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High school Student Hacked Into CIA Director's Personal Email Account

High school Student Hacked Into CIA Director's Personal Email Account

October 19, 2015Swati Khandelwal
A self-described teenage hacker has claimed to have hacked into personal AOL email account of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director John Brennan and swiped sensitive top-secret data. It's Really a major embarrassment for Brennan as well as the CIA. The hacker, who describes himself as an American high school student, called the New York Post to describe his exploits. According to the teenage hacker, Brennan's private email account held a range of sensitive files, which includes: His 47-page application for top-secret security clearance Social Security numbers (SSNs) and personal information of more than a dozen top US intelligence officials A government letter discussing " harsh interrogation techniques " used on terrorist suspects Sensitive Information Leaked The teenage hacker operates with under the Twitter name " Crackas With Attitude " with Twitter handle @_CWA_ . He confirmed the Post that he also controlled the
Navy's Cyberwar Expert - New Director of NSA, replacing Gen. Keith Alexander

Navy's Cyberwar Expert - New Director of NSA, replacing Gen. Keith Alexander

February 01, 2014Swati Khandelwal
It is very clear that when we talk about Intelligence and Surveillance, the first name comes to our mind is the U.S National Security Agency (NSA) and, the second is Gen. Keith Alexander , the Director of NSA..GEEK behind the massive surveillance Programs. Many documents revealed by the former NSA's contractor Edward Snowden exposed the extend level of worldwide spying scandals projected by U.S Government in the supervision of Gen. Keith Alexander. The Obama Administration has confirmed that they are replacing Gen. Keith Alexander and giving the command of NSA in the hand of a military officer, rather than a civilian who is experienced in Cryptography and Electronic Eavesdropping . Michael S. Rogers , presently the U.S Navy's Cyber Security Chief, will be the new Director of the National Security Agency (NSA) and head of the US military cyber command. He has been involved in cyberdefense and offense policy issues as head of the Fleet Cyber Command. Neither Ro
FBI warns that Anonymous Hackers has been hacking US Government for almost a year

FBI warns that Anonymous Hackers has been hacking US Government for almost a year

November 17, 2013Anonymous
The FBI is warning that members of the hacktivist group Anonymous hacking collective have secretly accessed US Government computers and stolen sensitive information in a campaign that began almost a year ago. The Hacktivists have exploited a flaw in Adobe applications to compromise the target systems and install software backdoors to maintain the control of the victims computers over the time, the facts dated back to last December, according to a Reuters report. The hacking campaign affected the U.S. Army, Department of Energy , Department of Health and Human Services, and other government agencies,  FBI reveals.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation memo called the hacking campaign " a widespread problem that should be addressed. " and provided useful information for system administrators that how to determine if their networks were compromised. Government investigators are investigating the scope of the hacking, believed that hackers are still operatin
Cryptoseal VPN Service shuts down over legal concerns after Lavabit case

Cryptoseal VPN Service shuts down over legal concerns after Lavabit case

October 23, 2013Mohit Kumar
Yet another American Internet privacy service has bitten the dust, prompted by fears about broad government surveillance demands. CryptoSeal, a Virtual private network (VPN) based in California has decided to shutter its privacy-conscious service rather than hand over its encryption keys to the U.S. Government. VPNs are secure tunnels to the Internet that allow users to mask their location, defeat regional restrictions, stay safe over public Wi-Fi connections, and maintain at least a modicum of privacy online. CryptoSeal is the latest company to voluntarily shut down its service after the U.S. Government's legal action against Lavabit, an email service used by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. " With immediate effect as of this notice, CryptoSeal Privacy, our consumer VPN service, is terminated, " a notice reads on the company's website. " All cryptographic keys used in the operation of the service have been zerofilled...all records created incidental
U.S. Government asked Linus Torvalds to insert Backdoor Into Linux

U.S. Government asked Linus Torvalds to insert Backdoor Into Linux

September 19, 2013Mohit Kumar
At the Linuxcon conference in New Orleans today, Linus Torvalds and the other top Linux developers, talked to the Linux faithful about Linux, Microsoft, and other issues. During a question-and-answer ‪session ‬at ‪the LinuxCon,  Linux Torvalds admitted to questions from the audience th at the  U .S. Government   approached him to put a backdoor into his open-source operating system. Torvalds responded "no" while shaking his head "yes," as the audience broke into spontaneous laughter. Then someone asked if Linus would be interested in becoming Microsoft's CEO, which was answered with a big smile and because he is fully satisfied with the development of Linux and his life. He noted that when he started Linux 22 years ago, the hardware was very different than it is today. He expects that 20 years from now the hardware will change even more. " Linux usage keeps changing. Linux today is very different from even ten years ago ," Torvalds ad
Apple's new technology will allow government to control your iPhone remotely

Apple's new technology will allow government to control your iPhone remotely

August 29, 2013Mohit Kumar
Recently, The Social Media is buzzing over reports that Apple has invented a new technology that now can Switch off iPhone Camera and Wi-Fi, when entering a 'sensitive area'. Technology would broadcast a signal to automatically shut down Smartphone features, or even the entire phone. Yes ! It's true, On June 2008 - Apple filed a patent ( U.S. Patent No. 8,254,902 ) - titles " Apparatus and methods for enforcement of policies upon a wireless device " that defines the ability of U.S. Government to remotely disable certain functions of a device without user consent. All they need to do is decide that a public gathering or venue is deemed sensitive and needs to be protected from externalities. Is it not a shame that you can't take a photo of the police officer beating a man in the street because your oppressive government remotely disabled your Smartphone camera? Civil liberties campaigners fear it could be misused by the authorities to silence 'awkward citi
Leaked credentials of Congress members by Anonymous hacker are inaccurate

Leaked credentials of Congress members by Anonymous hacker are inaccurate

July 19, 2013Mohit Kumar
Anonymous claimed it had stolen and leaked over 2,000 usernames and passwords for Hill staffers in an anti- PRISM protest, calling the move a pivotal moment for Congress. The Twitter handle @OpLastResort which claims to be affiliated with the famous hacktivist group posted the data and also tweeted: " We mean it. This is a pivotal moment for America, and we will not tolerate failure ." Congress actually fosters decent password best practices, requiring a special character, an uppercase letter, a lowercase letter, and a number to make up a code between 6-10 characters. What is perhaps most interesting about the hacked passwords is that they exemplify, in many cases they are just dictionary words with numbers tacked on to the end, the names of the staffers' bosses, or their favorite sports team, so the claimed hack and leaked database was probably outdated or fake. But the security advisory that was sent out to staffers said, "Early today, hackers disclo
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