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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…

Obama launches first cyber war against ISIS, cuts recruiting by 75 percent

The Obama administration has launched the first cyberwar against the Islamic State, a war that, coupled with real, not virtual, fighting, is producing one of the most encouraging on-the-ground successes in the conflict — sharply cutting into the number of foreign fighters sneaking into Syria to join the group’s terrorist army and its so-called Islamic caliphate. The Pentagon says an Islamic State recruitment drive that attracted 2,000 a month last year to join the fight in Syria and Iraq has slowed to fewer than 500. The squeeze means the army of…

Russia-backed DNC hackers strike Washington think tanks

Last week, one of the Russia-backed hacker groups that attacked Democratic computer networks also attacked several Russia-focused think tanks in Washington, D.C., Defense One has learned. The perpetrator is the group called COZY BEAR, or APT29, one of the two groups that cybersecurity company CrowdStrike blamed for the DNC hack, according to founder Dmitri Alperovitch. CrowdStrike discovered the attack on the DNC and provides security for the think tanks. Alperovitch said fewer than five organizations and 10 staffers researching Russia were hit by the “highly targeted operation.” He declined to detail which…

Report: Know your enemies 2.0

Every device and network attached to the IoT possesses, within itself, a universe of vulnerabilities. Each vulnerability enables the adversary, whether they be state, hacktivist or mercenary hackers, the technological capability to disrupt networks, exfiltrate sensitive data and wreak havoc on organizations of all sizes. Our adversaries stem from an endless stream of agendas and offensive strategies with the singular aim to pinpoint and exploit unpatched applications and vulnerable networks. State and corporate espionage cloaked beneath stealth and technological sophistication continuously plague our Nation’s critical infrastructure and federal agencies.…

Reid asks FBI investigate possible Russian election hacking

In an Aug. 27 letter to the FBI, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he’s “concerned that the threat of the Russian government tampering in our presidential election is more extensive than widely known and may include the intent to falsify official election results.” Reid also mentioned “evidence of a direct connection” between the Russian government and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. He is asking the FBI to investigate the “prospect of a hostile government actively seeking to undermine our free and fair elections.” Reid’s request follows reports that the FBI has…

Integrated, agile intelligence key to combatting dynamic threats

The NATO Alliance faces an increasingly complex, diffuse threat environment. Consequently, we are always striving toward more integrated intelligence to stay a step ahead. NATO is positioned to take an important, integrative step in establishing the new Assistant Secretary General for Intelligence and Security. We fully endorse this, having firsthand experience in undertaking similar modernization efforts within the U.S. Intelligence Community. The intelligence business is about collection and analysis, not clairvoyance. We cannot anticipate every attack before it occurs. Our effectiveness is rooted in our ability to…