Will Trump Side With Mueller or Putin on Russian Hackers?

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Over the past several years, President Donald Trump has adamantly insisted that the Russian government did not hack his 2016 political opponents.

He’s blamed just about everybody but the Kremlin, speculated that the Democrats hacked themselves, and even suggested that Russian President Vladimir Putin was framed. He’s also said it would be all but impossible to ever know for sure who was responsible for the series of hacks that rocked the 2016 contest. Other Trump boosters –– including former Breitbart reporter Lee Stranahan, who the indictment alludes to, and Trump ally Roger Stone –– have also made similar arguments.  The indictment appears to allude to both men.

Today, special counsel Robert Mueller largely put those conspiracy theories to bed, indicting a dozen Russian intelligence officers for the hacks.

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Digital security is something that’s on the mind of every company that owns any device more modern than a typewriter these days and for good reason. A breach of information can be catastrophic for customers and for a business’s reputation and it’s hard to think of a more appealing target than an airport. Not only…
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Porn Stars’ Instagram Accounts Targeted By Hackers: ‘I Was Locked Out’

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Social media dependency has grown exponentially over the last decade. The majority of online adults have at least one social media account, if not more. In this virtual world we’re making friends, buying products, even interacting with our favorite brands and companies in a way that feels very personable. As consumers we want to feel as if we’re making a choice, buying what we have ties to, which makes social media imperative for many entrepreneurs—including porn stars.

A large part of an adult performer’s job consists of managing social media, both to boost future bookings and to create a connection with fans. Whether piracy or tube sites are to blame, one thing’s clear: there’s not much money for performers following a traditional porn star path. To be successful, one must build a loyal following—engaging fans via social media to sell products, cam shows, site subscriptions, and strip club tour dates. Some of the women noted a greater conversion rate on Instagram when compared to other platforms, making it a favored marketing tool despite the social media platform’s conservative stance on posting nudity. According to online statistics, Instagram drives the “most engagement per post compared to any social network—84 times more than Twitter, 54 times more than Pinterest and 10 times more than Facebook.”

For many sex workers, Instagram has become a crucial component to generating income. When an account is deleted or locked it’s not just an inconvenience, it’s financially impactful. Alana Luv, the AVN 2017 Nominee for Hottest MILF, had been hacked and lost access to her Instagram account not once, but twice. Luv says the person who snatched her account made changes to her name and settings, among other things. The second time was worse.

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China hackers ‘steal US plans for supersonic missiles’

China’s state hackers have reportedly stolen a large amount of highly-sensitive US navy data on its undersea warfare, including plans for supersonic anti-ship missiles on submarines.
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Chinese Hackers Targeted Japanese Defense Firms for North Korean Secrets, Experts Say

Chinese hackers have targeted Japanese defense companies, possibly to get information on Tokyo’s policy toward resolving the North Korean nuclear impasse, according to cybersecurity firm FireEye Inc.

The attacks are suspected to come from a group known as APT10, a China-based espionage group that FireEye has been tracking since 2009. One of the lures used in a “spear-phishing” email attack was a defense lecture given by former head of UNESCO, Koichiro Matsuura. Two attacks took place between September and October 2017.

“Lure content related to the defense industry suggests that a possible motive behind the intrusion attempt is gaining insider information on policy prescription to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue,” said Bryce Boland, chief technology officer for the Asia-Pacific region at FireEye.

China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs didn’t respond to a faxed request for comment Friday. After a similar FireEye report involving U.S. targets last month, ministry spokesman Lu Kang said that China opposed all kinds of cyber attacks.

The suspected attacks coincided with a dramatic escalation in tensions over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program as Kim Jong Un tested a hydrogen bomb and U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to “totally destroy” the country. The U.S. and Japan have been coordinating their diplomatic and military pressure campaigns against the country, and neighboring China is anxious to avoid a clash on its border.

Tensions have eased since the two Koreas started talking ahead of the Winter Olympics and Winter Olympics and Trump granted an unprecedented meeting with the North Korean leader. Earlier this month, the foreign ministers of China and Japan agreed to work closely to push the regime to surrender its nuclear weapons program, although Japanese officials continue to express skepticism about Kim’s willingness to make a deal.

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The latest cyberattacks mirror other recent hacks with geopolitical overtones investigated by FireEye. Among the most recent, a wave of incursions on mainly U.S. engineering and defense companies linked to the South China Sea, where China’s claims for more than 80% of the water clash with five other nations. In 2016, the website of Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party was attacked months after the party won elections, securing its leader Tsai Ing-wen the presidency.

“We believe APT10 is primarily tasked with collecting critical information in response to shifts in regional geopolitics and frequently targets organizations with long research and development cycles,” Boland said, citing firms in construction and engineering, aerospace and military, telecommunications and high-tech industries.

In an unusual development, the hackers inserted lines of text in the malware associated with the Japanese attacks mocking the security researchers. Such gems included, “I’m here waiting for u,” “POWERED BY APT632185,NORTH KOREA,” and “According to the analysis report, Some Japanese analysts have always been portrayed as a bit of joke.”

Also under attack since November 2017 have been Japanese healthcare companies. “China’s new push on pharmaceutical innovation as a national priority, along with rising cancer rates, will likely drive future espionage operations against the healthcare industry,” Boland said.

Mandiant, a unit of FireEye, alleged in 2013 that China’s military might have been behind a group that had hacked at least 141 companies worldwide since 2006. The U.S. issued indictments against five military officials who were purported to be members of that group.

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Hackers exploit casino’s smart thermometer to steal database info

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Having a whole bunch of smart objects like lights, appliances, and thermometers can make life a little more convenient for businesses, but buying into the internet of things can also make those same businesses more vulnerable to hackers.

Nicole Eagan, CEO of cybersecurity company Darktrace, revealed Thursday that a casino fell victim to hackers thanks to a smart thermometer it was using to monitor the water of an aquarium they had installed in the lobby, Business Insider reported. The hackers managed to find and steal information from the casino’s high-roller database through the thermometer. Read more…

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U.S. warns that Russian hackers breached critical infrastructure

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Russian hackers don’t just go after emails

A report released Thursday afternoon by the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) details an alleged years-long Russian effort to infiltrate and control critical infrastructure across the U.S. And in many cases they appear to have succeeded. 

“Since at least March 2016, Russian government cyber actors—hereafter referred to as ‘threat actors’—targeted government entities and multiple U.S. critical infrastructure sectors, including the energy, nuclear, commercial facilities, water, aviation, and critical manufacturing sectors,” reads the warning. It was based on analysis from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the FBI. Read more…

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Apparently, Hackers Got More From the Equifax Data Breach Than We Thought

The hits just keep coming from Equifax.

Back in September 2017, the credit bureau announced a data breach that exposed 145 million Americans’ personal data, including names, Social Security numbers, birthdates, addresses, and some driver’s license and credit card numbers.

Turns out, that wasn’t all, according to a document submitted to the Senate Banking Committee that The Wall Street Journal reviewed.

The document disclosed that cyber criminals may have also accessed tax identification numbers, email addresses, phone numbers, credit card expiration dates, and issuing dates and states of some driver’s licenses.

Equifax spokesperson Meredith Griffanti told CNNMoney that the original release of potentially compromised personal information wasn’t intended to include all the information that was possibly exposed in the attack.

The scary factor is that most consumers never gave Equifax this information. It gathered its data from social media, retailers and employers, leaving consumers even more vulnerable than they thought they were.

How to Tell if Your Information Was Exposed in Equifax Breach

Details weren’t clear as to how many of the original 145 million people this affected, but Equifax told The Wall Street Journal that it mailed notices to affected consumers, and the hack on additional driver’s license information “was extremely minimal.”

Equifax said that anyone can find out if their data was potentially exposed by looking up their status on its website.

The precise amount of personal information the hackers accessed remains unclear, but those details make come soon. Sen. Elizabeth Warren continues to pursue Equifax for the full truth, claiming the attackers accessed tables that also included passport numbers. Equifax denies these claims.

Warren has asked for detailed information that includes what data hackers accessed and its processes for informing the public about by Feb. 16.

How You Can Protect Your Personal Information

As of October 2017, 59% of people still hadn’t checked to see if the breach affected them. Don’t let that be you. If the breach affected you, you can place a temporary freeze on your credit. Equifax recently extended to the deadline to freeze your credit until June 30.

Tax season is upon us, and with so much personal information swimming out in the cyberverse, there is a threat of your info falling into the wrong hands. Getting your taxes completed as soon as possible can help protect you against fraudulent filings.

Be diligent about your personal information, and consider signing up for free alerts when your credit report changes.  

Stephanie Bolling is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. Her information was compromised in the breach. She has safeguarded her information by setting up credit alerts and already completed her taxes.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.

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Report: Dutch spies caught Russian hackers on tape

AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Netherlands’ spy service broke into the computers used by a powerful Russian hacking group and may be sitting on evidence relating to the breach of the U.S. Democratic National Committee, a Dutch newspaper and television show jointly reported Friday.
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Hackers steal $530M from Japanese crypto exchange

TOKYO — A Japanese exchange has lost $ 530 million in cryptocurrency because of hacking, according to Japanese media reports. The Coincheck exchange said on its website Friday that it had halted sales and withdrawals of the currency, which is called NEM. It later added that it had restricted dealings in most other cryptocurrencies too. At…
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Reports: Uber paid hackers to keep data breach affecting 57 million customers quiet

Uber reportedly paid hackers $ 100,000 to remove the data of 57 million customers they stole in a massive 2016 data breach, according to Bloomberg.

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Uber executives concealed the hack for over a year

Names, phone numbers and email address were among the data stolen. Around 600,000 driver’s license numbers belonging to Uber drivers were also compromised in the October 2016 breach.

Social security numbers appear not to have been stolen in the breach.

Uber executives reportedly concealed the hack for over a year and have been terminated, according to BuzzFeed.

Uber’s current CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, criticized the company’s handling of the data theft in a blog postthat said there’s no evidence the stolen information has been misused.

The company released a statement Tuesday on the 2016 attack.

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Report: Russian hackers target secrets taken by NSA worker

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hackers allegedly working for the Kremlin stole details about how the U.S. infiltrates foreign networks and defends against cyberattacks after a National Security Agency contractor took the classified material home and put it on a personal computer, according to a news report published Thursday.
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SEC hackers accessed authentic data used by companies in tests

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO – Hackers breached the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s computer system last year by taking advantage of companies that used authentic financial data when they were testing the agency’s corporate filing system, according to sources familiar with the matter. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Secret Service have since launched an…
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Selena Gomez ‘Concerned’ Hackers May Release Private Pics, Other Instagram Stars Bracing for Leak

Some of the world’s most high-profile Instagram users are nervously waiting to see if their private pictures and messages have been accessed in the “Doxagram” hack.

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HBO offered $250,000 to hackers in bid to delay data release

(Reuters) – Time Warner Inc’s HBO network last month offered $ 250,000 to cyber criminals who hacked into its computer system, asking them to extend a deadline for paying a much larger ransom, according to an email reviewed by Reuters.


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Leaked email shows HBO negotiating with hackers

BOSTON (AP) — Hackers this week released an email from HBO in which the company expressed willingness to pay them $ 250,000 as part of a negotiation over data swiped from HBO’s servers.
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Russian hackers accused of spying on hotels

Hackers linked to Russian military intelligence were behind a cyber-espionage campaign targeting influential figures from the West, according to a report by security researchers.
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HBO reportedly caved and offered hackers a ‘bounty payment’ of $250,000 last month

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The hackers behind a massive cyberattack on HBO have leaked a message from the network in which they say an exec offered a “bounty payment” $ 250,000, Variety reports.

A source close to the channel confirmed the veracity of the email, according to the site. The email is dated late last month and it claims that the money offered would be part of a program in which “white hat IT professionals” are rewarded for “bringing these types of things to our attention.”

If that seems oddly appeasing, Variety‘s source claims it’s because the Time Warner-owned company was trying to stall the cybercriminals while it assessed the severity of the situation. Read more…

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HBO offered to pay off hackers with $250K: report

HBO offered to pay hackers $ 250,000 after they swiped “Game of Thrones” scripts and other sensitive data from the network — but the cyber-thieves leaked details of the offer instead, according to a new report. In an apparent effort to embarrass the cable channel, the hackers — who are seeking a multi-million-dollar ransom — sent…
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HBO hackers demand millions in ransom money, or else

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The HBO hackers are at it again. The network’s data breach is continuing and this time executive emails — along with the script summary of an upcoming episode of ‘Game of Thrones’ — have been released!


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Hackers can spy on you through Amazon Echo

Smart home speakers equipped with microphones programmed to listen for everything you say may be turned into devices that would spy on everything you say. Gadgets like Amazon Echo and Google Home are programmed to record your commands, but they’re also programmed to ignore everything you say unless you use a hot word to activate…
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