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Special Report – Inside the UAE’s secret hacking team of U.S. mercenaries

Two weeks after leaving her position as an intelligence analyst for the U.S. National Security Agency in 2014, Lori Stroud was in the Middle East working as a hacker for an Arab monarchy. She had joined Project Raven, a clandestine team that included more than a dozen former U.S. intelligence operatives recruited to help the […]

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Genome Hackers Show No One’s DNA Is Anonymous Anymore

In 2013, a young computational biologist named Yaniv Erlich shocked the research world by showing it was possible to unmask the identities of people listed in anonymous genetic databases using only an Internet connection. Policymakers responded by restricting access to pools of anonymized biomedical genetic data. An NIH official said at the time, “The chances […]

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Russian agents hacked US voting system manufacturer before US election – report

Russian intelligence agents hacked a US voting systems manufacturer in the weeks leading up to last year’s presidential election, according to the Intercept, citing what it said was a highly classified National Security Agency (NSA) report. The revelation coincided with the arrest of Reality Leigh Winner, 25, a federal contractor from Augusta, Georgia, who was […]

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China, hacking, fact, opinion

Lately there has been an upsurge of media reports concerning hacking said to be originating in China by APT1 – according to statements by Mandiant – which are mostly opinion and not fully supported facts. I’ve always been leery of reports based upon allegations, especially those with little substantiation, and written to project an aura […]

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Bizarre hacking case involving cyber riddles and a cat

JAPANESE police have arrested a man suspected of being behind a computer hacking campaign following an exhaustive hunt that at one stage had authorities tracking down a cat for clues, reports said.   Yusuke Katayama, 30, was arrested on Sunday on charges of using a remote computer and sending a mass killing threat to a […]

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The HBGary story from RSA 2011

RSA 2011: Winning the War But Losing Our Soul. That is the title of the article from threatpost. Here is a bit of the story. What’s more disturbing is the way that the folks at HBGary – mostly Aaron Barr, but others as well – came to view the infowar tactics they were pitching to […]