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Russian Botnet Hacker arrested for hacking into six million computers

Russian Botnet Hacker arrested for hacking into six million computers

June 22, 2012Mohit Kumar
Russian Botnet Hacker arrested for hacking into six million computers Police have detained a 22-year-old hacker who created a system of networked computers that was used to steal more than 150 million rubles ($4.47 million) from people's bank accounts and already one of the most wanted hacker in the world. But now, "Hermes" is, has been tapped over six million computers and earns around 5 million francs, was caught in Russia. The network infected around six million computers with a Trojan virus, which helped get access to users' bank accounts.  A bout the Trojans secretly installed, he had arranged illegal money transfers, said the interior ministry in Moscow on Friday. Police from Division K, the cybercrime branch of the Interior Ministry, searched the hacker's place of residence, confiscating computers and arresting the suspect. The statement did not specify when the arrest was made.The botnet built by the hacker included around 6 million computers from reg
20-year-old Anonymous Hacker arrested by Bulgarian Police

20-year-old Anonymous Hacker arrested by Bulgarian Police

June 22, 2012Mohit Kumar
20-year-old Anonymous Hacker arrested by Bulgarian Police Bulgarian police authorities have arrested an alleged member of the loosely associated Anonymous hacktivist group. The 20-year-old suspect has allegedly attacked the website of Prophon, a Bulgarian music licensing company. The reason - Mitko was against paying for music and movies, like to draw at will from the network. The attack he made on February 5, 2012 as able to penetrate into account the site administrator. Following the intervention of Mitko, entering the address www.prophon.org is appeared a message that "Anonymous" seize the site. " PROPHON Hello, We are Anonymous. We learned that you are greedy and another 12 organizations have signed an open letter in support of the so-called. Agreement ACTA. This is unacceptable and this angered us. You are first, not last. This should be a lesson to all who support ACTA. We are Anonymous. We are legion. We do not forgive. We will not forget. Expect us , "the
Hacker charged for hacking into U.S. Energy Department

Hacker charged for hacking into U.S. Energy Department

June 20, 2012Mohit Kumar
Hacker charged for hacking into U.S. Energy Department Andrew James Miller, a 23-year-old resident of Devon, Pennsylvania, was arrested on Thursday and charged with one count of conspiracy, two counts of computer fraud, and one count of access device fraud, according to a statement issued by the Justice Department's Criminal Division. According to the indictment, between 2008 and 2011, Miller and others allegedly remotely hacked into computer networks belonging to RNK Telecommunications Inc., a Massachusetts company; Crispin Porter and Bogusky Inc., a Colorado advertising agency; the University of Massachusetts; the U.S. Department of Energy; and other institutions and companies. The indictment alleges that when Miller hacked into the computers, he obtained other users' access credentials to the compromised computers. He and his co-conspirators then allegedly sold access to these computer networks as well as other access credentials. After gaining unauthorized access to these
LulzSec hacker - Brit Ryan Cleary charged for Sony and Fox hacks

LulzSec hacker - Brit Ryan Cleary charged for Sony and Fox hacks

June 14, 2012Mohit Kumar
LulzSec hacker - Brit Ryan Cleary charged for Sony and Fox hacks A 20-year-old Briton suspected of links to the hacking group Lulz Security is accused of cracking into websites for a Fox reality TV show, a venerable news show and other sites to deface them or steal personal information, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. Ryan Cleary, 20, reportedly had ties to the well-known branch of Anonymous called LulzSec before he was arrested in London last June (although the hacktivist group denies his involvement with it). U.S. federal prosecutors said today that he worked to take down, deface, and steal personal information from Web sites. In a separate and similar case filed against Cleary in the United Kingdom in 2011, he faces allegations that he and others hacked a law enforcement agency, the Serious Organized Crime Agency, and various British music sites - all while he was still a teenager. Commenting on Tuesday's indictment, FBI spokesperson Laura Eimiller said, "Cleary is a skilled
UGNazi hackers attack on CloudFlare via a flaw in Google

UGNazi hackers attack on CloudFlare via a flaw in Google

June 04, 2012Mohit Kumar
UGNazi hackers attack on CloudFlare via a flaw in Google After the FBI arrested Cosmo, the alleged leader of the UGNazi hacking group, the hackers attacked CloudFlare via a flaw in Google's two-factor authentication system. The CloudFlare hack allowed UGNazi to change the DNS for 4chan, so visitors to the site were redirected to a UGNazis Twitter account. Hackers were able to infiltrate the personal Gmail account of CloudFlare CEO Matthew Prince. "The attack was the result a compromise of Google's account security procedures that allowed the hacker to eventually access to my CloudFlare.com email addresses, which runs on Google Apps," CloudFare's CEO Matthew Prince shared . According to the statement on Pastebin , the hackers are not sorry for attacking 4chan.  4chan.org is the playground that allows pedophiles to share their "collections" and the disgusting bronies to hang out. The site is loosely monitored and child porn threads are allowed to &quo
New Jersey mayor arrested for hacking recall website

New Jersey mayor arrested for hacking recall website

May 30, 2012Mohit Kumar
New Jersey mayor arrested for hacking recall website The FBI last week arrested the mayor of the northern New Jersey town of West New York, together with his son, on charges of hacking into a website and a related email account that called for the mayor's recall. Felix Roque, 55, the mayor of West New York, N.J., was arrested with his son, Joseph Roque, 22. They were released on $100,000 personal bond after neither entered a plea. According to the criminal complaint filed against Felix Roque and his son, on 2 February 2012 the two men began to conspire to hack into and disable a website called www.recallroque.com. Joseph Roque then allegedly performed a password reset for the Go Daddy account used to administer recallroque.com. This allowed him to cancel the domain name and effectively disable the website, the FBI agent said in the affidavit. The conspiracy and unauthorised computer access charges each carry a maximum possible sentence of five years in prison and a fine of u
Zeus 2.x variant includes ransomware features

Zeus 2.x variant includes ransomware features

May 22, 2012Mohit Kumar
Zeus 2.x variant includes ransomware features Cybercriminals are getting more sophisticated, as reports are coming in that hacker coders have successfully merged a ransom trojan with a Zeus malware successor called Citadel . A notorious malware platform targeting financial information has added a new trick to its portfolio a digital version of hijack and ransom. F-Secure researchers have recently spotted a new Zeus 2.x variant that includes a ransomware feature. Basically a customised version of Zeus, the malware aims to provide better support for its offshoot of the Zeus code base, whilst at the same time allowing clients to vote on feature requests and code their own modules for the crimeware platform. Net-security explains the working of this Zeus 2.x variant,that Once this particular piece of malware is executed, it first opens Internet Explorer and points it towards a specific URL : lex.creativesandboxs.com/locker/lock.php. Simultaneously, the users are blocked from doing an
Call for Articles : THN Magazine June 2012, Malware Edition

Call for Articles : THN Magazine June 2012, Malware Edition

May 20, 2012Mohit Kumar
Call for Articles : THN Magazine June 2012, Malware Edition The Hacker News is calling for our June Magazine on the issue related to MALWARE . We'd like to see an analysis of the history of these most worrying viruses and the contemporary usage in cyber espionage and cyber warfare. It would be interesting to analyze the impact of the malware diffusion in the private sector and in government agencies, emphasizing the effectiveness of the cyber threat. Other topics to study are cyber crime activities that involve malware as method of monetization, with particular references to principal frauds schemes. What is the awareness level on hazards of the malware in common people and how the theat could harm new scenarios like mobiles and Cloud. What are the main countermeasures to mitigate virus diffusion? Thank you for your thoughtful consideration and we are looking forward to your work on this very important topic!  Email us at  admin@thehackernews.com Download all THN Magazin
17 year old Teenager arrested over TeamPoison hacking attacks

17 year old Teenager arrested over TeamPoison hacking attacks

May 12, 2012Mohit Kumar
17 year old Teenager arrested over TeamPoison hacking attacks A teenage boy has been arrested on suspicion of being a member of "TeamPoison", a computer hacking group that has claimed responsibility for 1,400 offences including an attack on the phone system of Scotland Yard's counter-terrorism unit last month. These include attacks on the United Nations, the UK Anti-Terrorist Hotline, MI6 and RIM, as well as politicians including Nicolas Sarkozy and Tony Blair. The boy, who police suspect used the hacker nickname 'MLT' and was a spokesman for TeamPoison, was interviewed at a local police station on offences under the Computer Misuse Act on Wednesday. The arrest is part of an ongoing investigation by the Police Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU) division of the Metropolitan Police into various hacking gangs who have made headlines in the last year or so. TeamPoison's highest-profile attack was mounted against Scotland Yard's counter-terror hotline last month, has als
Security Alert: Wi-Fi Hotels used to Spread Malware

Security Alert: Wi-Fi Hotels used to Spread Malware

May 11, 2012Mohit Kumar
Security Alert : Wi-Fi Hotels used to Spread Malware According to a report from the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) – a partnership between the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) - Hackers are targeting foreigners' laptops using hotel Wi-Fi, the Internet Crime Complaint Centre and FBI have warned. The malware is spread through hotel Wi-Fi networks, posing as an update for a popular software product. The number of laptops getting infected with malicious software while using hotel Internet connections is on the rise. " Analysis from the FBI and other government agencies demonstrates that malicious actors are targeting travellers abroad through pop-up windows while establishing an internet connection in their hotel rooms ," the IC3 said. The officials didn't explain what the malware actually did, but the FBI warned that anyone travelling overseas, and particularly on governmental or private-sector business, should take extra care when abroad and plan
Anonymous Hackers Targeting Russian government websites for Putin Inauguration

Anonymous Hackers Targeting Russian government websites for Putin Inauguration

May 05, 2012Mohit Kumar
Anonymous Hackers Targeting Russian government websites for Putin Inauguration Anonymous hackers to launch cyber attacks on the websites of the Russian state agencies to support the opposition. In a YouTube video , Hackers said that the Russian government website will be subjected to DDOS attack on May 6, and on May 7 the same will happen with the prime minister's site. " Join us! All it takes is a few simple actions to bring this rotten and corrupt system to its logical end. " The hackers then posted instructions for everyone who would like to participate in attacks. Putin convincingly won a six-year presidential term in March despite a wave of protests following a December parliamentary poll the opposition said was tarnished by large-scale voting fraud in support of his party. It said it would launch attacks on the Russian government website Government.ru at 1200 GMT on May 6 and on the prime minister's website Premier.gov.ru on May 7 at 0900 GMT. Anonymous demanded that
UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency's website taken offline after DDoS attack

UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency's website taken offline after DDoS attack

May 03, 2012Mohit Kumar
UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency 's website taken offline after DDoS attack The Serious Organised Crime Agency's website was temporarily shut down today after a cyber attack.It was the victim of a scam known as distributed denial of service (DDOS) whereby an internet address is flooded with bogus traffic, effectively making it unreachable. It is the second time in a year that the website has fallen victim to hackers." We elected to take the website offline temporarily at about 10:00 pm (2100 GMT) last night ," a SOCA spokesman said. SOCA was the first target of the AntiSec campaign launched back in June by Anonymous and LulzSec. Soon after, 19-year-old Ryan Cleary was arrested and charged with allegedly playing a role in the DDoS attack that took down the SOCA Web site. Since then, the site was seemingly operating as expected. A Twitter news feed that claims links to the Anonymous hacking collective publicised the DDoS on Thursday, but did not claim respon
36 Web domains seized tied to online financial fraud

36 Web domains seized tied to online financial fraud

April 26, 2012Mohit Kumar
Thirty-six websites used to sell stolen bank account details have been taken down following an investigation by the Serious Organised Crime Agency ( SOCA ). The arrest of two men in the UK and another in Macedonia is the result of an international operation in which 36 web domains, used to trade compromised banking data, were taken offline. SOCA has been tracking the development of AVCs and monitoring their use by cyber criminals, who support payment card and online banking fraud on a global scale. Working with the FBI, the BKA in Germany, the KLPD in the Netherlands, the Ukraine Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Australian Federal Police, and the Romanian National Police, SOCA has recovered over 2.5 million items of compromised personal and financial information over the past 2 years. Lee Miles, head of cyber operations for SOCA, said: " Our activities have saved business, online retailers and financial institutions potential fraud losses estimated at more than half a billion pounds
10 Lebanese government websites taken down by Hacktivist group

10 Lebanese government websites taken down by Hacktivist group

April 26, 2012Mohit Kumar
Several Lebanese ministry websites were the target of a hack attack Thursday by the group Raise Your Voice, in the second such attack on government-related portals this month. " We are RYV, short for Raise Your Voice, and we are simply a group of people who could not bare (sic) sitting in silence, watching all the crimes and injustice going on in Lebanon. We will not be silenced and brainwashed by your media. We will not stop until the Lebanese people mobilize, demand their rights, and earn them ," said the group's message posted on the hacked websites. It is unclear whether Lebanon Anonymous is affiliated with the hacktivist group #Anonymous, renowned for its attacks on websites of governments and corporations it considers corrupt or seeking to limit free speech on the web. Last month, they took down the Interpol's website as a response to the arrest of 25 of their members, as well as the United Nations' official site. Below is the list of the websites that were hacked on
Julian Assange and Bradley Manning are Vested in Vision !

Julian Assange and Bradley Manning are Vested in Vision !

April 17, 2012Mohit Kumar
Julian Assange and Bradley Manning are Vested in Vision ! Two significant events will take place this week and cyber activists need to take note and pay attention. This will be your training on how to unfold the growing revolution that is spinning our world on a new and courageous path. First, Julian Assange has completed filming twelve episodes of his forthcoming show, " The World Tomorrow ". The first episode will be aired on RT and released online on Tuesday 17 April 2012, with other networks to follow. " The World Tomorrow " is a collection of twelve interviews featuring an eclectic range of guests, who are stamping their mark on the future: politicians, revolutionaries, intellectuals, artists and visionaries. The second event, Nobel Peace Prize nominee, and political prisoner Bradley Manning's next appearance in court will take place April 24-26 at Ft. Meade, MD. Bradley Manning was arrested in May 2010 in Iraq on suspicion of having passed classified material to the whis
Lebanese Government sites hacked by ‘Raise Your Voice’

Lebanese Government sites hacked by 'Raise Your Voice'

April 17, 2012Mohit Kumar
Lebanese Government sites hacked by ' Raise Your Voice ' A group calling itself ' Raise Your Voice ' hacked on Tuesday around 15 Lebanese government websites to ask for an improvement in living standards, the day the parliament launches a three-day session to assess the cabinet's performance. " To our dear "beloved" Lebanese Government,We are RYV, short for Raise Your Voice, and we are simply a group of people who could not bare sitting in silence, watching all the crimes and injustice going on in Lebanon. We will not be silenced and brainwashed by your media. We will not stop until the Lebanese people mobilize, demand their rights, and earn them. We will not stop until the standards of living are raised to where they should be in Lebanon. We will not stop until this government's self-made problems are solved, like the power shortage, water shortage, rise in gas prices and rise in food product prices. We are RYV, expect us to break the silence, whether in the streets or on the Int
Two from Team Poison arrested in MI6 hotline phone hack

Two from Team Poison arrested in MI6 hotline phone hack

April 12, 2012Mohit Kumar
Two from Team Poison arrested in MI6 hotline phone hack Police in the UK have arrested two teens as part of an investigation into illegal recordings of conversations on Scotland Yard’s anti-terror hotline, which were later posted on Youtube . Two teenage boys aged 16 and 17 years have been arrested in the West Midlands in connection with an investigation into reports that hackers accessed Scotland Yard's anti-terror hotline. The hackers claimed to have carried out the cyber-attack in response to the alleged detention of innocent people on terrorism charges and the recent ruling to deport a number of terror suspects to the United States.  In the recording of the conversation, two people are heard discussing an earlier alleged attack in which a group calling themselves TeamPoison ( TeaMp0isoN ) apparently jammed the hotline by bombarding it with calls from computers . " We are confident the communication systems have not been breached and remain, as they always have been, s
Phone based denial-of-service (DoS) attack on MI6 Anti-terrorism Agency

Phone based denial-of-service (DoS) attack on MI6 Anti-terrorism Agency

April 12, 2012Mohit Kumar
Phone based denial-of-service (DoS) attack on MI6 Anti-terrorism Agency The Hacking group, ' TeaMp0isoN ' said they targeted counter-terrorism officers at MI6 with a barrage of phone calls for a period of 24 hours, which meant nobody else could get through. By using a cleverly developed script, the hackers were able to make calls to the agency's offices for 24 hours non-stop, basically launching a phone-based denial-of-service (DOS) attack. " The script is based on the Asterisk software and uses a SIP protocol to phone ," TriCk told us. " Everytime they picked up the phone the server would play a robot voice which said 'teamp0ison' ." It said the attacks were motivated by the recent decision at the European Court of Human Rights that said Babar Ahmad, Adel Abdel and other suspected terrorists could be extradited to the United States, Huffingtonpost Reported . Trick also released what he claimed was the audio of the moment called the number and spoke to MI6 officers perso
Indian government get access to BlackBerry messages

Indian government get access to BlackBerry messages

April 09, 2012Mohit Kumar
Indian government get access to BlackBerry messages After a battle lasting almost two years, BlackBerry maker Research In Motion has knuckled under to the Indian government, giving security forces in that country access to private instant messages. RIM decided to set up Blackberry servers that were stationed in Mumbai, India. If you were thinking that this move could only lead to the Indian government seeking more control over what goes in and out of RIM's Blackberry servers, you would be right on the money. Not only has the Indian government gotten their way with the Blackberry servers, but they will now be able to tap into BBM messages. This was confirmed by Indian security agencies who revealed that the process to decrypt the 256-bit encrypted data used by BBM is underway and would be up and running soon, claiming that the interception of BBM messages will be used in case where the government suspects that crimes or terror plots are being hatched. It should also be noted that
Anonymous vs Britain's Home Office - Operation Trial At Home

Anonymous vs Britain's Home Office - Operation Trial At Home

April 09, 2012Mohit Kumar
Anonymous vs Britain's Home Office - Operation Trial At Home As announced during last days Anonymous has launched a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) against several UK government websites. A massive recruiting campaign is started on social media, a call to arm to protest the extradition of U.K. citizens to the United States. The Operation named " Operation Trial At Home ," fight the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) that could lead to the extradition of three accused criminals by the U.K.'s Home Office, the government department responsible for domestic security. Anonymous has provided Home Office's IP address in its announcement to the supporters, Scheduling for April 7 the a DDoS ( with denial-of-service) attacks against the Home Office's website. During the week I wrote and article on the intent of the famous group of hacktivist and on the possible reasons of the action. The attacks have mainly two motives: to protest against the extradition of Gary McKinnon, Christopher H
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