Tag Archives: cyber warfare

How democracies lose in cyber war

Source: The Atlantic
by Moises Naim

"'War is God's way of teaching Americans geography.' This 19th-century quip, often attributed to the satirist Ambrose Bierce, deserves a 21st-century update: 'Attacks against the U.S. are God's way of teaching Americans how weaker enemies are stronger than they seem.' … If Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda taught a new generation of Americans about kinetic asymmetric war, WikiLeaks and the Kremlin have taught them about cyber asymmetric war. While the first relies on physical violence to kill people, destroy buildings, and disable critical infrastructure, the second uses the internet and other cyber tools, which can cause not only physical damage but also weaken the institutions that are critical for the functioning of a democratic government." [editor's note: Interesting thesis, although Naim hurts himself with the gratuitous Russia-baiting. If Wikileaks and the US really are at war — and I think there's a good argument for that — we should all do our bit to ensure that Wikileaks wins – TLK] (02/13/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/02/democracy-cyber-war/516351/

Anonymous-affiliated hacker takes down more than 10,000 Dark Web sites, leaks user database

Source: The Hacker News

"Dark Web is right now going through a very rough time. Just two days ago, a hacker group affiliated with Anonymous broke into the servers of Freedom Hosting II and took down more than 10,000 Tor-based .onion dark websites with an alarming announcement to its visitors, which said: 'Hello, Freedom Hosting II, you have been hacked.'" (02/05/17)

http://thehackernews.com/2017/02/dark-web-hosting-hacked.html

More than 70% of Washington DC's CCTV devices were hacked before Trump inauguration

Source: The Hacker News

"Just days before the inauguration of President Donald Trump, cyber criminals infected 70 percent of storage devices that record data from feds surveillance cameras in Washington D.C. in a cyber attack. Any guess, What kind of virus could have hit the storage devices? Once again, the culprit is Ransomware, which has become a noxious game of Hackers to get paid effortlessly." (01/30/17)

http://thehackernews.com/2017/01/ransomware-cctv-hack.html

Ransomware hijacks hotel smart keys to lock guests out of their rooms

Source: The Hacker News

"What's the worst that could happen when a Ransomware hits a Hotel? Recently, hundreds of guests of a luxurious hotel in Austria were locked in or out of their rooms when ransomware hit the hotel's IT system, and the hotel had no choice left except paying the attackers. Today, we are living in a digital age that is creating a digital headache for people and organizations around the world with cyber attacks and data breaches on the rise." (01/28/17)

http://thehackernews.com/2017/01/ransomware-hotel-smart-lock.html

New Trojan turns thousands of Linux devices into proxy servers

Source: The Hacker News

"'Linux doesn't get viruses' — It's a Myth. A new Trojan has been discovered in the wild that turns Linux-based devices into proxy servers, which attackers use to protect their identity while launching cyber attacks from the hijacked systems. Dubbed Linux.Proxy.10, the Trojan was first spotted at the end of last year by the researchers from Russian security firm Doctor Web, who later identified thousand of compromised machines by the end of January this year and the campaign is still ongoing and hunting for more Linux machines." (01/25/17)

http://thehackernews.com/2017/01/linux-proxy-malware.html

Russia: Regime arrests Kaspersky cybercrime hunter in "treason" probe

Source: Forbes

"One of Russia's most successful cybercrime investigators and hacker hunter at one of the world's biggest security companies, Kaspersky Lab, has been arrested by Russian law enforcement as part of a probe into possible treason, according to reports. Kaspersky has confirmed incident response chief Ruslan Stoyanov was at the center of an investigation, but could not offer more details. 'This case is not related to Kaspersky Lab. Ruslan Stoyanov is under investigation for a period predating his employment at Kaspersky Lab,' a Kaspersky spokesperson said in an emailed statement. 'We do not possess details of the investigation.' … A Russia-based information security source told FORBES the details of the case were likely to remain private [sic]. The case has been filed under article 275 of Russia's criminal code, the source said, meaning it should result in a secret military tribunal." [editor's note: "Private" and "secret" do not mean the same thing – TLK] (01/25/17)

http://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2017/01/25/russia-kaspersky-treason-arrest/

Rudy Giuliani is an absurd choice to defend the US from hackers

Source: OpEdNews
by Trevor Timm

"At Donald Trump's now-notorious press conference on Tuesday, lost amidst his threats to news organizations and denunciations of his enemies, the president-elect claimed he would soon assemble 'some of the greatest computer minds anywhere in the world' to tackle the US government's cybersecurity problem. On Thursday, he went the opposite route instead and hired Rudy Giuliani. Giuliani, Trump election surrogate and the disgraced former mayor of New York, is apparently going to head up Trump's efforts to coordinate 'cybersecurity' issues between the federal government and the private sector, the transition team announced Tuesday. But what does Giuliani, last seen on the campaign trail claiming the president can break whatever law he likes in a time of war, know about cybersecurity? From the look and sound of it, not much." (01/15/17)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Rudy-Giuliani-is-an-absurd-by-Trevor-Timm-Cybersecurity_Hackers_Rudy-Giuliani-170115-492.html

She's back

Source: LewRockwell.com
by Andrew P Napolitano

"Donald Trump argued during the last weeks of the presidential election campaign that Clinton had exposed state secrets to hostile foreign governments. … Clinton denied vehemently that she had caused any state secrets to pass into the hands of hostile foreign governments. Then Trump was elected president of the United States. Then Clinton left the public scene. Then, last Sunday evening, during the NFL playoff game between the New York Giants and the Green Bay Packers, the FBI posted on its website more than 300 emails that Clinton had sent to an unnamed colleague not in the government — no doubt her adviser Sid Blumenthal — that had fallen into the hands of foreign powers. It turns out — and the Sunday night release proves this — that Blumenthal was hacked by intelligence agents from at least three foreign governments and that they obtained the emails Clinton had sent to him that contained state secrets. Sources believe that the hostile hackers were the Russians and the Chinese and the friendly hackers were the Israelis." [editor's note: Why consider the Israelis "friendly?" (01/12/17)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/01/andrew-p-napolitano/shes-baack/

Where's the evidence?

Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

"Three intelligence agencies — the CIA, the FBI, and the NSA — have issued their much-touted report on alleged Russian intervention in the presidential election, and after reading it one question remains: Where's the evidence? We are told from the outset that the actual evidence that the Russians hacked the DNC and John Podesta's emails as part of a wide-ranging campaign to put Donald Trump in the White House cannot be revealed: 'source and methods' must be kept secret. This in spite of DNI director James Clapper's pledge that he would declassify as much of the evidence as possible in the interests of transparency: but then again, Clapper is an admitted liar." (01/11/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2017/01/10/wheres-the-evidence/

Comey, Clapper try to change up "Russian hacking" narrative by adding GOP story line

Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

"Russia's intelligence agencies compromised the networks of some state-level Republicans and their affiliated organizations, but not the current Republican National Committee or the campaign of President-elect Donald Trump, top U.S. intelligence chiefs said Tuesday. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, FBI Director James Comey and other spy bosses told the Senate Intelligence Committee that Russia 'harvested' information from Republicans but that it captured 'old stuff' and targeted RNC Web domains that were no longer in use. The testimony shed new light on a terse line in the intelligence community's declassified report from Friday about Russia's cyber-mischief campaign, in which Clapper and his compatriots said Moscow had also collected information from the GOP in addition to the reams of data it [allegedly — no evidence provided so far] took from Democrats and then released to the public." [editor's note: Is it even possible that anyone still believes these jokers about anything? – TLK] (01/10/17)

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/01/10/509170300/fbis-comey-says-russia-also-harvested-data-from-republicans