tirsdag den 26. marts 2013

Abney Associates The Cyber Front


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Anonymous-linked groups hack Israeli websites, release personal data
An anti-Israel hacking collective affiliated with Anonymous says it has initiated a widespread cyber attack against the Jewish state, penetrating websites affiliated with the Mossad security service and a slew of related entities.
The hackers claimed late Friday that they have obtained and released personal information relating to 35,000 Israeli government officials, including politicians, military leaders, and police officers, according to a Twitter feed associated with the hackers.
A comprehensive spreadsheet purporting to include the information of all 35,000 Israeli officials was published by the website Cryptome, though it did not independently verify the information.
The coalition of hackers appears to have ties to the Iranian government, Pakistan, Syria, Egypt, and the terror group Hezbollah, according to a report published by Cryptome.
The hackers have united under the banner of online movement called “OpIsrael.”
Their stated goal is to “remove the Israel from WWW (World Wide Web),” according to The Hackers Post, which has been following the group’s activities targeting Israel.
“It looks like hacker target [sic] different Israeli servers and hacked the websites,” Hackers Post reported.
The anti-Israel hackers say they perpetrated their attacks to protest treatment of the Palestinians.
“The reason for hacking Israeli websites was to raise voice of Palestine’s [sic] who are under hell created by Israel and left a deface page [on the hacked websites] displaying images of Palestinians affected by Israeli shelling,” the Hackers Post wrote.
Hackers left vitriolic and offensive messages on the websites they accessed, according to the Hackers Post.
“We Not Forgive [sic] What You Have Done To Our Family !!! Long Live Palestine!!” stated one hacker’s message.
A Turkish group may be responsible for publicly releasing the data associated with thousands of Israeli officials, according to the Kremlin-funded Russian propaganda outlet RT.
“The data was released by a hacker team going by the name of ‘The Red Hack,’ a Turkish group, while the direct denial-of-service attack targeted at Mossad was attributed to another group operating under the moniker ‘Sektor 404,’ RT reported.
It is believed that the loosely tied together hackers are gearing up to launch a major cyber strike against Israel on April 7.
Internet users that claim to be affiliated with Anonymous have carried out attacks against Israel in the past. A similar hack occurred in November of last year.
“The hacking teams have decided to unite against Israel as one entity and that Israel should be getting prepared to be ‘erased’ from the Internet,” an Anonymous member told the Hackers Post earlier this month.
Cryptome’s analysis of the hacking collective found that they have loosely united based on their distaste for Israel.
“Our analysis to the moment shows not much of coordination [sic] between these groups contrary to the popular belief and the sum of human resources all together to the best of our current analysis is not more than 50 individuals,” Crytome’s report stated.
“The collectives with Arab leanings are not much advanced,” the report said. “The teams with Pakistani, Syrians and Lebanese members are more advanced and reported to have ties with governments. Iranian teams are just using the situation to harm Israel and U.S interests and reported to be directly funded by IRGC and MOIS, the Iranian Intelligence.”
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fredag den 15. marts 2013

Abney and Associates Cybercrime: Be wary of public Wi-Fi while on vacation/LUUUX


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MONTREAL - Travellers should be wary of cyber threats on vacation as they access free wireless networks with their smartphones, tablets or laptops, says software security company Symantec Corp.
Canadians travelling for March break and into the summer season shouldn't be doing things like pulling up their bank accounts on Wi-Fi networks, said Symantec Canada's Lynn Hargrove.
"What people don't realize is that there's no security on those Wi-Fi networks for the most part," she said.
"It's a great way to keep in touch while you're on vacation, but there are some inherent risks that come with it that people just aren't thinking about."
Symantec has found that two in 10 Canadians pull up their bank accounts on free Wi-Fi networks in Canada.
Young men are most at risk for cybercrime because they are "fearless" and access risky Internet sites, said Hargrove, director of consumer solutions, from Toronto.
According to Symantec's 2012 Norton Cybercrime report, travellers are often victimized through their mobile devices while abroad, often by text messages.
"We're seeing a lot of fraudulent texts asking you to click on a link or go and dial a number to retrieve a voice mail," Hargrove said.
And the wealth of information stored on a smartphone - pictures, texts, emails, contact lists, work documents, banking information - can be valuable to cyber criminals if stolen or lost, Hargrove said.
"What people aren't realizing is that in many cases they have more information on that device than they have on their home PC."
Smartphone users should at a minimum have a password to access their device, Hargrove said, and there's also security software available for smartphones.
The 2012 Norton Cybercrime report found that 92 per cent of survey respondents in Russia said they had been victims of cybercrime.
For Canadians travelling to Mexico or Brazil, each country has a rate of 75 per cent of its online citizens being past victims of cybercrime, Hargrove said.
In less developed countries with a lot of free Wi-Fi networks there also tends to be a lot of cybercrime, she added. The rate of cybercrime in France is 55 per cent and it's 70 per cent in Canada, according to the report, which surveyed 13,018 online adults last July in 24 countries including Canada, Australia, Brazil, China, Mexico, Poland Singapore, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States.
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mandag den 4. marts 2013

Abney Associates: Public schoolboy hacker who masterminded £15m fraud is put in jail's IT class...and hacks the prison's computer system


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Nicholas Webber, 21, was jailed for five years for running a criminal website He started his criminal career at £24,000-a-year Bradfield College Prison IT Teacher Michael Fox was made redundant after the incident Fox protests he had no idea Webber was a hacker One of Britain’s most notorious cyber criminals hacked into a prison computer system from inside jail – after he was allowed to join  an IT class.
Nicholas Webber, 21, jailed for five years in 2011 for masterminding a multi-million-pound internet crime site, triggered the security scare during a lesson. It is understood his actions caused ‘major panic’ but it is not clear what, if anything, he managed to access. The prison, HMP Isis in South London, blamed his teacher, Michael Fox, who was employed by Kensington and Chelsea  College. He was banned from the prison but the college cleared him of committing any security breaches at a disciplinary hearing last March. However, he was made redundant when no alternative work could be found for him. More... Pictured with piles of cash: The public schoolboy jailed for five years for masterminding £18m internet scam Computer hacker, 21, jailed for masterminding £27 MILLION fraud in his bedroom taking credit card details from unsuspecting  internet users On Friday, Mr Fox, from Bromley, Kent, began a claim for unfair dismissal, arguing that it wasn’t his decision to put Webber, the son of a former member of Guernsey’s parliament, in his class. He says he had no idea he was a hacker.
At a hearing at Croydon Employment Tribunal, Mr Fox accused the college of not doing enough  to find him another job. ‘The perceived problem was there was a tutor who had been excluded by the prison and charged with allowing a hacking expert to hack into the prison’s mainframe,’ he said. In a statement, the college’s business development director, Shanie Jamieson, said: ‘He [Mr Fox] did not feel he had done anything wrong as the student concerned was in his view a convicted computer hacker and should not have been allowed in his classroom.’Mr Fox’s tribunal hearing was adjourned until April.
A Prison Service spokesman confirmed Webber was involved in the incident but declined to answer questions about it. He said: ‘At the time of this incident in 2011 the educational computer system at HMP Isis was a closed network. No access to personal information or wider access to the internet or other prison systems would have been possible.’The incident happened a year after the opening of the £110 million prison, which houses 18 to  24-year-olds. It has been beset by a series of technological problems caused by breakdowns in its cutting-edge biometric roll-call system where inmates have to leave an electronic thumbprint whenever they move from one part of the jail to another. Webber was only 17 when he created an internet forum for computer hackers with the potential to fleece up to £15 million from individuals and firms.
He was arrested for using fraudulent credit card details to pay for a penthouse suite at the Hilton Hotel in Park Lane, Central London. A court was told he set up GhostMarket after leaving £24,000-a-year Bradfield College, Berkshire, where he got into trouble for deleting friends’ detention records from the school computer. GhostMarket – dubbed a global ‘crimebook’ with 8,000 members worldwide – gave tips on how to create computer viruses, harvest credit card data and use it to pay for goods on eBay, as well as offering to sell details of 100,000 stolen credit cards. Police have documented £473,000 losses from 3,500 of the cards, but estimate they could have been used to steal £15 million. Webber, of Southsea, Hampshire, who once boasted online that he was ‘probably the most wanted cyber criminal just now’, also used stolen details to buy computers, video games, iPhones and iPods worth £40,000, and to pay for stays in luxury hotels.
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