Hacktivism News, Articles and Updates

Two alleged Syrian Electronic Army members indicted for spear phishing and defacement campaign

U.S. prosecutors filed an indictment yesterday for two alleged Syrian Electronic Army hacktivists who are accused of compromising news media websites and social media accounts in order to spread propaganda supporting the regime of Sryian president Bashar al-Assad.

Pranksters deface 'Despacito,' other popular YouTube videos

A group of cyber pranksters defaced an array of some of the most popular YouTube music videos by changing titles and thumbnail images on the singer's VEVO accounts.

Hackers take over Cisco switches to warn against election interference

Unidentified hackers misused hundreds of thousands of Cisco switches to take control of networks across the world and deliver an ominous warning not to interfere with future U.S. elections.

Turkish hacktivist group hijacks ex-sheriff David Clarke Jr.'s Twitter account

The same Turkish hacktivist group that last week took over the Twitter accounts of conservative media figures Greta Van Susteren, Eric Bolling, and Brit Hume has chosen former Milwaukee County, Wisconsin sheriff David Clarke, Jr. as its latest target.

#OpIsrael attacks feared in response to U.S. moving embassy to Jerusalem

Anonymous collective recently declared that they would be launching attacks against any and all websites deemed to be affiliated.

Hundreds of school websites redirected pro-ISIS web page

Pro-ISIS hackers illegally accessed a web hosting provider and defaced the websites of roughly 800 U.S. schools on Monday, according to various news reports.

Anonymous targets Spanish government sites in Catalan independence controversy

Hackers from the vigilante group Anonymous targeted websites run by Spain's Ministry of Public Works and Transport on Oct. 21 in support of the Catalan independence movement.

WikiLeaks reveals the CIA's Protego missile control system

WikiLeaks took a break from posting CIA hacking tools as it has done for the last six months to instead publish four hardware/software manuals along with 37 additional documents, purportedly from the processor maker Microchip Technology, that discuss a missile control system.

WikiLeaks homepage defaced as it dumps more CIA hacking tools

The Central Intelligence Agency can take some small comfort that as WikiLeaks was preparing for its latest dump of the spy agency's Vault7 hacking tools, another group of hackers defaced WikiLeaks homepage.

Venezuelan government websites hacked in support of military base attack

Digital rebels hacked into dozens of Venezuelan government websites to oppose the dictatorial regime of opposing President Nicolás Maduro, according to multiple news reports.

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.