0quote:'Anonymous' blamed for wave of cyberattacks on Friday - 10News.com KGTV ABC10 San Diego
Withering cyberattacks on server farms of a key internet firm repeatedly disrupted access to major websites and online services including Twitter, Netflix and PayPal across the United States on Friday. The White House called the disruption malicious and a hacker group claimed responsibility, though its assertion couldn't be verified.
Manchester, New Hampshire-based Dyn Inc. said its data centers were hit by three waves of distributed denial-of-service attacks, which overwhelm targeted machines with junk data traffic. The attacks, shifting geographically, had knock-on effects for users trying to access popular websites across the U.S. even in Europe.
"The complexity of the attacks is what is making it so difficult for us," said Kyle York, the company's chief strategy officer. "What they are actually doing is moving around the world with each attack." He said an East Coast data center was hit first; attacks on an offshore target followed later.
The data flood came from tens of millions of different Internet-connected machines — including increasingly popular but highly insecure household devices such as web-connected cameras. It was an onslaught whose global shifts suggested a sophisticated attacker, though Dyn said it had neither suspect nor motive.
The level of disruption was difficult to gauge, but Dyn serves some of the biggest names on the web, providing the domain name services that translate the numerical internet addresses into human-readable destinations such as "twitter.com."
Steve Grobman, chief technology officer at Intel Security, compared an outage at a domain name services company to tearing up a map or turning off GPS before driving to the department store. "It doesn't matter that the store is fully open or operational if you have no idea how to get there," he said in a telephone interview.
Jason Read, founder of the internet performance monitoring firm CloudHarmony, owned by Gartner Inc., said his company tracked a half-hour-long disruption early Friday in which roughly one in two end users would have found it impossible to access various websites from the East Coast.
"We've been monitoring Dyn for years and this is by far the worst outage event that we've observed," said Read.
Dyn provides services to some 6 percent of America's Fortune 500 companies, he said. A full list of affected companies wasn't immediately available but Twitter, Netflix, PayPal and the coder hangout Github said they experienced problems.
HACKERS CLAIM RESPONSIBILITY
Members of a shadowy collective that calls itself New World Hackers claimed responsibility for the attack via Twitter. They said they organized networks of connected "zombie" computers called botnets that threw a staggering 1.2 terabits per second of data at the Dyn-managed servers.
"We didn't do this to attract federal agents, only test power," two collective members who identified themselves as "Prophet" and "Zain" told an AP reporter via Twitter direct message exchange. They said more than 10 member participated in the attack. It was not immediately possible to verify the claim.
Dyn officials said they have received no claim of responsibility, but are working with law enforcement.
The collective, @NewWorldHacking on Twitter, has in the past claimed responsibility for similar attacks against sites including ESPN.com in September and the BBC on Dec. 31. The attack on the BBC marshaled half the computing power of Friday's onslaught.
The collective has also claimed responsibility for cyberattacks against Islamic State. The two said about 30 people have access to the @NewWorkdHacking Twitter account. They claim 20 are in Russia and 10 in China. "Prophet" said he is in India. "Zain" said he is in China. The two claimed to their actions were "good," presumably because they highlighted internet security problems.
Another collective member the AP previously communicated with via direct message called himself "Ownz" and identified himself as a 19-year-old in London. He told the AP that the group — or at least he — sought only to expose security vulnerabilities.
During the attack on the ESPN site, "Ownz" was asked if the collective made any demands on sites it attacked, such as demanding blackmail money. "We will make one demand actually. Secure your website and get better servers, otherwise be attacked again," he said.
THE VULNERABLE INTERNET
For James Norton, the former deputy secretary at the Department of Homeland Security who now teaches on cybersecurity policy at Johns Hopkins University, the incident was an example of how attacks on key junctures in the network can yield massive disruption.
"I think you can see how fragile the internet network actually is," he said.
Dyn officials said attacks stemmed from tens of millions of devices connected to the internet — closed-circuit video cameras, digital video recorders and even thermostats — that were infected with malware.
"The Internet of Things sort of ran way ahead of how the Internet was architected," Dyn's York said on a call with reporters. He said there are between 10-15 billion such devices online.
Dyn first became aware of an attack around 7:00 a.m. local time, focused on data centers on the East Coast of the U.S. Services were restored about two hours later. But then attackers shifted to offshore data centers, and problems continue.
"It is a very smart attack. As we start to mitigate they react and start to throw something that's over the top," York said on a call with reporters.
The second attack broadened its net, affecting the U.S. West Coast. "Prophet" of New World Hackers said hacktivists of the broad, more amorphous Anonymous collective piled on in the third wave on Friday afternoon.
"We've stopped all our attacks," he said at midafternoon. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security was monitoring the situation, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters Friday. He said he had no information about who may be behind the disruption.
Security experts have recently expressed concern over increasing power of denial-of-service attacks following high-profile electronic assaults against investigative journalist Brian Krebs and French internet service provider OVH .
In a widely shared essay titled "Someone Is Learning How to Take Down the Internet," respected security expert Bruce Schneier said last month that major internet infrastructure companies were seeing a series of worrying denial-of-service attacks.
"Someone is extensively testing the core defensive capabilities of the companies that provide critical internet services," he said.
quote:30GB Bradley Foundation Data Hack Reveals $150 Million Hillary Campaign Donation | HNN – Higgins News Network
The Hacker Group Anonymous has just released 30 Gigabytes of data it claims was hacked from the Bradley Foundation which apparently serves as a money laundering front between the Rothschild Asset management, Inc.and the Hillary Clinton campaign through the Clinton Foundation.
The announcement just came via the Anonymous Global Twitter account.
Anonymous has hacked the Bradley Foundation and releases 30GB of documents https://mega.nz/#!exxkyI5(...)mZDnKManv8fJfI1N5WwQ #HillaryClinton #Rothschilds
With the ongoing investigation into the Clinton Foundation due to pay to play and money laundering allegations connected to this organization things could get very interesting soon.
The FBI can add this to Wiener’s 650,000 emails and the emails from the Podesta Leaks which already provide more than enough evidence to provide a prima facie case for a RICO indictment.
Update: News spreads quick, The story is being discussed here where users are posted the screenshots of the breach saying the leak is real.
Here is the contents of the structure of the dump:
An perhaps the most damaging part of all of this is once all is said and done there will be no acid washing their servers with bleach bit as one of the documents show there are monthly back ups of there data being stored in a safety deposit box.
There is also an oddly named file called “Insurance records” which could be actual financial insurance files but given the depth of the criminal network it could also be a black mail file.
The account also posted the following which gives a document count and a screen shot of some files that appear to have data on offshore accounts.
Another apparently anonymous related account has tweeted that this dump is retribution for the Government attempting to cover up the findings of the Hillary Clinton FBI investigation.
FBI released this to let the American people know they posses the 33K emails raise hell now call call call!
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quote:For about two years now, Anonymous has waged its own online war against ISIS. Anonymous-affiliated hackers, as well as several splinter groups, have claimed to have taken down countless pro-ISIS Twitter accounts, websites, and even to have gathered crucial intelligence about the terrorist group’s operations.
No one know for sure how effective any of these efforts have been, but having hackers who identify as Anonymous members try to help police and intelligence agencies has been a shocking sight, considering the group has always cultivated an anti-government image. It’s been a shock even for some longtime members of the hacktivist movement, who have opposed the idea of helping authorities.
Read more: How a Teenage Hacker Became the Target of a US Drone Strike
To understand whether this divide has caused a significant chasm within Anonymous, we spoke with a hacker who calls himself Discordian, and has been a member of Anonymous since 2010. Discordian didn’t mince any word when speaking about how bad the internal conflict has been.
“I think you could almost call it a civil war, it’s that bad,” Discordian said.
Watch the full interview with Discordian in the video above.
Het artikel gaat verder.quote:Million Mask March: police to curb protests amid fears of violence
Conditions imposed by Met under Public Order Act include 9pm curfew and restrictions on assembly in Trafalgar Square
Scotland Yard has imposed stringent restrictions on protesters gathering in Westminster on Saturday for the Million Mask March, after clashes with police, incidents of criminal damage and attempts to invade official buildings at previous years’ events.
The gathering of thousands in central London – in protest at austerity economics, official corruption, erosion of civil liberties, surveillance and a litany of other causes – is held annually on 5 November, a date held as symbolic for its connection with the gunpowder plot.
This year, with the date falling on a Saturday, the demonstration is likely to be one of the biggest yet. Nearly 20,000 people have indicated they will attend on the main Facebook event page.
Conditions imposed by police under the Public Order Act restrict any “static assembly” in Trafalgar Square, a cordoned-off area opposite Downing Street on Whitehall, and the centre of Parliament Square.
Any march by protesters must begin from Trafalgar Square and stay within an area bounded by Trafalgar Square, Northumberland Avenue, Victoria Embankment, Bridge Street, Parliament Square, Parliament Street and Whitehall, according to the conditions.
Activities must start no earlier than 6pm and be finished by 9pm, and any person found to be in breach of conditions may face arrest, police said.
quote:Police make 53 arrests at the Million Mask March - BBC News
Fifty-three people were arrested as the Million Mask March made its way through central London, police have said.
Protesters wearing Guy Fawkes masks joined the anti-capitalist demonstrations from Trafalgar Square to Parliament on Saturday evening.
Strict conditions were imposed by the Met Police on this year's march following disorder at the 2015 event.
Police said the arrests were for drugs, offensive weapons, criminal damage, public order and obstruction offences.
The protest is one of several similar marches held worldwide on 5 November to demonstrate against capitalism.
Organised by the hacking group Anonymous, the demonstration took place along the route during a three-hour window between 18:00 and 21:00.
Some protesters climbed the base of Nelson's column and chanted the slogan "one solution, revolution" while others ignited fireworks and flares in front of Westminster Abbey.
There was a large police presence outside the Houses of Parliament and demonstrators were told to stay within the agreed boundaries as the march moved forward.
There were "pockets of disorder" and a number of fireworks were thrown, although the Met said most participants in the march were peaceful and there had been no "need for containment".
Commander Ben-Julian Harrington, the Met officer in charge of policing protests in London, said: "I would like to commend my officers policing this challenging event for their professionalism and faultless co-ordination.
"I would also like to thank those participants who conducted themselves in a peaceful manner as well as Londoners and those visiting our city for their patience and tolerance."
Last year's protest resulted in 50 arrests as four police officers and six horses were injured in clashes with demonstrators.
quote:Anonymous suddenly took an active role in the battle against the Dakota Access Pipeline, knocking offline the website of ‘less-than lethal’ weapons manufacturer, Safariland.com — whose tear gas canisters, concussion grenades, and other weapons were used by police against peaceful water protectors in an all-out assault Sunday night.
quote:Temperatuur daalt maar protest vlamt op in North Dakota | NOS
Steeds meer Amerikanen sluiten zich aan bij het Standing Rock-protest tegen een omstreden pijpleiding in de Amerikaanse staat North Dakota, zeggen de demonstranten. Op Facebook schrijven zij dat zich opnieuw honderden mensen hebben gemeld om te protesteren tegen de aanleg van de Dakota Access-oliepijpleiding.
In het Standing Rock-reservaat, dat zich uitstrekt over North en South Dakota, demonstreren al maanden Sioux-indianen en milieu-activisten bij de Missouri-rivier. Hoeveel mensen er precies bij het protest betrokken zijn is niet bekend. De politie schat dat er zo'n 2000 betogers in het gebied bivakkeren. Zij zijn niet van plan op te geven. Ook niet nu de confrontaties met agenten steeds grimmiger worden.
Deze week zette de politie traangas en waterkanonnen in tegen de demonstranten, bij temperaturen van rond de 20 graden onder nul. Ook werden er tasers, rubberkogels en projectielen gebruikt. Tientallen demonstranten belandden in het ziekenhuis. Onder hen was een 21-jarige activiste, die werd geraakt door een flitsgranaat en vrijwel alle botten in haar linkerarm brak.
De lokale sheriff ontkent dat agenten projectielen gooiden en zegt dat er brandslangen zijn gebruikt in plaats van waterkanonnen. Volgens de politie zijn het juist de betogers die zich gewelddadig gedragen. De activisten beschuldigen op hun beurt agenten van buitensporig geweld.
De situatie in North Dakota liep zondag uit de hand, toen activisten blokkades van de Backwater-brug wilden verwijderen. Die brug ligt dicht bij het tentenkamp van de Sioux-indianen en milieu-activisten en werd weken geleden gesloten door de overheid. De autoriteiten zeggen dat de brug is beschadigd door de betogers, de demonstranten denken dat de overheid hun aanvoerroute wil afsnijden.
"Ze proberen ons pijn te doen", zegt Arlana Curley van de Sioux-stam tegen The Guardian, "omdat we opstaan tegen de grote bedrijven." Haar stam woont in het gebied waar de pijpleiding zou worden aangelegd. Net als andere indianen is ze bang dat de Dakota Access-leiding heilige plaatsen zal verstoren en drinkwater zal vervuilen.
Daarom houden Curley en haar mede-demonstranten het project, dat zo'n 3,5 miljard euro kost, al maanden tegen. Tot frustratie van het Texaanse bedrijf Energy Transfer Partners, dat olie uit de velden van North Dakota naar raffinaderijen aan de Golf van Mexico wil brengen. Het grootste deel van de 1900 kilometer lange pijpleiding is al aangelegd, alleen het laatste stukje mist nog.
Als het aan de betogers ligt, wordt het project nooit afgemaakt. "We zijn nog maar net begonnen", vertelt de 18-jarige demonstrant Dan LeBeaux. "Het wordt steeds kouder en steeds heviger." Hij hoopt dat het geweld van de politie tot meer steun leidt voor het Standing Rock-protest.
Dat lijkt ook te gebeuren. Gisteren gingen in CaliforniŰ 120 studenten uit solidariteit de straat op. Eerder werd ook in andere Amerikaanse steden al geprotesteerd. Een petitie tegen de pijpleiding is al bijna 400.000 keer ondertekend.
De betogers hebben een eigen website en zijn een actie gestart om geld in te zamelen.
Ondertussen onderzoekt de Amerikaanse overheid of de leiding ook een andere route kan afleggen. Daar is alleen nog steeds geen uitsluitsel over gegeven, iets wat president Obama op veel kritiek is komen te staan. Hij heeft wel gezegd dat het mogelijk moet zijn de heilige plaatsen van de Sioux te respecteren.
Of de aanstaande president Trump daar ook zo over denkt, is onduidelijk. Hij wordt gezien als vriend van de olie-industrie en heeft aandelen in Energy Transfer Partners. Daarnaast stopte de CEO van het oliebedrijf honderdduizend dollar in Trumps campagne. De gekozen president heeft nog geen officieel standpunt ingenomen over de Dakota Access-leiding, maar Amerikaanse media verwachten dat hij de aanleg zal steunen.
Volgens de politie staat de overheid nog steeds achter het optreden van de agenten. De vader van het meisje dat haar arm brak, snapt niets van de agressieve tactieken. "North Dakota is geen Afghanistan en het is ook geen Irak. Het kan niet zo zijn dat er granaten worden gegooid naar vreedzame betogers."
quote:Belangrijke Surinaamse websites gehackt door Anonymous | NOS
Een aantal grote Surinaamse internetsites ligt plat na een cyberaanval door de hackersgroep Anonymous. Het gaat om de belangrijke informatiewebsite van de overheid (www.gov.sr), die van de regeringspartij NDP van president Bouterse, een informatiesite van het energiebedrijf en de site van De Surinaamse Bank, een van de grote particuliere banken van het land.
Anonymous schrijft in een Engelstalige e-mail dat de tijd van president Bouterse en zijn corrupte regering voorbij is, en dat geluisterd moet worden naar de oppositionele actiegroep Wij Zijn Moe. De actiegroep protesteert al maandenlang, zonder veel succes, tegen de regering-Bouterse.
De hackers vragen verder een bedrag van 10.000 Amerikaanse dollar om de sites weer vrij te geven. Het bedrag moet worden overgemaakt op een bitcoin-rekening. Als dat niet gebeurt, wordt het bedrag elke dag verhoogd. "The people want their money back", staat in de e-mail. Het bericht wordt afgesloten met ‘#fuckBouterse’.
Curtis Hofwijks, de oprichter van Wij Zijn Moe zegt in een reactie niets van deze actie af te weten. Wel zegt hij tegenover Starnieuws blij te zijn dat er nu ook vanuit andere hoek aandacht wordt gevestigd op het wanbeleid van de Surinaamse regering.
Op www.gov.sr kunnen burgers uiteenlopende overheidsinformatie vinden en formulieren invullen die nodig zijn voor tal van activiteiten; je kunt er zoeken naar de openingstijden en telefoonnummers van de ministeries maar ook een verblijfsvergunning aanvragen.
Vanuit de overheid is een verklaring uitgegeven waarin gesproken wordt van "een laffe daad". In de verklaring staat verder dat de e-mails en andere data van de site goed beveiligd en onaangetast zijn, en dat er alles aan gedaan wordt om de site weer snel online te krijgen.
Een woordvoerder van De Surinaamse Bank zegt dat er onder de klanten paniek is uitgebroken omdat sommigen vrezen dat de hackers over hun internetrekening kunnen beschikken. "Daar is geen enkele sprake van", zegt een woordvoerder. "Alle gegevens en financiŰle transacties zitten achter een enorme firewall, en die heeft goed gewerkt."
Anonymous ontkent dat en heeft intussen in een tweede e-mail aan Starnieuws laten weten toegang te hebben tot gevoelige bankinformatie. De groep zou bewijzen hebben van geld dat onder valse namen op Zwitserse bankrekeningen staat en kondigt aan de gegevens te zullen publiceren.
De Surinaamse Bank denkt overigens dat de hackers zich vergist hebben. "Wij zijn al sinds 1957 geen centrale overheidsbank meer. De financiŰle overheidstaken liggen sindsdien bij de Centrale Bank van Suriname."
quote:Dallas-Based Journalist, “Anonymous Hacktivist” Released From Federal Prison ź CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas-born investigative journalist Barrett Brown was released from federal prison Tuesday morning after spending more than four years behind bars.
Barret The 35-year-old was sentenced to prison for threatening an FBI agent and helping share stolen data, marking the end of a criminal case criticized by free-speech advocates. He originally faced charges that carried more than 100 years in prison, but Brown pleaded guilty to greatly reduced charges: transmitting threats, aiding hackers and obstructing authorities from carrying out a search warrant. Supporters say Brown, was targeted by the federal government after sharing data hacked from the Austin-based defense contractor Stratfor.
Former National Security Agency subcontractor Edward Snowden tweeted his reaction to Brown’s new found freedom.
Jailed since 2012 for his investigations, #BarrettBrown has finally been released from prison. Best of luck in this very different world. pic.twitter.com/i94lhEUtR5
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) November 29, 2016
WikiLeaks also acknowledged Barrett’s release with a celebratory tweet and by publishing a searchable archive of more than 60,000 HBGary emails, which Barrett’s Project PM was investigating before he was arrested. Project PM is a crowdsourced investigation focused on research and analysis of leaked documents.
RELEASE: Over 60,000 emails from US cyber-intelligence contractor #HBGary now searchable https://t.co/85yECxFmZu @ggreenwald #FreeBB pic.twitter.com/zBLaGEjKIY
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) November 29, 2016
Brown was often quoted on the workings of Anonymous, a shadowy group of hackers that has staged several high-profile attacks on governments and businesses all over the world. He courted attention on the Internet with provocative tweets and YouTube videos – including a live chat he conducted while taking a bubble bath.
Brown was often quoted on the workings of Anonymous, a shadowy group of hackers that has staged several high-profile attacks on governments and businesses all over the world. He courted attention on the Internet with provocative tweets and YouTube videos – including a live chat he conducted while taking a bubble bath.
But some of those posts also landed him in trouble, including one in which he threatened an FBI agent that resulted in his arrest in September 2012. In the video [see below], Brown threatened the FBI agent by name, promising to “ruin his life and look into his (expletive) kids.” Three separate indictments followed, carrying a maximum sentence of more than century in prison.
Brown’s lawyers won the dismissal of most of a broad indictment related to his posting a link to the Stratfor data.
He eventually pleaded guilty to three counts: obstructing the execution of a search warrant, making Internet threats and being an accessory to an unauthorized access of a protected computer. The reduced charges carried a maximum sentence of more than eight years in prison.
According to plea agreement documents he signed, Brown admitted to sending online messages “threatening to shoot and injure” FBI agents.
Brown also acknowledged helping someone access the stolen data and obstructing the execution of a search warrant at his home. His mother pleaded guilty to helping Brown hide laptops during a March 2012 raid, and was given six months’ probation.
The case drew attention as the U.S. Justice Department sought in recent years to subpoena reporters’ phone records and force some to testify in criminal cases. Among Brown’s supporters is Glenn Greenwald, one of the journalists who reported on the National Security Agency’s domestic spying program revealed by former contractor Edward Snowden.
Brown continued publishing his writing online through his blog while behind bars.
quote:Thai officials announced on Monday the arrests of nine teenagers who have participated in cyber-attacks against government websites.
The attacks were part of an Anonymous hacktivism campaign called #OpSingleGateway that started last year when the Thai government started working on a bill that would force the country's entire Internet traffic through one single gateway.
Critics argued that the Thai government was preparing to build its own version of China's Great Firewall, in an attempt to control what people could view online.
Anonymous hacktivists shot down a controversial law in 2016...
Local members of the Anonymous movement sprung into action in the month of October 2015 by organizing a hand-cranked DDoS attack against the Thai government (thaigov.go.th) and of the country’s Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) (mict.go.th) websites.
The hacktivism group used social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook and urged Thai citizens to access these two websites and repeatedly refresh the page, resulting in a manual DDoS attack that overwhelmed the two websites.
As the government tried to push the single gateway plan through the country's legislative, Anonymous hackers resorted to more complex attacks, and breached the websites of Thai police and local ISPs.
The attacks were successful and the Thai government backed down on the "single gateway" legislation.
... but not a second in 2017
After the failure of its single gateway operation, the Thai government proposed amendments to the existing Computer Crime Act in May 2016, which they approved on December 16.
Anonymous hackers tried to oppose the passing of these amendments, which allow the government to censor websites and intercept private communications without a court order, according to VoaNews.
Just like the previous year, Anonymous used a Facebook group called "Citizens Against Single Gateway" to rally the population and carry out similar DDoS attacks against government websites.
Another of these F5-powered DDoS attacks hit Thailand's defense ministry website on December 19. Later it was revealed that hackers also breached the Thai Police Office website two days earlier, on December 17. The website of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports was also attacked on December 23.
Most of the arrested suspects are between 17 and 20
This time around, the government didn't take the attacks sitting down and went after the hacktivists.
According to Thai media, the Thai officials made numerous arrests. Nine of the arrests were made public on Monday, and revealed to be teenagers aged between 17 and 20.
Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said more arrests would follow, as officials are cracking down on local hacktivists.
Over 400,000 Thai citizens tried to oppose the passing of the Computer Crime Act amendments by signing an online petition, which officials dismissed.
Despite its clauses and broad language that might allow the ruling government to censor free speech and political debates online, the Computer Crime Act amendments also introduced harsher punishments for cyber-crime-related acts.
Het artikel gaat verder.quote:Barrett Brown, the activist and journalist known best for his work with anonymous, was recently released from jail after serving a brutal 4-year sentence. During that time he spent at least 6 months in solitary confinement, and now that he is released, he still faces 6 months of house arrest and will owe over $800 thousand in restitution fees.
Brown was a controversial figure who became a target for federal law enforcement due to his support of anonymous and his aggressive style of activism and journalism.
During his trial, Brown had a long list of charges stacked against him and was facing over 100 years in prison. Ultimately, the charge that actually stuck was a hacking charge that was related to Brown copying and pasting a link to already hacked Wikileaks material into a chat room for other activists and journalists to research. He did not actually carry out the hack in question, nor is he accused of doing so. He was simply accused of placing a link in a chat room and sharing information about an important leak, something that any serious journalist at the time should have been doing.
Brown was ultimately convicted for the crime of being a real journalist who was not afraid to expose the secrets and crimes of those in power. For generations, the establishment has had the media so tightly controlled to the point where pre-approved journalists are the only ones allowed to ask pre-approved questions of those in power, and anyone who prints anything critical of an authority figure or advertiser is sure to see their career crash and burn.
With the proliferation of internet activism, a new breed of journalists have threatened to upset the existing order, and as a result, they have become targets for character assassination and imprisonment. The case of Barrett Brown is a prime example of this development.
The time that Brown spent in prison did not weaken his dedication to fighting against the establishment.
Het artikel gaat verder.quote:The online hacktivist group Anonymous along with their counterparts from HackBack movement have hacked and defaced the official website of The Bilderberg Group also known as Bilderberg Club, Bilderberg meetings and Bilderberg conference, an annual private conference of 120 to 150 people of the North American and European political elite, media personalities, industrial and finance giants established in 1954.
The hackers left a deface page along with a brief message explaining the reason for defacing the site and criticizing the role of “political elite” for the problems faced by “common people.” The message also criticized the role of Bilderberg group for planning wars for personal interests. The hackers also warned the group members to start working for human beings and their benefits rather than personal interests or expect more hacks since “they” the hackers will be watching them.
“Dear Bilderberg members, from now, each one of you has 1 year (365 days) to truly work in favor of humans and not your private interests. Each TopIc you discuss or work you achieve through Your uber private meetings should from now benefit world population and not X or Y group of people otherwise, we will find you and we will hack you,” according to the message.
Here is a full preview of the deface page left by Anonymous and HackBack movement:
quote:Donald Trump's voicemails hacked by Anonymous
Journalists from liberal television network MSNBC can be heard praising Mr Trump and thanking him for donations
Donald Trump's voicemail has allegedly been hacked by members of Anonymous, the loose group of hackers and activists.
The 2012 messages appear to show leading figures in the US media showering him with praise, compliments, and thanks for his financial support.
Gawker, which acquired the messages from members of the '/b/' forum on the website 4chan, say that although they cannot "independently verify their authenticity", the recordings "certainly appear to be genuine."
Anonymous "declared war" on Mr Trump last December, after he announced plans to ban all Muslims from entering the US.
As figureheads of America's top left-leaning television network, MSNBC news anchors Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and Tamron Hall have been tasked with cross-examining Mr Trump on several occasions during the Republican primary campaign.
But on the Anonymous recordings then Mr Scarborough and Ms Brzezinski, the co-hosts of a morning show on MSNBC, can be heard thanking Trump profusely for his donation to a charity event.
"You must be, like, on your jet or something," says Ms Brzezinski once the call goes to answerphone. "We'd love to talk to you."
Mr Scarborough says: "We are so, so grateful for everything, Donald, and we just want to call you and tell you how much it means to us," before Ms Brzezinski continues to thank the billionaire tycoon for his donation.
In behind-the-scenes audio leaked from an MSNBC interview in February, Mr Trump instructs Mr Scarborough and Ms Brezinski to "make us all look good", and asks for "nothing too hard" when Ms Brezinski asks if she should question him about his immigration policies.
Tweets posted by Mr Scarborough appear to confirm the authenticity of the messages in which he can be heard speaking.
"Oh my God. I just read the transcripts! Trump must have contributed to a children's charity. Scandalous!!!!" he writes, before continuing: "Should Mika and I now apologise for raising money for children's charities from rich people?"
Oh my God. I just read the transcripts! Trump must have contributed to a children's charity. Scandalous!!! https://t.co/BxcZCdSkQb
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) March 4, 2016
A woman identifying herself as “T Hall”, believed to be MSNBC's Tamron Hall, can be heard on the recording saying she was going to use Mr Trump's discount in a luxury clothing store.
She says: “I celebrated by going to Gucci, and I’m going to use your discount, because there’s a green dress that’s like $3,000, and I need a discount bigger than... my discount.“
In one message, Ms Hall does appear to castigate Mr Trump for questioning whether Barack Obama was born in the USA, and she has repeatedly challenged Mr Trump and his spokespeople during this election cycle.
Another video was also released in which hackers appeared to gain access to the administration rights of Mr Trump's answerphone and change his voicemail greeting.
The messages may also provoke awkward questions for Mr Trump. He has repeatedly distanced himself from what many of his supporters perceive as a liberal elite in the media.
He has described the media as “dishonest scum” and “lying, disgusting people”, and said that he he “hates” journalists, although he “would never kill them”.
Barack Obama's aide David Axelrod can also be heard thanking Mr Trump for donating to his epilepsy charity. Other celebrities who can be heard speaking in a friendly, personal manner to the oligarch include American football star Tom Brady and boxing promoter Don King.
On 12 December 2015, a day after declaring “war” on Mr Trump, Anonymous hackers took his website offline for around an hour.
quote:THE hacktivist group Anonymous has published a simple guide on how to hack Donald Trump’s phone.
Members of the masked collective published advice on how to crack into The President’s smartphone on a Twitter account with more than 1.68 million followers.
Some commentators believe Trump still uses the same mobile he owned before taking office, which The New York Times described as an “old, unsecured Android phone”.
If true, this leaves the most powerful man in the world vulnerable to a potentially devestating hack attack.
In a bid to highlight the dangers, Anonymous issued a warning to the President and pointed potential hackers to a piece of software which could potentially do the job of cracking Trump’s smartphone.
They wrote: “A Galaxy S3 does not meet the security requirements of a teenager, let alone the purported leader of the free world.
“Without exaggerating, hacking a Galaxy S3 or S4 is the sort of project I would assign as homework for my advanced undergraduate classes.”
The guide then when on to suggest a particular piece of malware which could infect the President’s phone as long as he could be fooled into clicking on a web link.
We have decided not to name the computer virus mentioned in the post.
“Alternatively, one could advertise malware on Brietbart and just wait for Trump to visit,” the hacktivists added.
If hackers were successful in cracking Trump’s phone, they could potentially view confidential material or even snoop on top secret conversations.
“Once they’ve infected they phone, they can look at the calendar, see what meetings a person has and then turn on the microphone during the meeting and record everything that’s said. Bryce Boland, chief technology officer with the security firm Fireeye told USA Today.
“Then the malware emails the recording to the account controlling the malware.”
quote:[UPDATE] Anonymous Group Reveals Direct Phone Numbers For White House Staff: Gothamist
Gothamist is a website about New York
[UPDATE BELOW]: Once upon a time, if you had a problem with something the President was doing, you could call up the White House's public comments line and complain to a staffer about it. Whether or not that grievance got heard is up for debate, but at least you could try. Of course, President Trump doesn't want to hear your SAD LOSER WHINING, so that public comments line got shut down, and folks with problems are urged to send messages through Facebook Messenger or whitehouse.gov/comment, where they are certain to disappear into the ether. As an alternative, an anonymous group of concerned citizens have compiled a resource full of White House phone numbers, so you can flood Team Trump with all of your outraged feedback.
The resource, cheekily dubbed "White House Comment Line," was aggregated by an anonymous group who wanted to make sure the public could still send a message to the White House. "Open communication is the foundation of a good, functioning democracy," a spokesperson for the group told Gothamist in a statement. "But it's a two-way street. Right now there's 'information' coming out of the White House to the people, but not much the other way around. They may have shut down the comment line, but we the people still have comments. In light of that, we wanted to create one way for the people to be heard."
The group that collected the numbers intentionally excluded any they believed had a role in national security, because they said they wanted to avoid disrupting them and keep the focus on transparency and domestic accountability. A solid chunk of the numbers were disconnected, probably during the Obama-to-Trump transition, but it's possible they'll be put back in use if Trump ever gets around to hiring White House staffers. We've been calling the numbers on the list and have found a few fun ones—somewhere in there you'll get a voice mailbox belonging to one "Conway, Kellyanne." See if you can leave her a message before it's disconnected.
Here are the ones that work, so far:
+1 (202) 456-1259
+1 (202) 456-1260
+1 (202) 456-3323
+1 (202) 456-3376
+1 (202) 395-1194
+1 (202) 456-1565
+1 (202) 395-1608
+1 (202) 456-2046
+1 (202) 456-2500
+1 (202) 456-4640
+1 (202) 456-3256
+1 (202) 456-3878
+1 (202) 395-1480
+1 (202) 456-3450
+1 (202) 456-4655
+1 (202) 456-4770
+1 (202) 456-1781
+1 (202) 456-2395
+1 (202) 395-4840
+1 (202) 456-3248
+1 (202) 456-4391
+1 (202) 456-7560
+1 (202) 456-4348
+1 (202) 456-3443
+1 (202) 456-2975
+1 (202) 456-3255
+1 (202) 456-4708
+1 (202) 456-3873
+1 (202) 456-6758
+1 (202) 456-5979
+1 (202) 456-4257
+1 (202) 456-4384
+1 (202) 456-5849
+1 (202) 456-4319
+1 (202) 456-4759
+1 (202) 456-5677
+1 (202) 456-1125
+1 (202) 456-4761
+1 (202) 456-4687
+1 (202) 456-4747
+1 (202) 456-2357
+1 (202) 456-4265
The group hopes that people will use the resource to let staffers know how they feel about certain policies to "demand fairness and transparency in the policy making process." They recommend you call as many numbers as you can until you reach someone. "Just like you would call your member of Congress, calmly share your views with the White House. You have the right to be heard," the spokesperson told us.
Update 9:24 a.m.: Alas, it appears most of these numbers have since been taken out of service, but feel free to keep trying just in case!
Het artikel gaat verder.quote:Anonymous hack Freedom Hosting II, lock down nearly 10,000 dark web websites accessible through Tor
The world’s leading online hacktivist group, Anonymous is known for its million march protests, DDoS attacks and hackings in the online world. However, what is unknown is its DDoS attacks and hackings on the dark web domains. One such attack was launched today by an Anonymous-affiliated group, which took down nearly 10,000 onion websites which are accessible only through Tor browser.
Visitors to more than 10,000 Tor-based websites were met with an alarming announcement this morning: “Hello, Freedom Hosting II, you have been hacked.”.The Anonymous announced the hack attack on Twitter and said that they took down these dark websites to protest against child porn and drug peddling. These 10,813 websites were still offline at the time of writing this article.
In the message to Freedom Hosting II, Anonymous has offered to sell the compromised data back to them for a token ransom of 0.1 bitcoin, or just over $100, although it is unclear whether the offer is in earnest.
Anonymous claimed that they have stolen the data from the hacked servers and found that child pornography made up more than half the data stored on the servers. While it is impossible to verify Anonymous claim about child porn being stored on dark web servers, empirical evidence proves that they may be right. The original Freedom Hosting was hacked by FBI and other law enforcement in 2013, resulting in a number of child pornography prosecutions. At the time, the service hosted as many as half of the websites accessible only through Tor, commonly referred to as the Dark Web.
quote:Politie onderzoekt gelekte gegevens leden kinderpornosites - rtlz.nl
De Nederlandse politie gaat onderzoek doen naar de e-mailadressen van leden van kinderpornowebsites. Deze gegevens zijn dit weekend op het internet geplaatst, nadat een hacker inbrak bij een hostingpartij voor websites op het zogeheten dark web.
Dat bevestigt een woordvoerder van de Landelijke Eenheid, waar de divisie Team High Tech Crime onder valt, aan RTL Z: "We zijn van de situatie op de hoogte en gaan de gegevens onderzoeken om te kijken of er aanleiding is om verder onderzoek te doen."
Het dark web is het gedeelte van het internet dat je alleen via een speciale browser, genaamd Tor, kunt bereiken. Met Tor surf je anoniem en kun je naar websites surfen die je met de normale browser niet kunt bezoeken.
Afgelopen weekend brak een hacker in bij Freedom Hosting II, een hostingpartij voor websites op het dark web. "Hello, Freedom Hosting II, you have been hacked", zo begon het bericht dat op elke website was geplaatst.
Freedom Hosting II, dat volgens analisten 20 procent van alle websites op het dark web host, stelt dat het niet is toegestaan om met met zijn dienst kinderpornowebsites te draaien. Desondanks kwam de hacker tien kinderpornowebsites tegen, die samen 30GB aan materiaal online hadden staan, zo zegt hij tegen Motherboard.
Hij kopieerde de databases van de websites die gevuld zijn met e-mailadressen van de leden. Volgens beveiligingsonderzoeker Troy Hunt, die de databases in handen heeft, gaat het om 381.000 e-mailadressen. Hoeveel daarvan precies horen bij de kinderpornowebsites, is vooralsnog onduidelijk.
Hunt, die een populaire website host waarmee mensen een melding krijgen als hun e-mailadres in een datalek voorkomt, zegt dat 21 procent van de e-mailadressen al eerder in een datalek voorkomt. Dat duidt erop dat er genoeg mensen hun privÚadres voor criminele activiteiten gebruiken. Ook Troy bevestigt dat: "Er zitten overduidelijk veel echte e-mailadressen tussen", schrijft hij op Twitter.
Het is de vraag of opsporingsdiensten de actie van de hacker op prijs stellen. De FBI heeft al eerder tientallen kinderpornowebsites op het dark web overgenomen om de leden malware te sturen die het echte ip-adres van de computer onthulde. Dat leverde duizenden onderzoeken naar verdachten op.
Door de databases met e-mailadressen te publiceren kunnen leden van de kinderpornosites mogelijk ook worden gewaarschuwd en actie ondernemen, door bijvoorbeeld bewijsmateriaal van de computer te verwijderen.
De positieve kant van anoniem internet
De Tor-browser komt regelmatig in het nieuws omdat er via het dark web onder andere drugs, wapens en kinderporno wordt verhandeld. Omdat het netwerk je locatie verhult en er via digitale munten wordt betaald, kun je relatief anoniem deze illegale praktijken uitvoeren.
Maar Tor wordt ook voor positieve doeleinden gebruikt. Zo kunnen dissidenten via Tor anoniem kritiek uiten op totalitaire regimes en is het via de browser mogelijk om geblokkeerde websites toch te bezoeken. Onder andere in Turkije, waar regelmatig sociale media worden geblokkeerd, kunnen burgers dan toch nog op Facebook en Twitter verslag doen van wat er in het land gebeurt.
Lees op rtlz.nl
Tor en het dark web: 6 vragen over het anonieme internet
quote:Anonymous Increasing Hacks Of Central Banks | PYMNTS.com
In 2016 hackers were able to steal about $21 million from accounts held at Bank of Russia, and this year attacks on banks around the globe are likely to get worse now that hacker group Anonymous has joined the effort.
According to a report in Bloomberg, two people with direct knowledge of the group’s activities said Anonymous is targeting central banks at an increasing rate. The group is known for activism against large companies, security forces and government and is now expanding into targeting central banks. Bloomberg reported Anonymous has been recruiting new hackers to help in its efforts and in February restarted attacks against central banks.
In 2016 the group went after eight central banks, including the Dutch Central Bank, the Bank of Greece and the Bank of Mexico, the two people told Bloomberg, noting Anonymous is even mulling selling any confidential information it gets its hands on. Stefano Zanero, a professor of computer security at Italian university Politecnico di Milano, told Bloomberg the hacks of central banks “are a wake-up call that should alert us to the critical weaknesses of global financial systems.”
Last year hackers were able to steal $81 million from Bangladesh’s central bank in a high-profile example of a central bank hack.
“The Bangladeshi bank case last year really brought the focus on payments systems within central banks,” said Adrian Nish, head of threat intelligence at BAE Systems Plc, in the Bloomberg report. “The realization that central banks can be targeted this way for profit has become a greater concern since Bangladesh.”
Meanwhile, in January Poland’s financial regulator was a target of a hack with the bad guys using a so-called watering hole attack in which hackers target a website that is used a lot and infect malware to specific visitors to the site such as a financial institution. The watering hole attack started at the website of Polish Financial Supervision Authority, reported Bloomberg.
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quote:Issue Number Eight: Hacks, Leaks, and Breaches
Hardly a day passes without news of a major hack, leak, or breach; with the scale of computer use and reliance on digital forms of data, no sector of society is immune to these data dumps, infiltrations, and floods. From the surveillance of dissidents to the hacking of elections to the weaponization of memes, hacking is changing in character, and it is changing the world. In this issue we ask whether hacking and hacks have crossed a techno-political threshold: how are hacks, leaks and breaches transforming our world, creating new collectives, and changing our understanding of security and politics. How has the relationship of hacking and hackers to their own collectives, to governments, and to the tools and techniques been transformed recently? What does it mean to be a hacker these days, and how does it differ from engineering, from “cyber-security,” from information warfare or from hacktivism?