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FBI warns nation-sate cyber attacks are continuing

Foreign government hackers are continuing to target U.S. government and private sector computer networks in sophisticated cyber attacks, the FBI warned in an alert sent this week. “Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) cyber actors continue to target sensitive information stored on U.S. commercial and government networks through cyber espionage,” the FBI said in the May 11 notice. The term “APT actor” is a euphemism for state-sponsored or highly sophisticated cyber attackers, usually involving connections to foreign militaries or intelligence services. Full story…
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LinkedIn says hackers are trying to sell fruits of huge 2012 data breach

LinkedIn said on Wednesday that hackers were attempting to sell what they claimed were 117 million email addresses and passwords of its users, suggesting that a data breach in 2012 was magnitudes bigger than initially thought. “We are taking immediate steps to invalidate the passwords of the accounts impacted, and we will contact those members to reset their passwords,” LinkedIn said in a statement. “We have no indication that this is as a result of a new security breach.” LinkedIn is investigating the authenticity of the data, the company said. But a…

Intelligence chief says presidential campaigns are cyber targets

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said today that presidential campaigns are a target for cyber intruders and that this political season has already seen some attempted hacks. “We have already had some indications of that,” he said in response to a question about campaign website hacking, after speaking at the Center for Bipartisan Policy in Washington, D.C. “I anticipate as the campaigns intensify, we will probably have more of it,” he added. He did not provide specifics about any attacks, but it has been reported that some hacking groups, such as…

The all-China cyber edition

China Targets US Tech Companies in Security Reviews. “Chinese authorities are quietly scrutinizing technology products sold in China by Apple and other big foreign companies, focusing on whether they pose potential security threats to the country and its consumers and opening up a new front in an already tense relationship with Washington over digital security.” Who knows, maybe the NSA =is= inserting surveillance into Apple source code, but I doubt it. Still, if I were in China, I’d worry about that and also all the source code we…

FBI, Justice Department using Russian password-cracking software

The Justice Department and FBI are using password-breaking software produced by a Russian technology firm set up by a cryptographer who attended a school linked to the KGB. The U.S. government’s contracts and use of the Russian-origin password-cracking software produced by the Moscow-based company called Elcomsoft is raising security concerns among some U.S. officials and security experts. The company was founded by Alexander Katalov, who stated in a 2001 online interview that he once “studied at the highest school of the KGB,” the Soviet-era political police and intelligence service. He also said…

Russian hack suspected in dissident case

Legendary Soviet-era dissident Vladimir Bukovsky is the apparent victim of a Russian intelligence operation designed to discredit both him and his testimony last year before a British commission investigating the covert operation to assassinate Russian intelligence defector Alexander Litvinenko. Mr. Bukovsky was one of the few Russians granted access to the archives of the KGB political police and intelligence service after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. As a result, he was targeted by the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin, a former KGB officer who has institutionalized many…

Former Facebook workers: We routinely suppressed conservative news

Facebook workers routinely suppressed news stories of interest to conservative readers from the social network’s influential “trending” news section, according to a former journalist who worked on the project. This individual says that workers prevented stories about the right-wing CPAC gathering, Mitt Romney, Rand Paul, and other conservative topics from appearing in the highly-influential section, even though they were organically trending among the site’s users.
Former Facebook Workers: We Routinely Suppressed Conservative News Several former Facebook “news curators,” as they were known internally, also told Gizmodo that they were instructed to…

Ransomware is now the biggest cyber security threat

Ransomware has replaced advanced persistent threat (APT) network attacks as the most problematic cyberthreat — and early indications suggest that they’ll be the main problem for 2016 as a whole, cybersecurity researchers from Kaspersky Lab have warned. The findings are outlined in Kaspersky Lab’s IT Threat Evolution in Q1 2016 report, which details how security experts detected 2,900 new ransomware malware modifications appearing between January and March this year — a rise of 14 percent. Not only is malware increasingly altering itself — thus making ransomware attacks more difficult to defend against…