Malware

August 7, 2015
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Russia launched a “sophisticated cyber attack” against the Pentagon’s Joint Staff unclassified email system, which has been shut down and taken offline for nearly two weeks. According to the officials, the “sophisticated cyber intrusion” occurred sometime around July 25 and affected some 4,000 military and civilian personnel who work for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. It appears the cyber attack relied on an automated system that rapidly gathered massive amounts of data and within a minute...

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August 5, 2015
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Drones could help hack into personal computers, and, according to emails posted by WikiLeaks, military contractors may want to do that. Boeing and Hacking Team were in talks earlier this year to plant malware on drones to perform such activities, according to emails stolen from Hacking Team in July. How this could work: An al-Qaeda operative is hiding in the foothills of another country, which may or may not be protecting him from U.S. detection. The U.S. military could try hacking into that...

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July 22, 2015
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Two security researchers, Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, have found a way to hack a car and control it remotely. From the Internet, they were able to track cars by location, see how fast they were going, turn the blinkers and lights on and off, and mess with the windshield wipers, radios, navigation and, sometimes, brakes and steering. In one test, they bought a Jeep that connected to the Internet through a hardware chip. They found vulnerability in a chip, then connected to another chip...

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June 16, 2015
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By Bryon Acohido, ThirdCertainty

The FBI and Justice Department are investigating the St. Louis Cardinals for allegedly hacking into the internal networks of the Houston Astros. Cardinals officials are suspected of breaking into the Astros’ team databases to gain access to information on statistics, scouting reports and trades. The FBI has served the Cardinals and Major League Baseball with subpoenas. Authorities suspect that Cardinals employees hacked the Astros...

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June 5, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

China accused the United States of “groundless accusations” and being “irresponsible” in blaming Chinese hackers for a data breach that could be the biggest cyber attack in U.S. history. Four million federal workers may have had their personal data exposed, and officials said the hack could affect every U.S. government agency. U.S. officials and lawmakers identified the likely culprit as China. However, China Foreign Ministry spokesman...

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May 18, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

Who’s flying this thing? Cybersecurity researcher Chris Roberts said he caused a plane’s engine to climb after hacking its software, according to a court document. Roberts was questioned by the FBI after he tweeted that he was probing systems on a United Airlines flight on which he was a passenger. He has not been charged with a crime, although United banned him from its planes. FBI agent Mark S. Hurley wrote in a...

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