NSA #employee who #worked on #hacking tools at home pleads #guilty to #spy charge

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A National Security Agency employee who worked at home without authorization on sensitive hacking tools pleaded guilty Friday to violating the Espionage Act — a security breach that the agency was tipped off to by Israeli cyberspies. Federal prosecutors said they will seek an eight-year sentence for Nghia Hoang Pho,…


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U.S. #CERT issues #report on #remote #hacking #tool used by #North Korea

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U.S. authorities issued a report Tuesday identifying a remote administration trojan (RAT) they say is used by the North Korea-based hackers to attack the aerospace, telecommunications and finance industries. The tool, called FALLCHILL, is used by a group that the Department of Homeland Security refers to as Hidden Cobra. That group is more popularly known as Lazarus…


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WikiLeaks #publishes #code and #analysis of #CIA #hacking tool

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Security experts are questioning the wisdom of WikiLeaks releasing more source code for US intelligence agency hacking tools Whistle-blowing organisation WikiLeaks has begun a new series of leaks of the source code of software allegedly designed to run on servers controlled by the US Central Intelligence Agency(CIA). The first release in the series…


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HE #PERFECTED A #PASSWORD-HACKING #TOOL—THEN THE #RUSSIANS CAME #CALLING

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FIVE YEARS AGO, Benjamin Delpy walked into his room at the President Hotel in Moscow, and found a man dressed in a dark suit with his hands on Delpy’s laptop. Just a few minutes earlier, the then 25-year-old French programmer had made a quick trip to the front desk to complain…


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NSA #hacking tool #EternalRomance found in #BadRabbit

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BadRabbit evidence is multiplying, like well rabbits, with the latest revelation being the malware used another stolen NSA tool to help it move laterally through networks. Several research firms have named EternalRomance as the tool BadRabbit used to spread through an organization once the ransomware was installed in a host…


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John McAfee finally reveals Sentinel anti-hacking system

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REMEMBER WHEN SECURITY Errol Flynn, John McAfee, got everyone excited about a super secure thing that he was working on, that would make all other security things quail and crawl away? It’s finally here. While the long-awaited ‘John McAfee Privacy Phone’ is not quite here yet, McAfee’s hack-proof Sentinel system…


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FBI iPhone Hacking Tool Can Remain a Secret, Court Rules

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A District of Columbia court ruled that the FBI can keep secret the name and vendor of a hacking tool it used to break into the iPhone of the San Bernardino shooter, Rizwan Farook. The decision came in a lawsuit filed by a trio of news agencies formed by the…


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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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