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I can't believe people don't get more excited about this. It's a planefull of bombshells!

 

Thanks to our new president, there are so many bombshells unleashed on a daily basis that it is hard to keep track of them all, much less get excited by any one of them.  Right now the immigration issue, possible Trump-Russia collusion, and health care reform proposals seem to be getting the most attention and energy.  


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Good old Amy Goodman and her crew are doing their best to keep on top of it all.

 

WikiLeaks Publishes Thousands of Alleged Secret CIA Documents

 

https://www.democrac..._alleged_secret

 

Conclusion:

 

WikiLeaks says Monday’s release is only the first batch of many more secret CIA documents. The CIA has refused to comment on the authenticity of the documents. But at least one anonymous government official told The New York Times the documents were real, while another a former intelligence officer told the Times the code names used in the documents appeared to be accurate. WikiLeaks did not reveal the source of the leak, but did say the source "wishes to initiate a public debate about the security, creation, use, proliferation and democratic control of cyberweapons."

 

On Twitter, Edward Snowden said, "The CIA reports show the [U.S. Government] developing vulnerabilities in US products, then intentionally keeping the holes open. Reckless beyond words."


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And just like that there goes the self-driving vehicle revolution...

 

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If you seriously think that... Well you're obviously underestimating the benefits that come with autonomous vehicles.
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If You're Surprised by CIA WikiLeaks, You Haven't Been Paying Attention

 

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WikiLeaks published thousands of pages of confidential CIA documents, detailing the hacking tools developed by the agency. Among other things, Weeping Angel is a recipe for turning on the microphone of the Samsung F8000 Smart TV. This might seem alarming - but I've reviewed the CIA documents, and I'm less than impressed with the hand-wringing and general angst.

 

Don't misunderstand me: I am impressed with the technical chops of the engineers working on the CIA project. They know their stuff and have solved some interesting problems. They carefully document their work and provide examples. If all software projects were this carefully managed, we'd be in much better shape.

 

What I'm bah-humbugging about is the reaction to this information. Folks - leaky technology is nothing new and if you're surprised then you haven't been paying attention.

 

Here's an example: WikiLeaks states "As of October 2014 the CIA was also looking at infecting the vehicle control systems used by modern cars and trucks. The purpose of such control is not specified, but it would permit the CIA to engage in nearly undetectable assassinations."

 

 Hey - WikiLeaks. This has already been done and demonstrated! I just attended a conference where a presenter described the methods used - complete with powerpoint slides. This is not news. It's doubtful you could even propose this as a presentation at one of the many security conferences.

IoT Security has been an issue for a long time

 

…Here's my point: IoT is going to force us to re-examine our assumptions of privacy. The CIA documents only confirm that fact. For years, we've assumed that email and web-browser activity is not secure. It can be read by anyone - encryption tools only make it more difficult, not impossible. Now we are welcoming devices into our homes and businesses that expose us to that same lack of confidentiality. The sooner we accept that, the quicker we can come to a realistic solution.

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Ransomware strike gives glimpse of 'cyber-apocalypse'

Saturday 13 May 2017

Up to 99 countries may have been affected by the ransomware cyberattack that has struck the NHS, according to some experts.

It is believed to be the biggest attack of its kind ever recorded.

Russia appeared to be the hardest hit nation, with its interior and emergencies ministries and biggest bank, Sberbank, saying they were targeted.

http://news.sky.com/...ntries-10874647

 

 

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Truly living in a cyberpunk age...


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Truly living in a cyberpunk age...

Pre-Cyberpunk

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Parliament 'hit by sustained cyber attack'

Parliament has been hit by a cyber attack, officials at Westminster say.
The "sustained" hack began on Friday night, prompting officials to disable remote access to the emails of MPs, peers and their staff as a safeguard.
The parliamentary authorities said hackers had mounted a "determined attack" on all user accounts "in an attempt to identify weak passwords".
Government sources say it appeared the attack has been contained but it will "remain vigilant".
A parliamentary spokeswoman said they were investigating the attack and liaising with the National Cyber Security Centre.
She said: "We have discovered unauthorised attempts to access accounts of parliamentary networks users...
"Parliament has robust measures in place to protect all of our accounts and systems, and we are taking the necessary steps to protect and secure our network.


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^^^ I wonder who originated the attack?

 

 It will be interesting to see if the answer to that question is ever figured out and shared with the public.


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Ukraine cyber attack: Chaos as national bank, state power provider and airport hit by hackers

Ukraine’s national bank, state power company and largest airport are among the targets of a huge cyber attack on government infrastructure.
Rozenko Pavlo, the deputy Prime Minister, said he and other members of the Ukrainian government were unable to access their computers.
“We also have a network 'down',” he wrote. “This image is being displayed by all computers of the government.”
The photo showed his PC displaying a message claiming a disk “contains errors and needs to be prepared”, urging the user not to turn it off.


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Maersk, the largest shipping company in the world is being hit by cyber attacks, forcing them to shut down all computers worldwide

Shipping company A.P. Moller-Maersk reported a computer systems outage on Tuesday which it said could be a global issue.
"We can confirm that Maersk IT systems are down across multiple sites and business units. We are currently assessing the situation," Maersk said on Twitter.
 
A Maersk spokeswoman said the cause of the breakdown was not yet known, but that it could extend across the company's global operations.
Russia's top oil producer Rosneft said on Tuesday its servers had been hit been a large-scale cyber attack, but its oil production was unaffected.


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New cyberattack causes mass disruption in Europe

A new and highly virulent outbreak of malicious data-scrambling software appears to be causing mass disruption across Europe, hitting Ukraine especially hard.
Company and government officials reported serious intrusions at the Ukrainian power grid, banks and government offices, where one senior official posted a photo of a darkened computer screen and the words, “the whole network is down.” Ukraine’s prime minister said the attack was unprecedented but that “vital systems haven’t been affected.”
Russia’s Rosneft oil company also reported falling victim to hacking, as did Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk.
“We are talking about a cyberattack,” said Anders Rosendahl, a spokesman for the Copenhagen-based group. “It has affected all branches of our business, at home and abroad.”


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Another Massive Ransomware Attack Spreads Around the World

 

http://www.motherjon...somware-attack/

 

 

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A month after the WannaCry ransomware hobbled hundreds of thousands of computers around the world, another major ransomware attack is making its way across Europe, Russia, the United States, and elsewhere—locking the victims’ computers and demanding ransom payments.

 

“We are talking about a cyberattack,” Anders Rosendahl, a spokesman for A.P. Moller-Maersk, a massive Danish shipping company, told the Associated Press after the firm was hit by the malicious software. “It has affected all branches of our business, at home and abroad.” 

 

According to cybersecurity firm Symantec, the attack makes use of the “EternalBlue” exploit developed by the National Security Agency called to take advantage of a flaw in the Microsoft Windows operating system. (Microsoft recently released a patch intended to address this flaw.) That exploit made its way into the wild after a group calling itself The Shadow Brokers dumped what it said was a suite of NSA hacking tools on the internet in April. The Shadow Brokers first came on the scene in August 2016 when they claimed to have hacked a server containing a host of tools used by the Equation Group, a hacking group thought to be associated with the NSA.

 

Initial reports dubbed the attack “Petya,” a version of previously detected malware, but information security firm Kaspersky Lab said Tuesday’s attack was something “that has not been seen before,” according to Patrick O’Neill of Cyberscoop.

 

Whoever was behind Tuesday’s wave of ransomware apparently demanded $300 worth of Bitcoin to unlock the affected computers. “If you see this text, then your files are no longer accessible because they have been encrypted,” the attackers wrotein a message posted on a victim’s computer screens. “Perhaps you are busy looking for a way to recover your files, but don’t waste your time. Nobody can recover your files without our decryption service.”


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One of the World's Biggest Bitcoin Exchanges Has Been Hacked

 

http://www.businessi...ethereum-2017-7

 

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One of the largest bitcoin exchanges in the world has been hacked, and 30,000 customers' data has been compromised, according to a report from Yonhap News.

 

Bithumb is based in South Korea, and the country's watchdog Internet and Security Agency is investigating after some customers said they lost money in the attack.

 

Bithumb did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment, though it says users' passwords were not stolen, according to Yonhap News.

 

It's one of the busiest exchanges in the world. On Tuesday, Motherboard reported it was the fourth-largest globally in terms of volumes of all cryptocurrencies traded daily; by Wednesday, it had jumped to first place.

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Hackers Are Targeting Nuclear Facilities, Homeland Security Dept. and F.B.I. Say

 

https://www.nytimes....ack-report.html

 

 

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Since May, hackers have been penetrating the computer networks of companies that operate nuclear power stations and other energy facilities, as well as manufacturing plants in the United States and other countries.

 

Among the companies targeted was the Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corporation, which runs a nuclear power plant near Burlington, Kan., according to security consultants and an urgent joint report issued by the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation last week.

 

The joint report was obtained by The New York Times and confirmed by security specialists who have been responding to the attacks. It carried an urgent amber warning, the second-highest rating for the sensitivity of the threat.

 

The report did not indicate whether the cyberattacks were an attempt at espionage — such as stealing industrial secrets — or part of a plan to cause destruction. There is no indication that hackers were able to jump from their victims’ computers into the control systems of the facilities, nor is it clear how many facilities were breached.

 

Wolf Creek officials said that while they could not comment on cyberattacks or security issues, no “operations systems” had been affected and that their corporate network and the internet were separate from the network that runs the plant.

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A US-Russia Cyber Security Working Group Isn’t a Bad Idea

 

 

http://www.motherjon...snt-a-bad-idea/

 

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The US and Russian governments will reportedly set up a joint cyber security working group, according to Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov.

 

The news comes after the highly-anticipated meeting Friday between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. According to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who was in the meeting, Trump opened the tête-à-tête by “raising the concerns of the American people regarding Russian interference in the 2016 election.” Tillerson told reporters that Putin denied, once again, that the Russians were involved in the hacking, but that the relationship between the two countries is “too important” to end the dialogue, so the two leaders agreed that cyber issues should continue to be discussed.

 

“That is why we’ve agreed to continue engagement and discussion around how do we secure a commitment that the Russian government has no intention of and will not interfere in our affairs in the future, nor the affairs of others, and how do we create a framework in which we have some capability to judge what is happening in the cyber world and who to hold accountable,” Tillerson said. 

 

Lavrov told Russian state media that the leaders agreed to form the working group, though it is unclear what it would look like, how it would work, or its scope—thorny issues considering the role of the Russian government in the 2016 presidential election and the fact that it has become increasingly aggressive with offensive cyber operations in places like Ukraine.

 

...“My general reaction is that we should always be looking for better cooperation on security issues wherever we can have it,” says a former senior federal official who still works on cyber issues. “That said, trying to establish cooperation with a country that just oversaw a cyber attack on our electoral process is a little bit like allowing the fox to guard the henhouse.”

 

"Fox to guard the henhouse."   Funny, that is the exact same metaphor that occurred to me when I saw the headline. 


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A US-Russia Cyber Security Working Group Isn’t a Bad Idea

"Fox to guard the henhouse."   Funny, that is the exact same metaphor that occurred to me when I saw the headline. 

A very appropriate metaphor. Also, here's another article on the cyber attacks against US nuclear reactors:

 

Hackers Have Been Targeting U.S. Nukes Nuclear Reactors

 

A series of cyberattacks has been leveled at the computer networks of American nuclear power plants.

 
The New York Times reveals that the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have reported a number of hacks targeting companies that run U.S. energy facilities over the past two months, including the Wolf Creek nuclear plant in Kansas. 
 
The attacks appear to have used a variety of techniques to gain access to computer systems. They include phishing attacks, which sent malicious code inside Microsoft Word documents via e-mail, along with so-called watering hole attacks, which compromise websites known to be used by targeted staff members.
 
So far, it appears that hackers gained access to office computer systems but failed to take control of devices that are used to operate of any of the facilities. So right now, the hacks are worrying rather than dangerous. The reports do, however, suggest that the hackers may have been using the opportunity to map networks, which could be used as intelligence for future attacks.






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