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UK surgeon suspects his PC was hacked to target Syrian hospital

A British surgeon whose instructions over the internet helped to guide operations in war-torn Aleppo fears his PC was hacked in order to target a makeshift hospital that was subsequently bombed. Consultant David Nott gave remote instructions via Skype and WhatsApp that helped doctors in Syria carry out operations. Footage of …
John Leyden, 21 Mar 2018
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Russia claims it repelled home-grown drone swarm in Syria

The Russian Defense Ministry has reported that its forces in Syria have been attacked by a swarm of GPS-guided drones carrying improvised explosives. The attack took place on the night of December 5, with 13 drones were picked up on radar. Ten aimed themselves at Russia’s Hmeymim air base and three more headed for a logistics …
Iain Thomson, 10 Jan 2018
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Drone maker DJI quietly made large chunks of Iraq, Syria no-fly zones

Drone bods DJI has quietly released a series of software updates that geofence off large areas of Iraq and Syria – indicating the Chinese firm is covertly helping the US war against Islamic extremists. The updates, quietly made to DJI’s Go app without any public fanfare, will prevent drones made by the firm from flying over …
Gareth Corfield, 26 Apr 2017
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RAF Reaper drone was involved in botched US Syria airstrike

A British Reaper drone was part of the US airstrike that killed 62 Syrian government soldiers on Saturday, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed. A terse statement from the Ministry said the UK “participated in the recent coalition air strike in Syria, south of Dayr az Zawr”, adding: “The UK would not intentionally target …
Gareth Corfield, 19 Sep 2016
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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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How did jihadists hack into top UK ministerial emails if no security breach took place?

GCHQ has declined to comment on a report in the Daily Telegraph this weekend, which claimed that UK cabinet ministers' emails had been hacked, but that – bafflingly – no breach had occurred. Which is a bit like saying "nothing happened, but we're going to write a story anyway." Spokesbeings at Britain's eavesdropping nerve …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Sep 2015
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Fugitive UK hacker turned ISIS recruiter killed in Syria

Junaid Hussain, the UK fugitive hacker turned ISIS recruiter, has reportedly been killed in a US drone strike in Syria. The former member of hacking group TeaMp0isoN (nickname TriCk) was jailed in 2012 for hacking into the email account of an aide to Tony Blair and subsequently posting contact details and personal information …
John Leyden, 27 Aug 2015
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Fake hottie hackers flung info-slurping malware at Syrian opposition – FireEye

Cyberspies used social engineering trickery to steal Syrian opposition’s strategies and battle plans, according to security researchers. Hackers employed a familiar tactic: ensnaring victims through conversations with seemingly sympathetic and attractive women. As the conversations progressed onto Skype chats, the “women” …
John Leyden, 2 Feb 2015
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New fear: ISIS killers use 'digital AK-47' malware to hunt victims

Malware has emerged from war-torn Syria targeting those protesting the rule of ISIS (ISIL, Islamic State, whatever the murderous humanity-hating fanatics are calling themselves these days.) The trivial Windows spyware, analyzed by University of Toronto internet watchdog Citizen Lab, was sent out in a small number of emails …
Iain Thomson, 18 Dec 2014
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Second hacking crew joins Syrian Electronic Army on Team Assad

A second hacking crew has weighed into the conflict in Syria on the side of embattled Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. Net security firm FireEye reckons it has identified 11 members of the "Syrian Malware Team" after analysing a strain of malware called BlackWorm. The malware is used by the group to infiltrate targets, say …
John Leyden, 1 Sep 2014
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Snowden on NSA's MonsterMind TERROR: It may trigger cyberwar

Rogue NSA sysadmin Edward Snowden says his former employer has developed software that will automatically attack foreign computers deemed to be a threat – without checking in with a human first. The system, dubbed MonsterMind, is designed to detect strikes against key US servers and block the assaults as quickly as possible. …
Iain Thomson, 13 Aug 2014
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Securobods claim Middle East govts' fingerprints all over malware flung at journos

Researchers at Toronto-based Citizen Lab have shot down denials by Syria, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates regarding attacks against activists, journalists and dissidents, labelling some of the assaults as incompetent. The team gathered tens of thousands of documents and files detailing the malware and social engineering …
Darren Pauli, 31 Jul 2014
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Microsoft charges the FBI $50 for a copy of your private data, claim 'Redmond hackers'

Hacktivists apparently loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have bragged they hacked into Microsoft's internal system that bills US cops and feds for access to citizens' private data. And the hackers have apparently spilled the beans on how much Redmond is paid for servicing those American wiretap requests. The documents …
John Leyden, 21 Mar 2014
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WikiLeaks Party meets Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad

The WikiLeaks Party, the Australian political arm of WikiLeaks, has sent a delegation to Syria and met with the nation's leader Bashar al-Assad. The United Nations has accused of al-Assad, and rival Syrian factions, of perpetrating war crimes in the nation's civil war The WikiLeaks Party, for which Julian Assange ran as a …

Dell feels cold probe of US Dept of Justice amid Syria PC sales claims

US authorities are investigating claims of embargo-busting sales of Dell computers to the Syrian government. It is understood officials at the US Department of Justice (DoJ) are looking into allegations that the equipment was resold into the blood-stained nation despite strict trade sanctions. The probe was revealed this week …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Dec 2013

Chinese hackers targeted G20 in Syria-themed attack

A Chinese hacking group managed to penetrate the networks of five European Union member states in advance of last year’s G20 Summit in a likely bid to lift data on the Syrian crisis, according to FireEye. The security firm told Reuters it monitored the classic targeted attack campaign for around a week in late August 2012, …
Phil Muncaster, 10 Dec 2013
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'Kissing couple' Trojan sent to slurp fanbois' data... Syrian Electronic Army fingered

A “low risk” Mac Trojan seemingly linked to the Syrian Electronic Army has surfaced on the web. The Mac-specific Trojan comes disguised as a picture of a kissing couple. If opened, it creates a back door on compromised Apple computers. "This appears to be a targeted attack, though the method of delivery is not yet known," a …
John Leyden, 19 Sep 2013

Oh, those crazy Syrian hackers: Now Wash Post, CNN, Time vandalised

Syrian hacktivists claim they are the vandals responsible for scribbling over the websites of CNN, Time mag and The Washington Post yesterday. But these latest boasts by the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) are somewhat misleading, according to computer security experts who say that the hacking crew actually ransacked Outbrain - a …
John Leyden, 16 Aug 2013

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