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Two Israeli Hackers Arrested for Grand Scale Denial of Service

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

Two Israeli hackers, Itay Huri and Yarden Bidany, were arrested last Thursday, according to police, in response to an FBI request. The two were remanded to house arrest under constant supervision on Friday, and their passports were confiscated. Brian Krebs, who blogs on cyber security, reported on Friday that the two Israelis are behind a service that brought in an estimated $600,000 in two years for selling customers denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks that knock websites offline. According to Krebs, the hackers have been themselves hacked “massively,” revealing the identities of thousands of paying customers and the websites they wanted to target.

Krebs says the attack website, named vDOS (the URL is marked as risky by most browsers), was “responsible for a majority of the DDoS attacks clogging up the Internet over the past few years,” as the two hackers were selling their services for between $20 and $200 a pop, depending on the duration of the attacks. It appears that in the four months between April and July 2016, “vDOS was responsible for launching more than 277 million seconds of attack time,” or just under 9 years of denial of service packed into 120 days.

According to Krebs, “vDOS had a reputation on cybercrime forums for prompt and helpful customer service,” which is why its leaked databases “offer a fascinating glimpse into the logistical challenges associated with running a criminal attack service online that supports tens of thousands of paying customers — a significant portion of whom are all trying to use the service simultaneously.”

Itai Huri recently co-authored an article published by an Israeli cyber security website named Digital Whisper, discussing ways to initiate large scale DDoS attacks using limited computing power. Huri’s bio under the article reads: Itai Huri is 18 and about to be enlisted in the IDF. He spends his free time in web development and data security.”

JNi.Media

ISIS Hackers Post ‘Hit List’ of US Military Staff, Says ‘Kill Them, Behead Them’

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

The U.S. Pentagon is becoming concerned about the Da’esh (ISIS) terror group hacking activities after the terrorists posted a “hit list” online of 75 U.S. military staff it claims were involved in drone strikes in Syria.

A few days earlier, Da’esh posted the personal details online of more than 3,000 ordinary New Yorkers, along with various threats. The FBI is still visiting the 3,600 New Yorkers on the apparent “hit list” which was apparently intended to instill fear in the U.S. population, but said although people should use caution, there is no reason to be especially afraid.

The group urged its supporters to target those on the list, proclaiming “we want them #Dead.” Most are residents of Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens, although some live in Staten Island and other surrounding areas.

The Pentagon has expressed concern over the latest list, however: the group allegedly hacked and circulated online the names, home addresses and photographs of American military personnel, including some top staff members.

“Kill them wherever they are, knock on their doors and behead them, stab them, shoot them in the face or bomb them,” urged the ‘Islamic State Hacking Division.’

The hackers also allegedly have a possible mole in the British Ministry of Defense, according to a report in The Sunday Times. The group threatened to publish “secret intelligence” that could in future identify the Royal Air Force (RAF) drone operators.

The “hit list” was published under the ISIS flag, entitled ‘Target – United States Military,’ circulated via Twitter and posted on the JustPaste website.

But according to a report by PTI, the hackers may not have actually “hacked” their information, but rather were smart at researching the information. They “gleaned the names of Reaper and Predator drone operators from news articles and military newsletters, before matching them to addresses, photos and other personal details from publicly available sources on the internet,” the London-based site contends.

The document states: “You crusaders that can only attack the soldiers of the Islamic State with joysticks and consoles, die in your rage! Your military has no courage, neither has your president as he still refuses to send troops. So instead you press buttons thousands of miles away in your feeble attempt to fight us.

“A nation of cowards that holds no bravery as you resort to sending your remote-controlled unmanned Reaper and Predator drones to attack us from the skies. So this is for you, America. These 75 crusaders are posted as targets for our brothers and sisters in America and worldwide to hunt down and kill.”

“In our next leak we may even disclose secret intelligence the Islamic State has just received from a source the brothers in the UK have spent some time acquiring from the Ministry of Defence in London as we slowly and secretly infiltrate England and the USA online and off.”

The bottom of the document features a graphic of a beheaded Statue of Liberty.

Hana Levi Julian

Russia Bans Turkish Employees, Turkish Hackers Breach Moscow Instagram Acct

Sunday, January 3rd, 2016

Tensions in the wake of the downing of a Russian fighter jet by Turkey have not diminished at all since the incident occured on November 24; in fact the state-sponsored and non-governmental back-biting continues unabated.

Russian firms have been ordered to cease hiring Turkish citizens, and the Instagram account of at least one Russian governmental minister was breached by a Turkish cyberhacker group.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree December 1 “on measures to ensure national security of the Russian Federation from criminal and other illegal activities and the use of special economic measures against the Republic of Turkey.”

The restrictions on work visas do not, however, apply to some 53 construction and other firms with long-term contracts in Russia, according to the Sputnik news agency.

Nevertheless, the companies granted exemptions are prohibited from exceeding the total number of Turkish employees they hired up to December 31.

Meanwhile, a team of Turkish hackers has claimed responsibility for breaking into a Russian minister’s Instagram account Sunday (Jan. 3).

The Börteçine Cyber Team said it targeted the account of Russian Communications and Mass Media Minister Nikolai Nikiforov, replacing his images with those of the flag of Turkey, a still of the downed Russian Sukhoi-24, and a portrait of Turkish Republic founder Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.

Nearly 400,000 Turkish web sites have been breached by the Anonymous hacking collective since Dec. 14, however, including those of a number of Turkish banks, according to Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily News.

Hana Levi Julian

Middle East Hackers Who Attacked Major Israeli Targets Exposed

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

(JNi.media) A new group of hackers which operated in the Middle East and attacked major Israeli targets has been exposed recently, Israel’s Clear Sky and Minerva Labs revealed this week.

A joint report the two companies issued states that this was a new Middle-Eastern cyber attack group, dubbed by researchers “CopyKittens,” which used malware to attack organizations in Israel and the rest of the region. The CopyKittens are estimated to have attacked dozens of targets, including government ministries in Israel, senior Israeli diplomats working in Europe, public organizations, and top academic researchers who specialize in the Middle East. The report does not reveal the identity of the attackers, but pc.co.il has learned that it is presumed to be Iranian — based on their targets and modus operandi.

According to the report, CopyKittens has been active since at least the middle of 2014. The Group operates in a focused manner against targets in Israel and the Middle East. The group usually attacks the target after gathering information about it, and spear phishing to transplant malware into the computers under attack. The companies’ joint research indicates a high probability that the Group’s activities are for the purpose of espionage and intelligence gathering. According to the report, the hackers rely on human weakness and social engineering for the initial infection.

According to the Clear Sky and Minerva researchers, one of the characteristics of this group is its proprietary malware, known as “Babushka.” This malware stays in the computer’s memory only, meaning it does not use the hard disk to save files. The malware communicates with command and control servers and leaks data it has drawn — through DNS queries. The report details the malware’s unique engagement with command and control servers of the group. The report also states that each component of the malware contains an additional component that depends on the previous one — like a Babushka doll.

The Group conducted usage and copying of parts of code from websites and groups that offer open sourced code, which comprise the malware. Hence the nickname CopyKittens.

The group’s level of sophistication, according to the Israeli researchers’ assessment, is moderate to good, and it improves with every new campaign. Their malware is unique, the researchers noted. “They are using DNS queries for the purpose of monitoring and control, as well as to leak information — which is a rare behavior.” The advantage of this approach is that most defense systems installed nowadays by major organizations do not monitor DNS queries.

In their recommendations the authors write that “It’s required that companies and organizations in Israel strengthen the monitoring of their DNS servers.”

The report ends with the remark that “the objective of the hackers is to steal information, but their identity is in doubt, as well as who is financing them. This is not the last time we’ll be hearing about them: they improve their attack performance and are expected to hit in the future.”

JNi.Media

Anonymous Declares Cyber War on ISIS [video]

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Hackers might be able to do to ISIS what the supposedly most powerful nations in the world cannot do. Kill them, not with bombs but with a virus.

The hacker organization known as Anonymous has sided with the good guys with a video warning that it will use its computer savvy to “unite humanity” and “hunt” down the Islamic State (ISIS).

Successfully hacking ISIS websites would be a lethal blow to the barbarians because they suck blood by recruiting screwed-up minds with promises of sex, money and glory on social media.

Anonymous announced to ISIS:

Anonymous from all over the world will hunt you down.

You should know that we will find you and we will not let you go.

Expect massive cyber attacks. War is declared. Get prepared.

The French people are stronger than you and will come out of this atrocity even stronger.

The Anonymous video, posted Sunday, features someone wearing the organization’s Guy Fawkes mask and speaking in French.

Anonymous previously has successfully hacked thousands of ISIS Twitter accounts following last January’s attack on the offices of the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Iranian ‘Rocket Kitten’ Hackers De-Clawed in CyberSpy Operation

Monday, November 9th, 2015

A powerful Iranian government-backed hacker group, “Rocket Kitten,” has been de-clawed in a special operation carried out by police in Europe.

Sources from the Check Point Sofware company, a U.S.-Israeli security firm, were quoted by Reuters as saying they identified the threat presented by the hacker group linked to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, as far back as early 2014.

“Rocket Kitten” had mounted some 1,600 attacks on powerful defense and political global leaders in the United States, Israel, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, among other targets, according to the report.

Researchers at Check Point had located the computers used to launch the attacks. National computer security response teams were informed in Britain, Germany and the Netherlands, the company said. The response teams in turn informed local police about the locations of the attacking “command and control” servers, controlled from Iran.

Among the high-profile personalities targeted by the Iranian hacker group were Israeli nuclear scientists, NATO officials, members of the Saudi Arabian royal family, wives of generals from unidentified nations and Iranian dissidents.

An advance copy of a report on the operation to be released Monday by Check Point explains how the security response teams were able to enter the hacker group’s database and remote-controlled computers to plant a malicious set of software tools.

The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), Europol and FBI have all declined comment on the report.

Hana Levi Julian

FBI: ‘Stop Tying Our Hands in Fight Against ISIS’

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is getting fed up with trying to fight a war against terror with its hands tied behind its back.

FBI Chief James Comey told a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday that denying the agency access to encryption codes makes it easier for terrorist groups to carry out attacks – and makes it harder for law enforcement to prevent them.

“The tools we are asked to use are increasingly ineffective,” Comey said. “ISIL (another acronym for ISIS, or Da’esh) says, ‘Go kill, go kill.’ We are stopping these things so far… but it is incredibly difficult. I cannot see me stopping these indefinitely,” he said.

ISIS and other terrorist organizations are particularly adept at using social media and other electronic methods of communication in order to broadcast their intentions to their followers.

They communication further instructions via secure mobile devices that cannot be tapped by law enforcement without the use of encryption codes and other assistance from the companies who manufacture the devices.

But the companies have resisted requests to provide that assistance, claiming that allowing that access would weaken the systems and make it easier for computer hackers and other criminals to penetrate the networks.

Hana Levi Julian

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