20-year prison term proposed for hackers of State secrets

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Cyber criminals, convicted of hacking into government databases to mine State secrets for sale to foreign countries, will serve 20 years in jail if Parliament passes a Bill seeking to tame the growing white-collar crime. The Computer and Cybercrimes Bill 2017, a revised version of a 2016 law, also proposes…


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Hackers warn of flaws in German election software weeks before vote

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A German hackers’ collective has warned that software used to record and transmit voting tallies in many German states has “serious flaws” and is vulnerable to external attack just weeks before voters cast their ballots in federal elections. Hackers from the Chaos Computer Club published an analysis of the PC-Wahl…


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CDU politician accuses Russia of hacking website

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A senior politician of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) lashed out at Russia after her website appeared to be hacked Sunday. Julia Klöckner, the leader of the CDU in the state of Rhineland Palatinate, said on Twitter: “Today a massive hacker attack on my homepage –…


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What SMBs need to know about Russian hackers

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In June, a fast-moving global cyberattack was launched by a sophisticated piece of malicious software, now called Petna, seemed to come straight out of a Hollywood thriller. At one point, this malware was infecting 5,000 computers every ten minutes. The mystery of who sent it, and why, quickly deepened to…


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Why Russia Will Hack Again

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The Trump presidency has been an endless, overwhelming swirl of scandal. Whether it’s using the presidency to promote his businesses, firing former FBI Director James Comey, providing support and comfort to neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia or pardoning a sheriff held in contempt of court, President Donald Trump has invited fresh…


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Scottish parliament hit by cyber-attack similar to Westminster assault

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Hackers have mounted a “brute force” cyber-attack on the Scottish parliament’s computer systems, weeks after a similar attack on email accounts at Westminster. MSPs and Holyrood staff were warned on Tuesday that hackers were attempting to access numerous email accounts by systematically and repeatedly trying to crack their passwords. Holyrood…


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As Trump promises ‘fire and fury,’ North Korean hackers target U.S. defense contractors

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Hackers linked to a North Korean cyber-espionage group — best known for the global ransomware attack dubbed WannaCry — are now actively targeting U.S. defense contractors as part of an apparent, ongoing intelligence gathering operation, according to new research published by U.S. cybersecurity firm Palo Alto Networks. The findings come…


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Public bodies are vulnerable to hacking – government needs to step up to protect them

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Barely a month passes in 2017 without some kind of IT failure hitting the headlines, but the hacks, leaks and breaches that make the news may represent just the tip of the iceberg. An investigation by the i newspaper has revealed that public bodies such as hospitals, councils and museums…


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Hacker made off with over 5.5 million Social Security Numbers across 10 states

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The PII of 6,367,467 users from 10 states was exposed when America’s JobLink Alliance Technical Support was breached, according to records obtained via an open records request. When a Kansas Department of Commerce data system was breached back in March, a hacker accessed more than 5,561,803 Social Security Numbers from…


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Hacker leaks emails of US State Department’s Russian affairs official

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A hacker known as ‘Johnnie Walker’ has leaked emails of a senior U.S. State Department intelligence official involved in Russian affairs. The hacker leaked a batch of private correspondence of a U.S. State Department intelligence official, who has been particularly interested in the Russian media and government affairs and reshuffling,…


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Army Computer Networks Face ‘Tens, Hundreds Of Thousands’ Of Hack Attempts Daily

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U.S. adversaries engage in as many as hundreds of thousands of attempts to hack into each day, according to the chief of U.S. Army Cyber Command. These attacks come from a number of different sources and use a variety of methods, including network penetration, attempts to steal log in credentials…


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ISIS-linked group claims hack of Leon County website

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No important data was compromised in a hack Thursday of Leon County’s government website by an ISIS-linked group. Up for only minutes on the Leon County homepage, the message accompanied by a photo of North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un and audio of a 1964 Ronald Regan speech was gone…


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Experts warn voter fraud panel data request could lead to hacks: report

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Cybersecurity experts say President Trump’s voter fraud panel’s request for voter roll data could make the information more vulnerable to hacking or digital manipulation. According to a report by Politico Saturday, digital security experts believe the voter roll request could offer a well of information valuable to hackers and cyber…


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Mysterious Shadow Brokers group re-emerges to taunt U.S. intelligence

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The day after a particularly virulent strain of ransomware burst across the globe, the mysterious Shadow Brokers group has re-emerged to taunt the U.S. National Security Agency. It’s a possible hint at the shadowy spy games being played behind the scenes of the cybersecurity crisis that struck Ukraine, Russia and…


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Hacking Of Government Websites In Idaho Raises Concerns About Cyber Security

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Idaho State Treasurer Ron Crane and Ohio Gov. John Kasich were just a couple of the many government websites hacked Sunday by a message containing the phrase “I love the Islamic State.” These hackings are being called defacements, or “internet graffiti,” and no data was compromised. A spokesperson for Crane…


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BlackTech Exploits Leaked Hacking Team Tools to Commit Cyber Espionage

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A very aggressive cybergang has been targeting Asian companies by repurposing legitimate tools and exploiting security vulnerabilities in outdated software. According to the International Business Times, the group, known as BlackTech, is linked to three major cyber espionage campaigns against organizations in Taiwan, Japan and Hong Kong. Hacking Team Tools…


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Election hacking likely to hit Israel, MK Lapid warns

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Yesh Atid leader calls for special task force to counter foreign intervention, says fake news may be even harder to protect against Sounding an urgent warning note, Yesh Atid party leader and Knesset member Yair Lapid on Tuesday predicted that the next Israeli elections would likely be hacked and called…


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Cyberattack on Parliament: Dozens of email accounts hacked

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A cyberattack on Parliament has compromised dozens of email accounts belonging to parliamentarians, according to Sky sources. On Saturday hackers attacked the email server for Parliament. This prompted the digital security team to shut down external access to MPs and peers’ email accounts, which are still unavailable. While the attack…


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Ohio sites hacked with IS message

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A number of government websites in the US state of Ohio, including that of Governor John Kasich, have been hacked to display a pro-IS message. It said President Donald Trump would be held accountable for “every drop of blood flowing in Muslim countries” and ended “I love Islamic state”. The…


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Canadian Parliament Shuts Down Emails Over Fears Of Hacking

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OTTAWA — The House of Commons shut down email and computer network services Sunday over fears hackers might try to break into Canadian parliamentary accounts. Commons spokeswoman Heather Bradley told HuffPost Canada the Parliamentary emails accounts “were temporarily deactivated as part of preventative measures” due to the hacking in the…


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