Hacktivism News, Articles and Updates

Pro-ISIS hacker group defaces state, local government websites

Government websites in Ohio, Maryland and New York have been defaced with a pro-ISIS message from a hacktivist group called Team System Dz, according to various news reports.

Hacktivist hits Minnesota gov databases to protest Philando Castile verdict

The stolen credentials reportedly give access to internal databases from the server admin.state.mn.us, which connects to other databases of the sites mn.state.us and mn.gov

GlobalLeaks hacking group reveals some UAE ambassador emails

A hacking group called GlobalLeaks has purportedly stolen emails from the United Arab Emirates U.S. ambassador that indicate that nation is manipulating American Persian Gulf policy.

Researchers claim 'MacronGate' linked to internet troll

Qurium researchers claim to have traced the "MacronGate" to a black hat troll.

Trend Micro breaks down Pawn Storm tactics, methods and goals

An in depth look at the cyberespionage gang Pawn Storm by Trend Micro reveals an incredibly complicated and capable group that has penetrated several important political and government organization and for the most part has done so on the back of one of the most basic attack methodologies available. Phishing.

U.S., U.K. warn airports, nuclear facilities of cyberattacks

In addition to intelligence that prompted the U.S. to ban laptops and other devices in passenger cabins of certain airlines to thwart terrorists attempting to bring explosives on board, officials worried that bad actors might also attempt cyberattacks on airports and nuclear facilities.

OpIsrael hacktivists targeted by unknown threat actor

Digital Shadows says it has observed the distribution of two denial of service (DoS) tools - one for Windows and one for Android devices - which are actually RATs.

Hacker defaces celebrity websites in the name of Kurdish Homeland

A hacker has vandalised the websites of a number of mid-level American celebrities for the cause of a Kurdish homeland.

Analysis: Dark web shrank since attack on Freedom Hosting II

Anonymous's compromise of Freedom Hosting II may have reduced the overall size of the Tor network by an estimated 15 to 20 percent, according to researcher Sarah Jamie Lewis, who works for OnionScan, an open-source dark web scanning tool project.

Trump fundraising website hacked

A fundrising website of President Trump was defaced on Feb. 19.

Hackers place YG and Nipsey Hussle anti-Trump song on radio stations

Anti-Trump protestors have brought their fight to the airwaves by exploiting a known vulnerability in low-power FM radio transmitters.

AlphaBay dark web marketplace users compromised

About 218,000 unencrypted private messages from the AlphaBay dark web marketplace have been accessed and released to the public, according to several posts on Reddit.

Bears continue to maul anti-dopers

Fancy Bear are continuing to target the western sports establishment, publishing a series of emails from inside the World Anti Doping Agency, illustrating a number of small allegedly scandalous details from inside the organisation.

Russian cyberattacks might effect our upcoming election, says German Chancellor Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed concern that cyberattacks from Russia might interfere with elections next year in Germany.

Ukranian Cyber Hunta claim Putin aide hack, release incriminating emails

Emails from the office of longtime Putin aide Vladislav Surkov, some of which were published by the DFRL, show a clear and active relationship between Russia and separatists in the Ukraine.

Former NSA deputy director talks Snowden, pardons and privacy [Video]

Chris Inglis, former deputy director at the NSA, says the organisation had not been prepared for an insider threat of the magnitude of Edward Snowden and rejected calls for him to be pardoned.

U.S. vigilante hacker takes over Russian Foreign Ministry site

A self-described patriotic American vigilante hacker named Jester reportedly took over the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website on Friday in retaliation for alleged Russian cyberattacks on the United States.

Russia behind Podesta hack, report

A research team offered evidence that the account of John Podesta, the chairman of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, was hacked by the top military foreign-intelligence service of the Russian Federation.

Internet connection, not Assange, dead

Three tweets, which included a 64-character code without any other context, drew a wave of conspiracy speculators who responded with conjecture the cryptic messages were the result of a "dead man's switch."

BuzzFeed hacked by OurMine

Following its exposé accusing OurMine of web defacements, the website BuzzFeed was itself hit.

Cybercrime Blotter: Syrian Electronic Army hacker pleads guilty to hacking news sites and extortion

A hacker who was associated with the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) pleaded guilty to conspiring to receive extortion proceeds and conspiring to unlawfully access computers.

Russians suspected of cybercampaign against journalism site

A UK-based investigative journalism site has come under cyberattack, purportedly from Russia, for its articles critical of Russia's involvement in the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 and corruption.

Lauri Love faces extradition to U.S. for hacking

British citizen Lauri Love faces extradition to the U.S. to face charges of computer hacking.

Austrian officials investigate attempted cyberattack of Vienna's airport

The hacking group, also known as 'Lion Soldiers Team,' announced this weekend that the group attacked the airport in response to the "racism" of airport officials.

Hackers for Harambe? Zoo official's twitter hacked for slain gorilla

In the name of a slain gorilla, hacktivists appear to have targeted the twitter account Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden director Thane Maynard.

Fallout from DNC hack broadens to donors

The fallout from the hack into the DNC continues as it is now being reported that celebrities, C-suite executives and other high-profile donors to the Democratic party were also ensnared.

Email accounts of Hillary Clinton and 100+ Democratic officials hacked

As the FBI investigation into the hack of the Democratic National Committee broadens, it is being reported that the private email accounts of Hillary Clinton and more than 100 Democratic officials also have been breached.

Report: Spyware used to dox Vietnam Airlines is lurking in other Vietnamese institutions

Spyware that was recently found to have infiltrated Vietnam Airlines has also embedded itself in the website operations of various Vietnamese institutions, warned cybersecurity firm Bkav, the Vietnam News Agency reported.

Overpopulated with traffic: Australian online census swamped by DDoS attack

The website hosting the online form for Australia's national census was brought down by a series of DDoS attacks on Tuesday, temporarily preventing some of the country's citizens from participating in the population survey.