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Obama shrugs off Russian hacking — until Donald Trump elected president

Foreign governments have launched numerous cyberattacks on the U.S. government and sensitive industrial sites, but Republicans say President Obama has not responded in a forceful way to years of Russian hacking. A more assertive response might have headed off the type of hacking Russia is accused of launching during the presidential election, they say. Russia, whose supposed cyberoffensive now is generating a Democratic Party movement that would delegitimize the incoming presidency of Donald Trump, has hacked Pentagon systems. In 2014 it penetrated computer networks at the White House and the State Department.…

White House suggests Putin was involved in US hacking

The Obama administration suggested Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally authorized the hacking of Democratic officials’ email accounts in the run-up to the presidential election and said it was “fact” that hacking had helped President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign. The White House also leveled an astounding attack on Trump himself, saying he must have known of Russia’s interference. No proof was offered for any of the accusations, the latest to unsettle America’s uneasy transition from eight years under Democratic President Barack Obama to a new Republican administration led by Trump. The…

Are we ready for cyber war?

War isn’t a new thing. Nations have been fighting against each other for thousands and thousands of years, but the way wars are fought is quickly changing. While physical conflict still exists and governments are still arming their defence forces, conflicts on the internet are becoming increasingly common. Technology isn’t just taking over our personal and working lives. It’s also transforming the ways countries are run. Governments are constantly implementing new digital and technological structures and, as a result, states can inflict more damage on their enemies through the click of…

Putin claims Russian hackers incapable of influencing U.S. election

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that blaming Moscow for using cyberattacks to interfere in next month’s U.S. presidential election is mere “hysteria” whipped up by Washington. Speaking at a Valdai International Discussion Club meeting in Sochi, Mr. Putin once again dismissed Russia’s alleged involvement in recent cyber intrusions and email leaks suffered by individuals and organizations tied to the U.S. Democratic Party. “Hysteria has been whipped up in the United States about the influence of Russia over the U.S. presidential election,” Mr. Putin said during Thursday’s event, as translated by Reuters.…

China cyber espionage continues

U.S. Cyber Command recently reported within secret government channels that China is continuing aggressive cyber espionage against American companies. An intelligence report disseminated earlier this month stated that one of China’s biggest cyber spying operations involved the theft of 1.65 terabytes of sensitive proprietary data from a major U.S. software company, according to a defense official familiar with the report. The U.S. company was not identified by name. But the hacker group behind the data theft is part of the Ministry of State Security, China’s main police and intelligence service. Full story…
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Middle Eastern hackers are using this phishing technique to infect political targets with Trojan malware

A hacking group is conducting cyberespionage against targets in the Middle East by duping politicians, activists and staff at NGOs into clicking links to authentic-looking but fake versions of high-profile websites in the region, and then infecting them with malware. The operation — dubbed ‘Moonlight’ by cybersecurity researchers, after the name the attackers chose for one of their command-and-control domains — has generated over two hundred samples of malware over the past two years and targets individuals via their private email accounts instead of their corporate ones, to increase the chances…

Denial of Service attack crashes website monitoring North Korea’s nuclear test site

Somebody doesn’t like a new website that checks on secret nuclear weapon facilities around the world. On Wednesday, the Project on Crowdsourced Satellite Imagery was taken down by a denial of service attack. The attack came just two days before North Korea’s big nuclear test on September 9. “It’s suspicious timing,” said Melissa Hanham, a senior research associate at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. “It’s also really frustrating.” The center, based in Monterey, California, launched the imagery site in May. The idea was to…

Putin wants revenge and respect, and hacking the U.S. is his way of getting it

The recent spate of embarrassing emails and other records stolen by Russian hackers is President Vladimir Putin’s splashy response to years of what he sees as U.S. efforts to weaken and shame him on the world stage and with his own people, according to Russia experts here and in the U.S. intelligence world and academia. Putin is seeking revenge and respect, and trying to reassert Russia’s lost superpower status at a time of waning economic clout and an upcoming Russian election, according to interviews with specialists here and in Washington, with…

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