Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
The teaser data dump appears to contain legitimate attack code, some experts say.
The United States government can’t seem to catch a break in cyberspace.
Hackers claim to have stolen attack code from a team of sophisticated cyber spies known as “the Equation Group,” widely believed to be associated with the U.S. National Security Agency, one of the world’s top intelligence outfits. The hackers have offered to sell their purloined exploits to the highest bidder in an online auction conducted in the cryptocurrency Bitcoin.
Although the alleged breach could just be an extravagant hoax, experts who reviewed a preliminary data dump teased alongside the hackers’ garbled sales pitch said that the files, amazingly, looked authentic. “This appears to be legitimate code,” Matt Suiche, a French cybersecurity entrepreneur, wrote in a Medium blog post, echoing what others had posted on Twitter TWTR -2.54% .
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“We hack Equation Group. We find many many Equation Group cyber weapons. You see pictures. We give you some Equation Group files free, you see,” the hackers wrote Saturday on the code-sharing site Github, as well as on Yahoo-owned Tumblr YHOO -0.94% (both later taken down). “This is good proof no? You enjoy!!!”
The lifted goods include exploits allegedly designed to target firewalls and equipment produced by Cisco CSCO -0.11% , Juniper Networks JNPR -1.08% , Fortinet FTNT 3.22% , and Topsec, a Chinese firm. The latest file modifications appear to date back to 2013, and names are consistent with NSA programs leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden that year, such as “BANANAGLEE,” “EPICBANANA,” and “JETPLOW.”
Posted by Steve Douglass at 8:52 AM
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
The Russian military informed the United States that rebels in the Syrian city of Aleppo launched an attack using toxic substances at 19:05 on Aug. 2, Interfax news agency reported on Wednesday, citing a Russian general.
As a result of the attack, seven people died and more than 20 people were sent to hospital, Interfax reported.
The fighting in Aleppo between government and rebel forces saw the largest rebel assault so far, according to monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, followed by suspected chemical attacks on Tuesday the BBC reported.
On July 30 and 31, the rebels blew up a tunnel under regime forces stationed in the Ramousah district of the city. The Syrian army, however, has fought back, aided by Russian air strikes. The Syrian Observatory said that it has managed to retake five of the eight positions the rebels had captured.
The insurgents are trying to break a government siege of their territory, which is home to around 250,000 civilians.
Posted by Steve Douglass at 10:43 AM
Friday, July 22, 2016
Thursday, July 21, 2016
U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia: "potential, imminent threat" against U.S. citizens in areas of the city of Jeddah
The notice on the Embassy's website provided no other details.
"It’s a security message, not a travel warning, that our consulate put out in Jeddah. Obviously, our consulate felt that the information they had was credible enough, serious enough to warrant sending that message out immediately," State Department spokesman John Kirby told a briefing.
Posted by Steve Douglass at 12:19 PM