US Midterm Elections Targeted By Russian Hackers: Microsoft

Microsoft has claimed that its security wing has thwarted cyber-attacks against the US Senate and conservative think tanks by hackers linked to Russian military intelligence. The American tech giant said the Russian group is linked to the hacking of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential election campaign, and had the potential to launch cyber attacks on candidates and other political groups ahead of
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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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Hackers are selling access to critical airport systems for $10

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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Multiple Attacks

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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Hospital CEO forced to pay hackers in bitcoin now teaches others how to prepare for the worst

One cyberattack on a regional hospital embodies a bigger crisis facing health-care facilities in the U.S.
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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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The San Francisco company ousted Travis Kalanick as CEO in June after an internal investigation concluded he had built a culture that allowed female workers to be sexually harassed and encouraged employees to push legal limits.

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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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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 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

Hackers are demanding multi-million ransom from the HBO to prevent further leaks of other sensitive data and more “Game of Thrones” scripts, according to reports Tuesday. HBO said that it is continuing to work with police and cybersecurity experts in order to learn the scope of the online breach, CBS News reported. On Monday, the…
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HBO Hackers Continue With Leak Of Upcoming ‘GoT’ Script & Top Exec’s E-mails

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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