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How to Hack Healthcare.gov?
benswann.com
by Joshua Cook
November 23, 2013

How to hack Healthcare.gov? Just ask cyber security professional and "white hat hacker" David Kennedy.

Low enrollment might be a blessing in disguise for the Obama administration after it was announced that the Affordable Care Act's website, healthcare.gov, has flawed security and puts users at high risk for having their data stolen by hackers. According to ABC News, Internet security professionals met with Congress Nov. 19 to expose their security findings and warned that, in its current state, healthcare.gov should be taken off line until it's free of security flaws.

NSA infected 50,000 computer networks with malicious software
nrc.nl
November 23, 2013

The American intelligence service - NSA - infected more than 50,000 computer networks worldwide with malicious software designed to steal sensitive information.

Documents provided by former NSA-employee Edward Snowden and seen by this newspaper, prove this. A management presentation dating from 2012 explains how the NSA collects information worldwide. In addition, the presentation shows that the intelligence service uses 'Computer Network Exploitation' (CNE) in more than 50,000 locations. CNE is the secret infiltration of computer systems achieved by installing malware, malicious software. One example of this type of hacking was discovered in September 2013 at the Belgium telecom provider Belgacom. For a number of years the British intelligence service - GCHQ - has been installing this malicious software in the Belgacom network in order to tap their customers' telephone and data traffic. The Belgacom network was infiltrated by GCHQ through a process of luring employees to a false Linkedin page.

Since When Are Your Phone Calls Private, Goverment Lawyer Asks
Courthouse News Service
by Nick Divito
November 22, 2013

Since Americans expect their phone companies to keep records of their calls, they have no basis to challenge the National Security Agency's mass collection of that data, a lawyer for the government argued Friday.

Americans have "no reasonable expectation" to privacy when it comes to the telephone calls they make, Assistant Attorney General Stuart Delery said at a packed hearing in federal court. "People assume that phone companies are recording phone numbers and how long the call lasted," he said. "We know that because all of us get the bills with those details." U.S. District Judge William Pauley III is presiding over the trial stemming from the revelation of a then-classified court order that compelled Verizon to turn over domestic phone records for millions of Americans.

How an FBI informant orchestrated the Stratfor hack
dailydot.com
by Audra Schroeder
November 15, 2013

Sitting inside a medium-security federal prison in Kentucky, Jeremy Hammond looks defiant and frustrated.

"[The FBI] could've stopped me," he told the Daily Dot last month at the Federal Correctional Institution, Manchester. "They could've. They knew about it. They could've stopped dozens of sites I was breaking into." Hammond is currently serving the remainder of a 10-year prison sentence in part for his role in one of the most high-profile cyberattacks of the early 21st century. His 2011 breach of Strategic Forecasting, Inc. (Stratfor) left tens of thousands of Americans vulnerable to identity theft and irrevocably damaged the Texas-based intelligence firm's global reputation. He was also indicted for his role in the June 2011 hack of an Arizona state law enforcement agency's computer servers.

Confirmed: CIA, NSA, IRS collected and shared Americans' personal information
RT
November 14, 2013

On a mission to detect untrustworthy employees, nearly 30 government agencies collected and shared the personal information of thousands of Americans, many of whom had no ties to the federal government.

A list of 4,904 people was created by US officials investigating two men for allegedly teaching people how to pass polygraph tests. This list was shared with agencies such as the Internal Revenue Service, the CIA, the Food and Drug Administration, and the National Security Agency (NSA), who then entered the names in their database. They are keeping the list in the event that one of the flagged individuals submits to a lie detector test for a federal job. As McClatchy reports, however, a large number of names on the list belong to individuals who don't work for the government. Some were firefighters, nurses, police officers, Rite Aid employees, American Red Cross employees, a cancer researcher, and more.

Find out if your data was leaked in the Adobe hack
zdnet.com
by Violet Blue
November 11, 2013

Adobe's database was hacked on October 3, impacting an estimated 150 million Adobe users. Here's a simple way to see if you're affected.

Wonder if your email address, password, credit card information or more was leaked to the world when Adobe's database was hacked last October? If you've gotten your email address anywhere near an Adobe product past or present, then the answer is: probably. Recent reports reveal that Adobe's stolen database held around 150 million user accounts - and not the 2.9 million Adobe originally reported, or the 38 million Krebs on Security later reported.

Breaking: National Think Tank Launches Attack On NSA: The Secret To Killing It? Water
benswann.com
by Michael Lotfi
November 11, 2013

In a bold move, one think tank is going above the rhetoric and mobilizing a nation to fight back against the NSA.

The power of many is derived from the power of one, and Michael Boldin, Executive Director of the Tenth Amendment Center, is one titan the government has pushed too far. The plan? It's crazy, and risky. So was the iPhone. Attack the Achilles heel of the NSA. Water.

Made-in-China home appliances contain spy chips
dcclothesline.com
November 9, 2013

Those cheap made-in-China home appliances you bought from Walmart, like electric irons and tea kettles, may contain computer chips that will infect your computer with viruses.

The BBC News reports that Rossiya 24, the Russian state-owned TV channel, showed footage of a technician opening up an iron included in a batch of Chinese imports to find a "spy chip" with "a little microphone". The hidden spy chips are mostly being used to spread viruses, by connecting to any computer within a 656 ft radius which uses unprotected Wi-Fi networks. Other products found to have rogue components reportedly included mobile phones and car dashboard cameras.

St. Louis Woman Is Victim of Identity Theft After Signing Up for Obamacare
youtube.com
November 8, 2013

Lisa Martinson called customer service after she forgot her password. That's when she was told three different people were given the password to her account, her address and her Social Security number. Then she was told it would take up to five days to get her personal information offline.

Database hacking spree on US Army, NASA, and others costs gov't millions
arstechnica.com
by Dan Goodin
October 28, 2013

"You have no idea how much we can f**k with the US," alleged hacker says.

Federal prosecutors have accused a UK man of hacking thousands of computer systems, many of them belonging to the US government, and stealing massive quantities of data that resulted in millions of dollars in damages to victims. Lauri Love, 28, was arrested on Friday at his residence in Stradishall, UK following a lengthy investigation by the US Army, US prosecutors in New Jersey said. According to prosecutors, the attacks date back to at least October 2012. Love and other alleged hackers are said to have breached networks belonging to the Army, the US Missile Defense Agency, NASA, the Environmental Protection Agency, and others, in most cases by exploiting vulnerabilities in SQL databases and the Adobe ColdFusion Web application. The objective of the year-long hacking spree was to disrupt the operations and infrastructure of the US government by stealing large amounts of military data and personally identifying information of government employees and military personnel, a 21-page indictment said.

     

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