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Tag: Hackers

Hacking the Drone War’s Secret History

(Wired) In 2008 U.S. troops in Iraq discovered that Shi’ite insurgents had figured out how to tap and record video feeds from overhead American drones. Now you too can hack Washington’s globe-spanning fleet of silent, deadly armed robots — although legally, and only in an historical sense. Josh Begley, a 28-year-old NYU grad student, has…
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Under draft bill, EU wants to raise jail time for hackers, botnet operators

(Ars Technica) On Thursday, a European Parliament committee approved a new draft directive (PDF) that would, among other things, require European Union member states to step up criminal penalties for hacking, botnets, and other digital malfeasance. Under EU law, directives are a set of instructions for all 27 (soon to be 28, when Croatia joins…
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Chinese hacked Obama, McCain campaigns, took internal documents, officials say

(NBC News) The U.S. secretly traced a massive cyberespionage operation against the 2008 presidential campaigns of Barack Obama and John McCain to hacking  units backed by the People’s Republic of China, prompting  high level warnings to Chinese officials to stop such activities,  U.S. intelligence officials tell NBC News. The disclosure on the eve of a…
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FIS Breach a Broader Network Hack

(Threatpost) A previously reported attack against Fidelity National Information Services (FIS) two years ago was actually much more widespread than initially reported according to a document released to banks from the FDIC late last month. Compounding matters, as of the FDIC’s audit FIS had not taken the appropriate steps toward securing banking information and protecting…
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Pirate Bay founder suspected of hacking police databases

(Net Security) Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm, who has been extradited from Cambodia to Sweden to answer for allegedly hacking of Swedish IT company Logica and the Nordea bank mainframe has been named as suspect in another hacking case. Along with an unnamed 20-year-old Danish citizen, Svartholm is thought to have breached and downloaded a…
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Microsoft, FBI Slam Door On Thousands Of Citadel Botnets

(Dark Reading) A joint effort by Microsoft, the FBI, and partners in the financial services and tech industries has disrupted more than 1,400 botnets that were using a piece of notorious banking malware responsible for more than a half-billion dollars in losses worldwide. The operation, which marks Microsoft’s seventh botnet takedown to date, began in…
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Negligence, Glitches Push Up Cost Of Breaches Worldwide

(Dark Reading) The costs of data breaches inched up globally, but in the U.S. companies have managed to continue bringing breach costs down, according to the eighth annual Cost of Data Breach Study out this week. Conducted by Ponemon Institute on behalf of Symantec, the study found that mistakes and human errors accounted for the…
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Mandatory 2-year jail sentence for EU hackers a step closer

IDG News Service – Hackers would face a minimum two-year prison sentence under a new, draft European Union law approved by the European Parliament’s civil liberties committee on Thursday. Meanwhile, criminals responsible for cyber attacks against “critical infrastructure,” such as power plants, transport networks and government networks would face at least five years in jail.…
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Hacking Drones … Overview of the Main Threats

(Infosec Institute) The Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones, represent a revolution in the security context; these powerful systems could be used in various contexts such as military and also civil sector. Drones use most advanced technological equipment and the research on these vehicles is providing continuous improvements, the scope is the definition…
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American Gets Targeted by Digital Spy Tool Sold to Foreign Governments

(Wired) The email appeared to come from a trusted colleague at a renowned academic institution and referenced a subject that was a hot-button issue for the recipient, including a link to a website where she could obtain more information about it. But when the recipient looked closely at the sender’s email address, a tell-tale misspelling…
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