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Anthem Hacked, 2nd Largest US Health Insurer

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

It’s the largest health care breach to date. But the hackers who broke into the computers at Anthem Health Care were smart. They avoided taking information on credit cards or medical records.

Anthem has customers in 14 states and is the second largest health insurance company in the United States. As many as 80 million clients were affected in last week’s cyber attack, USA Today reports.

“Anthem was the target of a very sophisticated external cyber attack,” Anthem president and CEO Joseph Swedish said in a statement posted on a website the company has created to address the incident. Members can access information about the breach at the site. There is also a toll-free number for current and former members to call: 877-263-7995.

The hackers retrieved information on current and former patients and their families, employees and others. Data included names, birthdays, medical IDs, social security numbers, street addresses, email addresses and employment information, including income data, Swedish said.

“Anthem’s own associates’ personal information – including my own – was accessed during this security breach,” Swedish said. “We join in your concern and frustration and I assure you that we are working around the clock to do everything we can to further secure your data.”

Anthem had already discovered the breach last week, which computer security company Mandiant, owned by FireEye, said was “very good news, as two-thirds of the time when we respond, the victim was notified by someone else.”

The FBI has been notified and is working together with Mandiant and Anthem, Swedish said.

Clients whose believe their information has been hacked should report possible identity theft to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, FBI spokesman Joshua Campbell said.

Hana Levi Julian

Cyber Attacks Crippled Adelson’s Casino Firm because He Said ‘Bomb Iran’

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Cyber hackers crippled the computer network of the giant Las Vegas Sands Corp, headed by billionaire Sheldon Adelson, to punish him for saying that Iran should be bombed if it cannot be stopped from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

The attack occurred last February but was not publicized until BusinessWeek exposed it in its new edition dated next week.

Las Vegas Sands refused to comment.

The hackers sent Las Vegas Sands engineers scrambling to the casino floor underneath their offices to yank out network cords from computers.

Businessweek’s investigation of the cyber-attack revealed that Las Vegas Sands computer engineers concluded that attackers, who wiped out several hard drives with a malware virus, did not tap into the computer system to steal money but were carrying out an act of revenge for Adelson’s anti-Iran remarks at Yeshiva University in 2013. There are strong suspicions that the cyber attack originated in Iran.

In his remarks at the Yeshiva University panel discussion on “Will Jews Exist?” Adelson, an open supporter of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and right-wing Republicans, said about Irene’s nuclear development:

What are we going to negotiate about? What I would say is, ‘Listen. You see that desert out there? I want to show you something.’

[After dropping a nuclear bomb on an Iranian desert,] “Then you say, ‘See! The next one is in the middle of Tehran. So, we mean business. You want to be wiped out? Go ahead and take a tough position and continue with your nuclear development. You want to be peaceful? Just reverse it all, and we will guarantee you that you can have a nuclear power plant for electricity purposes, energy purposes.’

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei responded after  two weeks later and said that the American government “should slap these prating people in the mouth and crush their mouths.”

That was in October 2013.

Two months later, according to BusinessWeek, the hackers took action and attacked the Las Vegas Sands’ IT network, only the second known incident of trying to destroy a corporation. The other attack was last month on Sony Pictures Entertainment.

The hackers continued their attacks last January when they attacked a huge slot machine casino and resort in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

The malware attack wiped out data on computers and servers and erased hard drives.

The attack worsened in February, and the company was forced to disconnect its servers from the Internet to protect itself from worse damage, but there was no interference with activities of Las Vegas Sands hotel guests and casino players.

The hackers also hit Las Vegas Sands’ websites and posted images of flames on one of Sands’ American casinos and also posted a warning, “Encouraging the use of Weapons of Mass Destruction, UNDER ANY CONDITION, is a Crime.”

They also left a personal message  for Adelson: “Damn A, Don’t let your tongue cut your throat.”

The attack on Las Vegas Sands was an act of war. Bringing a country to its knees can be done a lot more efficiently and without deaths by using cyber attacks instead of bombs.

Last month, the cyber-attack on Sony Pictures leaked company secrets and personal information, and security experts suspect the perpetrators are a group that is working for the North Korean regime, whose nuclear capacity could wipe out the West and which is working hand-in-hand with Iran.

North Korea might be upset at Sony for its new project called ”The Interview,” a comedy about a plot to assassinate North Korea’s leader.

North Korea would “mercilessly destroy anyone who dares hurt or attack the supreme leadership of the country, even a bit,” a government spokesman has stated.

 

 

 

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

‘Russian Hackers’ Attack Millions of JP Morgan Chase Bank Accounts

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

Hackers working from deep inside Mother Russia – with at least some level of government approval, according to a report by The Washington Times – were behind a massive cyber attack on the United States-based JP Morgan Chase Bank this past July.

More than 83 million accounts were compromised – names, addresses, phone numbers and contact information — on more than 90 servers that were accessed. More than seven million small businesses were compromised.

According to a report in The New York Times, the hackers were able to steal “a list of every application and program deployed on standard JP Morgan computers that hackers can cross check with known, or new, vulnerabilities in each system in a search for a backdoor entry.”

All accounts that were compromised were disabled and employee passwords were reset. Customers were told they would not need to change their account information or passwords, and Chase Bank said it would not hold customers liable for unauthorized transactions, according to Associated Press.

Intelligence agencies, the Secret Service and the Treasury all worked together with JP Morgan Chase to lock out the hackers, but it took until August until they were able to do so, the Times reported.

Hana Levi Julian

Anti-Israel Cyber Attackers Posing as Shin Bet

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

An anti-Israeli group is posing as the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) and trying to plant spyware in personal computers by sending email in the name of General Security Service, Israel Defense reports.

Attributing the report to informed officials, it said that the group of cyber attackers copy data from the Shin Bet website and then impersonate as the Shine Bet.

After the receiver opens the email, a worm crawls into the computer, allowing the hackers to keep track of information on the computers.

Israel Defense said that the Shin Bet is trying to stop the hackers.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Credit Card Glitch Shuts Down Consumer Purchases for Two Hours

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

A software malfunction brought Israeli businesses and consumers to their knees Thursday morning, leaving motorists unable to fill their tanks and grocery shoppers with unpaid grocery baskets full of food.

Anyone without cash was stuck.

Concerns that credit card security has been breached by a cyber attack were alleviated when the clearinghouse of credit card transactions discovered that a software update had blocked communications.

The blip also showed the shekel-dollar exchange rate as “zero.”

One business newspaper estimated that the breakdown cost companies nearly $2 million an hour.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Iranians Hack United with Israel ‘Stop Iran’ Initiative

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

A cyber-attack, apparently launched by supporters of the Islamic Republic of Iran, yesterday hit United with Israel’s “Stop Iran” initiative.

The site – stopiran.org – was shut down for several hours. Its petition, urging the Obama administration to oppose any deal that would ease sanctions on Iran before the nuclear threat is completely eliminated, had gathered to date more than 130,000 signatures, which were submitted to the White House and the US Congress.

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The motivation for the attack seems to have been UWI’s success in reaching millions of individuals worldwide.

A technical team worked diligently to restore the site, and once again it is up and running.

Exactly one year ago, during Operation Pillar of Defense, United with Israel strongly defended Israel’s position. That was when UWI experienced its first major cyber-attack, which temporarily shut down its main site.

According to an official UWI statement, “Our pro-Israel voice will not be silenced. Just as the IDF defends Israeli citizens from all types of physical attacks, UWI will continue to lead the way in defending Israel’s position to the world. We will continue to influence world opinion.”

To add your voice, see the petition to keep the pressure on Iran at stopiran.org.

Visit United with Israel.

United with Israel

Hackers Threatening Organized Cyber Attack

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Anti-Semitic hackers are threatening to “Erase Israel from the Internet” on Sunday, April 7 in an organized campaign to take down Israeli web sites.

Israel is a favorite cyber target of hackers and anti-Semites worldwide, and Israel, for the most part, has managed to repel most of the more serious attacks.

This is also not the first time that “Anonymous” hackers threatened an organized attack to take down Israeli websites from the internet. But the last time they didn’t succeed in taking down anything.

Jewish Press News Briefs

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