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More zigging and zagging by the prez.  Looks like some of the hens spoke out.

 

 

Trump Backs Away From Working with Russia on Cybersecurity

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/10/close-to-the-stupidest-idea-critics-flail-trump-russia-cyber-security-plan

 

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Donald Trump appears to have backed away from working with Russia to create a cybersecurity unit to guard against election hacking following widespread criticism of the idea.

 

The US president had said in a Sunday morning tweet that he and Vladimir Putin had discussed “forming an impenetrable Cyber Security unit so that election hacking, & many other negative things, will be guarded and safe,” following their talks at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.

 

Three Republican senators – Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, John McCain of Arizona and Marco Rubio of Florida – immediately criticised the idea, saying Moscow could not be trusted after its alleged meddling in the 2016 US election, and Trump appeared to backtrack in a tweet later on Sunday.

 

Graham had told NBC’s Meet the Press that working with Russia on cybersecurity was “not the dumbest idea I have ever heard but it’s pretty close,” saying that Trump’s apparent willingness to “forgive and forget” stiffened his resolve to pass legislation imposing sanctions on Russia.

 

“There has been no penalty,” McCain, who chairs the Senate armed services committee, told CBS’s Face the Nation. “Vladimir Putin ... got away with literally trying to change the outcome ... of our election.”


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'Anonymous' hackers take over neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer

Monday 14 August 2017 09.02 BST

Hackers claiming to be from the international hacking network Anonymous have taken over the Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi and white supremacist website that attacked the woman killed during violence at a far-right rally in Virginia on Saturday.

A post on the homepage of the website was headlined: “End of hate: Anonymous now in control of Daily Stormer.”

The Daily Stormer is founded and edited by US-born Andrew Anglin, who endorsed Donald Trump for president and recently told reporters he was living in Lagos, Nigeria. A post by Anglin published on Sunday was headlined: “Heather Heyer: woman killed in road rage incident was a fat, childless 32-year-old slut.”

Heyer, a legal assistant who had championed civil rights issues, was killed on Saturday when a car ploughed into a crowd of protesters who had assembled to challenge a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville.

The web-hosting company GoDaddy said on Sunday it had given the Daily Stormer 24 hours to move its domain to another provider after the article denigrating Heyer was published.

 

Read more: https://www.theguard...e-heather-heyer


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Will this ramp up of cyberthreats affect the density of Quantum computing research moving into the near future? I can only assume that more and more companies and governments will want to push quantum security to the forefront of their agendas.


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Researchers say they’ve found serious security flaws in some AMD chips

The news: CTS-Labs, an Israeli cybersecurity firm, says it has found multiple flaws in AMD’s Ryzen and Epyc processors that could let hackers who’ve already compromised computers access secure portions of the processors to install malware or steal sensitive data like encryption keys. The 13 different vulnerabilities affect processors found in desktops, laptops, and servers.

 

https://www.technolo...some-amd-chips/

 

 

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Ransomware for robots is the next big security nightmare

Ransomware has long been a headache for PC and smartphone users, but in the future, it could be robots that stop working unless a ransom is paid.
Researchers at security company IOActive have shown how they managed to hack the humanoid NAO robot made by Softbank and infect one with custom-built ransomware. The researchers said the same attack would work on the Pepper robot too.
After the infection, the robot is shown insulting its audience and demanding to be 'fed' bitcoin cryptocurrency in order to restore systems back to normal.
 
Taking what was learned in previous studies into the security vulnerabilities of robots, researchers were able to inject and run code in Pepper and NAO robots and take complete control of the systems, giving them the option to shut the robot down or modify its actions.
The researchers said it was possible for an attacker with access to the Wi-Fi network the robot is running on to inject malicious code into the machine.

Sounds like something out of a cyberpunk novel.


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And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future.


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Nine Iranian Hackers Accused of Massive Cyber-Theft Spree

 

https://www.courthou...er-theft-spree/

 

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MANHATTAN (CN) – With the Trump administration ratcheting up rhetoric against Iran, U.S. prosecutors unsealed charges on Friday implicating nine hackers linked to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard in a staggering cybercrime spree.

 

The FBI says the nine Iranians pictured above took part in a government-sponsored hacking scheme that pilfered sensitive information from hundreds of universities, private companies and government agencies. (FBI)

 

The attacks, as detailed in a 27-page indictment, targeted hundreds of universities around the globe, gleaning 31.5 terabytes of data and leaving a $3.4 billion trail of damages in its wake.

 

“Today, in one of the largest state-sponsored hacking campaigns ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice, we have unmasked criminals who normally hide behind the ones and zeros of computer code,” U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said in a statement.

 

All nine of the men – Gholamreza Rafatnejad, Ehsan Mohammadi, Abdollah Karima, Mostafa Sadeghi, Seyed Ali Mirkarimi, Mohammed Reza Sabahi, Roozbeh Sabahi, Abuzar Gohari Moqadam and Sajjad Tahmasebi – remain at large in a country with few prospects for extradition.

 

In that respect, the new case tracks charges brought last year against Behzad Mesri, accused of hacking HBO on behalf of the Iranian military.


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After Extradition Fight, Russian Pleads Not Guilty to Hacks

 

https://www.courthou...uilty-to-hacks/

 

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San Francisco (Courthouse News)– A Russian man accused of hacking into the computer networks of major U.S. technology firms pleaded not guilty in federal court Friday morning after a months-long extradition battle with Russia.

 

Yevgeniy Aleksandrovich Nikulin was charged in October 2016 with illegally accessing computers belonging to LinkedIn, Dropbox and Formspring, damaging employees’ computers, and using the employees’ credentials for intrusions.

 

The 30-year-old Moscow native was arrested in the Czech Republic on Oct. 5, 2016, after Interpol issued a red notice, or international warrant, for his arrest.

 

The arrest was followed by a months-long extradition battle between Washington and Moscow. The Russian government fought to extradite Nikulin to Russia on charges of stealing $3,450 through a website called WebMoney in 2009.


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Despacito YouTube music video hacked plus other Vevo clips

 

YouTube's music video for the hit song Despacito, which has had over five billion views, has been hacked.

More than a dozen other artists, including Shakira, Selena Gomez, Drake and Taylor Swift are also affected. The original clips had been posted by Vevo.

The Despacito video has been removed, but its cover image had shown a group wearing masks and pointing guns.

The hackers, calling themselves Prosox and Kuroi'sh, had written "Free Palestine" underneath the videos.

Several of the clips remain live at time of writing.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk...nology-43712137

 

 

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UK carries out cyber-attack on Islamic State

 

The UK has conducted a "major offensive cyber-campaign" against the Islamic State group, the director of the intelligence agency GCHQ has revealed.

 

The operation hindered the group's ability to co-ordinate attacks and suppressed their propaganda, former MI5 agent Jeremy Fleming said.

 

It is the first time the UK has systematically degraded an adversary's online efforts in a military campaign.

 

Mr Fleming made the remarks in his first public speech as GCHQ director.

 

"The outcomes of these operations are wide ranging," he told the Cyber UK conference in Manchester.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk...nology-43738953


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DHS: Planes being hacked 'a matter of time'

 

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Top Voting Machine Vendor Admits It Installed Remote-Access Software on Systems Sold to States

 

Jul 17 2018, 1:00pm

 

The nation's top voting machine maker has admitted in a letter to a federal lawmaker that the company installed remote-access software on election-management systems it sold over a period of six years, raising questions about the security of those systems and the integrity of elections that were conducted with them.

In a letter sent to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) in April and obtained recently by Motherboard, Election Systems and Software acknowledged that it had "provided pcAnywhere remote connection software … to a small number of customers between 2000 and 2006," which was installed on the election-management system ES&S sold them.

The statement contradicts what the company told me and fact checkers for a story I wrote for the New York Times in February. At that time, a spokesperson said ES&S had never installed pcAnywhere on any election system it sold. "None of the employees, … including long-tenured employees, has any knowledge that our voting systems have ever been sold with remote-access software," the spokesperson said.

 

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Reddit's hack response causes concern

 

Social media site Reddit has suffered a data breach, but has refused to disclose its scale.

The site said it discovered in June that hackers compromised several employees' accounts to gain access to databases and logs.

They were able to obtain usernames and corresponding email addresses - information that could make it possible to link activity on the site to real identities.

The hackers were also able to access encrypted passwords from a separate database of credentials from 2007.

Reddit said it would inform those affected by the loss of historic data, but would not be getting in touch with those impacted by the potentially much larger breach - a decision which has baffled prominent, independent security researchers.

 

https://www.bbc.co.u...nology-45040804

 

 

 

 


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An 11-Year-Old Changed The Results Of Florida's Presidential Vote At A Hacker Convention. Discuss.

 

Posted on August 11, 2018, at 3:04 p.m. ET

 

Veteran hackers have tried for years to get the world to notice flaws in voting machines. Now that they’ve got it, they have to wrestle with scaring people away from voting.

 

https://www.buzzfeed...nufacturers-ess

 

 

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New 'Foreshadow' Flaw Exploits Intel Chips To Steal Protected Data

 

By Michael Kan 15 Aug 2018, 12:35 a.m.

 

Security researchers have uncovered another Spectre-style vulnerability in Intel chips that can pry secrets out from protected enclaves onboard the CPU.

The new vulnerability affects Intel's SGX technology, which is designed to let applications running on a computer place your most sensitive data inside a virtual fortress. Data inside each enclave is supposed to be protected from alteration or access from outside programs such as malware, making it an ideal place to store information such as credit card records or your social security number.

However, security researchers have discovered that Intel's SGX technology — found in the company's Skylake and Kaby Lake processors — isn't quite as impenetrable as previously thought. It can be broken down with a process called "speculative execution," a performance-boosting feature found in most modern computer chips that can also be rigged to leak sensitive data out from your PC.

 

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Melbourne teen hacked into Apple's secure computer network, court told

 

https://www.theage.c...816-p4zxwu.html

 

A Melbourne private schoolboy who repeatedly broke into Apple’s secure computer systems is facing criminal charges after the technology giant called in the FBI.
 
The teen, who cannot be named for legal reasons, broke into Apple’s mainframe from his suburban home on multiple occasions over a year because he was such a fan of the company, according to his lawyer.
 
The Children’s Court heard on Thursday that he had downloaded 90gb of secure files and accessed customer accounts.
 

His offending from the age of 16 saw him develop computerised tunnels and online bypassing systems to hide his identity until a raid on his family home uncovered a litany of hacking files and instructions all saved in a folder titled “hacky hack hack”.


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Facebook Says at Least 50 Million Users Affected by Security Breach

 

https://techcrunch.c...t-takeover-bug/

 

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(TechCrunch)  Facebook  has said at least 50 million user accounts may be at risk after hackers exploited a security vulnerability on the site.

 

The company said in a blog post Friday that it discovered the bug earlier in the week. The bug is part of the site’s “View As” feature that lets a user see their profile as someone else. Facebook has switched off the “View As” feature in the meantime while it investigates the bug further.

 

The bug allowed hackers to obtain account access tokens, which are used to keep users logged in when they enter their username and password. Stolen tokens can allow hackers to break into accounts.

 

Facebook said that it has reset access tokens of all users affected, as well as an additional 40 million accounts out of an abundance of caution. That means some 90 million users will have been logged out of their account — either on their phone or computer — in the past day.

 

Facebook also said that users will be notified of the security incident through a notification in their News Feed once they log back in.

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German politicians targeted in mass data attack

 

Hundreds of German politicians, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, have had personal details stolen and published online.

 
Contacts, private chats and financial details were put out on Twitter that belong to figures from every political party except the far-right AfD.
 
Data from celebrities and journalists were also leaked.
 
It is unclear who was behind the attack, which emerged on Twitter in the style of an advent calendar last month.
 
German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said the authorities were working hard to find the perpetrator. There was, he said in a statement, as yet no evidence that German parliamentary or government systems had been compromised.

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Terrifying Malware Alters CT Scans To Look Like Cancer, Fools Radiologists

 

Thursday, April 04, 2019

 

CT scans are essential tools that help medical practitioners detect various medical conditions. Healthcare providers rely on the accuracy of these technologies, because a misdiagnosis could prove fatal. Unfortunately, this vital technology is vulnerable to hackers. Researchers recently designed malware that can add or take away fake cancerous nodules from CT and MRI scans.

Researchers at the University Cyber Security Research Center in Israel developed malware that can modify CT and MRI scans. During their research, they showed radiologists real lung CT scans, 70 of which had been altered. At least three radiologists were fooled nearly every time.

The radiologists diagnosed cancer 99% when presented with images with added nodules and declared a patient to be healthy 94% when presented with scans where real nodules had been removed. The radiologists continued to misinterpret the scans even when told that some of them were fake. The malware even managed to fool other lung cancer screening software. This particular study focused on CT scans of lungs, but it is believed that the malware would work on a variety of CT and MRI scans.

How were these researchers able to alter the CT scans? CT and MRI scans are transmitted through picture archiving and communication systems (PACS). Hospitals typically do not digitally sign their scans and PACS are frequently unencrypted. Many hospitals believe that hackers cannot access their internal networks and therefore do not bother with encryption.

 

Read more: https://hothardware....des-in-ct-scans

 

 

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Florida town pays $600,000 virus ransom

 

21 June 2019

 

A Florida town has decided to pay malicious hackers $600,000 (£475,000) to get its computers working again.

Municipal computers for Riviera Beach, a suburb of Palm Beach, were rendered unusable by the ransomware attack.

The virus disabled email, hit emergency response systems and forced staff to use paper-based admin systems.

The local council for the community of 35,000 people voted to pay off the hackers after employing cyber-security consultants to investigate.

 

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The computers were struck by the ransomware in late May after an employee clicked on a booby-trapped attachment in an email. The crippling attack also led to water pump stations being turned off and required pay cheques to be signed and issued by hand.

 

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