The CIA built a fake software update system to spy on intel partners

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Anyone relying on the CIA for tech support got a nasty surprise this morning, as documents published by Wikileaks revealed a secret project to siphon out data through its technical liaison service, dating back to 2009. The program, called ExpressLane, is designed to be deployed alongside a biometric collection system…


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Alibaba rapped for allowing sale of ‘illegal products’ like hacking tools and VPN

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As it continues its efforts in removing and preventing counterfeit goods from appearing and being sold on its platforms, Alibaba is being called out by the Chinese government for another problem – Illegal products. The ecommerce giant has been actively stepping up its efforts to protect intellectual property, with the…


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Hackers can buy the new ‘Disdain’ exploit kit for as little as £60 on the dark web

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For just over £60 per day, tech-savvy criminals can now buy access to a new exploit kit (EK) which has been designed to remotely infect computers, experts have warned. Known as “Disdain”, the hacking tool was recently put up for sale on an underground Russian forum hosted on the dark…


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BUGS IN POPULAR HACKER TOOLS OPEN THE DOOR TO STRIKING BACK

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THE CONCEPT OF “hacking back” has drawn attention—and generated controversy—lately as geopolitics focuses increasingly on the threat of cyberwar. The idea that cyberattack victims should be legally allowed to hack their alleged assailants has even motivated a bill, the Active Cyber Defense Certainty Act, that representative Tom Graves of Georgia…


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Border Force uses publicly available phone hacking tools used by crooks, techs

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Major Australian government agencies, including the Department of Immigration, are buying off-the-shelf phone hacking tools that can extract data from mobile phones, according to a UK-based vendor. Fairfax Media revealed in June various government departments and agencies, including Centrelink, the Department of Employment and the ATO were using phone-hacking technology…


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Craig Fox handed suspended sentence over sale of hacking tool after investigation by Titan

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A MAN has been spared jail over the sale of online tools allowing people to hack computers with little or no experience. Craig Fox, aged 30, was sentenced at Bolton Crown Court yesterday after pleading guilty to three counts of making or supplying articles for computer misuse and one count…


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What is BlackTech? Hacker group using leaked Hacking Team tools to steal Asian targets’ tech

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A hyper active and “well-funded”cyberespionage group has been going after Asian targets, aimed at stealing businesses’ technology and trade secrets. Security experts have linked BlackTech to three different cyberespionage campaigns, dubbed PLEAD, Shrowded Crossbow and Waterbear. The cyberespionage group is reportedly taking advantage of security flaws in outdated software, particularly…


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New tool aims to hold telemarketers, hackers accountable

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As scammers and hackers target Hoosiers and their pocketbooks, legislators are searching for a cure. House Enrolled Act 1444 works to strengthen the law when it comes to punishing telemarketing violators and hackers using ransomware. “It’s just one more tool in the toolbox to close what might have been perceived…


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Ex-NSA Analyst: Hackers Can Use E-Cigarettes and Whiskey to Get Your Most Sensitive Data

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Hackers have all kinds of tools to breach your company’s network, including military-grade exploits and viruses. But the most wide-ranging hacks start with low-tech methods and social engineering, says David Kennedy, who started in computer security waging cyberwar for the U.S. government, including the National Security Agency, and is now…


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Corporate network can be compromised with a $20 device and hacking tool, says researchers

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A powerful hacking tool can be created for as little as $20, and just a few hours of work by someone with basic programming knowledge. Kaspersky Lab researchers found this after examining publicly available hardware and software tools for covert password interception. In an experiment they used a DIY Raspberry…


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You can create a hacking tool for just $20

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If you have $20 to spare and some “basic programming knowledge,” you can create a powerful hacking tool that can collect huge amounts of user credentials, easily. The best part about it is that you don’t even need to use any malware or viruses — everything can be clean as…


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Vietnamese hackers appear to be researching an NSA backdoor tool

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A hacker group with suspected ties to the Vietnamese government appears to be researching a leaked National Security Agency tool codenamed ODDJOB, based on documents uploaded to the repository VirusTotal and tied to a source already identified as OceanLotus group, otherwise known as APT32. A classified user manual for ODDJOB…


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‘Cash for hacking tools’ sparks debate

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Security researchers are considering buying undetected software security vulnerabilities from a notorious group of hackers. The Shadow Brokers group has previously leaked exploits allegedly stolen from the US National Security Agency (NSA), and is offering more for sale. Some researchers want to buy the next batch of hacking tools, and…


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The leaked NSA hacking tool that will wreak havoc for years to come

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A powerful hacking tool original used by the National Security Agency and subsequently leaked in April by the Shadow Brokers will give defenders problems for years to come as hackers continue to adopt and repurpose the malicious computer code, experts and former U.S. intelligence officials tell CyberScoop. The tool, codenamed…


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EternalRocks Worm Exploits 7 NSA Hacking Tools

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Cyber security researchers have identified a potential WannaCry successor WannaCry looks to have a successor born out of the use of seven allegedly leaked NSA SMB (Server Message Block) hacking tools rather than two. Dubbed EternalRocks, the malware in the form of a worm was discovered by Miroslav Stampar, a…


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CIA’s Windows XP to Windows 10 malware: WikiLeaks reveals Athena

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The latest file revealed in WikiLeaks’ Vault 7 catalog of CIA hacking toolkit is Athena, a surveillance tool apparently designed to capture communications from Windows XP to Windows 10 machines. Details of the Athena malware are available in a document allegedly created by the CIA in November 2015. The malware…


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Shadow Brokers threaten to unleash more hacking tools

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The hacking group that says data they released facilitated the WannaCry ransomware attack has threatened to leak a new wave of hacking tools they claim to have stolen from the US National Security Agency. The so-called Shadow Brokers, who claimed responsibility for releasing NSA tools that were used to spread…


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FBI iPhone Hacking Tools: Agency Paid $900K To Unlock San Bernardino Shooter’s Phone, Senator Reveals

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The FBI paid $900,000 to unlock the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters, Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., revealed during questioning of Director James Comey. “I was so struck when San Bernardino happened and you made overtures to allow that device to be opened, and then the FBI had…


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WikiLeaks exposes CIA’s ‘Archimedes’ tool for hacking local area networks

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WHISTLEBLOWING DOCUMENT FOUNDATION WikiLeaks has outed another malware tool that it claims was created by the CIA in order to penetrate devices located on a local area network (LAN). The latest leak revolves around ‘Archimedes’, a tool that facilitates the redirection of traffic from a target computer inside a LAN…


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Personal Security Takes A Hit With Public Release Of NSA’s Hacking Toolkit

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Former members of Team Espionage recently expressed their concern that the Shadow Brokers’ dump of NSA Windows exploits had done serious damage to the security of the nation. The unwanted exposure of NSA power tools supposedly harmed intelligence gathering efforts, even though the tools targeted outdated operating systems and network…


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