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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.”

 

No, #Dimona Nuke Plant NOT Leaking

Friday, July 4th, 2014

The IDF Spokeperson’s twitter account was hacked last night.

The following message was sent out to their 252,000 Twitter followers:

IDF @IDFSpokesperson 03/07/14 23:15 #WARNING: Possible nuclear leak in the region after 2 rockets hit Dimona nuclear facility

Once the IDF spokesperson’s office realized they’d been hacked, they blocked it and sent out the following statement:

IDF @IDFSpokesperson We apologize for the incorrect tweets Our twitter account was compromised. We will combat terror on all fronts including the cyber dimension

So don’t worry. Hamas terrorists haven’t hit Dimona, yet, but not necessarily for lack of trying.

Their blog is currently down too (8:00 AM), hopefully just for upgrading its security.

We hope that the IDF Cyber Unit has a little chat with the IDF Spokesperson’s office about Internet security.

Pro-Palestinian Hackers Commandeer Google Palestine Web Page

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Pro-Palestinian hackers calling for changing Israel to Palestine on Google Maps hacked the Google “Palestine” Web page.

The hackers on Monday diverted traffic from google.ps and redirected users to a hacked version of Google’s homepage.

“uncle google we say hi from Palestine to remember you that the country in google map not called israel. Its called Palestine,” the hacked page read.

The hackers also said on the page that changing “Isreal” on Google Maps to “Palestine” would be “revolution.” They said to listen to singer Rihanna and “be cool.”

“For a short period, some users visiting google.ps were redirected to a different website,” Google said in a statement Monday. “Google services for the google.ps domain were not hacked. We’ve been in contact with the organization responsible for managing this domain name and the issue should be resolved.”

The google.ps domain reportedly was down for several hours on Tuesday.

Google changed its regional search page from “Palestinian Territories” to “Palestine” in May, six months after the United Nations granted “Palestine” the status of “non-member observer state.”

The change angered Israeli officials, who said the designation prejudged the outcome of the then-stalled peace talks.

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