06 Feb 2016

Top cybercrime ring disrupted in Moscow

Russian authorities in November raided offices associated with a Moscow film distribution and production company as part of a crackdown on one of the world’s most notorious financial hacking operations, according to three sources with knowledge of the matter. Source: Top cybercrime ring disrupted in Moscow

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05 Feb 2016

Twitter suspends 125,000 ‘terrorism’ accounts

“Twitter says it has suspended more than 125,000 accounts since mid-2015 ‘for threatening or promoting terrorist acts’. In a blog, the US-based firm said the accounts ‘primarily related to ISIS’ (the so-called Islamic State group).” Source: Twitter suspends 125,000 ‘terrorism’ accounts – BBC News

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05 Feb 2016

Hack at UCF compromises 63,000 Social Security numbers

“About 63,000 Social Security numbers and names of former and current UCF students and employees were stolen by hackers, officials disclosed Thursday, part of a growing cybersecurity threat faced by schools and other large institutions.” Source: Hack at UCF compromises 63,000 Social Security numbers – Orlando Sentinel

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03 Feb 2016

ISIS Cyber Caliphate migrating to new communications platform

“Cyber Caliphate, the hacking unit of ISIS/Daesh, in its search for a secure encrypted communications platform to broadcast its message to supporters, will move its mass communications from its Telegram account to Threema, an encrypted communications application developed by the Swiss company Threema GmbH, SCMagazine.com has learned.” Source: ISIS Cyber

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03 Feb 2016

US to Rework Arms Control Rule on Exporting Hacker Tools

“The U.S. government is rewriting a proposal under arms control rules from 20 years ago to make it simpler to export tools related to hacking and surveillance software since they are also used to secure computer networks.” Source: US to Rework Arms Control Rule on Exporting Hacker Tools – ABC

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02 Feb 2016

Help Wanted: 1,000 Cybersecurity Jobs At OPM

“OPM recently announced it is hiring 1,000 new cybersecurity professionals, which have been approved by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Federal News Radio recently listed the duties the new cyber hires will carry out – which includes cyber risk and strategic analysis, incident handling and malware/vulnerability analysis, program

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02 Feb 2016

AnonSec attempts to crash $222m drone, releases secret flight videos and employee data

“Hackers from the AnonSec group who spent several months hacking Nasa have released a huge data dump and revealed they tried to bring down a $222m Global Hawk Drone into the Pacific Ocean. The hack included employee personal details, flight logs and video footage collected from unmanned and manned aircraft.”

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02 Feb 2016

TalkTalk loses 95,000 customers, £60 million in costs after hack attack

“The budget ISP TalkTalk witnessed a huge customer exodus following a high-profile hack attack on its systems late last year. It told the City on Tuesday morning that the security breach in October 2015—which affected 157,000 subscribers, some of whom had their ‘obscured credit and debit card numbers’ stolen in

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02 Feb 2016

How a lone hacker shredded the myth of crowdsourcing

“‘The real impact of the attack was not to destroy the assembled pieces but to destroy the user base of the platform, and to disrupt the recruitment dynamics.’ All the motivation generated by weeks of good PR, a fun task and a smart financial incentive scheme evaporated in the face

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01 Feb 2016

Criminals aren’t going dark, says Harvard study

“For years now, the FBI has been warning legislators and CEOs about criminals ‘going dark’ through encryption — and the responsibility of companies like Apple and Google to stop it from happening. But according to a new study from Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, that’s not what’s happening

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