NSA contractor Harold Thomas Martin to face espionage charges over 50TB of "stolen code"

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A former Booz Allen Hamilton contractor who worked with the National Security Agency will face charges of espionage in a case involving 50 terabytes or more of highly sensitive NSA data the government says were stolen.

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A second hacker group is targeting SWIFT bank system users with malware, Symantec warns

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Cybersecurity firm Symantec said today a second hacking group has been trying to rob banks with phony SWIFT messages. That same method nabbed $81 million in a high-profile attack on the central bank of Bangladesh earlier this year.

Jim Finkle at Reuters reports:

Symantec said that a group dubbed Odinaff has infected 10 to 20 organizations with malware that can be used to hide fraudulent transfer requests made over SWIFT, the messaging system that is a lynchpin of the global financial system.

Symantec's research provided new insight into ongoing hacking that has previously been disclosed by SWIFT. SWIFT Chief Executive Gottfried Leibbrandt last month told customers about three hacks and warned that cyber attacks on banks are poised to rise.

SWIFT and Symantec have not identified specific victims beyond Bangladesh Bank. Symantec said that most Odinaff attacks occurred in the United States, Hong Kong, Australia, the United Kingdom and Ukraine.

Symantec promises to share technical information about Odinaff with banks, governments and other security firms involved in the SWIFT system. Read the rest

Meet 2 real-life guys behind Donald Trump's "400 pound hacker" stereotype

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At the first presidential debate this week, GOP nominee Donald Trump fat-shamed a fictional IT character he made up. Speaking about a series of hacks on Democratic National Committee organizations, Trump said, “I mean, it could be Russia, but it could also be China. It could also be lots of other people. It also could be somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds, OK? You don’t know who broke in to DNC.”

Trump's mean trope of a hacker “sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds” is nothing new to “XXL and greater” sized information security professionals.

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White House orders Russia hack investigation, Congress wants to know if Trump is involved

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Anonymous U.S. intelligence sources cited by NBC News say the White House has ordered a special intelligence task force to look into Russia's recent hacks of various Democratic political organizations.

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Unsuccessful hack targeted New York Times in Moscow, FBI blames Russia

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U.S. officials are investigating online security attacks that targeted reporters at The New York Times in Moscow. A U.S. official said Tuesday that the Times was among various U.S. news organizations targeted. CNN was first to report the story, and the Times has since confirmed and corrected some details.

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Hacker claims $20K in dark web sales of leaked 'World-Check' terrorism watchlist

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Ever wonder if it's really a good idea for there to be “terrorism watch lists” created by for-profit businesses, with no accountability to the privacy rights of ordinary citizens like you and me?

The best-known of these, Thomson Reuters' “World-Check,” recently leaked to the so-called dark web. The database is compiled from public sources, and is sold by Thomson Reuters to vetted clients in government, intelligence agencies, banks, law firms, and the like.

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Don't let the government hack your computer. Tell Congress to stop changes to #Rule41.

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“The U.S. government wants to use an obscure procedure—amending a federal rule known as Rule 41— to radically expand their authority to hack,” the EFF says. “The changes to Rule 41 would make it easier for them to break into our computers, take data, and engage in remote surveillance.

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'Spam King' Sanford Wallace gets 2.5 years in prison for 27 million Facebook scam messages

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A hacker who called himself 'Spam King' and sent 27 million unsolicited Facebook messages for a variety of scams has been sentenced to 30 months in jail.

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Syrian hacker accused of attacking U.S. for Assad extradited for federal court in Virginia

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A man the U.S. says is a hacker aligned with the government of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad will appear in a federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, on Tuesday. An unnamed source with U.S. law enforcement told reporters today that the accused hacker, 36 year old Peter Romar, was extradited to the US and flown from Germany to Dulles International Airport on Monday.

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Turns out the U.S. military really is dropping “cyber bombs” on ISIS

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There's been an awful lot of talk about “cyber pathogens” and “cyber bombs” lately from the mouths of American officials discussing terrorism, and how we will vanquish it. President Obama mentioned “cyber ops” against Islamic State terrorists in one recent address. Today, we know a little more about what was behind last week's cyber-hawkish hacking headlines.

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Security flaws found in 3 state health insurance websites

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Federal investigators have discovered major security vulnerabilities in the state health insurance websites for California, Kentucky and Vermont that could allow criminals to access sensitive personal data for hundreds of thousands of people.

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Scammers stole $2.3 billion in "business email compromise" attacks, FBI reports

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Businesses around the world have lost billions of dollars over the past few years to an increasingly popular internet scam in which criminals pose as company executives, and send faked emails to their staff ordering subordinates to transfer money into financial accounts controlled by the scammers. That's all according to an FBI alert issued this week.

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Hackers release data from Fraternal Order of Police, largest U.S. police union

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Sensitive electronic files from America’s biggest police union were posted online this week after a hacker breached the Fraternal Order of Police website. The ill-gotten dump includes officers' names and addresses, message board posts bashing Barack Obama, and details of eyebrow-raising contracts made between the union and city authorities.

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Time Warner Cable says data from 320K customers stolen

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Internet and cable TV provider Time Warner Cable Inc. today revealed that up to 320,000 customers may have had their email passwords stolen.

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The kid who unlocked the iPhone just built a self-driving car in his garage

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In 2007, 17-year-old George Hotz became the first person to carrier-unlock an iPhone. Two years later, he was the first person to break the security on the Sony Playstation. This year, Hotz unveiled a self-driving car that he built in his garage. In this video, Hotz demos it to Bloomberg's Ashlee Vance. Read the rest

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Army decides to stop putting soldiers' Social Security numbers on their dog tags

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In a major policy change that sounds like a Very Good Idea, the U.S. Army announced today that dog tags will no longer include the Social Security numbers of the soldier wearing them. SSNs have been part of this identification system for over 40 years.

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