to bear. Top cyber-sleuths are leaving the Federal Bureau of Investigation in droves. Three more departures were announced by the Wall Street Journal on Thursday. Washington, D.C. bureaucrats are screaming that this couldn’t happen at a worse time. Threats “like Russia’s election interference and online foreign influence campaigns, have reached a point of alarm,” writes CNN....
  • Three Top FBI Cybersecurity Officials to Retire

    07/20/2018 7:13:54 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 71 replies
    www.wsj.com ^ | Updated July 19, 2018 6:01 p.m. ET | By Dustin Volz and Shelby Holliday
    Three of the top cybersecurity officials at the Federal Bureau of Investigation are retiring from government service, according to people familiar with the matter—departures that come as cyberattacks are a major concern for the country’s security agencies. Senior U.S. intelligence officials warn that the country is at a “critical point” facing unprecedented cyberthreats, including Russia’s ongoing attacks on the American political system. The retirements also come as the FBI is facing regular criticism from President Donald Trump and his supporters, and is working to attract and retain top cyber talent. Scott Smith, the assistant FBI director who runs the Bureau’s...
  • [From December 26, 2015] McAfee anti-virus creator to run for U.S. president as Libertarian

    02/15/2016 3:24:02 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 20 replies
    UPI news ^ | December 26, 2015
    John McAfee, better known in recent years for his brushes with the law in Belize and Guatemala than for his anti-virus software, filed to run for United States president as a Libertarian candidate. McAfee told USA Today he plans to run on a platform of pardoning all marijuana users in prison and and to "stop the U.S. from being the world's policeman." Doug Craig, a national board member of the Libertarian Party, said,"He fits right in with our political philosophy.: Earlier this year, McAfee vowed to run as a member of the Cyber Party to "disrupt the political status quo"...
  • Worst known governmental leak ever is slowly coming to light:

    07/23/2017 9:40:24 PM PDT · by Steve Van Doorn · 18 replies
    expressen | Jul 21, 2017 | Rick Falkvinge
    Sweden’s Transport Agency moved all of its data to “the cloud”, apparently unaware that there is no cloud, only somebody else’s computer. In doing so, it exposed and leaked every conceivable top secret database: fighter pilots, SEAL team operators, police suspects, people under witness relocation. Names, photos, and home addresses: the list is just getting started. The responsible director has been found guilty in criminal court of the whole affair, and sentenced to the harshest sentence ever seen in Swedish government: she was docked half a month’s paycheck Many governments have had partial leaks in terms of method (Snowden) or...
  • Here’s The Inspector General Report On Imran Awan

    07/10/2018 3:44:30 PM PDT · by detective · 32 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 07/09/2018 | Ethan Barton and Luke Rosiak
    The Department of Justice found “no evidence” that former Democratic IT aide Imran Awan violated cybersecurity laws, prosecutors said Thursday, but the House of Representatives’ internal watchdog reported that the Pakistani native made “unauthorized access” to congressional servers. Prosecutors said police interviewed approximately 40 witnesses, reviewed relevant communications and examined a number of related devices, but couldn’t find anything they could charge Imran with regarding cybersecurity. Details of the investigation were included in a plea deal with Imran surrounding unrelated bank fraud. But a pair of presentations by House Inspector General Theresa Grafenstine detail a number of rules Imran and...
  • Why you might want to wrap your car key fob in foil

    07/09/2018 8:16:52 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 86 replies
    wsbtv ^ | Jul 8, 2018 - 6:40 PM | Phoebe Wall Howard,
    Given that the best way to store your car keys at night is by putting them in a coffee can, what's an ex-FBI agent's advice to protect cars from theft during the day? Wrap car fobs in aluminum foil. “Although it's not ideal, it is the most inexpensive way,” said Holly Hubert, a cybersecurity expert who retired in 2017 from the FBI in Buffalo, New York. “The cyber threat is so dynamic and ever changing, it’s hard for consumers to keep up.” Now, as CEO of GlobalSecurityIQ, she suggests clients go online and spend a few dollars and buy what’s...
  • Judge tosses suit alleging Trump campaign conspired with Russia in DNC hack

    07/04/2018 3:38:28 AM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/03/18 | JOSH GERSTEIN
    A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit alleging that President Donald Trump's campaign and former Trump adviser Roger Stone conspired with Russia and WikiLeaks to publish hacked Democratic National Committee emails during the 2016 presidential race. U.S. District Court Judge Ellen Huvelle said in a ruling Tuesday evening that the suit's efforts to tie the Trump campaign and Stone's alleged actions to the nation's capital were too flimsy for the case to proceed in a Washington, D.C., court. "The Trump Campaign’s efforts to elect President Trump in D.C. are not suit-related contacts for those efforts did not involve acts taken...
  • In Newly Obtained Memo, Congress’s Top Cop Said House Democratic Caucus Server VANISHED (Imran Awan)

    07/03/2018 12:21:05 PM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | 07/02/2018 | Luke Rosiak
    A secret memo marked “URGENT” detailed how the House Democratic Caucus’s server went “missing” soon after it became evidence in a cybersecurity probe. The secret memo also said more than “40 House offices may have been victims of IT security violations.” In the memo, Congress’s top law enforcement official, Sergeant-at-Arms Paul Irving, along with Chief Administrative Officer Phil Kiko, wrote, “We have concluded that the employees [Democratic systems administrator Imran Awan and his family] are an ongoing and serious risk to the House of Representatives, possibly threatening the integrity of our information systems ... shortly after an IG report came...
  • Clapper: FBI's Trump informant was "most benign form of information gathering" {Clapper Lying Again}

    05/27/2018 6:23:05 PM PDT · by drpix · 62 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | 5/27/18 | Emily Tillett
    Former Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper says the use of human sources is "the most benign form of information gathering" amid President Trump's persistent outcry over the FBI's use of an informant during its investigation into connections between Russians and members of the Trump campaign... ...Clapper told "Face the Nation" that as DNI during the Obama administration, he would not have known about any FBI informant or their decision to use a human source.
  • Obama’s Cyber Chief: Susan Rice Gave ‘Stand Down’ Order In Response To Russian Meddling

    06/21/2018 9:48:32 AM PDT · by detective · 23 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 06/21/2018 | Chuck Ross
    Former President Barack Obama’s cybersecurity czar confirmed Wednesday that former national security adviser Susan Rice told him to “stand down” in response to Russian cyber attacks during the 2016 presidential campaign. Michael Daniel, whose official title was “cybersecurity coordinator,” confirmed the stand-down order during a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing held to review the Obama and President Donald Trump’s administrations’ policy response to Russian election interference. Rice’s order to Daniel was first reported in “Russian Roulette,” a book published in March that details Russia’s meddling in the election. In the book, authors Michael Isikoff and David Corn reported that...
  • The Cyber Heists Banks Don't Want You To Know About

    05/30/2018 3:04:01 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 8 replies
    Safehaven.com ^ | 05-30-2018 | Charles
    Bank robberies aren’t as exciting as they used to be when they were the stuff of Ocean’s Eleven style, or the coarser Bonnie and Clyde. No more black balaclavas or dead president masks. No more guns, no more physical threats. This is the age of the cyber thief, and Mexico’s recent $110-million bank heist didn’t even require a criminal to touch the money at all. With a push of a button it was gone--almost. Gone, too, is the excitement of getting caught up in a bank robbery as dramatized on television. But the lack of physical excitement also means that...
  • Capitol Police Accidentally Gave Evidence To House Hacking Suspect’s Defense Attorney

    05/25/2018 3:25:23 AM PDT · by a little elbow grease · 67 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 5/24/18 | Luke Rosiak
    The Capitol Police turned over a trove of evidence in the alleged Imran Awan House cyberbreach and theft case to the defense attorneys when they were supposed to deliver it to prosecutors instead, according to court documents and a source. And hours after The Daily Caller News Foundation asked prosecutors about the disclosure, Awan’s lawyer said he had learned of the forthcoming story from a source on Capitol Hill. TheDCNF had not told anyone other than prosecutors about it. “The cop came to [Awan’s defense attorney] Chris Gowen’s office with a stack of papers … Then he came back and...
  • Network Close To NATO Military Leader Fueled Ukraine Conflict

    07/31/2016 8:46:09 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 9 replies
    Spiegel ^ | 28 July 2016 | Christoph Schult, Klaus Wiegrefe
    Working with dubious sourcing, a group close to NATO's chief military commander Philip Breedlove sought to secure weapons deliveries for Ukraine, a trove of newly released emails revealed. The efforts served to intensify the conflict between the West and Russia. Most of the 1,096 hacked emails date back to the dramatic 12 months of the Ukraine crisis after Russia annexed Crimea in March 2014. Thousands died in the skirmishes between Kiev's troops and Moscow-aligned separatists. More than 2 million civilians fled eastern Ukraine. Breedlove sought counsel from some very prominent people, his emails show. Among them were Wesley Clark, Breedlove's...
  • U.S. identifies suspect in major leak of CIA hacking tools

    05/15/2018 2:30:29 PM PDT · by Brown Deer · 36 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 15, 2018 | Shane Harris
    Joshua Adam Schulte, who worked for a CIA group that designs computer code to spy on foreign adversaries, is believed to have provided the agency’s top-secret information to WikiLeaks, federal prosecutors acknowledged in a hearing in January. The anti-secrecy group published the code under the label “Vault 7” in March 2017. It was one of the most significant and potentially damaging leaks in the CIA’s history, exposing secret cyberweapons and spying techniques that might be used against the United States, according to current and former intelligence officials.
  • John Bolton is reportedly scrapping the White House cybersecurity chief position

    05/10/2018 11:26:19 AM PDT · by bitt · 18 replies
    theweek.com/ ^ | 5/10/2018 | ADMIN
    As part of National Security Adviser John Bolton's full overhaul of the National Security Council, he's "leading the push to abolish the role of special assistant to the president and cybersecurity coordinator," the top White House cybersecurity job, Politico reports, citing one current and two former U.S. officials. One of the former officials said there's a "60-40" chance the White House eliminates the job, potentially leaving the U.S. government rudderless heading into elections in which Russia is widely expected to meddle.
  • Senior North Korean espionage official 'may have fled to Britain after defecting'

    05/04/2018 2:45:47 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 3 MAY 2018 | Julian Ryall
    Senior North Korean espionage official 'may have fled to Britain after defecting' By Julian Ryall, tokyo 3 MAY 2018 • 4:51AM North Korea has launched an international manhunt for one of its most senior counter-espionage officers, who disappeared in late February and is believed to have defected, possibly to Britain, according to a media report in South Korea. The official has been identified as a Mr Kang, a colonel in his 50s with the Ministry of State Security and responsible for monitoring dissident and espionage efforts in Russia, China and south-east Asia. He disappeared from the Zhongpu International Hotel in...