Blog Posts Tagged with "Cyber Espionage"

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False Flags, Geopolitics and Cyber Spies

August 22, 2012 Added by:Rafal Los

False flag is when an operation of some kind is carried out by one group but falsely attributed to another. Whether it's a rogue attacker attributing an attack to a rival group or a nation-state attempting to cause tensions between rival nations for their own benefit - the conspiracy theories write themselves...

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Cyber Militias in the US: Feasibility, Structure, and Purpose

August 21, 2012 Added by:

Offensive cyber attacks benefit from their lack of structure and diversity of attack vectors. Cyber militias can be assigned a target and given the ability to choose their methods based on their capabilities. The absence of formal rules of engagement allows the cyber militia to exercise creativity and innovation...

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Shamoon Malware: Cyber Espionage Tool or Cyber Weapon

August 20, 2012 Added by:Plagiarist Paganini

Many hypotheses have been proposed, and some experts are convinced that Shamoon is a new state sponsored malware designed for cyber espionage that is also able to destroy the victims' device, perhaps to hide its operations by deleting evidence that can link the agents to the Command & Control servers...

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Malware Wars! Cyber-Wars! Cyber-Espionage-Wars! Oh My...

August 11, 2012 Added by:Infosec Island Admin

We have opened Pandora’s box and there is no way to get what has escaped back in. We have given the weapon framework away due to the nature of the carrier. Even if Gauss is encrypted, it will be broken and then what? Unlike traditional weapons that destroy themselves, the malware we have sent can be reverse engineered...

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Huawei and Cyber Espionage: A Question of Trust But Verify

August 06, 2012 Added by:Infosec Island Admin

We, the US, have unfortunately set ourselves up in a “pay less” mindset that has ha the military buying cheap hardware for missile systems that in the end, failed to launch. Do you want to have the same happen to your router or other hardware that your company relies on? Never mind the whole espionage thing...

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Facebook, the Poisoned Network: 83 Million Questionable Profiles

August 03, 2012 Added by:Plagiarist Paganini

There are bots creating a significant number of fake profiles, which are managed by machines capable of interacting with each other and with real users, thus changing the "sentiment" and "conversation" on a large-scale, as well as altering the social graph to preclude meaningful correlations of data...

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Mahdi and AC/DC: The Middle East as a Shooting Range

July 30, 2012 Added by:Plagiarist Paganini

In Middle East, the number of malware that have been developed for state sponsored projects surely represents an anomaly. All the examples provided are evidence of the intent of governments to hit their enemies in the cyberspace to steal sensitive information or to destroy their critical infrastructure...

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Mahdi Campaign and Cyber Espionage in the Middle East

July 19, 2012 Added by:Plagiarist Paganini

The Mahdi attack is based on two well known techniques used to deliver malicious payloads, and the huge quantity of data collected reveals the real targets of the operation are government agencies, critical infrastructure engineering firms and financial houses...

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Mahdi Trojan Employed in Middle Eastern Cyber Espionage

July 18, 2012 Added by:Headlines

"It is still unclear whether this is a state-sponsored attack or not. The targeted organizations seem to be spread between members of the attacking group by giving each victim machine a specific prefix name, meaning that this operation might require a large investment and financial backing..."

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MI5 Chief: Cyber Espionage Threat on an "Industrial Scale"

June 26, 2012 Added by:Headlines

"Britain’s National Security Strategy makes it clear that cyber security ranks alongside terrorism as one of the four key security challenges facing the UK. Vulnerabilities in the internet are being exploited aggressively not just by criminals but also by states. And the extent of what is going on is astonishing..."

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Counterpoint to F-Secure: Flame is Still Lame

June 18, 2012 Added by:J. Oquendo

I would like to believe that most governments have enough of a clue to avoid walking into a house like a Ninja only to bubble wrap their feet. History has shown us that they do. Does this make them innocent with regards to Flame or Stuxnet, not really, but yields more questions that don't quite add up...

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Concerns Mount over North Korean Cyber Warfare Capabilities

June 11, 2012 Added by:Plagiarist Paganini

North Korean operatives have been detected launching cyber attacks on Incheon International Airport systems and also spreading a virus planted in gaming programs intended to transform user's machines in zombies for a large botnet to launch DDoS attacks...

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Symantec Flame Analysis: A Sophisticated and Discreet Threat

May 30, 2012 Added by:Headlines

"The modular nature of this malware suggests that a group of developers have created it with the goal of maintaining the project over a long period of time; very likely along with a different set of individuals using the malware. The architecture... allows the authors to change functionality and behavior"...

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Companies Hit in Targeted Attacks

May 18, 2012 Added by:Gregory Hale

If an attacker wants to target a system, they will get in no matter what, what kind of damage occurs depends on how many layers of security buttress the system. Companies in specific industries could band together and share information on attacks that target their industries...

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Has Anonymous Infiltrated the US Government?

May 16, 2012 Added by:Plagiarist Paganini

"Right now we have access to every classified database in the U.S. government. It’s a matter of when we leak the contents of those databases, not if. You know how we got access? We didn’t hack them. The access was given to us by the people who run the systems…"

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Strategic Web Compromises and Cyber Espionage Operations

May 15, 2012 Added by:Headlines

"Cyber Espionage attacks are not a fabricated issue and are not going away any time soon... They are aiming to expand their access and steal data. Communications (primarily e-mail), research and development (R&D), intellectual property (IP), and business intelligence..."

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