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Syrian Electronic Army Almost Owns Facebook

February 6, 2014 10:13 am | by Infosecurity | Comments

The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) has claimed that it had owned Facebook. It wasn't quite true in any meaningful way, but SEA came very close to being able to redirect millions of Facebook users to its own websites.          

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Dread Pirate Roberts 2.0: Silk Road's New Boss

February 6, 2014 10:02 am | by Ken Klippenstein, Ars Technica | Comments

Taking the name, Dread Pirate Roberts, Princess Bride-style, a new operator has restarted the online, underground drug marketplace Silk Road.                               

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India Investigates Report of Huawei Hacking State Carrier Network

February 6, 2014 9:36 am | by Reuters | Comments

India has launched an investigation after a media report alleged that Chinese telecoms company Huawei had hacked into state-run telecoms carrier Bharat Sanchar Nigam, a senior government official said.              

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Effective Incident Response

February 6, 2014 8:49 am | by Help Net Security | Comments

Organizations are bombarded with potential threats every day. Most of these are small and irritating, not truly critical - but among those needles are little threads of larger actions at work. An incident response program enables you to pull out the needles that make up the haystack of the big picture.

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Senate Cybersecurity Report Finds Agencies Lacking

February 5, 2014 10:33 am | by Craig Timberg and Lisa Rein, The Washington Post | Comments

U.S. officials have warned for years that the prospect of a cyberattack is the top threat to the nation and have sharply increased spending for computer security. Yet the report by the Republican staff of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee says that federal agencies are ill-prepared to defend networks against even modestly skilled hackers.

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British Spies Attacked Anonymous with DDoS

February 5, 2014 10:04 am | by Mark Schone, Richard Esposito, Matthew Cole and Glenn Greenwald, NBC | Comments

A secret British spy unit created to mount cyber attacks on Britain’s enemies has waged war on the hacktivists of Anonymous and LulzSec, according to documents taken from the National Security Agency by Edward Snowden and obtained by NBC News. 

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DDoS Used to Influence Stock Prices

February 5, 2014 9:36 am | by Prolexic Technologies | Comments

Prolexic Technologies has shared an analysis of nearly a dozen global DDoS attacks that indicates cyber attackers are using DDoS attacks in an attempt to influence market values and interfere with exchange platforms.         

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Alleged Army Cyber Spying on Colombia Negotiators

February 5, 2014 9:02 am | by Vivian Sequera, Associated Press | Comments

President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia said Tuesday that enemies of his government's efforts to make peace with leftist rebels may have been behind reported spying by members of an elite.                 

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Hackers Sue German Government

February 4, 2014 10:35 am | by Zeljka Zorz, Help Net Security | Comments

The Chaos Computer Club (CCC), Europe's largest hacker association, and the International League for Human Rights (ILMR) are suing the German government for allegedly helping foreign intelligence agencies spy on German citizens.      

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Zeus Sneaks Past Detection with Encrypted File

February 4, 2014 10:25 am | by Infosecurity | Comments

Apparently, the old adage about old dogs and new tricks doesn’t always hold up: Old dog GameOver Zeus has learned something new: The criminals behind the malware delivery system for the banking Trojan are now encrypting their executable file so that as it doesn’t trigger common defenses.

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Secret Service Urges Lawmakers to Do More on Cyber Crime

February 4, 2014 9:56 am | by Reuters | Comments

The Secret Service has urged U.S. lawmakers to do more to prevent the types of cyber thefts of consumer information that recently have hit Target Corp and other major retailers.                     

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Approaching the Unhackable with Obfuscating Cryptography

February 4, 2014 9:24 am | by Erica Klarreich, Quanta Magazine | Comments

As a graduate student at the MIT, Amit Sahai was fascinated by the strange notion of a “zero-knowledge” proof, a type of mathematical protocol for convincing someone that something is true without revealing any details of why it is true. What if it were possible to mask the inner workings not just of a proof, but of a computer program, so that people could use the program without being able to figure out how it worked?

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Belgian Cryptography Professor Hacked

February 3, 2014 9:44 am | by Mark Eeckhaut and Nikolas Vanhecke, De Standaard | Comments

A new Belgian episode in the NSA scandal: Belgian professor Jean-Jacques Quisquater, internationally renowned expert in data security was the victim of hacking. And, as was the case in the Belgacom hacking affair, there are indications the American secret service NSA and its British counterpart, the GCHQ might be involved.

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NullCrew Hacks Bell Canada

February 3, 2014 9:10 am | by Zeljka Zorz, Help Net Security | Comments

The hacker group NullCrew has managed to access servers belonging to Bell Canada — or a third-party supplier, as Bell claims — and steal and ultimately leak usernames and passwords, email addresses, partial credit card details and more of some 20,000+ Bell customers.

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Canadian Spies Used Airport Wi-Fi to Track Travellers

January 31, 2014 4:06 pm | by Greg Weston, Glenn Greenwald and Ryan Gallagher, CBC News | Comments

A top secret document retrieved by U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden and obtained by CBC News shows that Canada's electronic spy agency used information from the free internet service at a major Canadian airport to track the wireless devices of thousands of ordinary airline passengers for days after they left the terminal.

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