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[ISN] Word up: BlackEnergy SCADA hackers change tactics

www.theregister.co.uk/2016/01/28/blackenergy_tv_station_attack/ By John Leyden The Register 28 Jan 2016 A new BlackEnergy spear-phishing campaign is targeting more Ukrainian firms, including a television channel. A spear-phishing document found by Kaspersky Lab analysts mentions the far-right Ukrainian nationalist political party “Right Sector” and appears to have been used in an attack against a popular television channel in Ukraine. Ukrainian TV station “STB” was previously named as a victim of the BlackEnergy Wiper attacks in October 2015. The Russian-speaking BlackEnergy APT group are notoriously blamed for malware-based attacks against utilities that led to short power outages in the days before Christmas. The BlackEnergy APT group has been actively using spear-phishing emails carrying malicious Excel documents with macros to infect computers in a targeted network since the middle of last year. However, in January this year, Kaspersky Lab researchers discovered a new malicious document which infects the system with a BlackEnergy Trojan. Unlike the Excel documents used in previous attacks, this was a Microsoft Word document. […]




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[ISN] How much at risk is the U.S.’s critical infrastructure? (fwd)

www.csoonline.com/article/3024873/security/how-much-at-risk-is-the-uss-critical-infrastructure.html By Taylor Armerding CSO Jan 21, 2016 There is universal agreement that modern warfare or crime fighting is not just about bullets, bombs and missiles in physical space. It’s also about hacking in cyber space. But over the past decade there has been much less agreement over how much of a threat hackers are. On one side are those – some of them top government officials – who have warned that a cyber attack on the nation’s critical infrastructure could be catastrophic, amounting to a “cyber Pearl Harbor.” Those warnings prompted the recent book by retired ABC TV “Nightline” anchor Ted Koppel titled, “Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath.” Other experts argue just as forcefully that while the threats are real and should be taken seriously, the risks are not even close to catastrophic. They say those who predict catastrophe are peddling FUD – fear, uncertainty and doubt. […]


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[ISN] Fathers’ Rights Protesters Scale Roof on Buckingham Palace Grounds

abcnews.go.com/International/fathers-rights-protesters-scale-roof-buckingham-palace-grounds/story?id=35477272 By CAROLYN DURAND ABC News Nov 29, 2015 Two men involved in a fathers’ rights group scaled a roof of a building on the Buckingham Palace grounds, remaining there for a few hours before climbing down and surrendering to police. The men climbed onto the roof of the Queens Gallery, a public art gallery on the Buckingham Palace grounds that has a separate entrance from the residence itself. The Queen and Prince Philip were not at the palace today. The men are a part of the fathers’ rights group Fathers For Justice. The activists claimed to have breached security by creating a distraction and climbing a ladder, according to the group. One member told British television station ITV over the phone that it was “easy” and he could “have gone further.” […]


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[ISN] Ted Koppel Writes Entire Book About How Hackers Will Take Down Our Electric Grid… And Never Spoke To Any Experts

www.techdirt.com/articles/20151117/07350332835/ted-koppel-writes-entire-book-about-how-hackers-will-take-down-our-electric-grid-never-spoke-to-any-experts.shtml By Mike Masnick Techdirt.com Nov 19th 2015 Famous TV news talking head Ted Koppel recently came out with a new book called Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath. The premise, as you may have guessed, is that we’re facing a huge risk that “cyberattackers” are going to take down the electric grid, and will be able to take it down for many weeks or months, and the US government isn’t remotely prepared for it. Here’s how Amazon describes the book: Investigative reporting that reads like fiction – or maybe I just wish it was fiction. In Lights Out, Ted Koppel flashes his journalism chops to introduce us to a frightening scenario, where hackers have tapped into and destroyed the United States power grids, leaving Americans crippled. Koppel outlines the many ways our government and response teams are far from prepared for an un-natural disaster that won’t just last days or weeks – but months – and also shows us how a growing number of individuals have taken it upon themselves to prepare. Whether you pick up this book to escape into a good story, or for a potentially potent look into the future, you will not be disappointed. The book also has quotes (“blurbs” as they’re called) from lots of famous people


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[ISN] Maine police departments pay hackers to unlock computer system

http://www.pressherald.com/2015/04/10/police-departments-pay-hackers-to-unlock-computer-system/ By Staff Reports Portland Press Herald April 10, 2015 Police departments in midcoast and northern Maine said they have paid ransom to hackers to keep their computer files from being destroyed, WCSH-TV reported Friday night. The Portland station said the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and four towns paid $300 to the hackers after a virus, called a “megacode,” was downloaded on a computer system they share. Lincoln County Sheriff Todd Bracket said that the computer system was unusable until the fee was paid, and that the hackers claimed the program, called “ransomware,” would wipe the entire computer system clean if the fee wasn’t paid. The creator of the virus gave the sheriff’s office a code to unlock the computer system after the money was received. The county paid in bitcoins, an online currency. […]


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[ISN] Hacked French TV network admits “blunder” that exposed YouTube password

http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/04/hacked-french-tv-network-admits-blunder-that-exposed-youtube-password/ By Dan Goodin Ars Technica April 12, 2015 The head of the French TV network that suspended broadcasting following last week’s hack attack has confirmed the service exposed its own passwords during a TV interview, but said the gaffe came only after the breach. “We don’t hide the fact that this is a blunder,” the channel’s director general Yves Bigot, told the AFP news service. The exposure came during an interview a rival TV service broadcast on the TV5Monde attack. During the questioning, a TV5Monde journalist sat in front of several scraps of paper hanging on a window. One of them showed the password of for the network’s YouTube account. As Ars reported last week, the pass code was “lemotdepassedeyoutube,” which translates in English to “the password of YouTube.” Bigot stressed that the passwords were broadcast only after the hack attack, which occurred overnight Wednesday when hackers compromised TV5Monde servers and social networking accounts. A TV5Monde manager told AFP that the gaffe came in the immediate aftermath of the hack attack, when network managers were scrambling to quickly hand out new temporary online access codes. […]


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[ISN] Target poised to settle breach for $10 million

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2015/03/18/target-hack-breach-10-million/24991847/ By Jay Knoll KARE-TV March 19, 2015 MINNEAPOLIS – Target Corp. is poised to settle a class-action lawsuit filed following the retailer’s massive data breach in 2013, court documents filed Wednesday in Minnesota show. A $10 million dollar fund will be established for victims of the breach, the 97-page settlement says. Victims will be eligible for up to $10,000 compensation each. Some aspects of the proposed class action settlement appear unique, said Mark Melodia, founder of the information technology, privacy and data security practice at the law firm of Reed Smith in New York City. “First, the amount of attorneys’ fees contemplated by this deal is at the high end of the historical range, even for multi-district litigation proceedings,” Melodia said, cautioning that he has not had time to study the settlement. […]


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[ISN] ‘CSI: Cyber’ review: Hackwork

http://www.nj.com/entertainment/tv/index.ssf/2015/03/csi_cyber_review_patricia_arquette_cbs.html By Vicki Hyman NJ Advance Media for NJ.com March 04, 2015 Thank goodness Patricia Arquette just won an Oscar, because otherwise I’d really have nothing to say about “CSI: Cyber.” The newest “CSI” franchise, which debuts on CBS tonight at 10 p.m., is about the FBI’s cyber crime division, comes with all the series’ high-tech visual flourishes and stars “Boyhood” star Arquette, who, um, just won an Oscar. Yeah. Oh! This time, the Who theme song is “I Can See For Miles.” I’m not saying “CSI: Cyber” isn’t worth watching. I’m just saying there’s not a heck of a lot to say about it. (The original flavor “CSI” is still plugging away after 15 years, while the Miami and New York franchises lasted 10 and 9 seasons, respectively. The latest entry is a bit different in that there’s a lot of people peering at computer screens instead of into microscopes. […]


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