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Philippine govt to hacktivists: Please don't hit your shiny new site

The Philippine government has come up with a novel approach to combatting the hacktivist threat: ask any cyber ne’er-do-wells politely but firmly to stay away from their web sites. The call came on Monday at a press briefing to discuss the government’s new open data initiative. Open Data Philippines was launched by president …
Phil Muncaster, 22 Jan 2014
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TOXIC DOLPHIN SANDWICH on the menu, say hacktivists

Entities using the name and iconography of Anonymous (EUTNAIOA) and claiming to come from the USA have threatened a series of online attacks against the Japanese government in protest at the continued practice of dolphin hunting in the small town of Taiji. The online collective launched its OpKillingBay campaign last week and …
Phil Muncaster, 18 Nov 2013

Anonymous hacktivists' Million Mask March protest hits London

London cops made 11 arrests last night as thousands of supporters of the hacktivist group Anonymous led protests outside Buckingham Palace. The Register had a vulture on the ground, watching as the group of about 1,000 masked “Anons” marched from Trafalgar Square to Parliament Square, before bursting through a police cordon …
Jasper Hamill, 6 Nov 2013
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Syrian Electronic Army claims Obama social media hijacking

The Syrian Electronic Army has been up to its old tricks again, this time claiming to have infiltrated president Barack Obama’s official Twitter and Facebook accounts, and re-election web site. A series of tweets were sent from @BarackObama account and updates were made to the president’s Facebook account on Monday linking to …
Phil Muncaster, 29 Oct 2013
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'Honker Union' sniffs 270 hacktivism targets

Infamous Chinese hacktivist group Honker Union has shortlisted a whopping 270 Japanese targets for attack today - the anniversary of the Manchurian Incident, which was the precursor to the Japanese invasion of China. The group singled out Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Prime Minister’s Office and other ministries, …
Phil Muncaster, 18 Sep 2013

Anon posts Filipino president's phone numbers

An Anonymous hacktivist has published what he claims to be three telephone numbers belonging to the Philippine president Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III, including his private mobile number, in a bid to urge voters to confront their leader directly. Going by the pseudonym “#pR.is0n3r”, the hacker posted the numbers to his …
Phil Muncaster, 17 Jun 2013

Anonymous squirts all over NORKS in birthday surprise outrage

Anonymous hackers have sent North Korean despot Kim Jong-un a little present on the anniversary of his grandfather’s birthday: they vandalised key Nork websites and posted their handiwork on a hijacked Twitter account. The @uriminzokkiri account was taken over earlier this month in the first round of attacks against North …
Phil Muncaster, 16 Apr 2013

Anonymous blitzes Israel in new attack

Anonymous claims to have disrupted more than 100,000 Israeli web sites and caused over $US3bn in damages with a new campaign, called OpIsrael, launched over the weekend. Israeli officials say the effort was largely unsuccessful in breaching the nation's online defences. In a typically understated piece of pre-op PR last …
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Anonymous becomes peacemaker as hacktivists battle

Anonymous has assumed the unlikely role of peacemaker in a growing dispute between Malaysian and Filipino hacktivists that has seen scores of web sites on both sides defaced over a territorial tussle. Scores have already been killed in bloody clashes in the east Malaysian state of Sabah after a group of nearly 200 Filipino …
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George Bush's family emails, pics ransacked - and spewed online

A hacker put personal photos of George H W Bush online this week after reportedly breaking into the former US president's family email accounts. One of the leaked snaps shows the 88-year-old Republican recovering from a serious illness in a hospital bed in December last year. His relatives' emails and contact details were also …
John Leyden, 8 Feb 2013

Pakistan Cyber Army declares war on Chinese, Bangladeshi sites

Hacktivists claiming to hail from the Pakistan Cyber Army have defaced over 400 Chinese government web sites and also hit in excess of 20 Bangladeshi government sites. A hacker known as ‘Code Cracker’ is claiming responsibility for the attack on the official web site of Xuchang City People’s Procuratorate and a whopping 436 …
Phil Muncaster, 10 Dec 2012
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Israeli deputy PM's social media hacked by pro-Palestine group

Israel's deputy prime minister Silvan Shalom has become the latest victim of the escalating cyber conflict between Israel and Palestine after his social media accounts were hacked and used to issue pro-Palestine propaganda. Shalom’s Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Blogger and LinkedIn accounts were hacked by a pro-Palestine group …
Phil Muncaster, 23 Nov 2012
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Tony Blair bod's Gmail hack teen gets 6 months

Teen hacker Junaid Hussain was sentenced to six months in a youth detention lock-up today for breaking into an email account linked to Tony Blair among other attacks. His defence barrister had attempted to pass his actions off as no worse than anything Prime Minister David Cameron or London Mayor Boris Johnson might have done …
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Anonymous hack hands WikiLeaks TWO MILLION Syrian emails

Hacktivist group Anonymous is claiming responsibility for an attack on the computer systems of the Syrian government and its evil overlord Bashar Assad thanks to which over two million emails ended up in the hands of whistle-blowing site WikiLeaks. As of last Thursday, the site began drip-feeding sections of the ‘Syria Files’ …
Phil Muncaster, 10 Jul 2012
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Brit anti-terror hotline hacker teen pleads guilty

A teenage computer crook faces prison after admitting hacking offences, including breaking into former British Prime Minister Tony Blair's electronic address and phone book. Junaid Hussain, 18, of Birmingham, swiped the sensitive information after unlawfully accessing a GMail account used by Katie Kay, a Blair aide. The hacker …
John Leyden, 3 Jul 2012
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Stratfor settles class-action over Anon megahack with freebies

Stratfor has agreed to forgo $1.75m in income to settle a class action lawsuit arising from a high-profile hack by hacktivist group Anonymous against the global intelligence firm's systems last December. Anonymous-affiliated hackers broke into Stratfor's systems in the run-up to Christmas last year before publishing hundreds …
John Leyden, 29 Jun 2012

SwaggSec claims China Telecom data breach

Hacktivist group SwaggSec is claiming the scalps of China Telecom and Warner Brothers after apparently taking advantage of poor security to infiltrate their networks and steal a sizeable booty of sensitive data. The group, which broke onto the hacking scene in February after hitting electronics giant Foxconn, announced the …
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Anonymous takes the Kremlin offline in Putin protest

Hacktivist group Anonymous has been up to its old tricks again, this time briefly taking out the web site of the Russian president as a show of support for the growing opposition to newly re-crowned leader Vladimr Putin. Like most of the group's DDoS campaigns, the attack only temporarily disrupted the site, which …
Phil Muncaster, 10 May 2012

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