22 Nov 2015

‘Spying’ on Islamic State instead of hacking them 

In the wake of the Paris attacks, the vigilante hacker group Anonymous has declared war on so-called Islamic State using the internet and claims to have shut thousands of Twitter accounts used by IS operatives. But a much smaller online group has also emerged, with quite a different strategy –

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22 Nov 2015

The US and China now have a ‘space hotline’ to avoid satellite warfare

“Washington and Beijing are making efforts to avoid a crisis in space before it happens. The US and China have set up a direct link — or ‘hotline’ — allowing both nations to easily share information about activities in space. Specifically, the so-called space hotline is designed to help the

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22 Nov 2015

Cyber Spying Is Out, Cyber Lying Is In

“From doctored drone videos to bogus stock prices, Washington’s top spies worry digital deception is the cyberwar of the future.” Source: Cyber Spying Is Out, Cyber Lying Is In | Foreign Policy

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22 Nov 2015

ISIS Hackers Post ‘Wanted To Be Killed’ Lists Including U.S. Officials

“A review of the names and addresses posted late Saturday showed that at least some of them were previously posted online, indicating that the hackers didn’t dox the figures but recompiled already-available information. “ Source: ISIS Hackers Post ‘Wanted To Be Killed’ Lists Including U.S. Officials

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21 Nov 2015

ISIS’ OPSEC Manual Reveals How It Handles Cybersecurity

IN THE WAKE of the Paris attacks, US government officials have been vocal in their condemnation of encryption, suggesting that US companies like Apple and Google have blood on their hands for refusing to give intelligence and law enforcement agencies backdoors to unlock customer phones and decrypt protected communications. But

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21 Nov 2015

State Dept. Cybersecurity Still Lagging, audit finds

The State Department is not meeting federal information security requirements, potentially endangering the sensitive data it protects, according to an audit commissioned by the agency’s inspector general. Source: State Dept. cybersecurity still lagging, audit finds | TheHill

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20 Nov 2015

Starwood Hotels Says Payment Systems Were Hacked

“Starwood Hotels, which operates well-known hotel brands such as Westin, Sheraton, W Hotels and Le Méridien, said Friday that hackers had infected point of sale payment systems in some of its locations in North America.  The company disclosed that payment systems at ‘a limited number’ of its hotels in North America were

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19 Nov 2015

Anonymous’s Cyber War with ISIS Could Compromise Terrorism Intelligence

“As French police scoured Paris and surrounding areas in search of those responsible for Friday’s terrorist attacks on the French capital, a group of cyber activists took aim at the Islamic State’s online presence. The computer-hacker federation known as Anonymous claims to have disabled at least 5,500 pro-ISIS Twitter accounts

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18 Nov 2015

An app called Telegram is the ‘hot new thing among jihadists’ 

When ISIS terrorists want to hide what they’re saying, they are increasingly turning to an app called Telegram. It’s “the new hot thing among jihadists,” said Laith Alkhouri, director of Research at Flashpoint Global Partners.T he Berlin-based startup boasts two layers of encryption and claims to be “faster and more

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17 Nov 2015

World’s richest nations agree hacking for commercial benefit is off-limits

“The leaders of the world’s richest and most powerful nations on Monday pledged for the first time not to conduct cyber economic espionage, a move that could one day greatly reduce the theft of hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of commercial secrets by foreign governments to benefit their countries’

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