Frank Bajak
Frank Bajak
Investigations, cybersecurity, Associated Press. Ex-Andes chief. First AP tech editor. DM for Signal#, OTR chat: sfbjr@jabber.ccc.de, fbajak(at)protonmailSource
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The big Pentagon internet mystery now partially solved

The big Pentagon internet mystery now partially solved

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/technology-business-government-and-politics-b26ab809d1e9fdb53314f56299399949Click to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/technology-business-government-and-politics-b26ab809d1e9fdb53314f56299399949Click to copyRelated topicsBOSTON (AP) — A very strange thing happened on the internet the day President Joe Biden was sworn in. A shadowy company residing at a shared workspace above a Florida bank announced to the world’s computer networks that it was now managing a colossal, previously idle chunk of the internet owned by the U.S. Department of...

Apr 25
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How the Kremlin provides a safe harbor for ransomware

How the Kremlin provides a safe harbor for ransomware

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/russia-safe-harbor-ransomeware-hacking-c9dab7eb3841be45dff2d93ed3102999Click to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/russia-safe-harbor-ransomeware-hacking-c9dab7eb3841be45dff2d93ed3102999Click to copyRelated topicsBOSTON (AP) — A global epidemic of digital extortion known as ransomware is crippling local governments, hospitals, school districts and businesses by scrambling their data files until they pay up. Law enforcement has been largely powerless to stop it.One big reason: Ransomware rackets are dominated by Russian-speaking cybercriminals who...

Apr 16
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FireEye CEO: Reckless Microsoft hack unusual for China

FireEye CEO: Reckless Microsoft hack unusual for China

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/fireeye-ceo-microsoft-china-hack-870dfcc0b3dc9a95a641a85081464018Click to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/fireeye-ceo-microsoft-china-hack-870dfcc0b3dc9a95a641a85081464018Click to copyRelated topicsRESTON, Va. (AP) — Cyber sleuths have already blamed China for a hack that exposed tens of thousands of servers running Microsoft’s Exchange email program to potential hacks. The CEO of a prominent cybersecurity firm says it now seems clear China also unleashed an indiscriminate, automated second wave of hacking that opened the way for ransomware and...

Mar 9
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Right-wing friendly Parler announces re-launch

Right-wing friendly Parler announces re-launch

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/donald-trump-politics-cc939eb743cc46d63d5118357778c662Click to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/donald-trump-politics-cc939eb743cc46d63d5118357778c662Click to copyRelated topicsBOSTON (AP) — The right-wing friendly social network Parler, which was forced offline following the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of then-President Donald Trump, says it is re-launching.The Twitter alternative has been struggling to return online since Amazon on Jan. 11 over its unwillingness to remove posts inciting violence. Google and Apple removed...

Feb 16
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In Florida city, a hacker tried to poison the drinking water

In Florida city, a hacker tried to poison the drinking water

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/hacker-tried-poison-water-florida-ab175add0454bcb914c0eb3fb9588466Click to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/hacker-tried-poison-water-florida-ab175add0454bcb914c0eb3fb9588466Click to copyRelated topicsA hacker gained entry to the system controlling the water treatment plant of a Florida city of 15,000 and tried to taint the water supply with a caustic chemical, exposing a danger cybersecurity experts say has grown as systems become both more computerized and accessible via the internet.The hacker who breached the system at the city of Oldsmar’s...

Feb 8
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Activists complain of weakened voting security standard

Activists complain of weakened voting security standard

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/business-voting-machines-voting-hacking-elections-13c64df55961dac87b417608818655a6Click to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/business-voting-machines-voting-hacking-elections-13c64df55961dac87b417608818655a6Click to copyRelated topicsBOSTON (AP) — Leaders of the federal agency overseeing election administration have quietly weakened a key element of proposed security standards for voting systems, raising concern among voting-integrity experts that many such systems will remain vulnerable to hacking.The Election Assistance Commission is poised to...

Feb 5
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Twitter shares tumble after nixing Donald Trump's official account

Twitter shares tumble after nixing Donald Trump's official account

AdvertisementU.S. President Donald Trump has been kicked off of most mainstream social media platforms following his supporters' siege on the U.S. Capitol. But it remains to be seen how fast or where -- if anywhere -- on the internet he will be able to reach his followers.The far right-friendly Parler had been the leading candidate, at least until Google and Apple removed it from their app stores and Amazon booted it off its web hosting service just after midnight Pacific time early Monday.Parler's CEO said that could knock it offline for a week, though that might prove optimistic. And even...

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January 11, 2021
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Hacked networks will need to be burned 'down to the ground'

Hacked networks will need to be burned 'down to the ground'

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/hacking-russia-bafff5557a8941aa1a5ef239d36c4e28Click to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/hacking-russia-bafff5557a8941aa1a5ef239d36c4e28Click to copyRelated topicsIt’s going to take months to kick elite hackers widely believed to be Russian out of the U.S. government networks they have been quietly rifling through since as far back as March in Washington’s worst cyberespionage failure on record.Experts say there simply are not enough skilled threat-hunting teams to duly identify all the government and private-sector systems that may have been...

December 18, 2020
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Hack may have exposed deep US secrets; damage yet unknown

Hack may have exposed deep US secrets; damage yet unknown

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/technology-hacking-coronavirus-pandemic-russia-350ae2fb2e513772a4dc4b7360b8175cClick to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/technology-hacking-coronavirus-pandemic-russia-350ae2fb2e513772a4dc4b7360b8175cClick to copyRelated topicsBOSTON (AP) — Some of America’s most deeply held secrets may have been stolen in a disciplined, monthslong operation being blamed on elite Russian government hackers. The possibilities of what might have been purloined are mind-boggling. Could hackers have obtained nuclear secrets? COVID-19 vaccine data? Blueprints for...

December 15, 2020
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Report: Dozens of El Salvador journalists, activists hacked

Report: Dozens of El Salvador journalists, activists hacked

Dozens of journalists and human rights defenders in El Salvador had their cellphones repeatedly hacked with sophisticated spyware over the past year and a half, an internet watchdog said Wednesday. Reporting on its latest findings about use of the Israeli firm NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware, the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab said it had identified a Pegasus operator working almost exclusively in El Salvador in early 2020. While the researchers could not conclusively link the hacks to El Salvador’s government, the report said “the strong country-specific focus of the infections suggests...

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