04 Aug 2016

Coup plotters’ use of ‘amateur’ messaging app helped Turkish authorities map their network

Turkish authorities were able to trace thousands of people they accuse of participating in an underground network linked to last month’s failed military coup by cracking the weak security features of a little-known smartphone messaging app. Source: Coup plotters’ use of ‘amateur’ messaging app helped Turkish authorities map their network

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04 Aug 2016

Chip and pin hack spits out cash 

A vulnerability in the widely-used chip and pin system has been exploited to make a cash machine spit out money. Researchers speaking at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas demonstrated how small modifications to equipment would allow attackers to intercept the systems used to authorise payments. Source: Black Hat: Chip

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02 Aug 2016

Experts see Iranian link in attempt to hack Syrian dissident

Syrian opposition activist Noura Al-Ameer was combing through her emails late one night when a message caught her eye. The sender was “Assadcrimes” and he promised information about Iranian meddling in the Middle East. But the email seemed odd. Abdul Razzak, a fellow at internet watchdog group Citizen Lab, quickly determined

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02 Aug 2016

Top Nigerian cyber-scammer arrested

A Nigerian accused of scamming $60 million from companies around the world through fraudulent emails has been arrested after months of investigation, Interpol and Nigeria’s anti-fraud agency said Monday. Source: Top Nigerian cyber-scammer arrested

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01 Aug 2016

Seoul Blames Suspected N Korea Organization for Email Scams

A suspected North Korean organization hacked into the email accounts of dozens of officials, journalists and others in South Korea earlier this year, Seoul officials said Monday. The organization sent phishing emails to government officials, journalists and professors who specialize in North Korean affairs to try to trick them into giving

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31 Jul 2016

Russia says spyware found in state computer networks

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. Source: Russia says spyware found in state computer networks

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31 Jul 2016

The NSA Is Likely ‘Hacking Back’ Russia’s Cyber Squads

U.S. government hackers at the National Security Agency are likely targeting Russian government-linked hacking teams to see once and for all if they’re responsible for the massive breach at the Democratic National Committee, according to three former senior intelligence officials. It’s a job that the current head of the NSA’s

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30 Jul 2016

Hacker threat extends beyond parties

“Campaigns’ Election Day ground games are also ripe for hacks that could tilt a close race, said Herb Lin, a senior cyber policy scholar at the Hoover Institution. ‘There are get-out-the-vote operations, and sometimes for example people say, ‘We’ll give you a ride to the polls.’ That’s going to be

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30 Jul 2016

Russia cyber attack: Large hack ‘hits government’

“A ‘professional’ cyber attack has hit Russian government bodies, the country’s intelligence service says. A ‘cyber-spying virus’ was found in the networks of about 20 organisations, the Federal Security Service (FSB) said. The report comes as Russia stands accused over data breaches involving the Democratic Party in the US.” Source:

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30 Jul 2016

Vietnam airport screens hacked to criticize Vietnam’s South China Sea claims

Flight display screens at Vietnam’s two largest airports are hacked to show messages criticising Vietnam’s claims of territory in the South China Sea. Screens and sound systems at Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City airports broadcast anti-Vietnamese and Philippines slogans on Friday. Vietnam’s transport ministry said a Chinese hacker was responsible. Source:

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