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Chinese hackers spied on investigators of Flight MH370 - report

Malaysian officials investigating the disappearance of flight MH370 have been targeted in a hacking attack that resulted in the theft of classified material. The malware-based hacking attack hit around 30 PCs assigned to officials in the Malaysia Airlines, the Civil Aviation Department and the National Security Council, a …
John Leyden, 21 Aug 2014

Feds widen probe into lottery IT boss who rooted game for profit

Federal investigators in the US are widening a probe into fraud by the former IT security director of the Multi-State Lottery Association (MSLA). In July, Eddie Tipton, 52, was found guilty of installing a rootkit in the MSLA's random-number generating computer that allowed him to predict the digits for future winning tickets …
Iain Thomson, 24 Dec 2015
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UK investigators finger emergency beacon for 787 Heathrow fire

The initial accident report into the Boeing 787 that caught fire at London's Heathrow airport last week has concluded that the fault likely lies with the aircraft's emergency location beacon, and it recommends disconnecting it as an interim measure. The world's third-busiest airport was shut down for over an hour on Friday after …
Iain Thomson, 18 Jul 2013
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Apple, Google should give FBI every last drop of user information, says ex-HP CEO and wannabe US prez Carly Fiorina

Former HP CEO and current presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina says Apple and Google should just hand user information over to government investigators. Speaking Thursday at the Republican party's presidential debates, Fiorina said companies should be more willing to cooperate with requests from federal investigators to produce …
Shaun Nichols, 07 Aug 2015
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Hackers hit NATO, White House – then aimed at MH17 air disaster probe

The Pawn Storm hackers who tried to infiltrate NATO and White House networks have been spotted bothering another sensitive target: the team investigating the downed Malaysia Airlines MH17 flight. Researchers at Trend Micro found suspicious SFTP, VPN, and Outlook Web Access servers configured to collect usernames and passwords …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Oct 2015
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Boeing 787 fleet grounded indefinitely as investigators stumped

Boeing's flagship fleet of 787 Dreamliner aircraft will be grounded for the foreseeable future after a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said the cause of two battery fires had yet to be found, and that Japanese investigators are similarly baffled. "We have not ruled anything out as a …
Iain Thomson, 25 Jan 2013
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Irish credit unions in privacy breach

Irish credit unions are in the midst of a privacy storm, with that country's privacy watchdog accusing some institutions of trafficking in illegally-obtained data. The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (ODPC) says it's investigating whether some credit unions hired private investigators to obtain confidential data from …

Fifth arrest in TalkTalk hacking probe: Now Plod cuff chap in Wales

Cops probing the TalkTalk mega-hack arrested a teen in south Wales on Tuesday. The 18-year-old is the fifth suspect to be cuffed in connection with the computer security breach at the UK ISP. Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Service's Cyber Crime Unit and officers from Southern Wales Regional Organised Crime Unit, …
Chris Williams, 25 Nov 2015

Scandal-smashed OPM will no longer do govt's background checks – for obvious reasons

The US government is creating a new agency to process background checks for federal employees and contractors seeking security clearance. The Obama administration said it will instruct the Department of Defense (DoD) to oversee the establishments of the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB). The new agency will take …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Jan 2016
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Six years in the slammer for SilkRoad-skimming secret agent

Shaun Bridges, the light-fingered Secret Service agent who pleaded guilty to scamming SilkRoad while he was investigating the online drugs-and-vulnerabilities marketplace, has copped a six-year sentence for his trouble. US district court judge Richard Seeborg called Bridges' actions, which netted him around US$820,000, a " …
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What the Investigatory Powers Bill will mean for your internet use

IPB Through pressure from Google, Facebook, and other major providers such as Yahoo and Apple, the world wide web is slowing becoming more secure, with web services using HTTPS to encrypt web traffic by default. However, the arrival of the draft Investigatory Powers Bill raises questions about who can potentially get access to what …
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You ain't nothing but a porn dog, prying all the time: Cyber-hound sniffs out hard drives for cops

Texas cops have hired a four-legged super-sleuth to sniff out hidden hard drives. Montgomery County Crimestoppers paid $17,000 for a chocolate labrador called Brody, who is apparently one of only two dogs in America trained to seek out computer storage devices. The cyber-canine has learned to pick up the smell of a common …
Iain Thomson, 24 Dec 2015
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Google, Facebook, Microsoft and buddies stick a bomb under hated CISA cyber-law

Some of the biggest names in the tech industry have issued a public protest against the proposed Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) working through US Congress. An open letter protesting the bill was sent by the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA), an industry body whose members include Microsoft …
Iain Thomson, 16 Oct 2015

Sneaky skimmer scam stings several Safeway supermarkets

US grocery chain Safeway has confirmed that registers at several stores in California and Colorado had somehow been fitted with "skimmer" hardware to collect payment card information. According to a report from Krebs on Security citing investigators involved with the case, registers at two stores in northern California and …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Dec 2015
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BlackBerry baffled by Dutch cops' phone encryption cracked brag

Claims by the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) that it has successfully decrypted emails stored on BlackBerry smartphones have caused bafflement at the Canadian firm. Documents seen by Dutch blog Crime News show the NFI claiming to have decrypted 275 out of 325 emails encrypted with PGP from a handset in their possession. …
Iain Thomson, 13 Jan 2016
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IRS 'inadvertently' wiped hard drive Microsoft demanded in audit row

The IRS has declined to produce data in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) battle between itself and Microsoft – because the taxmen deleted the information after receiving the information request. In a filing [PDF] to the US District Court of Western Washington this month, Uncle Sam's Internal Revenue Service said it would be …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Jan 2016

Prez Obama sends Iranian defense hacker home in prisoner swap

An Iranian hacker who attempted to steal military secrets from an American company has been sent back to the Islamic republic with a pardon, as part of a prisoner exchange program. Nima Golestaneh, 30, was extradited to the US from Turkey last year after being fingered for a hacking attack against US defense contractor Arrow …
Iain Thomson, 19 Jan 2016

FBI: We unmasked and collared child porn creep on Tor with spy tool

Dark-web deadbeats may not be as anonymous as they think. A bloke in the US was charged on Friday after FBI spyware caught him downloading child sex abuse material. Luis Escobosa, of Staten Island, admitted to Feds he broke federal child pornography laws by viewing depraved photos on a hidden Tor service. Unknown to Escobosa, …
Iain Thomson, 01 Oct 2015

Researchers say they've cracked the secret of the Sony Pictures hack

Damballa researchers Willis McDonald and Loucif Kharouni say the attackers who flayed Sony Pictures with disk-cleansing malware may have stayed hidden using newly-uncovered anti-forensics tools. The pair found the updated weaponry in the latest version of the Destover malware, best known as the malware that in November last …
Team Register, 23 Nov 2015

Mt Gox's Mark Karpeles arrested in Japan

French-born Mark Karpeles, head of the failed Mt Gox Bitcoin exchange, has been arrested in Japan. The arrest comes eight months after Japanese police said they were confident the incident that saw most of the Bitcoin held by Mt Gox evaporate was the result of fraudulent transactions. Karpeles had previously claimed the lost …
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Dow Jones rubbishes claims Russian hackers plundered its servers for insider-trading tips

Dow Jones has poured cold water on claims that its servers were penetrated by hackers harvesting information for insider dealing. On Friday Bloomberg reported that the FBI, US financial watchdog the SEC, and America's Secret Service were probing allegations that a Russian gang stole unpublished financial data and news articles …
Iain Thomson, 16 Oct 2015
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Oz regulator warns VW: cheatware scandal could cost you millions

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is the latest regulator to put Volkswagen in the cross-hairs, announcing that it's launched an investigation into the beleaguered car-maker. The ACCC has pointed out that the company's “defeat device” cheatware breaches the country's design rules, making the cars unroadworthy …
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Plane crash blamed on in-flight SELFIES

The USA's National Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB's) investigation into a 2014 light plane crash has come to the conclusion that the pilot may well have been distracted by selfie-taking passengers. The crash killed two people last May when a Cessna 150 came to grief in Colorado after “... the pilot experienced spatial …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Feb 2015

WIPO whistleblowers beg UN for protection as probe into possible corruption starts

UN investigators have begun interviewing witnesses as part of their examination of possible corruption and mismanagement at the UN's domain name and patent body, WIPO, or the World Intellectual Property Organisation. Officials from OIOS (the Office of Internal Oversight Services) travelled to Geneva last week to talk to former …
John Oates, 21 Jul 2015
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US federal transport crash investigators ditch BlackBerry for iPhones

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has followed other federal agencies in ditching Blackberry for iPhone. But it's not just because they love the retina screen, the public sector agency has blamed their Blackberry devices for being unreliable in a document on the FedBizOpps site explaining why they are switching …
Anna Leach, 21 Nov 2012
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US Treasury: How did ISIS get your trucks? Toyota: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

The US Treasury's terrorism financing department has launched an enquiry into the fleet of Toyota trucks which feature prominently in ISIS propaganda videos. Counter-terrorism investigators are collaborating with the Japanese automotive manufacturer to figure out how Toyota's Hilux trucks and Land Cruisers have been obtained …
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Brit-educated bloke takes Dept of Homeland Security's infosec reins

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has appointed Andy Ozment, currently the Assistant Secretary of the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications – the DHS's main processing center for threat information sharing – as leader of its cybersecurity centre. Ozment will remain in his current assistant role, while assuming …
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US govt just can't hire enough cyber-Sherlocks

American federal investigators are having a hard time hiring computer-savvy staff, according to a memo from the Inspector General for the US Department of Justice. "Even as it works to expand the ranks of its cybersecurity team, the department continues to face challenges recruiting and retaining highly qualified candidates to …
Iain Thomson, 17 Nov 2015

'Showbiz hacker touted stolen celebs' X-rated vids, scripts, songs'

A Bahamian bloke is accused of stealing scripts and raunchy private videos from celebrities – and selling them to an undercover agent. Alonzo Knowles, 23, allegedly bragged he had infiltrated the email inboxes of people in the worlds of showbiz and sports – either by tricking them into handing over their account passwords in …
Iain Thomson, 23 Dec 2015

Inside Mandiant's biggest forensics breach battle: Is this Anthem?

Cyber Defence Summit Four researchers from American cybersecurity firm Mandiant have engaged in an eight-month epic battle against hackers behind one of the biggest breaches of this year. The quartet is not saying who the victim is, nor identifying the attackers. However, it is at the level of, and very-well could be, health insurers Anthem or …
Darren Pauli, 15 Oct 2015

Russian friends make German web scum the 'best' in European Union

The German cyber crime market is an overlooked but unique beast that works in lockstep with Russian veterans to serve fraud-flinging newcomers and hardened carders alike, researchers say. In one of the few examinations into German crime forums a team of Trend Micro threat bods say the scene is the most developed in the …
Darren Pauli, 14 Dec 2015
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Feds spank naughty Hilton, M.C. Dean in Wi-Fi jamming crackdown

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has fined Hilton Hotels and M.C. Dean in two separate probes into Wi-Fi jamming. The watchdog said M.C. Dean, an IT services provider, must pay a $718,000 charge for knackering personal hotspots at the Baltimore Convention Center in Maryland. Hilton will have to pay $25,000 and …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Nov 2015

Victoria's racing minister flogs metadata access horse

In the Australian State of Victoria, the first Tuesday in November is a public holiday to celebrate The Melbourne Cup*, a horse race known as "the race-that stops a nation." And on yesterday's holiday, the latest piece of scope-creep wish-listing over Australia's data retention regime should emerged and concerned the horse- …

Colombian hacker who spied on gov-rebel peace talks jailed for 10 years

A Colombian hacker has been incarcerated for 10 years for spying on the local government’s peace talks with Marxist rebels, among other offences, Fox News Latino reports. Andrés Sepúlveda received the harsh sentence even after he admitted snooping on both sides during government negotiations with the Revolutionary Armed Forces …
John Leyden, 17 Apr 2015

Trump confirms carders raided Las Vegas hotel sales tills

Trump Hotel Collection has confirmed in a letter to customers that IT security at one of its Las Vegas hotels was breached. News emerged in July of a possible breach at the US chain owned by real estate magnate and Republican candidate Donald Trump. It was suspected at the time based on intelligence from bank fraud sleuths …
Darren Pauli, 29 Sep 2015

Post-Stuxnet hack group builds formidable LinkedIn phish network

An accomplished Iran-based attack group known as "Cleaver" has created a network of at least 25 well-developed LinkedIn profiles to assist a social engineering campaign hitting targets across the Middle East. The group is alleged to have formed in the wake of the Stuxnet attacks against Tehran's Natanz Uranium enrichment plant …
Darren Pauli, 08 Oct 2015

Techie finds 1.5 MEELLION US medical records exposed on Amazon's AWS

The private health records and contact information for as many as 1.5 million Americans have been found out in the open on Amazon's cloud services. It has been claimed that the names, addresses, and phone numbers, along with biological health information including existing illnesses and current medications, were posted in the …
Darren Pauli, 21 Sep 2015

It's 2015 and ATMs don't know when a daughterboard is breaking them

Carders have jackpotted an ATM by inserting a circuit board into the USB ports of an ATM, tricking it into spitting out cash. The technique was thought to have emulated the cash dispenser of the ATM so the brains of the machine thought everything was normal, buying additional time for the brazen crooks to make off with the cash …
Darren Pauli, 07 Jan 2015

Swedish Supreme Court keeps AssangeTM in Little Ecuador

Sweden's Supreme Court has decided not to let Julian Assange discontinue his ongoing attempt to extend the world couch-surfing record. The five-judge court yesterday released a decision (PDF) on Assange's application to have his arrest warrant quashed. Assange's legal team argued that his ongoing residence in London's …
Simon Sharwood, 12 May 2015

Britain's FBI wants 'Five Eyes' cosy hookups with infosec outfits

Cloudsec The UK's National Crime Agency – Blighty's equivalent of the FBI – wants its staff to "colocate" with private-sector IT security companies around the world. In other words, investigators and infosec employees placed alongside each other to sniff out cyber-criminals. This will apparently help the agency reach across …

SIX MILLION fingerprints of US govt workers nicked in cyber-heist

The fingerprints of nearly six million US government workers were copied by hackers who raided Uncle Sam's Office of Personnel Management (OPM), it emerged today. Back in June, it was feared that crooks had made off with four million highly sensitive personal records on government employees from the OPM's systems, although …
Iain Thomson, 23 Sep 2015
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Germany licks lips, eyes new data gulp with revised retention law

Once a fierce opponent of data retention, Germany’s back in slurping mode. The Federal Cabinet yesterday approved a new draft law that would force telcos to store call and email records for 10 weeks. Germany and Sweden challenged the Europe-wide 2006 Data Retention Directive, and in 2010 a German court ruled it illegal. Last …
Jennifer Baker, 29 May 2015
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Uncle Sam poised to OK AT&T DirecTV gobble

AT&T's $48.5bn acquisition of DirecTV looks to be heading toward approval by the US government. Both the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) are expected to sign off on the deal as soon as next week. Bloomberg cited a DOJ source familiar with the matter in reporting that approval for …
Shaun Nichols, 02 Jul 2015

Croc country cops' mobile facial matching a festival party pop

Cops in crocodile-infested Northern Australia will use facial recognition matched to photos from CCTV and body-worn cameras to capture felons across the vast state. The law will identify potential criminals from its network of 190 CCTV cameras and those in use in the Northern Territory's ongoing trial of body-worn cameras …
Darren Pauli, 02 Sep 2015

US watchdog seeks techies, interns to sink gums into Google et al

The US Federal Trade Commission has put up the "help wanted" sign for a new office tasked with investigating American technology giants. El Reg hopes the new team has more backbone that the officials unwilling to pick a fight with Silicon Valley's out-of-control goliaths. The FTC said its Office of Technology Research and …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Mar 2015

So what's all this about 320k Time Warner Cable users being hacked?

Watercooler Word is spreading that some 320,000 Time Warner Cable (TWC) customers have had their account information accessed by crooks. America's second-largest cable provider says that the FBI tipped it off to a huge cache of customer login credentials that appears to have been gathered by criminals. TWC told us it is notifying those …
Shaun Nichols, 07 Jan 2016
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25 years ago: Sir Tim Berners-Lee builds world's first website

There are just under a billion web domains registered in the world today, and over four billion webpages, by some estimates. We've come a long way: it all started to come together just 25 years ago in a small office at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). On December 20, 1990, a Fellow at CERN, Tim Berners- …
Iain Thomson, 22 Dec 2015
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The spy who leaked me: Ex-CIA boss Petraeus 'fesses up to blabbing intel to his mistress

The US Department of Justice has reached a settlement with General David Petraeus allowing the former military leader and ex-head of the CIA to avoid prison for handing over classified information to his lover. Petraeus has agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge: one count of unauthorized removal and retention of …
Iain Thomson, 03 Mar 2015
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Celebrated Pakistani female online activist Sabeen Mahmud dies in shooting

Unidentified gunmen have killed Pakistani women's activist Sabeen Mahmud in a targeted shooting that also left her mother in intensive care. News of the murder emerged over the weekend, with reports from Karachi that she died on the way to hospital after being shot four times. Pakistan's The Express Tribune reports the case is …

3 continents, 8 countries and one cyber attack on a fake petrol company

Organisers are praising the success of a multi-nation exercise – hosted by the UK – that aimed to test response to serious cyber crime. Exercise Silver Shadow, which was run by the National Crime Agency (NCA)’s National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU), funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and supported by the Home Office, saw …
John Leyden, 15 Dec 2015