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Washington Declares Hacking an Act of War

Revelations from European leaders on Monday that the National Security Agency bugged European Union offices in Washington and hacked into its computer network bring to light hypocrisy on the part of the U.S. government.


In 2011, the Pentagon released its first formal cyber strategy, which called computer hacking from other nations


Pirate Bay Co-Founder Sentenced to 2 Years Jail

Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, the co-founder of data sharing site The Pirate Bay, has been sentenced to two years in jail for hacking charges and illegal money transfers. Reuters quoted the Nacka district court saying “The hacking has been very extensive and technically advanced… The attacker has affected very sensitive systems.”


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U.S. Government May be Worlds Most Prolific Hacker


The United States government is investing tens of millions of dollars each year on offensive hacking operations in order to exploit vulnerabilities in the computers of its adversaries, Reuters reports.

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According to an in-depth article published Friday by journalist Joseph Menn, the US and its Department of Defense contractors


Anonymous Making Rounds in North Korea

The hacking collective Anonymous targeted the hermit kingdom as part of #OpNorthKorea, a campaign protesting North Korea’s recent nuclear belligerence.

This image was said to be uploaded to North Korea’s Flicker Account by Anonymous

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Chinese university Linked to army ‘hacking’ unit 61938

Researchers at one of China’s top universities collaborated with a Chinese army unit accused of carrying out hacking attacks on the United States, academic papers published online show. The elite Shanghai Jiaotong University conducted network security research with People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Unit 61398, the co-authored papers, accessed by AFP, reveal.

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NSA Chief Warns of Bank Hacks, Then, Chase Gets Hacked

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Gen. Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency, took the stand in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday and an ambitious expansion of the Pentagon’s Cyber Command. “We’ve seen the attacks on Wall Street over the last six months grow significantly,” Alexander told the senators, explaining that denial of


China and U.S. May Talk on Cyber Security

China offered on Tuesday to talk with the United States about cyber security amid an escalating war of words between the two sides on computer hacking, but suspicion is as deep in Beijing as it is in Washington about the accusations and counter-accusations.

The world’s two leading economies have been squaring off for months


U.S. Prepared to Retaliate for Chinese Hacking

As public evidence mounts that the Chinese military is responsible for stealing massive amounts of U.S. government data and corporate trade secrets, the Obama administration is eyeing fines and other trade actions it may take against Beijing or any other country guilty of cyberespionage.

According to officials familiar with the plans, the White House


Covert Chinese Military Unit ‘Behind Prolific Hacking’ Discovered


The BBC’s John Sudworth was detained while filming the reported hub of the hacking operation

A secretive branch of China’s military is most likely one of the world’s “most prolific cyber espionage groups”, a US cyber security firm has said.

Mandiant said Unit 61398 was believed to have “systematically stolen hundreds of terabytes


N.Y. Times Under Attack for Last 4 Months


For the last four months, Chinese hackers have persistently attacked The New York Times, infiltrating its computer systems and getting passwords for its reporters and other employees.

The New York Times published an article in October about the wealth of the family of China’s prime minister, Wen Jiabao, in both English and Chinese.



Defense Co. Hacked, Plans for Chemical Warfare Attacks Revealed

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A British defense company has been breached and as a result a heap of documents have been published online and now the site has gone offline.

The attack is on britam defence ( and has been claimed by a hacker using the handle JAsIrX who uploaded the leaked


Coming Air Traffic Control System Hackable


An ongoing multibillion-dollar overhaul of the nation’s air traffic control (ATC) system is designed to make commercial aviation more efficient, more environmentally friendly and safer by 2025.

But some white-hat hackers are questioning the safety part. The Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) will rely on Global Positioning Systems (GPS) instead of radar. And


Nearly all Greek Citizens get Hacked


A computer programmer has been arrested in Greece for allegedly stealing the identity information of most of the country’s population.

Reuters reports that the 35-year-old was found in possession of “nine million data files containing identification card data, addresses, tax ID numbers and licence plate numbers”, which he was also suspected


Iranian Hackers Continue Internet Attacks on Financial Institutions


Iranian hackers renewed a campaign of cyberattacks against U.S. banks this week, targeting Capital One Financial Corp. COF -1.11% and BB&T Corp. BBT -4.62%and openly defying U.S. warnings to halt, U.S. officials and others involved in the investigation into the attacks said.

The attacks, which disrupted


Experiments in Hacking the Human Brain


Once the preserve of science fiction, brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) have advanced to the point where they can even be found in novelty head-gear, which only makes this achievement of an international team of scientists more frightening. Using an off-the-shelf Emotive BCI costing only a few hundred dollars, the team has shown that it’s possible


Reuters News Agency Hacked

Hackers took over the blogging platform of the Reuters news agency and posted “fabricated” stories said to include an interview with a Syrian rebel leader, the company said Friday.

“ was a target of a hack on Friday,” said a statement from parent firm Thomson Reuters.

“Our blogging platform was compromised and fabricated blog


Danger: Hackable Drones and GPS

On the evening of June 19, a group of researchers from the University of Texas successfully hijacked a civilian drone at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico during a test organized by the Department of Homeland Security.

The drone, an Adaptive Flight Hornet Mini, was hovering


At Risk: Hacking Critical Infrastructure

The government is witnessing an uptick in assaults on the computers that control industrial operations such as power transmission and transportation, the top Homeland Security Department cybersecurity official said this week.

Mark Weatherford, the first-ever deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity at DHS’s National Protection and Programs Directorate, knows a lot about the topic and how government


Rupert Murdoch Apologizes for Phone Hacking

London (CNN) — Rupert Murdoch admitted Thursday there had been a “cover-up” of phone hacking at his flagship British tabloid newspaper and apologized for not paying more attention to a scandal that has convulsed his media empire and rocked the British political establishment.

And he said that he had shut down the best-selling News of


Electric Meters Hacked

A series of hacks perpetrated against so-called “smart meter” installations over the past several years may have cost a single U.S. electric utility hundreds of millions of dollars annually, the FBI said in a cyber intelligence bulletin obtained by KrebsOnSecurity. The law enforcement agency said this is the first known report of criminals compromising the


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