Tag: Hacker

Russian Hackers Read Obama’s Unclassified Emails, Officials Say

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WASHINGTON — Some of President Obama’s email correspondence was swept up by Russian hackers last year in a breach of the White House’s unclassified computer system that was far more intrusive and worrisome than has been publicly acknowledged, according to

Reforming the Intelligence Machine in an Era of Asymmetric Warfare

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There’s no doubt that we are now well into a time when wars are won and lost on intelligence efforts. In an era of budgetary constraints, low appetite for overt foreign intervention, and highly asymmetric insurgency — the likes of

Hackers breach some White House computers

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Hackers thought to be working for the Russian government breached the unclassified White House computer networks in recent weeks, sources said, resulting in temporary disruptions to some services while cybersecurity teams worked to contain the intrusion. White House officials, speaking

Hackers Used Windows Bug to Spy on Ukraine Officials

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For months this summer, unidentified hackers used a previously unknown hole in Microsoft Corp. ’s Windows operating system to spy on North Atlantic Treaty Organization and Ukrainian officials, according to an investigation by a U.S. cybersecurity company. Microsoft released a

Chinese hackers may have stolen your medical records

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A man types on a computer keyboard in this 2013 photo illustration. (Kacper Pempel/Reuters) Chinese hackers have stolen medical records for 4.5 million patients, according to a regulatory filing from Community Health Systems, a publicly-traded company that runs 206 hospitals

Chinese hackers obtained info on Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system – report

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In a raid seeking information related to Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system, Chinese hackers infiltrated the databases of three Jewish defense contractors. In addition to taking information on the Iron Dome, the attackers were also able to nab plans

Pakistan, Iran, and… USA? New heatmap shows where NSA hacks

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A screenshot from the National Security Agency’s Boundless Informant visualization tool shows that the NSA was heavily focusing its network hacking efforts in 2013 on Iran and Pakistan. All the while, the NSA also had active “computer network exploits” within

Second Chinese military unit linked to cyber espionage

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CrowdStrike, a U.S security firm, detailed the allegations in a lengthy report on a People’s Liberation Army unit operating in Shanghai.  The report comes just weeks after the U.S. Department of Justice accused five members of the Chinese military of

Digital arms makers follow money for NSA arsenal

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On Florida's Atlantic coast, cyber arms makers working for U.S. spy agencies are bombarding billions of lines of computer code with random data that can expose software flaws the U.S. might exploit. In Pittsburgh, researchers with a Pentagon contract are

NSA Revelations Could Hurt Collaboration With ‘Betrayed’ Hackers

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LAS VEGAS — The U.S. government's efforts to recruit talented hackers could suffer from the recent revelations about its vast domestic surveillance programs, as many private researchers express disillusionment with the National Security Agency.   Though hackers tend to be

Jailed Journalist Barrett Brown Faces 105 Years For Reporting on Hacked Private Intelligence Firms

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Journalist Barrett Brown spent his 300th day behind bars this week on a range of charges filed after he used information obtained by the hacker group Anonymous to report on the operations of private intelligence firms. Brown faces 17 charges

US and China to discuss cybersecurity at high-level diplomatic meetings

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The scourge of military and commercial hacking is to become the subject of high-level diplomatic talks between the US and China, in an apparent effort to end tension between Beijing and Washington over recent online attacks. The meetings, which will

Chinese Hackers Found U.S. Government Data on Google Servers

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When Chinese hackers breached Google servers in 2010, they were not targeting the Gmail accounts of human rights activists, as the company claimed at the time. What the hackers were actually after was a database containing years of sensitive information

White House targets WikiLeaks and LulzSec in cyber-espionage report

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Amid a growing call for new cybersecurity protections in the United States, the US government has issued a report that reconfirms Washington’s interest in shutting down WikiLeaks and other underground information-sharing organizations. In Washington, DC on Wednesday, Attorney General Eric

Chinese Military Group Linked to Hacks of More Than 100 Companies

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A large and complex hacker group connected to China’s military has been linked to hacks involving more than 100 companies in the U.S. and the theft of several hundreds of terabytes of data, according to a comprehensive report released Tuesday

Foreign hackers targeted former military chief Mullen

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Foreign hackers targeted the computers of Mike Mullen, ex-chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, calling it the latest in a pattern of attacks on computers of former high-ranking U.S.

Book Review: Darkmarket. How Hackers Became the New Mafia

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By Misha Glenny, Vintage, 2012 It seems like we hear about some incredibly brazen breach of computer security every week. Still, I tend to think of these events as anomalies, the work of rogue hackers and the like. I never

Anonymous Hackers Hit Israeli Sites In Retaliation For Gaza Attacks

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As the Israeli army rains shells on the Gaza strip Thursday, it’s also gone on the offensive online, posting videos of its attacks on Hamas targets and live-tweeting its campaign. Now the hacker group Anonymous has responded with a digital

Saudi Cyber Attack Seen as Work of Amateur Hackers Backed by Iran

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Digital security experts say a major August cyber-attack at Saudi Arabia's top oil company appears to be the work of amateur hackers working on behalf of a nation state, and several signs point to Iran as their sponsor. The experts

Rise Is Seen in Cyberattacks Targeting U.S. Infrastructure

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ASPEN, Colo. — The top American military official responsible for defending the United States against cyberattacks said Thursday that there had been a 17-fold increase in computer attacks on American infrastructure between 2009 and 2011, initiated by criminal gangs, hackers