Category Archives: Cybercrime

Hackers publish personal data on thousands of US police officers and federal agents

A hacker group has breached several FBI-affiliated websites and uploaded their contents to the web, including dozens of files containing the personal information of thousands of federal agents and law enforcement officers, TechCrunch has learned.

The hackers breached three sites associated with the FBI National Academy Association, a coalition of different chapters across the U.S. promoting federal and law enforcement leadership and training located at the FBI training academy in Quantico, VA. The hackers exploited flaws on at least three of the organization’s chapter websites — which we’re not naming — and downloaded the contents of each web server.


The cyber-attack that sent an Alaskan community back in time

In 2018, a remote Alaskan community’s infrastructure was hit by a malware attack which forced it offline. It was only then they realised how much they depended on computers.

They still don’t know where it came from. But when it hit, the Alaskan borough of Matanuska-Susitna was knocked for six. Malware rapidly spread across the borough’s computer networks, disrupting a bewildering array of services. Hundreds of employees found themselves locked out of their work stations. Staff at local libraries received urgent phone calls telling them to quickly turn off all the public PCs. The animal shelter lost access to data on medications required by its furry residents.

It didn’t stop there.


Senator Linda Frum’s personal data leaked online in apparent Twitter hack

Conservative Senator Linda Frum’s Twitter account was hacked Sunday night, with those responsible sharing personal information including her drivers license and using racial slurs in their tweets.

“hi linda, can u drive us to the mall please?” read one tweet.

The tweet then shared an image of both the front and back of her drivers license, showing personal information including her address.

Based on the evident Muslim terrorist affiliation I suspect Liberal Party members are behind this.


German politicians’ personal data leaked online

Sensitive data belonging to hundreds of German politicians and celebrities has been published online via a Twitter account in one of the largest leaks in the country’s history. The huge cache of documents includes personal phone numbers and addresses, internal party documents, credit card details and private chats.

A government spokeswoman, Martina Fietz, said the leak affected politicians of all levels including in the European, national and regional parliaments. “The German government is taking this incident very seriously,” she said, adding that faked documents could be among the cache.

The documents were published online in December but only came to light on Thursday night. The Federal Office of Information Security (BSI) said all but one of the seven parties in the Bundestag lower house were affected. German media said that party was the far right Alternative for Germany (AfD), prompting speculation the hackers may have a far right background.


Hackers Threaten to Leak 9/11 Files That Will ‘Top Snowden’s Finest Work’

The Dark Overlord, an international hacker group, have announced that they have stolen a trove of undisclosed information regarding the 9/11 attacks — and they are ready to release it unless they do not receive ransom money, denominated in Bitcoins.

The group, infamously known for leaking, in 2017, episodes of the hit Netflix series Orange is the New Black, say that they have hacked an unnamed US-based law firm. When looking through the stolen cache of data, they found “hundreds of gigabytes of litigation-related documents”, including a total of 18,000 e-mails, non-disclosure agreements, expert witness testimonies, and communications with government officials.

The hacked law firm is said to have paid a “satisfactory” amount of money to the Dark Overlord but also contacted law enforcement officials — a move that drew the hackers’ ire.

Interesting if true.


US Investigating CenturyLink Internet Outage, 911 Failures

BOISE, Idaho—U.S. officials and at least one state said Dec. 28 that they have started investigations into a nationwide CenturyLink internet outage that has disrupted 911 service.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai called the outage that began Dec. 27 “completely unacceptable” because people who need help couldn’t use the emergency number.

“Its breadth and duration are particularly troubling,” he said.


DOJ charges Chinese nationals with ‘extensive’ hacking, stealing from tech companies, government agencies

The Department of Justice has charged two Chinese nationals with an extensive hacking campaign the U.S. government says went on for approximately 12 years and affected 45 tech companies and government agencies all across the country.

The case, filed Thursday morning, alleges that defendants Zhu Hua and Zang Shilong, were members of a group known as “Advanced Persistent Threat 10” (APT 10) and acted on behalf of China’s main intelligence agency.

The industries affected span a wide spectrum, ranging from pharmaceuticals, oil and gas and communications technology, among several others. “Throughout the Technology Theft Campaign, the APT 10 Group stole hundreds of gigabytes of sensitive data and targeted the computers of victim companies involved in a diverse array of commercial activity,” the lawsuit reads.


Pizza in Guatemala

Is your chair green?

One of mine is.

I received a text alerting me to suspected fraudulent activity.

Initially I assumed the text itself was a scam but went online to examine my accounts.

That was eye opening. I made a call to sort things out.

I rarely use this card for purchases of any kind and was informed that a skimmer did not necessarily have to be involved.

All of the fraud was done “online” and out of country which apparently does not require a pin, just the card number.

All the “transactions” were small numbers, ranging from 6 to 35 bucks.

This explains why I bought pizza from Pizza Hut in Guatemala.

It’s concerning that fraudsters do not need a pin but I will not be liable for the fraud.

Don’t dismiss the text message you may receive, but verify first before responding.


Marriott says personal information of up to 500 million guests may have been hacked in data breach

A security breach inside Marriott’s worldwide hotel empire has compromised the information of as many as 500 million guests, exposing in some cases credit card numbers, passport numbers and birthdates, the company said Friday.

Alarming security analysts, Marriott said that unauthorized access to data at the hotels, once run by Starwood, has been taking place since 2014.

It may be among the largest data breaches on record. Last year’s startling Equifax hack affected more than 145 million people.

The affected hotel brands operated by Starwood before it was acquired by Marriott in 2016 include W Hotels, St. Regis, Sheraton, Westin, Element, Aloft, the Luxury Collection, Le Méridien and Four Points. Starwood branded timeshare properties are also included.


November Surprise: Info on 62 Million US Voters Up for Sale on Darknet – Report

An Israeli cybersecurity firm made the discovery just days before Tuesday’s vote, when millions of Americans go to the polls to elect House and Senate lawmakers, as well as a host of state and local representatives and officials.

Israeli cybersecurity company ClearSky Cyber Security has found a Darknet Dream Market data pool containing detailed information on 62 million registered American voters from 17 states, the company’s CEO has told Haaretz.


Hacker selling US military documents online… because someone forgot to change a default password

Sensitive military documents have been put up for sale in online hacking forums after someone forgot to change a default password, according to a security firm that discovered the breach.

Documents for sale include maintenance manuals for servicing MQ-9 Reaper drones, training manuals describing deployment tactics for improvised explosive devices (IEDs), documents detailing tank platoon tactics and an M1 ABRAMS tank operation manual, Bleeping Computer reported.

Security firm Recorded Future discovered the documents for sale online and said the hacker who stole them was selling the information for the surprisingly low bargain price of between $150 and $200.