December 6, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The U.S. intelligence community is nearing completion of its first detailed review of cyber-spying against American targets from abroad, including an attempt to calculate U.S. financial losses from hacker attacks based in China, officials said. The National Intelligence Estimate, the first involving cyber-espionage, also will seek to determine how large a role the Chinese government plays in directing or coordinating digital attacks aimed at stealing U.S. intellectual property, according to officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a classified undertaking.
December 4, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - As head of the FBI's cyber crimes division, Shawn Henry often had to deal with exasperated company executives after his agents informed them that their networks had been hacked and their secrets pilfered. "By whom?" the company officials would ask. "What have they taken? Where did it go?" "Sorry," Henry's agents had to reply, "that's classified. " Even though the FBI in many cases had evidence the attacker had been backed by a foreign intelligence agency, agents couldn't disclose it because the U.S. government believed doing so could compromise top-secret sources and methods.
October 25, 2012 |
Barnes & Noble, the country's largest bookseller, said data thieves hacked into payment devices and may have stolen customer credit and debit card information at 63 of its stores nationwide, including 20 in California. Hackers planted bugs in a single card reader at each of the stores, the company said. Customers swipe their payment cards through the machines and, if using a debit card, enter their personal identification number. Those PINs may be at risk, along with other account information, potentially giving thieves access to customers' private accounts.
October 16, 2012 |
LONDON - In a case that has dogged Anglo-American relations for a decade, Britain said Tuesday that it would not send a confessed computer hacker to the United States to face charges relating to a spectacular break-in of Pentagon databases and other sensitive networks around the time of the Sept. 11 attacks. Home Secretary Theresa May also said that the British government, Washington's closest ally, would reexamine its controversial fast-track extradition treaty with the U.S. to see how some suspects might be kept here in Britain for trial rather than shipped across the Atlantic.
September 11, 2012 |
Websites hosted by Internet domain registrar GoDaddy were knocked offline Monday as a hacker group claimed responsibility for the disruption. GoDaddy in Scottsdale, Ariz., is one of the nation's largest Web hosting companies, with more than 5 million clients. It declined to say how many websites went down or what caused them to crash. "GoDaddy did experience some intermittent outages, and it impacted our site and some customer sites," spokeswoman Elizabeth Driscoll said. "We're working to restore all services.
September 11, 2012 |
BlueToad, a digital publishing company in Florida, said a stolen list of 1 million Apple device IDs came from its computers, not the FBI's, as an Internet hacker group has claimed. Chief Executive Paul DeHart said Monday that BlueToad took a look at the stolen data that had been posted online, compared the data with the company's and found that there was a "significant match. " "At that point we knew conclusively that it was our data that'd been compromised," he said in a phone interview, adding that the company was the victim of a cyber attack a week and a half ago. DeHart said BlueToad develops apps for magazine, newspaper and book publishers.
September 11, 2012 |
GoDaddy said hackers were not responsible for millions of websites it hosts going offline Monday. The Arizona-based company, which has registered more than 53 million Internet domains and hosts more than 5 million websites, said the issues were caused by internal problems. "The service outage was not caused by external influences. It was not a "hack" and it was not a denial of service attack (DDoS)," the company's interim chief executive, Scott Wagner, said in an email statement Tuesday morning.
September 5, 2012 |
A hacker group's claim that it obtained from an FBI laptop a file with more than 12 million identification numbers for Apple iPhones, iPads and other devices has set off widespread speculation about why a federal agency would possess such information. But the FBI disputed the allegation Tuesday, saying that "at this time, there is no evidence indicating that an FBI laptop was compromised or that the FBI either sought or obtained this data. " If the FBI's denials prove correct, the agency may have been the victim of a clever hoax by the group known as AntiSec that spurred thousands of headlines around the Web and left readers wondering how and why the FBI could have gotten access to Apple customer records.
September 4, 2012 |
A hacker group known as AntiSec claims it stole the identification numbers for 12 million Apple devices and has posted information on a million of them on a website. AntiSec, which is short for anti-security, alleges it gained access to a file containing the list of the Apple IDs after hacking into the computer of an FBI agent. It did not identify the agent or who the ID numbers belonged to. AntiSec said it chose to release a portion of the Apple IDs list to get people's attention to its claims that the FBI is gathering people's Apple device details.
August 16, 2012 |
A security firm announced this week it plans to launch a new security system that will not only protect you from hackers but will also go after them. CAT Inc. says its patented OT-OCN technology-based security system is built to give users, small businesses and enterprises piece of mind when surfing the Web by giving them a system that will stop hackers and attack them too. The company said its system lets users know whenever a hacker goes after them. It then informs users how a hacker's attempted attack was stopped and where the attack originated from.