05 Jan 2017

Top US Intelligence Officials to Testify on Russian Hacking

“Senior U.S. intelligence officials face questions at a Senate hearing that will be dominated by the intelligence community’s assessment that Russia meddled in the presidential election to help Donald Trump win. The Armed Services Committee’s cyber threats hearing on Thursday comes a day before the president-elect is to be briefed

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05 Jan 2017

FBI Hacked, Again! Hacker Leaks Data After Agency Failed to Patch Its Site

“A hacker, using Twitter handle CyberZeist, has claimed to have hacked the FBI’s website (fbi.gov) and leaked personal account information of several FBI agents publically. CyberZeist had initially exposed the flaw on 22 December, giving the FBI time to patch the vulnerability in its website’s code before making the data

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04 Jan 2017

The FBI Never Asked For Access To Hacked Computer Servers

“‘The DNC had several meetings with representatives of the FBI’s Cyber Division and its Washington (DC) Field Office, the Department of Justice’s National Security Division, and U.S. Attorney’s Offices, and it responded to a variety of requests for cooperation, but the FBI never requested access to the DNC’s computer servers,’

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04 Jan 2017

Dear Obama, From Infosec

“If your intent was to show technical information to experts to confirm Russia’s involvement, you’ve done the precise opposite. Grizzley-Steppe proves such enormous incompetence that we doubt all the technical details you might have. I mean, it’s possible that you classified the important details and de-classified the junk, but even

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04 Jan 2017

The DHS/FBI Report on Russian Hacking was a Predictable Failure

“The expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats, the shutting down of two Russian-owned estates the US claims were used for intelligence activities, and the targeted financial sanctions on Russian individuals and organizations all show the Obama administration understands at least part of what such a firm response should entail. Unfortunately, the

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04 Jan 2017

Cyberwar for Sale: A New Political Weapon

“After a maker of surveillance software was hacked, its leaked documents shed light on a shadowy global industry that has turned email theft into a terrifying — and lucrative — political weapon.” Source: Cyberwar for Sale – The New York Times

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04 Jan 2017

President Obama’s Pursuit of Cyber Deterrence Ends in Failure

“Whether the intelligence report President Obama has ordered and congressional investigations force Trump to change direction remain to be seen. Meanwhile, fears of Russian cyber interference in European elections grow with no possibility of transatlantic solidarity on deterring the threat. A strategy for better U.S. election cybersecurity faces dismal prospects

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04 Jan 2017

Massachusetts makes data breach reports available online

“Hundreds of data breaches affecting thousands of Massachusetts residents were reported to the state in 2016. The Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation announced on Tuesday that it was making reports of potential identity theft available to the public on its website. Previously those reports could only be accessed

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04 Jan 2017

Ransomware Has Evolved, And Its Name Is Doxware

“With doxware, hackers hold computers hostage until the victim pays the ransom, similar to ransomware. But doxware takes the attack further by compromising the privacy of conversations, photos, and sensitive files, and threatening to release them publicly unless the ransom is paid. Because of the threatened release, it’s harder to

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04 Jan 2017

Indian security forces alerted of possible WhatsApp virus attack

“Indian security forces have been alerted by central intelligence agencies that a WhatsApp virus is threatening to hack into their personal information and banking data. Two malicious files circulating on the messaging platform falsely bears the names of elite organisations like NDA and NIA, the Press Trust of India reported. “

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