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The perfect weapon: How Russian Cyber power invaded the U.S.

When Special Agent Adrian Hawkins of the Federal Bureau of Investigation called the Democratic National Committee in September 2015 to pass along some troubling news about its computer network, he was transferred, naturally, to the help desk. His message was brief, if alarming. At least one computer system belonging to the D.N.C. had been compromised by hackers federal investigators had named “the Dukes,” a cyberespionage team linked to the Russian government. The F.B.I. knew it well: The bureau had spent the last few years trying to kick the Dukes out of the…

WikiLeaks figure says ‘disgusted’ Democrat leaked Clinton campaign emails

A WikiLeaks figure is claiming that he received leaked Clinton campaign emails from a “disgusted” Democratic whistleblower, while the White House continued to blame Russian hackers Wednesday for meddling in the presidential election and asserted that Donald Trump was “obviously aware” of Moscow’s efforts on his behalf. Craig Murray, a former British ambassador to Uzbekistan and a close associate of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, said in the report by the Daily Mail that he flew to Washington for a clandestine handoff with one of the email sources in September. He said he…

Brief interview with The Shadow Brokers, the hackers selling NSA exploits

In August, a group calling themselves The Shadow Brokers publicly released a cache of NSA hacking tools, and promised to sell more. After a failed crowd-funding and auction attempt, the group now appears to be offering a wealth of trojans, exploits, and implants directly to potential customers. Since August, Motherboard has attempted to contact The Shadow Brokers through various different channels. On Thursday, the group replied. “TheShadowBrokers no arrested,” someone from the group wrote in an encrypted message. Full story…
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Clinton email server hit in cyber attacks from Russians, other hackers

Hackers from Russia attempted to break in to Hillary Clinton’s private email server although the cyber intrusions did not appear to be successful, according to FBI documents made public Monday. FBI investigators issued a qualified assessment of whether foreign hackers broke into the email server, stating in the heavily redacted report that it could not confirm evidence of foreign hacking. The FBI concluded that the unsecure email system was “potentially vulnerable to compromise” and was frequently attacked by unknown foreign hackers, according to part one of a four-part report. Full story…
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U.S. takes aim at cyber attacks from connected devices

Obama administration officials sought on Monday to reassure the public that it was taking steps to counter new types of cyber attacks such as the one Friday that rendered Twitter, Spotify, Netflix and dozens of other major websites unavailable. The Department of Homeland Security said it had held a conference call with 18 major communication service providers shortly after the attack began and was working to develop a new set of “strategic principles” for securing internet-connected devices. DHS said its National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center was working with companies, law enforcement…

Chinese device maker vows product recall, legal action against accusers

A Chinese electronics firm pegged by experts as responsible for making many of the components leveraged in last week’s massive attack that disrupted Twitter and dozens of popular Web sites has vowed to recall some of its vulnerable products, even as it threatened legal action against this publication and others for allegedly tarnishing the company’s brand. Last week’s attack on online infrastructure provider Dyn was launched at least in part by Mirai, a now open-source malware strain that scans the Internet for routers, cameras, digital video recorders and other Internet of…

DNI declines required damage assessment of Clinton’s leaked email secrets

The U.S. intelligence community declined to conduct a required assessment of the damage to national security caused by former secretary of state Hillary Clinton sending and receiving secrets on a private email server. “ODNI is not leading an [intelligence community]-wide damage assessment and is not aware of any individual IC element conducting such formal assessments,” Joel D. Melstad, a spokesman for the of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, said. The most sensitive classified information leaked and possibly obtained by foreign intelligence services included ultra-secret information on U.S. drone strikes,…

FBI director says tape is the best way to defeat webcam hacks

According to officials tasked with keeping the US homeland safe, tape should be the first supply atop everybody’s safety list. Tape made its modern-day US security debut in February 2003, when the George W. Bush administration raised the terror alert level to “orange.” The Department of Homeland Security soon urged Americans to have plenty of duct tape and plastic sheeting on hand to seal their windows in the event a “dirty bomb” was discharged.
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Meet the men who spy on women through their webcams Today, that leftover tape can now…

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