Hacktivism

Attack spike against Utah gov't computers may be work of hacktivists

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An NSA data center in Salt Lake City may have drawn the ire of hackers, an AP report suggests.

Report: From Q3 to Q4, 90 percent increase in global DDoS attacks observed

Report: From Q3 to Q4, 90 percent increase in global DDoS attacks observed

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In Q4 2014, Akamai observed an even busier season for attackers than expected.

Spoof page credits 'Official Cyber Caliphate' with Malaysia Airlines hack

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Visitors to the Malaysia Airlines website were redirected to a spoof page displaying a lizard wearing a tux, monocle and top hat.

About 19K French websites attacked since last week, report says

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Since last week's attacks in France, hacking attempts have been made against roughly 19,000 French websites, the AP reported on Thursday.

Anonymous launches #OpCharlieHebdo, targets terrorist Twitter accounts

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The hacktivist collective's new campaign is in response to the recent attack on Charlie Hebdo and aims to target and report terrorist Twitter accounts.

Pro-ISIS Group hijacks Twitter accounts of local media outlets

Pro-ISIS Group hijacks Twitter accounts of local media outlets

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A group calling itself CyberCaliphate has claimed credit for the hack, which included militant messages and links to local and state government documents.

FBI: Sony hackers threatened U.S. news organization

FBI: Sony hackers threatened U.S. news organization

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Early reports suggest that the news organization being threatened is CNN.

Sony hackers lingered in network before unleashing malware

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According to reports, hackers were in the Sony Pictures network for months gathering passwords and the like before launching their attacks.

Barrett Brown sentencing delayed until January

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Barrett Brown appeared in federal court in Dallas Tuesday for sentencing, but will now have to wait until January to hear his fate.

Sands Las Vegas hackers used wiper malware

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Hackers that felled Sands Las Vegas websites exploited a weak link in the casino's networks to launch a wiper malware attack.

Former Anonymous member 'Sabu' warns U.S. gov't on critical infrastructure

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Hector Monsegur remembered his arrest during an interview with Charlie Rose and went on to elaborate on security threats the U.S. faces.

ELO rocker sentenced to 10 days in Anonymous attack

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Geoffrey Commander was sentenced to 10 days in jail by a federal judge in Virginia for a DDoS attack on MasterCard.

Anonymous takes down Fort Lauderdale city websites in "Operation Lift the Bans"

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The hacktivist collective released a video on Monday expressing their disagreements with recent ordinances aimed at the homeless of the city.

Anonymous reportedly publishes KKK wizard's personal data

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Protesting the grand jury decision not to indict the police officer who shot Michael Brown, the hacktivists' post links to wizard's personal data on pastebin.

Swedish appeals court nixes Assange's plea

Swedish appeals court nixes Assange's plea

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Julian Assange remains holed up in Ecuador's U.K. embassy after a court refused to rescind a warrant for Assange's arrest, which could ultimately result in his extradition to the U.S.

DDoS attacks against Hong Kong protest sites, APT activity, linked

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FireEye researchers have observed ties between DDoS attacks against Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters and APT activity based in China.

Deloitte releases paper on vetting leaks, avoiding costly hoax

Deloitte releases paper on vetting leaks, avoiding costly hoax

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The research presents techniques for distinguishing legit data leaks from false claims.

Syrian Malware Team makes use of enhanced BlackWorm RAT

Syrian Malware Team makes use of enhanced BlackWorm RAT

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FireEye analyzed the hacking group's use of the malware, dubbed the "Dark Edition" of BlackWorm.

Hamas targets TV station via satellite hack

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An Israeli broadcasting regulator confirmed that the incident occurred.

Taboola hack allows SEA to redirect Reuters site visitors

Taboola hack allows SEA to redirect Reuters site visitors

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On Monday, ad network Taboola confirmed that it was hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army.

Philippine branch of Anonymous hacks Chinese govt sites

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Close to 200 Chinese government websites have been defaced by a Philippine branch of the hacktivist collective Anonymous.

Report: Iran may evolve into hacking superpower

Report: Iran may evolve into hacking superpower

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Attacks by the Ajax Security Team, and other Iranian groups, have grown in sophistication from website defacement to politically motivated cyber espionage.

Barrett Brown pleads guilty to threatening federal agent

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The former spokesman for hacktivist collective Anonymous now faces up to eight-and-a-half years in prison.

FBI arrests two members of Anonymous's Cambodia section

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The men allegedly infiltrated 30 government websites in addition to private sector sites.

Hacktivist claims Facebook is vulnerable to DNS attacks, Facebook says it's not

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Facebook debunked a reported claim by Mauritania Attacker, the alleged leader of hacktivist collective AnonGhost, that the social media website is vulnerable to DNS attacks.

Anonymous may be targeting educational institutions in 'OpSafeEdu'

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Educational institutions may be the target of Anonymous in its latest 'OpSafeEdu' campaign, according to an alert issued by the Center for Internet Security.

Anonymous DDoS attack dismantles Albuquerque Police website

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The hacktivist collective Anonymous organized a DDoS attack that made good on its promise to shut down the Albuquerque Police Department's website.

Microsoft charge gov't for data requests, SEA says

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The Syrian Electronic Army has released emails and invoices that it says prove Microsoft charged the FBI's DITU for lawful data requests.

What the SEA stole from McCain's office, and much more, compiled in report

What the SEA stole from McCain's office, and much more, compiled in report

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An IntelCrawler report shines some new light on the Syrian Electronic Army, including its attacks, tactics, members and more.

SEA hack denied by U.S. Central Command

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The U.S. Central Command has denied the Syrian Electronic Army's (SEA) claims that it obtained sensitive data after an alleged hack of its computer systems.

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