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Threatened Anonymous ‘Electronic Holocaust’ Fails

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

A threatened “hacktivist attack” against Israeli websites by the Anonymous collective slated for today (Tuesday, April 7) has thus far failed to materialize.

No major government websites were affected by the annual April 7 attack despite the threat of an “electronic holocaust” broadcast by the group on its video message.

A handful of sites belonging to some musicians and a number of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) were hit. Visitors to their sites were confronted with photos of a Muslim holy site in Jerusalem or terrorists holding an ISIS flag, with a message signed by “AnonGhost.”

The group also posted a video message saying the hack was a response to ‘crimes in the Palestinian territories” and cited last summer’s war in Gaza.

Israel’s Computer Emergency Response Team – a civilian cyber security group – noted the attack is one that takes place every year on this day.

Sony Hackers Issue First Terror Threat to US Movie-Goers … From North Korea?

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Americans are revisiting their experiences with terror via the Sony Pictures Entertainment cyber attack — but the latest warning from the attackers escalated on Tuesday to the real thing.

The hacker group calling itself ‘Guardians of Peace’ which began a massive cyber-siege against Sony on November 24 told movie-goers to avoid seeing the upcoming new movie “The Interview,” or else.

The attack is believed to have been launched by North Korea in retaliation for the film’s plot line, which is a comedy revolving around the assassination of that country’s supreme leader, Kim Jong-un. North Korea has made it clear it is outraged by the plot and although it officially denied having carried out the attack, lavishly praised those who did.

A nuclear reactor destroyed in northeastern Syria September 6, 2007 by Israel in order to prevent the production of weapons of mass destruction was being built at the time by North Korean technicians, according to international media reports at the time. North Korea had for years been a player in the Middle East, sharing its nuclear technology with Syria and other players, swapping expertise with Iran.

In June, North Korea called on Washington DC to block the release of the controversial comedy “The Interview” or face a “decisive and merciless countermeasure,” according to the Los Angeles Times.

“Warning. We will clearly show it to you at the very time and places ‘The Interview’ be shown, including the premiere, how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to,” read the note allegedly written by the hacker group.

“Soon all the world will see what an awful movie Sony Pictures Entertainment has made. The world will be full of fear. Remember the 11th of September 2001. We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time. (If your house is nearby, you’d better leave.)

“Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment. All the world will denounce the SONY.”

The warning was issued at approximately 9:30 am together with another barrage of files linked to Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton.

The FBI still sees “no credible evidence of a threat” but is taking the issue seriously, as are a number of cyber security firms. “The FBI is aware of recent threats and continues to work collaboratively with our partners to investigate the Sony attack,” the FBI told the Times in an email.

Likewise, Ralph Echemendia, head of Red E-Digital once worked with Sony on cyber security issues and told the Times Tuesday, “This now borders on terrorist activity and would define the Guardians of Peace as a terrorist group.”

The LA premier of the film was held at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel last week despite the hacker attack. Security was ramped up, as was the pace of the event. No interviews were allowed on the red carpet.

A similar studio premier is set for New York City this Thursday at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema, on the Lower East Side. But given the challenges already facing the city’s police department from the groundswell of protests around the Big Apple, it is unlikely that studio execs will be willing to risk much more than a fairly modest affair. Nevertheless, beyond that point, the film is expected to hit theaters as scheduled on December 25.

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.

 

 

 

Was Sony Corp. Struck by ‘Malicious Software’ Cyber Attack?

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

A secret 5-page “flash” went to security professionals at companies and other businesses across the U.S. Monday, warning of “malicious software” being used in hack attacks on America.

The warning issued by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) provided technical details about the malicious software being used in the attack but omitted the name of the specific target.

The report said the malware overrides data on hard drives of computers, which can make them inoperable and shut down networks. It is extremely costly and difficult – if not impossible – to recover the data from hard drives attacked by the malware, according to the report.

The warning follows a cyber attack last week that ravaged the computer system at Sony Pictures Entertainment. It tore the protection from at least five motion pictures that were in production but not yet ready for release, and uploaded them to the Internet for direct public viewing.

An FBI spokesperson declined to comment when asked if the malware had been used against the California-based unit of Sony Corp, Reuters reported.

Israel has been a frequent target of cyber attacks. Hackers linked to numerous international organizations declared a ‘day of attack’ against Israeli websites last month, calling November 14 “another round in the cyber war against Israel.”

Dr. Tal Pavel of International Policy Institute for Counter Terrorism – an Israeli expert on cyber security and the Arab Internet — issued the warning about the attack. The post was based on a report in Arabic on several Palestinian Authority web sites, among others, claiming to be a response to “the ongoing Israeli attacks on the Al Aqsa Mosque.”

Pro-Assad Hackers Hit Western Media and Wal-Mart

Friday, November 28th, 2014

The “Syrian Electronic Army,” which supports Syrian President Bassar al-Assad, hacked the websites of The New York Daily News, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., three major British newspapers and Walmart Canada Thursday.

The “Thanksgiving gift,” even though the holiday is strictly American, was “received” by many people who surfed their websites. They found a message stating, “You’ve been hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA)” and were redirected to a page showing the image of an eagle bearing the Syrian flag and a message in Arabic.

The hackers tweeted, C

Walmart said the attack did not expose customer data or compromise its systems, and CBC said the hackers did not access its systems.

The Syrian Electronic Army apparently did not hack the sites directly but attacked through a Twitter account linked with the Syrian hackers posted an image that appeared to show it accessed an account of the Gigya company that helps businesses identify visitors to their websites, such as the professional football, hockey and basketball leagues and the largest electronic media sites in the United States.

Gigya said it has returned to normal operations and that no one was compromised.

The London Daily Telegraph reported on its Twitter account, “A part of our website run by a third-party was compromised earlier today,” The Telegraph said via its Twitter account. “We’ve removed the component. No Telegraph user data was affected.

Thanksgiving "gift" from Syria.

Thanksgiving “gift” from Syria.

‘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.

Pro-Hamas Hackers Trying to Cripple Israel in Secret Cyber War

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Israeli cyber security forces foiled a major cyber attack by pro-Hamas hackers during Operation Protective Edge, but hackers remain determined to harm essential Israeli infrastructure.

While the Iron Dome system intercepted missiles and IDF robots destroyed terror tunnels, the IDF and the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) foiled an attack against Israel website over the Internet. Hackers from around the world planned the attack with the help of Iran on Al-Quds Day, an annual event organized by Iranian leaders against Zionism. T

“There was a direct connection between the progression of the fighting and cyber attacks,” according to Col N., the commander of the IDF’s cyber defense division.

“It wasn’t like this in previous operations,” he added. “For the first time, there was an organized cyber defense effort alongside combat operations in the field. This was a new reality.”

The attack’s massive scale came as a surprise to Israeli forces. At the beginning of the operation, security services and Internet providers identified only a few attempts to commit cyber attacks. They defined pro-Palestinian hackers as independent actors whose attacks were neither sophisticated nor coordinated.

But as the operation continued, Israel’s understanding of the threat evolved. Col. N. said it became clear that pro-Palestinian groups played a role in the attack. “Today, they’re organizing much more quickly, and it takes them much less time to carry out powerful strikes,” he explained. “During Operation Protective Edge, we saw attacks on a greater scale and on a more sophisticated level. A significant amount of thought and investment stood behind the attacks we saw.

“I won’t be surprised if, next time, we meet [terrorists] in the cyber dimension.”

Terrorists could steal top-secret security information, gain remote access to armed drones and use them to attack Israel, seize credit-card information, hack into the Tel Aviv stock exchange, and shut down Israel’s electrical grid. For years, global security experts have warned of a massive attack that would paralyze the state and disable the military.

Col. N warned that radical powers such as Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah are intensifying the cyber threat against Israel. “There is a significant amount of development in the cyber field. This is a field that [these groups] are already involved in … and all of these groups share information.”

 

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