01 Jul 2011

Hackers hit Arizona law enforcement for third time

“For the third time in less than 10 days, confidential information from Arizona’s law enforcement community was hacked and posted online, with the same basic group of hackers behind the effort. The information, posted late Thursday, was shared Friday by Anonymous, a loose collective of hackers. Some of these hackers

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01 Jul 2011

Latin America’s cyber gangs

“June 2011 saw some of the most significant cyber-attacks ever in Latin America. Brazil had several government and private sector websites knocked offline and their Army personnel database was hacked with information posted online. Colombia’s Senate website was defaced. Peru had police information stolen. Chile was threatened for its monitoring

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01 Jul 2011

Anonymous Launches A WikiLeaks For Hackers: HackerLeaks

“Despite countless WikiLeaks copycats popping up since the secret-spilling site first dumped its cache of State Department cables last year, the new generation of leaking sites has produced few WikiLeaks-sized scoops. So instead of waiting for insider whistleblowers, the hacker movement Anonymous hopes that a few outside intruders might start

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30 Jun 2011

Security Researchers Discover the Mother of All Botnets

“A new strain of the TDSS malware has been pegged as ‘the most sophisticated threat’ to computer security in the world today by a Kaspersky Labs researcher and is being used to slave more than 4.5 million PCs in a massive botnet that’s equipped with an ‘anti-virus’ to prevent other

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29 Jun 2011

DOD wants contractors to safeguard unclassified info, report breaches

“Federal contractors whose information systems contain unclassified Defense Department information would have to safeguard that information from unauthorized access and notify DOD of any breaches under a proposed rule published today.” (Source: DOD wants contractors to safeguard unclassified info, report breaches — Federal Computer Week.)

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29 Jun 2011

Biggest-ever criminal botnet links computers in more than 172 countries

“Computer security experts say they have detected what appears to be the world’s largest-ever computer ‘botnet,’ a network of millions of computers controlled clandestinely by a criminal cyber gang with roots in Eastern Europe.” (Source: Biggest-ever criminal botnet links computers in more than 172 countries – CSMonitor.com.)

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29 Jun 2011

Military personnel targeted in cyberattack

“On June 7, 2011, the Gannett Government Media family of websites suffered a cyber attack that resulted in some users being unable to access parts or all of the websites. We also discovered that the attacker gained unauthorized access to files containing information of some of our users. The information

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28 Jun 2011

Cyber attack on Gannett targets U.S. soldiers

“Hackers broke into a Gannett Co database containing personal information about subscribers to publications read by U.S. government officials, military leaders and rank-and-file soldiers, the media company said on Tuesday.” (Source: Cyber attack on Gannett targets U.S. soldiers – baltimoresun.com.)

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28 Jun 2011

MasterCard website is target of cyber attack

“The credit card company’s website could not be accessed for large parts of the day, security experts said. Twitter user called ‘Ibom Hacktivist’ boasted the attack was for its refusal to process donations for the whistleblowing site WikiLeaks. ‘A grouMasterCard.com DOWN!!!, thats what you get when you mess with @wikileaks

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28 Jun 2011

There is no patch for human stupidity DHS finds

“The U.S. Department of Homeland Security ran a test this year to see how hard it was for hackers to corrupt workers and gain access to computer systems. Not very, it turned out. Staff secretly dropped computer discs and USB thumb drives in the parking lots of government buildings and

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