28 November 2011

CNN reports Cyberwar raging in Syria

Istanbul (CNN) -- A familiar digital chime rang on the computer. Someone was calling via Skype from Syria.

It was a law student and opposition activist from the city of Homs who uses the pseudonym Musaab al Hussaini to protect himself from arrest. He had fresh reports that security forces were shooting guns wildly in the neighborhood Baba

Hussaini was calling via Psiphon, an online encryption system he had just installed that morning. He said it protected him from detection by the Syrian security services, also known as mukhabarat.

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26 September 2011

FBI Arrests Suspected LulzSec and Anonymous Hackers | #cybercrime #infosec

The FBI arrested two alleged members of the hacking collectives LulzSec and Anonymous on Thursday morning in San Francisco and Phoenix and secured charges against a third suspect from Ohio, the Justice Department confirmed Thursday.

Search warrants were also being executed in New Jersey, Minnesota and Montana, an FBI official told FoxNews.com, which first reported the arrests.

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21 September 2011

Comodo hacker claims more CA breaches | #diginotar #verisign #ssl

In an interview with ZDNet Australia, the 21-year-old Iranian hacker, who goes by the alias "Sun Ich", said that he currently has access to three more CAs, and would continue to focus his efforts solely on CAs rather than any other targets. He wouldn't disclose which CAs he had tapped into.

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DigiNotar files for bankruptcy | #ssl #comodohacker #ca

Disgraced digital certificate firm DigiNotar has filed for bankruptcy in The Netherlands.

Hackers broke into DigiNotar's systems in June before creating forged digital certificates in the names of Google and other high-profile targets. The forged Google.com SSL credentials were used to spy on 300,000 Iranian internet users, according to a subsequent analysis of authentication lookup logs on DigiNotar's systems. Comodohacker, the boastful Iranian black hat who had claimed credit for an earlier attack on digital certificate firm Comodo, also claimed credit for the DigiNotar hack.

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20 September 2011

7 Lessons: Surviving A Zero-Day Attack | #pnnl #iw500 #apt

When Pacific Northwest National Laboratory detected a cyber attack--actually two of them--against its tech infrastructure in July, the lab acted quickly to root out the exploits and secure its network. PNNL then did something few other cyber attack victims have been willing to do. It decided to talk openly about what happened.

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Cyber attacks coincide with 80th anniversary of Manchurian Incident | #china #Japan #cyberwar

The wave of cyber attacks targeting the Japanese government and Japanese companies come in the wake of the 80th anniversary of the Manchurian Incident, which triggered the full-scale Japanese invasion of China.

On Sept 18 1931, a small amount of dynamite was used to damage a stretch of the railroad operated by Japan's South Manchuria Railway close to the town of Mukden, which is now known as Shenyang.

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Japan tells arms supplier to probe cyber attack | #Mitsubishi #china #cyberwar

Japan told its biggest weapons supplier, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, to investigate a cyber attack on its computers on Tuesday, warning it may have breached contracts to supply billions of dollars of equipment by keeping quiet about the online assault.

Under the terms of an agreement the government imposes on all contractors, companies are obliged to inform it promptly of any breach of sensitive or classified information, a defense official said. Defense officials learnt of the August attack from local press reports Monday.

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Former Anonymous Members Writing a Book About Anonymous | #hackers #cyberwar

Two prominent Anonymous associates are shopping around a book detailing the exploits of the hacktivist group from the inside, according to the Observer. But will anyone want to read it?

One co-author, Barrett Brown (above, in a still from an interview with NBC News), is an ex-heroin junkie from Dallas, Texas. He was an Anonymous spokesman until quitting over the direction the group was taking. The other author, Gregg Housh, is from Boston and became a de facto Anonymous spokesman because he appeared in a few news articles during Anonymous' anti-Scientology protests and journalists kept on calling him for comments.

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