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Russian Programmer Wanted by US Flees Armenia to Moscow

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Sergey Mironov, 30, a Russian citizen who had been arrested last Friday in Armenia’s Zvartnots Airport on charges of an illegal transfer of military technologies and money laundering, on Wednesday fled for Russia, TASS reported. On Tuesday, an Armenian court refused to remand Mironov, after the US had placed him the international wanted list. Mironov, 30, who had arrived in the capital Yerevan with his wife Yulia on vacation, was detained at the request of US authorities.

According to a report in RIA Novosti, Mironov is employed by the Moscow office of Synesis, a company developing intelligent video surveillance and business intelligence based on computer vision analysis.

Mironov’s attorney, Karen Nersisyan, told TASS, “My client had a return ticket to Moscow for August 31. Based on the court ruling, the motion for his arrest was turned down and we found in the court’s decision no grounds for keeping my client from leaving Armenia.”

Nersesyan told RT his client was wanted “”for alleged money laundering crimes worth $50,000.”

Nersisyan told Rossiya 24 TV earlier that since the US search for Sergei Mironov was riddled with legal irregularities, his client should be extradited to Russia, rather than to the US. “The Americans and Interpol violated my client’s elementary rights against illegal search and seizure,” he said, suggesting that “because of these violations, Armenia’s law enforcement and justice system must hand the Russian citizen over to Russia, and urge the Americans to follow procedure and contact Russia’s judiciary and, naturally, Interpol.”

The US has been chasing after Mironov since May for the illegal transfer of US military technology to an unnamed foreign country.


Hotel Guests’ Credit Cards Hacked in United States

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Hotel guests in at least 10 U.S. states and Washington DC have had their credit card information compromised due to a breach in the payment system security firewall, according to a report by Associated Press, and broadcast by ABC News.

Malware was found on the payment processing systems of more than a dozen properties belonging to HEI Hotels & Resorts, based in Norwalk, Connecticut.

Among the locations affected were 12 hotels in the Starwood network, six Marriott hotels and one Hyatt hotel.

The company, which operates nearly 60 hotels and resorts under a variety of brand names, was notified by its credit card processor that a potential breach had taken place between December 2015 and June 2016, although malware may infected systems at a few locations as early as March 2015.

According to the report, the hack affected cards used at point of sale terminals, such as the restaurants and stores within the hotels.

HEI said in its notice to consumers that as soon as the breach was made known the firm separated its payment card processing from the rest of its network, and now uses a stand-alone system. The malware was disabled and programmers are working to tighten security of the network and payment system.

The company added it’s continuing to cooperate with law enforcement officials in the investigation, and said the breach has been contained.

Hana Levi Julian

US, Israel to Sign Super-Speed Cyber Info Sharing Deal

Monday, June 20th, 2016

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas is set to sign an agreement Tuesday on behalf of Washington with Israel to automate the sharing of cyber data between the two nations.

Mayorkas made the announcement Monday at a cyber conference at Tel Aviv University during an appearance with the head of the university’s cyber department, IDF Maj.Gen. (res.) Isaac Ben-Israel.

The new agreement will upgrade the speed of information sharing and help allies avoid hacker attacks with timely data at a time when cyber terror attacks threaten government resources, the two men said.

“The data about the attacks is on our computers,” Ben-Israel told The Jerusalem Post in an interview during the conference, “but sometimes we see it too late.” The problem of hackers rapidly replicating data is one that has programmers working hard to develop new defenses against cyber terror attacks.

Israel is engaged in developing new technologies that he said were, among other things, “using a much larger data set,” which could help to “defend against the next threat.”

Hana Levi Julian

Major Internet Firms Join ADL, European Jewish Groups to Battle Hate Speech Online

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

European Jewish students are teaming with the New York-based Anti-Defamation League to expand the organization’s Cyber-Safety Action Guide for European Internet users.

The European Jewish Congress and European Union of Jewish Students will work together to help expand the guide, and develop translations in French and German.

The news follows an agreement between the European Commission and Google, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft on creation of a “Code of Conduct” addressing online hate speech.

ADL CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt said in a statement that the Code of Conduct “closely tracks ADL’s ‘Best Practices for Responding to Cyberhate” originally released in 2014.’”

The Cyber-Safety Action Guide includes tabs where visitors may access information on submitting complaints and reporting hate speech to Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

It also provides quick links to each company’s cyber-bullying and harassment policies and terms of service, as well as links directly to online complaint forms. The guide is currently available in English and in Spanish.

Hana Levi Julian

Islamic Jihad Terrorist is Alleged ‘SuperHacker’ Into Israeli Aerial Systems

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

An operative with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terrorist organization has been indicted on a host of charges relating to his ability to hack into military and civilian computer systems.

Known as the “computer administrator” of the PIJ, the suspect was recruited by the terrorist group in 2001 while working as a radio broadcaster. According to a statement released Wednesday by the Shin Bet domestic intelligence agency, the alleged hacker was indicted on charges of “espionage, conspiracy to pass information to an enemy, hacking computer material, and more.”

The suspect also holds the position of chairman in the “Palestinian Talent Society.” He was arrested February 23 while traveling to meet with young candidates from the Palestinian Authority for a television vocalist competition.

He allegedly managed to hack into IDF drones flying over Gaza, according to the charges filed in the indictment. He also allegedly succeeded in accessing the data on unmanned aerial vehicles flown by the IDF over the region. In addition, the hacker allegedly gave the data and footage produced by the cameras on the drones to his handlers.

Moreover, the hacker was allegedly able to access footage from highway cameras inside Israel. Through his ability to access information, the terrorist was able to obtain data on deployment of Israeli security forces and civilian personnel during rocket strikes and wars in Gaza, according to the indictment.

The suspect also allegedly developed an application that compiled data on movement of aircraft at Ben Gurion International Airport. The application is said to have provided data on passenger lists, plane types and weights, and arrival and departures times.

Hana Levi Julian

Cyber Attack Strikes More US Govt Offices , 4 Million Affected

Friday, June 5th, 2015

Do you or any of your family work for the federal government? If so, prepare to change all of your computer passwords and consider doing the same at your bank.

At least four million current and former civil service workers have had their privacy violated by hackers who breached computer systems at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and the Department of the Interior.

According to a report in The Washington Post, the attack was carried out by Chinese hackers, as have previous U.S. industrial breaches.

OPM notified those whose “personally identifiable information” may have been compromised, offering 18 months of credit monitoring for those who were affected.

OPM Director Katherine Archuleta told journalists at a news conference the government is working on trying to improve its cyber security. “We take very seriously our responsibility to secure the information stored in our systems,” she said.

The breach was first detected in late April and confirmed in early May. It is unclear when the attack began.

It is the Department of Homeland Security that is tasked with cyber defense. DHS officials said they were working with the FBI to get to the bottom of who was behind the current attack.

“DHS is continuing to monitor federal networks for any suspicious activity and is working aggressively with the affected agencies to conduct investigative analyses to assess the extent of this alleged intrusion,” DHS spokesperson Sy Lee said.

Congressman Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said “The cyber threat from hackers, criminals, terrorists and state actors is one of the greatest challenges we face on a daily basis, and it’s clear that a substantial improvement in our cyber databases and defenses is perilously overdue.”

Hana Levi Julian

Russian Hackers Break Into Pentagon Computer Network

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Russian hackers allegedly broke into one of the computer networks of the Pentagon, according to a report broadcast Thursday on Fox News.

Cyber centers that guard unclassified networks reportedly detected the Pentagon security breach and kicked the hackers off “in a way that minimized their chances of returning,” according to the report. The breach apparently took place earlier this year, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told a group at Stanford University.

It’s not the first time the Russian government has been caught with its cyber snoops poking around in American networks.

Russian hackers broke into the unclassified networks of the White House itself last October. This past March, media revealed the networks at the State Department had also been breached.

There have also been numerous cases of Chinese government-backed hackers stealing technical data about the U.S. military’s newest war plane, the F-35, in addition to industrial cyber attacks by North Korea.

The Pentagon has also announced plans to launch its own cyber warfare division. It’s the first open admission by the Pentagon that the U.S. military intends to wage war via the Internet as well as through traditional means.

Thousands of hackers routinely attempt to attack Israeli networks hundreds of times a day. Jewish Press.com was recently the target of one such attempt, in fact, but fortunately the hackers managed to get themselves kicked off the site while trying to attack it.

Recognizing the growing threat several years ago, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu ordered the creation of an entire government division and one in the military devoted to the development of cyber defense, intelligence and warfare.

Hana Levi Julian

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