Posts Tagged ‘computer hacking’

NYPD detective from Bronxville admits to computer hacking

By brittanyflohr in caught, Crime, Hacking, invasion of privacy, Technology at November 13th, 2013 | Comments Off on NYPD detective from Bronxville admits to computer hacking

NEW YORK — A New York City police detective who lives in Bronxville has admitted to paying hackers thousands of dollars to break into email and cellphone accounts of his ex-girlfriend, fellow colleagues and others, officials said.

Edwin Vargas pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan to computer hacking and conspiring to commit computer hacking, misdemeanors. Read the full article »

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China says US-based hackers target its websites

By brittanyflohr in Crime, Hacking, Privacy, scam at March 1st, 2013 | Comments Off on China says US-based hackers target its websites

BEIJING (AP) — China’s military said Thursday that overseas computer hackers targeted two of its websites an average of 144,000 times per month last year, with almost two-thirds of the attacks originating in the United States.

The claim from Defense Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng follows accusations last week by American cybersecurity company Mandiant that Chinese military-backed cyberspies infiltrated overseas networks and stole massive amounts of data from U.S. companies and other entities. China denied the allegations, and its military said it has never supported any hacking activity.

Geng told reporters at a monthly news conference that an average of 62.9 percent of the attacks on the Defense Ministry’s official website and that of its newspaper, the People’s Liberation Army Daily, came from the U.S.

“Like other countries, China faces a serious threat from hacking and is one of the primary victims of hacking in the world,” Geng said. “Numbers of attacks have been on the rise in recent years.”

Geng attacked the Mandiant report, which blamed hacking on the People’s Liberation Army’s Shanghai-based Unit 61398, as “unprofessional and not in accordance with the facts.” He also criticized the U.S. military’s cyber command for impeding international efforts at controlling hacking.

The Mandiant report was widely praised by cybersecurity professionals interviewed by The Associated Press, who said it provided the most detailed picture yet of China’s state-sponsored hacking efforts.

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Anonymous Exposes 75,000 Credit Card Numbers

By MSI in Crime, Debugging - Electronic Countermeasures, Electronic Fraud, Electronic Theft, Investigations, MSI Detective Services, Technology at January 5th, 2012 | Comments Off on Anonymous Exposes 75,000 Credit Card Numbers

We posted a story on 12/29/11 about the hacking group “Anonymous” boasting they had stolen 200 gigabytes worth of information from Stratfor – a U.S. based Security Think Tank. The stolen information obtained in the hacking incident included credit card numbers, passwords and home addresses.

Anonymous had made good on its threat and dumped 200 GB of names, email addresses and passwords for around 860,000 Stratfor users. Anonymous also exposed credit card numbers for 75,000 paying customers of Stratfor.

Stratfor’s services consist of providing reports on international security and related threats to government and military personnel as well as to the private sector. It is unknown whether Anonymous gained access to other, more sensitive information during the Stratfor hacks, which occurred on December 24.

The group posted the following ominous threat on Pastebin: “The time for talk is over.” “It’s time to dump the full 75,000 names, addresses, CCs and md5 hashed passwords to every customer that has ever paid Stratfor. But that’s not all: we’re also dumping ~860,000 usernames, email addresses, and md5 hashed passwords for everyone who’s ever registered on Stratfor’s site… Did you notice 50,000 of these email addresses are .mil and .gov?”

In its statement, representatives of the movement also wrote, “All our lives we have been robbed blindly and brutalized by corrupted politicians, establishmentarians and government agencies sex shops, and now it’s time to take it back.”

In addition to “noise demonstrations” outside of jails and prisons, presumably to show solidarity and support for the incarcerated, Anonymous says it will unveil “our contributions to project mayhem by attacking multiple law enforcement targets from coast to coast.”

Project Mayhem, a name taken from the book and film Fight Club, alludes the group’s desire to topple (or at least shake up) systems of capitalistic and political power by exposing certain types of information by or on December 12, 2012.

Stratfor’s site has been offline since the December 24 hacking incident. The firm has delayed its website relaunch because of the hack.

“As part of our ongoing investigation, we have also decided to delay the launching of our website until a thorough review and adjustment by outside experts can be completed,” the company said in an email to VentureBeat earlier this week.

The possibility of a cyber-attack is very frightening, particularly because current laws have not kept pace with technological advancements – specifically jurisdictional boundaries, rules of evidence, and forensic storage. It could truly be mayhem if such a wide-spread attack is launched.

If you suspect your network or computers are potential targets for hacking, MSI Detective Services is skilled at performing Computer Forensic Analysis, Debugging – Bug Sweeps and Electronic Countermeasure Sweeps. MSI can detect if there has been a breach and provide you with the tools to protect your personal data.

Sources: Blog Spot and The Washington Post

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GSM Phones Vulnerable to Hijack Scams – Researcher Says

By MSI in Electronic Fraud, Electronic Theft, Hacking, MSI Detective Services, Security, taps, Technology at December 28th, 2011 | Comments Off on GSM Phones Vulnerable to Hijack Scams – Researcher Says

Mobile security is a hot issue as smartphone sales have outpaced PC sales. Smartphone malware is popping up at an unprecedented rate as people put more and more valuable information on their devices, using them to hold corporate secrets, conduct banking and function as digital wallets.

Hackers have taken notice and continue to find ways to breach the security of these devices.

Karsten Nohl, head of Berlin-based Security Research Labs, will be speaking at the Berlin hacking convention this week about the security vulnerabilities of GSM phones.

Nohl discovered flaws in a widely used wireless technology that could allow hackers to gain remote control of phones and instruct them to send text messages or make calls. Nohl is a well-regarded expert on mobile security who identified a bug last year in GSM technology that makes calls vulnerable to tapping. He says he is calling attention to these flaws to pressure the industry into beefing up the security of their products.

They could use the vulnerability in the GSM technology — which is used by most telecom operators globally and by billions of people — to make calls or send texts to expensive, premium phone and messaging services in scams.

Security experts have previously identified a small number of viruses designed to infect smartphones, allowing hackers to take control of the devices and force them to make calls or send text messages. But Nohl said he has discovered a way to leverage previously disclosed vulnerabilities in GSM technology that could potentially threaten hundreds of thousands of phones.

GSM became the dominant mobile technology globally in the late 1990s. Although new and faster mobile networks have been rolled out across the world, operators have stuck to their GSM networks to support older phones and to offer service when new networks fail. Read the full article »

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