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Foreign Meddling Flooded the 2020 Election—but Not Hackers

Foreign Meddling Flooded the 2020 Election—but Not Hackers

hack-and-leak operations and disinformation campaigns that roiled the 2016 US election, the country braced for a second round of no-holds-barred foreign interference last year. But US intelligence agencies have now confirmed that didn't entirely come to pass. The 2020 election was hit with meddling, trolling, and disinformation operations like those of 2016—but not the outright efforts to hack election infrastructure or political campaigns themselves. On Tuesday, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a that outlines findings from US intelligence agencies including the...

Mar 16
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Chinese Hacking Spree Hit an ‘Astronomical’ Number of Victims

Chinese Hacking Spree Hit an ‘Astronomical’ Number of Victims

earlier this week that Chinese hackers were , the cybersecurity community warned that the zero-day vulnerabilities they were exploiting might have allowed them to hit countless organizations around the world. Now it's becoming clear just many email servers they hacked. By all appearances, the group known as Hafnium breached as many victims they could find across the global internet, leaving behind backdoors to return to later.Hafnium has now exploited zero-day vulnerabilities in Microsoft's Exchange servers' Outlook Web Access to indiscriminately compromise no fewer than tens of thousands...

Mar 5
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Far-Right Platform Gab Has Been Hacked—Including Private Data

Far-Right Platform Gab Has Been Hacked—Including Private Data

Donald Trump and a slew of other far-right users , many of them became digital refugees, migrating to sites like Parler and Gab to find a home that wouldn't moderate their hate speech and disinformation. Days later, Parler was , knocking the site offline. Now Gab, which inherited some of Parler's displaced users, has been badly hacked too. An enormous trove of its contents has been stolen—including what appears to be passwords and private communications.On Sunday night the WikiLeaks-style group Distributed Denial of Secrets is revealing what it calls GabLeaks, a collection of more than 70...

Mar 1
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Hackers tied to Russia’s GRU targeted the US grid for years

Hackers tied to Russia’s GRU targeted the US grid for years

For all the nation-state hacker groups that the —and even —only the Russian military intelligence group known as Sandworm has been brazen enough to trigger actual blackouts, shutting the lights off in . Now one grid-focused security firm is warning that a group with ties to Sandworm’s uniquely dangerous hackers has also been actively targeting the US energy system for years.On Wednesday, industrial cybersecurity firm Dragos published its annual report on the state of industrial control systems security, which names four new foreign hacker groups focused on those critical infrastructure...

Feb 27
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China Hijacked an NSA Hacking Tool in 2014—and Used It for Years | WIRED

China Hijacked an NSA Hacking Tool in 2014—and Used It for Years | WIRED

More than four years after a began wantonly onto the internet, the question that debacle raised—whether any intelligence agency can prevent its "zero-day" stockpile from —still haunts the security community. That wound has now been reopened, with evidence that Chinese hackers obtained and reused another NSA hacking tool years before the Shadow Brokers brought it to light.On Monday, the security firm Check Point revealed that it had discovered evidence that a Chinese group known as APT31, also known as Zirconium or Judgment Panda, had somehow gained access to and used a Windows-hacking tool...

Feb 22
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This site posted every face from Parler’s Capitol Hill insurrection videos

This site posted every face from Parler’s Capitol Hill insurrection videos

When hackers exploited a bug in Parler to last week, they were surprised to find that many of the pictures and videos contained geolocation metadata revealing exactly how many of the site's users had . But the videos uploaded to Parler also contain an equally sensitive bounty of data sitting in plain sight: thousands of images of unmasked faces, many of whom participated in the Capitol riot. Now one website has done the work of cataloging and publishing every one of those faces in a single, easy-to-browse lineup.Late last week, a website called Faces of the Riot appeared online, showing...

Jan 23
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Fleeing WhatsApp for Privacy? Don't Turn to Telegram

Fleeing WhatsApp for Privacy? Don't Turn to Telegram

Mimoun hosted a digital security training workshop via videoconference with a dozen activists. They belonged to one Southeast Asian country's pro-democracy coalition, a group at direct risk of surveillance and repression by their government. Mimoun, the founder of the digital security nonprofit Horizontal, asked the participants to list messaging platforms that they'd heard of or used, and they quickly rattled off , , , and . When Mimoun then asked them to name the of each of those options, several pointed to Telegram's encryption as a plus. It had been , one noted, so it must be...

Jan 27
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A Site Published Every Face From Parler's Capitol Riot Videos

A Site Published Every Face From Parler's Capitol Riot Videos

a bug in Parler to last week, they were surprised to find that many of the pictures and videos contained geolocation metadata revealing exactly how many of the site's users had . But the videos uploaded to Parler also contain an equally sensitive bounty of data sitting in plain sight: thousands of images of unmasked faces, many of whom participated in the Capitol riot. Now one website has done the work of cataloging and publishing every one of those faces in a single, easy-to-browse lineup.Late last week, a website called Faces of the Riot appeared online, showing nothing but a vast grid of...

Jan 20
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A Site Published Every Face From Parler's Capitol Riot Videos

A Site Published Every Face From Parler's Capitol Riot Videos

a bug in Parler to last week, they were surprised to find that many of the pictures and videos contained geolocation metadata revealing exactly how many of the site's users had . But the videos uploaded to Parler also contain an equally sensitive bounty of data sitting in plain sight: thousands of images of unmasked faces, many of whom participated in the Capitol riot. Now one website has done the work of cataloging and publishing every one of those faces in a single, easy-to-browse lineup.Late last week, a website called Faces of the Riot appeared online, showing nothing but a vast grid of...

Jan 20
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The Cold War Over Hacking McDonald’s Ice Cream Machines

The Cold War Over Hacking McDonald’s Ice Cream Machines

mysteries and injustices of the McDonald’s ice cream machine, the one that Jeremy O’Sullivan insists you understand first is its secret passcode. Press the cone icon on the screen of the Taylor C602 digital ice cream machine, he explains, then tap the buttons that show a snowflake and a milkshake to set the digits on the screen to 5, then 2, then 3, then 1. After that precise series of no fewer than 16 button presses, a menu magically unlocks. Only with this cheat code can you access the machine’s vital signs: everything from the viscosity setting for its milk and sugar ingredients to the...

Apr 20
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