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If Anonymous 'pwnd' the Daily Stormer, they did a spectacularly awful job

Doubts have been cast over claims that hacktivists have taken control of neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer. Elements of the loose hacker collective Anonymous supposedly took control of the site as a reprisal for the death of anti-racist protestor Heather Heyer after she was struck by a car during protests by white …
John Leyden, 14 Aug 2017

Time-rich netizens marshall ballot-stuffing bots against... Radio Times contest

Internet ballot-stuffing has existed for as long as Rickrolling, if not longer, but it used to be a serious endeavour requiring a certain level of commitment, however misguided. Yesterday a Reddit community sprung up dedicated to the proposition that it's worth the trouble to use bots to skew a Radio Times poll. Yes, the TV …
John Leyden, 26 Jul 2017

Reports claim Spanish police have arrested hacker Phineas Fisher

Spanish cops investigating an attack on a Catalan police union last May have arrested three suspects, including a hacker alleged to be behind high-profile attacks against spyware-for-cops firms Hacking Team and Gamma International. Phineas Fisher claimed responsibility for the hack and subsequent leak of sensitive information …
John Leyden, 1 Feb 2017
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Trump inauguration DDoS protest is 'illegal', warn securobods

A software engineer is calling on netizens opposed to Donald Trump to visit the Whitehouse.gov site and overload it with traffic tomorrow. The call to mark inauguration day by "occupying" whitehouse.gov as a form of protest against Donald Trump’s presidency is likely to succeed only in getting participants into trouble, …
John Leyden, 19 Jan 2017

Left-wing cyber-hangout blames security breach on pro-Trump trolls

A news and comment website for Democratic voters fears data loss after an attack it blames on pro-Trump hacker trolls. DemocraticUnderground.com's forums were hacked and rendered unavailable on Tuesday afternoon "apparently by a supporter of Donald Trump". "This person clearly knew what they were doing, and despite our best …
John Leyden, 10 Nov 2016
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Fancy Bears' who-takes-what in sports hack list ‘manipulated’ before leak

Hackers may have doctored athletes’ data prior to leaking it, according to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). The "Fancy Bear" hacking group has been releasing details of athletes' Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE*) after breaking into the systems of the fair play enforcement agency, as previously reported. WADA, which …
John Leyden, 6 Oct 2016
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Azerbaijani hacktivists leak Armenian security service docs

Azerbaijani hacktivists have leaked the passport details of foreign visitors to Armenia and more after breaking into Armenian government servers. The incident shows that cyber-conflict in cyberspace extends well beyond far more well publicised conflicts between Russia and the Ukraine or India and Pakistan. The self-style Anti …
John Leyden, 2 Sep 2016
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Plymouth 'animal rights' teen admits Florida SeaWorld cyber attack

A British teenager has admitted taking part in cyber-attacks against Florida's SeaWorld theme park and Devon and Cornwall Police. However, the 16 year-old from Plymouth, Devon – who can’t be named for legal reasons – denied sending threatening messages to airlines. During a hearing at Plymouth’s youth court the youngster …
John Leyden, 29 Jun 2016

Smut shaming: Anonymous fights Islamic State... with porn

Elements of the Anonymous hacking collective have switched tactics in a campaign against supporters of the self-style Islamic State by attempting to shame and humiliate jihadists by adding pornographic images to their social media profiles. The smut-smearing follows months of attempting to report jihadist profiles on social …
John Leyden, 16 Jun 2016
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Anons 'hack, leak Russian Facebook' boss's personal email

Hacktivists have leaked what could be the email inbox of Boris Dobrodeev – the boss of Russian social network VK, previously known as VKontakte. The personal account dumped online contains letters from 2014 discussing budget negotiations for VK – the Russian language equivalent of Facebook – as well as the proposed agenda for …
John Leyden, 6 May 2016

Costa Rica launches investigation after reports hackers ‘rigged’ 2014 election

Costa Rica is to investigate whether hackers interfered with its 2014 elections. The investigation comes days after jailed hacker Andres Sepulveda claimed he had used black propaganda and other tactics in order to influence many electoral contests across Latin America over a run of eight years for 2005 until 2013. Sepulveda …
John Leyden, 8 Apr 2016
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Did hacktivists really just expose half of Turkey's entire population to ID theft?

Updated A trove of leaked information, purported to be the entire Turkish citizenship database, has been leaked. The leaked info appears to contain names, addresses and ID numbers of more than 49 million citizens. If confirmed, the leak would become one of the biggest privacy breaches, by number of records, ever. Although billed as a …
John Leyden, 4 Apr 2016
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FBI's Most Wanted: Syrian Electronic Army hacktivists

The FBI has placed suspected self-styled Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) hacktivists on its most wanted list, publicly naming members of the notorious group for the first time. Ahmad Umar Agha (AKA The Pro), 22, and Firas Dardar (AKA The Shadow), 27, were each charged with multiple conspiracies related to computer hacking. Peter …
John Leyden, 22 Mar 2016
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Reformed LulzSec hacktivist joins payments firm

Updated A payments firm has hired reformed LulzSec hactivist Mustafa Al-Bassam (formerly known as tFlow) for a new blockchain research project. London-based payments group Secure Trading has taken on Al-Bassam to help develop a platform that applies the verification benefits of blockchain technology in order to improve the visibility …
John Leyden, 16 Mar 2016
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Is this Romanian man really 'GhostShell'? If so, he risks arrest

Members of the security community are nonplussed by claims that a Romanian hacker “GhostShell” has seemingly risked arrest by doxxing himself in a bid to get a job in information security. The man claiming to be a one-time Anonymous-affiliated hacktivist avoided identification and arrest for four years before apparently outing …
John Leyden, 15 Mar 2016
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Cricket can get nasty: India v Pakistan rivalry boils over into cyber-war

The continuing rivalry between India and Pakistan has spilled over into cyberspace, with activity peaking around nationalist holidays and sports fixtures. A study of recent real-world events and hacktivist operations by threat intelligence firm Recorded Future highlights the varied motives behind online malfeasance. Events …
John Leyden, 11 Feb 2016

Cyber-terror: How real is the threat? Squirrels are more of a danger

Comment The UK Chancellor George Osborne last week announced that the British government plans to double cybersecurity spending and establish a single National Cyber Centre. Cybersecurity spending will rise to £1.9bn ($2.87bn) at a time of budget cuts to police and other government departments. More details are expected to come in the …
John Leyden, 24 Nov 2015

Anons blow Japanese airports off-course in dolphin cull protest

Hacktivist collective Anonymous knocked offline two of Japan's busiest websites in a protest against dolphin killings. Distributed denial-of-service attacks against Tokyo's Narita airport and Nagoya's Chubu airport left each largely inaccessible for about eight hours. Flights at both airports were unaffected, the Japan Times …
John Leyden, 22 Oct 2015

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