Anonymous vs. ISIS

Anonymous reveals the next phase in its cyber war with ISIS

By on December 10, 2015 at 2:30 PM.

Anonymous reveals the next phase in its cyber war with ISIS

To call the Anonymous cyber war on ISIS ineffectual would be an understatement. First the hacking group provided Twitter with several “wildly inaccurate” lists of supposedly ISIS-related accounts. They then frightened Americans by claiming that a series of coordinated attacks (which never came to fruition) would take place in late November.

Despite what seemed to be good intentions, the group simply wasn’t doing any good. But despite some notable failures, Anonymous might finally have a plan we can all get on board with.

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FBI Zero-Day Exploits

FBI executive admits the organization takes advantage of zero-day exploits

By on December 8, 2015 at 6:25 PM.

FBI executive admits the organization takes advantage of zero-day exploits

Although we’ve long suspected it to be the case, Amy Hess, the executive assistant director of the FBI’s Science and Technology Branch, confirmed this week that the FBI occasionally uses “zero-day” exploits it discovers in software in order to track individuals who might pose a threat to society. More →

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The 3 worst proposals we’ve seen so far for fighting ISIS

The 3 worst proposals we’ve seen so far for fighting ISIS

By on December 7, 2015 at 12:50 PM.

There’s nothing like a terrorist attack to make government officials seemingly lose their senses and propose bad ideas. The recent horrific ISIS related terrorist attacks in Beirut, Paris, San Bernardino and elsewhere have created an understandable sense of fear among people who worry that they too could be gunned down by a fanatic Islamic fundamentalist while attending an office party or eating out at a restaurant. At the same time, it’s useful to not completely overreact to terrorist attacks by proposing ideas that would do long-term harm to our free societies. Let’s go over some of the worst technology-related proposals we’ve seen below. More →

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Obama ISIS Technology Encryption

Obama calls for better gun control, and for tech companies to help fight terrorism

By on December 7, 2015 at 8:00 AM.

Obama calls for better gun control, and for tech companies to help fight terrorism

President Barack Obama all but called out encryption in a 15-minute Address to the Nation speech on Sunday night. The President touched on various subjects related to the recent terrorist attacks, explaining what the U.S. is doing to prevent similar tragedies in the future. Part of the country’s strategy against ISIS involves the ability of intelligence agencies to spy on potential suspects, though Obama didn’t explicitly mention encryption in his speech. Similarly, he did not call out any specific tech companies that currently encrypt their software or online services. More →

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How Google, Facebook and Twitter help governments fight ISIS extremism online

By on December 7, 2015 at 7:15 AM.

How Google, Facebook and Twitter help governments fight ISIS extremism online

The war on terror is also fought online, where hackers are targeting the ISIS online presence to limit its ability to recruit members to its cause. But it’s not just hackers and volunteers that get the job done. Companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter, are actively helping law enforcement agencies fight against the online ISIS movement. But they’re doing it covertly, a new report reveals, both to prevent the public from getting the wrong impression, but also to avoid alerting ISIS about what’s done to put a stop to extremism online. More →

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Spying Encrypted Internet Traffic

One country wants to spy on all its encrypted Internet traffic

By on December 4, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

One country wants to spy on all its encrypted Internet traffic

Western countries including the U.S. and U.K. continue to voice their concerns against encrypted devices and Internet services, saying they hinder the efforts of spy agencies looking to prevent things like the mid-November Paris attacks from happening. American tech companies, which are primarily attacked for their use of encryption, aren’t willing to budge and provide governments backdoors into encrypted devices so that they can be used for spying purposes.

It turns out that one country doesn’t even need Internet companies to get on board – not that this particular country would have any sway on American corporation – and plans to spy on all encrypted Internet traffic going in and out of the country. More →

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Tor Dark Web Security Hack

How the Dark Web’s favorite anonymity tool got hacked

By on December 2, 2015 at 10:33 AM.

How the Dark Web’s favorite anonymity tool got hacked

Ask any hacker about the best ways to stay anonymous online and they’re very likely to mention something called Tor. Tor (a.k.a., The Onion Router) is free software that keeps your online activity anonymous by routing your traffic through several different servers before sending it through to your computer.

Believed to be impenetrable, and thus safe from a government’s prying eyes, Tor’s official browser proved to be an easy target for a couple of researchers last year who devised ways of identifying Internet users using Tor. The security issue may have exposed millions of Tor users for up to six months in 2014 and the FBI is believed to have worked with the researchers to target various Dark Web websites hidden in the Tor net.  More →

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Netflix HBO Go Spotify Hackers Lifetime

Hackers are selling lifetime access to Netflix, HBO Go, Spotify and more for just a few dollars

By on December 1, 2015 at 9:14 AM.

Hackers are selling lifetime access to Netflix, HBO Go, Spotify and more for just a few dollars

It’s common practice to share your Netflix password with your loved ones and friends, but at the end of the day you’re still paying the subscription. However, some people looking for lifetime access to Netflix get their fix differently by purchasing access from hackers for less than $1. More →

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Anonymous Hackers ISIS Terrorists War

Hackers vs. terrorists: How Anonymous wants to beat ISIS

By on November 30, 2015 at 12:38 PM.

Hackers vs. terrorists: How Anonymous wants to beat ISIS

The Anonymous hackers collective declared war on ISIS immediately after the Paris attacks earlier this month. In the days that followed, Anonymous took out thousands of Twitter accounts belonging to the group and also issued warnings about imminent attacks, but that info apparently wasn’t accurate. Anonymous isn’t the only hacker group fighting ISIS right now, and while Anonymous’ efforts might not seem that effective, a person familiar with the group’s efforts explained what’s actually happening behind the scenes. More →

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ISIS Cyber Manual Encryption

Reports saying ISIS created its own cyber manual may have been exaggerated

By on November 25, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

Reports saying ISIS created its own cyber manual may have been exaggerated

There’s no doubt in anybody’s mind that the ISIS attacks on Paris were carefully planned and executed, with some degree of sophistication involved, at least when it comes to avoiding intelligence agencies. Immediately after the tragedy that hit France in mid-November, many speculated that terrorists relied on encrypted devices and apps to thwart detection, although that hasn’t been proved so far. Moreover, reports picked up by the media revealed that ISIS might have an advanced support team in place, that would offer its members round-the-clock guidance when it comes to the digital aspect of their operations.

The same report said that ISIS created its own training manuals detailing best practices for safeguarding one’s privacy, but it turns out that’s not the case. More →

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The anti-Anonymous: Hacking group finds a smarter way to fight ISIS

By on November 24, 2015 at 5:10 PM.

The anti-Anonymous: Hacking group finds a smarter way to fight ISIS

It’s good that Anonymous has decided to declare war on Islamic State but there are questions about whether their actions are actually effective. In particular, Anonymous has drawn criticism for getting several Twitter accounts banned that had nothing to do with supporting or aiding ISIS. The group has also come under fire for hyping up terror threats that authorities have said were never credible. That said, there is a hacking group out there that is trying to be the anti-Anonymous by taking the fight to ISIS in a smarter, subtler fashion. More →

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Amazon Password Leak

Amazon suffers potential password leak, unknown number of accounts affected

By on November 24, 2015 at 9:40 AM.

Amazon suffers potential password leak, unknown number of accounts affected

The Black Friday 2015 shopping season is upon us and Amazon’s big Black Friday sale is in full swing, but some Amazon customers have received an unwelcome gift over the past few days: News that their Amazon account passwords may have been compromised. More →

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